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Injury to Innovation Part I: Injury

By: | Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 | Comments 2

The nurse undid the velcro straps and put the knee high walker boot on. Minimal to no driving, sit as much as possible, and more tests to make sure there isn’t nerve damage. My first steps were slow and difficult. “Wow, that’s gotta hurt,” says a stranger in the hall.

 As I had driven to my appointment, I unbooted and put on my regular shoe. No movement and no driving. It felt like my world had caved in on itself.

Two weeks went by and there still wasn’t any improvement. No anti-inflammatory nor boot was helping my situation. I came out to my car and collapsed onto my steering wheel. I am movement educator who can’t really move and didn’t have the answers to what was going on. I was in the pain cave and couldn’t find my way out.

 Test after test showed nothing. Finally, I was in PT after a month of barely walking. I was diagnosed with tarsal tunnel syndrome. My big toe could not point which made walking and driving difficult. And the process began.

Funny thing…it looked a bit like Yoga Tune Up®! I was awakening my underused muscles (hello gluteal muscles), playing with direction of movement (flexion and inversion/eversion of the foot), and getting some soft tissue work with something that made the therapy balls seem kind. There were also new things like the laser therapy and KT tape.

Giving the boot the boot with a little flexion and eversion.

Progress began slowly…

 One month out, I was finally able to walk around the grocery with help of the grocery cart.  Two months later (with KT tape on), I hiked eight miles (albeit slowly) and enjoyed the beauty of Joshua Tree.  One year out, I’m still learning. I’ve progressed but still finding things that precipitated my injury.

I’ve drafted a list of the lessons I’ve learned throughout my healing process. Stay tuned to the blog next week!

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About This Author

Amalea Fisher is a certified Yoga Tune Up® instructor. She started practicing YTU after experiencing debilitating neck pain and it had an immediate impact when nothing else worked. 2013 found Amalea fresh off a serious illness where could not practice Yoga Tune Up® for some time. This was a reminder for her how essential YTU was to her well being and motivated Amalea to follow her dream of sharing Yoga Tune Up® with others. Amalea wants to help everyone achieve a better body within a therapeutic yoga setting.

Injury to Innovation Part I: Injury

  1. Alex Salomons says:

    The human body is so incredibly complex that we are always learning about ourselves. Even when we think we should know what the issue is, or at least be able to find it we may be so far off that without outside help it may never be solved. I recently had an issue like this after a slip when squatting and struggled to be able to find an answer to what was causing my pain. No matter how in tune we are with our bodies, we are always learning and adapting, not just mentally but physically also. So what feels like the same issue we always have had there is a very good possibility its a string of other issues that are leading to the same outcome. Worst thing is to become a movement coach/instructor and not be able to help ourselves.

  2. Marina Flaks says:

    This is my greatest fear as a fitness instructor to wear myself out one day without being able to help myself or pinpoint the problem.

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