So this morning I’ve been to one of our local hospitals for some sensory physiotherapy. It turns out it was kind of pointless, thanks to the advice I’ve already received from members of this site but while I was there I asked about stiffness in knee problem and the traineee physio got my old physio, who helped me to walk again during my 5 weeks in stroke rehab last year, to come take a look at me and what was causing the pain and stiffness. It turns out I’ve taken her old advice and gone from one extreme to the other and I’ve been walking like a ****ing penguin with how I’m putting my heal down first and not bending my knee properly and relaxing when I’m walking
It’s something else I’ve now got to sort and try to get my gait back and I’ve just been shopping with wife and she’s asking if I was ok cos I was quiet. But I was just concentrating so hard on walking and trying to take on board what the physio had told me I was doing wrong
I know everyone’s stroke and how it affects them is different.
But who knew it could be so difficult and complicated learning to walk again!!?
Welcome to the Ministry of Silly Walks brigade @stokiejoey
I have foot drop, but also some kind of weakness in the right knee too. It’s like it has no stopper to prevent it from wanting to bend the opposite way. I always have to observe the left leg’s walking motion and try to replicate that in the right leg.
My optimal time of day for walking relatively normally seems to be between 12noon and 6pm. Outside of those hours I have to be careful with every step. But I did notice over the winter, high ankle boots kept me more stable for longer. Can’t do that at the moment in this heat though
Prior to my stroke I wouldn’t walk anywhere. My newsagents is 3 streets down a bank where I live and I always drove down. I have no choice but walk now but when I’m back driving again I’ll go back to my old ways. I’ll get the exercise I need from being in work
I know exactly how you feel, its mind boggling trying to walk when one leg doesn’t want to join in. !!! I feel exhausted some days just thinking about everything I have to remember.
Shift my weight onto my affected leg, look up, don’t lean too far forward or too far back, get my right leg forward in front of my left leg and that’s without paying attention to everything that’s going on around me !!!
I find myself fascinated watching people walk and can’t believe it is that easy for everyone else.
Then, I just think I’ve got it and someone says " just try this when you’re walking". I know they are only trying help but sometimes I could scream .
Being in lockdown when I was learning to walk, I found myself watching everyone else’s legs as they were out walking and how they do it. I thought to myself, is this how toddlers must feel waddling around among a sea of legs . . . did see some nice shoes on my walks
cheers.I’ve been walking unaided since Xmas but I’ve been over emphasizing putting my heel down first apparently and that’s what’s causing the stiffness in my knee tendons.
To be fair,woman from stroke association who has been massive help since my stroke, said a few weeks ago,I might have stopped using my walking stick to soon.
Got another physio appointment next month, so hopefully I will have corrected what I’ve doing wrong
I’m just a few days short of exactly a year since my stroke. I remember saying to my wife last year when I was in rehab that I didn’t care if had to use a walking stick the rest of my life, but the reality is, is if I am to go back to my job as a FLT driver, I need to walk unaided, and the way I am/ have been walking is causing real discomfort in my knee hamstrings
I dont think it helps that my right knee isn’t the strongest due to football injuries to it when I was younger