Can You Give Me Some Advice?

So this guy who I am an acquaintance of, actually we have just played hockey together a couple of times, comes up to me at the gym and asks for “some advice”. Then he clarifies and asks me for “some exercises to help this?” and pulls up his sock to show me this

So, can you fox this?

He was a few months out from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles Tendon. Why is everyone always looking for a quick fix? I guess I do too, I am only human…but to expect a couple of exercises to break open his rehab was a bit much. My question to him was “have you been discharged from physical therapy?” Of course he hadn’t been discharged yet, in fact I knew one of the two PTs that were treating him. I asked what they were having him do…I got the typical response of “Some of these and some of these…and I think there was something else. ” It’s probably like when someone tries to tell you what their IT guy said about their broken computer. “The server was down, and it’s a good thing it wasn’t my motherboard and I need to make sure that I don’t click on any links  with suggestive words in them or something.”

My suggestion was to follow the program that his PTs put together because all too often people tend to collect additions to their rehab program and end up over-doing it by either doing too much too soon or by executing the exercises poorly.  It turns out that Achilles Man had in fact done just that last month and his ankle swelled up on him and he couldn’t walk for a day or so.

We all want to help others and we like to look like the hero, but sometimes the right thing to say is “nothing”. Follow directions. Keep working. Be consistent.  Actually do your homework. Don’t look for the quick fix exercise or treatment. It probably doesn’t exist.

Can I drink this and not have to stretch?

Have a great weekend!

Eric Beard
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Corrective Exercise Specialist

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