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Exercise while recovering from RT
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04/02/11 14:14
Cyclist 
04/02/11 14:14
Cyclist 

Exercise while recovering from RT

Hi there
I'm recovering from RT and seeking a balance between fitness and doing more than what I should

Where's the line? Any ideas?

Prof S in Hamburg (where I had the RT) advised me 'not to overdo' the exercise while I'm having the RT. Since the RT cycles are 3 months apart, this suggests being careful for around 4-6 months. He mentioned that lactic acid build-up might promote the LD, so I don't want that! But how to avoid it?

I have just sought some further advice from Prof S via email, about exercise levels and how my feet are coping after the treatment and am waiting for a reply.

In the meantime, my GP has referred me to a sports physician who might be able to provide me with support with my dilemma. According to the GP, sports physicians are better with conditions that involve function impairment than GPs.

Looking forward to hearing from anyone out there with a similar experience or ideas about any of this

Di

04/02/11 14:45
wach 

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04/02/11 14:45
wach 

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Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Di, Prof S is a runner and perhaps what he considers moderate others might find excessive ... But seriously, with recommendingto "not overdo it" he probably meant that you should not run long distance, not stand on your toes for a long time, not overstrech the radiated skin etc. A regular exercise won't hurt. The time between the treatments is meant to give the skin and the radiated healthy tissue time to recover. It does not mean that you shouldn't use or exercise it. And it doesn't mean that you can't exercise other parts of the body. What kind of training specifically do you have in mind?

Wolfgang

04/02/11 16:53
Chobe2 
04/02/11 16:53
Chobe2 
Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Hi Di,

I have just returned from having my first round of RT in Germany on one hand and both feet (Personal Experience report to come). I asked Prof S what he meant by overdoing activity and he laughed and said that I just shouldn't do karate or chop too much wood (a Montana joke!). While I was having the treatments, he didn't seem to think I should limit my walking in any way and we walked A LOT! He stressed that circulation was important and to keep the areas well perfused but to avoid hot and cold. It'll be interesting to hear what his reply is...

Diane

04/02/11 20:53
spanishbuddha 

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04/02/11 20:53
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Hello Di, I had RT for one hand done by the Prof and he said I could carry on with tennis 3 times a week and running twice a week, but not to do anything physical or strenuous with the hand. It wasn't my tennis hand. Perhaps with the feet a slightly different principle applies - no strenuous exercise that affects the feet? ....which tennis and running obviously does. Maybe swimming, cycling are ok?

04/03/11 10:57
Cyclist 
04/03/11 10:57
Cyclist 

Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Hi Wolfgang, Diane and spanishbuddha
Thanks for your feedback, which I found very encouraging .

I've been extra careful about returning back to my normal levels of exercise because of the inflammation picked up by the MRI I had in Hamburg, which made me think that perhaps my feet need some rest while they recover. Prof S. and the MRI guy said the inflammation may simply have been due to overdoing the walking while I was having RT, but I'm having a blood test next week to test for arthritis just in case. I prefer to think that as this additional pain only started since the treatment, it's probably just a temporary reaction!!

At the moment, I'd be happy if I could do 2 x 1 hour and 1 x 2 hour cycling sessions per week and a couple of 40 minute walks along the beach (with some hills and steps involved). I might do some relaxing level of swimming on days where my feet need a rest. I just don't want to 'overdo it', so maybe I'll do a slightly lighter version of this.

Di

04/03/11 14:45
spanishbuddha 

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04/03/11 14:45
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Hello Di

I have to say that 4 weeks and more since RT for my hand, which I really don't use much for handling, gripping, and so on, just piano practice, that it is still quite sore if I do press on the palm. So I imagine it must be worse for the feet.

Sadly my feet have come out in sympathy, the existing Plantar Fasciiutus (PF) is really bad, that's nearly a year now with this condition, and the other foot has early signs. The Professor told me whilst I was there that the clinic treats PF with RT. I was quite surprised, but don't think I will have it done at this at this stage.

04/04/11 12:23
Cyclist 
04/04/11 12:23
Cyclist 

Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

spanishbuddha:
Hello Di

I have to say that 4 weeks and more since RT for my hand, which I really don't use much for handling, gripping, and so on, just piano practice, that it is still quite sore if I do press on the palm. So I imagine it must be worse for the feet.

Sadly my feet have come out in sympathy, the existing Plantar Fasciiutus (PF) is really bad, that's nearly a year now with this condition, and the other foot has early signs. The Professor told me whilst I was there that the clinic treats PF with RT. I was quite surprised, but don't think I will have it done at this at this stage.

Hi spanishbuddha
I'm hoping that it's just normal effect from RT, as in the case with your hand. The other symptoms are confusing me, but as you suggest - it could just because of the weight on the foot impacting on an already tight tendon etc.

I'll keep in touch as I learn more from Prof S. and the sports physician.

I don't imagine it would be easy with both hand and feet affected. Have you had any success with shoes?

All the best
Di

04/04/11 22:15
spanishbuddha 

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04/04/11 22:15
spanishbuddha 

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Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Hello Di, no luck with the shoes, but summer's nearly here and I'll start wearing the FitFlop sandals outside. That should help I hope as I'm spending a lot of time on my feet lately.

04/06/11 16:53
Cyclist 
04/06/11 16:53
Cyclist 

Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Hi All
I just thought I'd let you know that my feet are finally getting better. Isn't that always the way, right before your doctor's appointment? I'm going to the sports physician tomorrow and my feet are having their second or third 'normal' (pre-RT, but post-nodule) day.

The tendon is nowhere near as tight (which might have been the culprit), but I'm still getting some buzzing around the balls of my feet and the nodules occasionally sting a bit, but only very minor and manageable. Oh, and still doing the after dinner party trick (glowing red feet), which fortunately passes quickly. Very strange .

Di

04/23/11 01:39
Cyclist 
04/23/11 01:39
Cyclist 

Re: Exercise while recovering from RT

Another update:

My feet are now feeling mostly quite normal.

No aching at night, no more redness and heat after eating (!) and no buzzing or ache in the balls of the feet.

The nodules still feel a bit tight when I first get up in the morning so still need to walk slowly to allow them to 'de-sensitise', but once I get going, I don't think about them that much. I am less reliant on the massage ball for relief.

The nodules don't look different or smaller, but I can now walk on hard surfaces without shoes, which suggests they might be shrinking. This is progress!

Normal levels of exercise now back on the daily agenda

Di

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