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  1. Beth, I cannot keep my left foot on the pedal either, so we purchased an adaptive pedal from the bicycle man web store. I have adaptive pedals on both my stationary and regular bike (trike, actually). It does the job - only issue is I require assistance to get in and out of the pedal.
  2. Heather, Thanks for the wedge clarification. I know exactly what you're talking about now.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Some follow-up remarks or comments for each of you. Marcia: The brace I wear is a simple over the counter volleyball brace to stabilize the ankle so I don't roll it. This hyper pronation started late in 2015, not coincidentally (per Becky's comment) shortly after I returned to work following hip replacement surgery. I have become more acutely aware of it the past year. It's actually worse when not using the brace probably because I tense up more. We are opposites: if I walk on the treadmill at a slow pace (<2 mph) no problem, but soon as I put it up to 2+ mph, the foot goes crazy. Heather: I definitely need to do more stretching. I'm having trouble understanding your suggestion. What do you mean by wedge? I do like the idea of doing stair climbing as a means to strengthen. I'm not at a place where I can navigate safely without using a handrail, at least a light touch. I'm safer going up than coming down. Becky: You hit on something I recently became aware, weak glutes, root of all evil at least for my walking and bike riding. With the help of my therapists I came to realize that all my knee and hamstring pain was really sore glutes my brain interpreted as knee pain or sore hamstrings. I'm doing more squats and bridging exercises to address the glutes, and will also look into butt-walking. I've heard of it, but need to see it visually. I will also fire the glutes more when bike riding. Bike riding season is approaching, thank God! Here's more evidence the source of this for me is glute muscles: When walking I twist my hips to the left to cause my left foot to land pointed to the left. Obviously this adjustment creates more long-term problems so I need to correct rather than compensate. Thanks again, everyone for the feedback and responses.
  4. Hi all, I have a question concerning over pronation of the foot. Like many of you I deal with foot drop as a major stroke side effect. After years of regular ankle exercising, I can now lift my foot when walking and get a good heal strike and push off. But over the pasr few months I have begun dealing with another problem related to a weakened ankle, over pronation. The left side is my weak side. When lifting my left foot to step, the foot turns inward severely. In other words when I lift the foot it turns to the right (result of tone I assume) and I cannot actively turn it back to the left to a neutral position. When this happens I cannot get a heal strike, the foot lands turned in, throws me off balance and creates significant pain in my hamstrings. I notice this happening usually after 10 minutes of walking when I begin experiencing fatigue. I get no relief or assistance from the AFO I use to combat the foot drop nor my ankle brace. The impact is this: when I go anywhere requiring walking once this fatigue hits the over pronation disables me. Even when we stop and rest for 5 minutes, once walking again the same problem recurs within just 2-3 minutes. I realize the issue is ankle weakness (or maybe glute-hamstring weakness) so I'm looking fo exercise suggestions to help correct this rather than corrective braces/AFOs. Any suggestions? Note: My therapists are aware but have not prescribed a solution yet. Alan
  5. Deigh, The content certainly did not offend me. I simply wanted to understand your point of view and go from there. I enjoy reading your comments. You offer helpful insight with a nice sprinkling of wit and humor! I would love to see participation increase, but I have no insight on how to make that happen. I'll at least try to participate more than I have the past year. I have some things to bring up anyway, so I'll start a new thread on an issue I've been trying to figure out for a while now.
  6. Hi Deigh, Do you think people join this forum only to benefit by reading historical posts? I can only speak for myself. I joined because I desired social interaction with individuals who had suffered a stroke be it for mutual encouragement or for sharing experiences. When I first joined I posted a lot, however my participation was disrupted in 2015 when I broke my hip and was sidelined for a month. Now days I will interact if I have a response I think will be helpful but I will refrain from posting if a number of helpful responses have already been posted. This site is blessed with a number of members who offer wonderful insight. I usually visit the site late in the evening and most posts have already had multiple responses. What if you start a thread specifically asking members who have not posted since joining or have not posted in a month why they do not post? Or am I missing the point of your original question? I may be guilty right now of PWI, posting under the influence (Elijah Craig).
  7. Mike, I'm sorry this happened to you. Yes, it is a setback and it is a setback you can successfully overcome. My stroke occurred in 2012. In 2015 I broke my hip. It really put me back at square one - at the mercy of disinterested hospital nurses, more meds, more doctor appts, etc. It also did not play well with my employer and my walking ability was shot to hell. After completing rehab I got back on track and got back to where I had been. It's aggravating certainly, but you can regain whatever abilities have been lost. Yes, you may have lost a step but you can get it back. Fight as best as you can to get back and then stretch foreward toward more gains. Hang in there my friend,it's a hard road we travel.
  8. Hi Russ, Your experience resonates with me. My stroke resulted from an arterial dissection in 2012. I can walk (slowly) and drive but have zero functionality with my left arm and hand. My speaking ability was impacted also - all that said, temperament has been my biggest problem. I had terrible mood swings early on and exploded at people at home, in the workplace, and in generic public settings. Work place explosions were a big concern because I was in a director role with 20 direct reports, many of whom tested my patience severely when I returned to work. The generic public explosions were simply embarrassing, the at home explosions hurt the people I love most. I've had a better handle on temperament the past two years. Here are the tactics that worked for me: After each incident I reflected on what happened discussing it with my wife - typical who, what, where, when, how, why, emphasis on determining root cause vs. immediate trigger. Developed strategies for dealing with stuff that happens in the workplace, at home, in public settings generally so I was prepared to deal with it when the situation recurs. I focused daily on executing my rehab plan - completing scheduled exercises and setting new goals. I re-engaged with some favorite pre-stroke hobbies to lift my self-esteem Ultimately, Russ, for me at least, mood is influenced by whether I feel good about myself at the moment of impact. Public blow-ups resulted from embarassment/frustrations over being handicapped and unable to compete for aisle space with the able-bodied people, or being unable to hold my own in contentious conversations, or sadness over lost abilities which feeds a victim mentality, which I had. There came a point where enough was enough. I function better interpersonally when I feel better about myself, so steps 1-4 above restored a sense of being back in control to me. As long as I do these things I'm reasonably content. I need to add one more thing: I've learned when to disengage and be a passive participant in settings where I am simply out-gunned and be OK with that. For example, in family gatherings I am simply not able to participate in conversations with my girls - they talk too fast and they loud talk, so I just listen and smile, and live to fight another day. At work, if confronted by an angry/emotional employee, I scheduled a follow-up 1:1 which diffused the employee's emotions and gave me the opportunity to prepare for discussion instead of reacting to a blind-sided declaration. Initially I tried mood assisting pharmaceuticals but gave them up because increased tone was a common side effect of the ones prescribed. Plus I prefer an approach where I can be in control of my destiny. Best of luck to you Russ. This is a battle well worth fighting.
  9. Hi Iskandar, I find the treadmill to be helpful. For example, when I first started using mine I could barely handle the 1.5 mph speed. I'm now up to 2.6 mph. So I think it's useful to help quicken your gait and smoothen it out, but also to give you a good overall workout.
  10. Happy Anniversary awayne56!

  11. Happy Birthday awayne56!

  12. Fort Worth TX for me, east side, Meadowbrook.
  13. Born and raised in Fort Worth. I now live on the east side of Fort Worth.
  14. Happy Anniversary awayne56!

  15. Happy Birthday awayne56!