There's no need to worry about your leg not straightening yet. It's not at all unusual for extension (straightening) to take longer to achieve than flexion (bending). It's because the large muscles and tendons at the back of your leg have to be stretched slowly and gently.My physio is very worried about my leg's refusal to straighten. He says I have to do the stretch and straightening with the belt every 2 hours. My calves are super tight too. Well, that lasted a few days, and then I had to have a recovery day, which stretched into 3 recovery days. He made the rule about exercising every 2 hours, because he knows I do my exercises at weird times during the day.
That discomfort is a form of pain and it will improve if you do something for it. If icing doesn't do the trick, you can take 1000mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 6 hours or a prescription medication. Allowing yourself to stay in this state of discomfort does not do your recovery any good.Sometimes I can't get comfortable in any position, which I think is because everything is getting re-aligned.
No. He's following a set of standards that he has been taught during his physio training. Not even all physio training is the same. Some physios believe in achieving set numbers by certain dates. Others don't.@Celle I believe my physio's agenda is that he meets the standards that are set by whomever sets these standards - the medical association? As the government is paying for my physio for now, he probably is a bit constrained by that. So far, he's been really good about not pushing past pain, as in, when it hurts, stop. He wanted me using the strap, as my calf was super tight. That's resolved.