I think this is progress but I’m not sure…..

August 10th, 2012

So today I got sick of looking at the dust and the washing up and decided to try and get sorted.  I just got up and started walking without the sticks!  I didn’t mean to do it but they were leaning in a corner and I needed something from the other side of the room.  I went and got it!!!  I then bimbled around some more whilst I tidied up and didn’t use the crutches.

After about 15 mins  I had to sit down and rest because my ankle and calf were hurting - more achy actually but as I type they’re feeling ok.

I’m wondering just how risky FWB can be at this stage?  I’m on week 12 ish and spent almost 9 weeks NWB.  I’ve been PWB and doing PT exercises for 2 weeks to try and strengthen the calf and the achilles and my physio didn’t want me to FWB yet but I have an Aircast boot and it seems easier to walk with this and no crutches than it does to walk with crutches and no boot.  When I don’t use the boot I have difficulty in rolling my foot from heel to toe and it hurts my knee.  In the boot I can rock the foot properly and don’t have pain.  I don’t see my physio for another week to ask and the NHS don’t do an advice line.

So far I’ve done exactly what I’ve been told to do but it seems such a slow recovery…. At 12 weeks I must be strong enough to FWB, I feel like I am so I’m going to try and mix it up and see how it goes…. so far,  so good.  Apart from having to wash up again!

4 Responses to “I think this is progress but I’m not sure…..”

  1. Curlygirl on August 10, 2012 1:42 pm

    You will be fine. I am at 9 weeks and FWB. That is in an air cast . My ortho doctor did not want me using crutches after about week 8. I Am sure that as long as you sit every time it aches and then get going again you will be fine. I have 3 children and no house help so I have had to find ways of getting those jobs done. I just do a little then rest, then repeat. plus I get the older ones to help out. Sounds like you were ready to ditch those crutches!

  2. normofthenorth on August 10, 2012 3:19 pm

    Me too. I went FWB a couple of days after FOUR weeks (following the UWO Protocol), so you’re hardly premature. If you can find some professionals who practice Evidence-Based Medicine, latch onto them and don’t let go!

  3. kimjax on August 10, 2012 6:46 pm

    Jaxx - I wouldn’t do anything that causes a lot of pain, but if it’s easier to walk without the crutches, then do it! I try things when the timeline “calls for it,” and if it’s comfortable, then go for it. Just listen to your body. :) I did calf raises in the pool today and they felt GREAT with the reduced weight! Wish I had done them earlier!

  4. Andrew1971 on August 11, 2012 11:46 am

    Hi Jaxx, all good advice as above, like you, the information I got from my local health authority lacked speed that is in line with todays proven protocols…..but reading ths site gave me some spirit to try doing things in a controlled fashion and once they gave me the boot I did as much as I could and never stopped trying to do more.

    It really is a case of small things making big differences and listening to your body as you progress.

    I’d of loved my NHS to tell me when I could do things because that gives you confidence, alas, we just have to keep calm and carry on regardless.

    Be inspired to try things but do so listening to how your body reacts and in a controlled environment :)

    Happy healing :)

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    ATR Timeline
    • Name: jaxx
      Location: New Forest, UK
      Injured during: Celebrating a football win!
      Which Leg: L
      Status: FWB

      592 wks  4 days Post-ATR
      591 wks  5 days
         Since start of treatment