12 Weeks Post op

Since my last post I’ve made improvements both physically and mentally.

  • I have transitioned to shoes with a heel lift at home -> shoes without lift at home -> shoes all the time inside/outside of the home
  • Driving! (This was a huge gain for me mentally. The first few times were nerve wracking, but with each time I drive I feel more and more confident)
  • Walking barefoot around my home.

I was amazed how much being in shoes affected me mentally. Being able to quickly put on shoes rather than the infinite number of straps on the boot. It was not nearly as painful/tight as I was expecting when I transitioned.

Also, I was amazed at how soft the bottom of my surgical foot became. I had no calluses whatsoever. It was pretty painful the first few times I walked barefoot, not in my tendon, but the bottom of my heel. I’ve quickly built up a minor callous on my heel and the sensitivity to walking barefoot.

My biggest problem at this stage is limping. I rarely feel tight and almost never get painful anymore, but I am really struggling to eliminate the limping. We’ve really worked in therapy to increase the mobility in my toes and shift my weight onto the ball of my surgical foot. I am making progress slowly, but this limp is tough! Whenever I walk I am constantly coaching myself “Walk normal. Walk normal.” It’s like I can’t even remember what a normal walking pattern is!

I am going to start work next week. Luckily, I am able to ease into it and work a few hours at a time. I plan on working a day then taking a few days off. I’m nervous to return to work, but at the same time I am at the point in my recovery that it is the next step. I am anticipating being very sore, swollen and tired at the end of the day. But I am looking forward to getting back to work.

One Response to “12 Weeks Post op”

  1. I hope to get a boot next week. Do you sleep with the boot on? I hope it is better than sleeping with the cast. Did you ever take the boot off for home therapy?

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