3 wedges remain, 2 wedges gone, 1 crutch?

Sutures out….yeah!  Two wedges gone with permission to walk with one crutch.  Huh?  Going to take a while to figure that one out….any suggestions?  I am allowed to stand as long as most of my weight is on the good foot.  My calendar idea worked.  I have the plan now….July 8th ( 18 days) FWB, then August 1 (42 days)  Two Shoes. In addition to flexing my foot, I can do ROM….just no forced movement.  So I plan on doing the ABCs as described in another post.  PT not yet…..will talk about it on the 8th.   Also, I talked them into a smaller CAM boot….much lighter and it does not rub my ankles.  I am beginning to feel like me again.

By the way, taking the wedges out did not hurt.  Also, I was prepared for major pain when my foot was manipulated..not as bad as the sutures coming out!

4 Comments »

  1. chuckp17 Said,

    June 21, 2011 @ 3:45 pm

    Hi Alice:
    I am down to one wedge, sort of self decided when to take each wedge out. I have found that my foot is not nearly as swollen at the end of the day, now that I am down to one. I am not sure why.
    My doctor also told me to use one crutch or a cane. After one day trying to use one crutch, I gave up, and just walk carefully on both feet. I didn’t have a cane handy to try, and so far so good, just walking. My goal for Aug 1st is to play golf.

  2. alice Said,

    June 21, 2011 @ 6:34 pm

    It took me several days to get the two crutch with PWB. Honestly, I totally fear the OR jinx ( I work in one) if I misbehave. Plus I would have to look my friend/surgeon in the eye my next visit. August 1st is going to be a great day….you can play golf and I get to wear two shoes:) My goal is to be on my mtn bike Sept 1st…..

  3. polly Said,

    June 22, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Congrats on sutures out! I got mine out on Monday. It doesnt really feel any different as I am still in a cast, but I think there is something psychological about it. Sort of like: surtures are out and now I am really healing. I am still NWB and I will be at least for another two weeks. After than, surgeon says PWB (only 2/30 lbs) and the ABC exercises. (I can’t tell if my protocal is a good pace for NWB to PWB). I have a question: How are you deciding when to start PT… i see you mentioned 7/8?

  4. alice Said,

    June 22, 2011 @ 7:20 pm

    Polly… I am very fortunate that the PA and Surgeon knew me before my ATR. So when I walked in with my calendar, they were willing to tell me my complete plan of care and make all of my future appts. The plan is for me to begin PT with a therapist on the 8th. (Of course, all plans are subject to change) Until then the PA gave me some exercises to do and told me to be aggressively massaging my tendon and foot. I really suggest taking a calendar to your next appt and going over your plan of care. How are you doing with the NWB? That was the most difficult time of my life…

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