Posted by: andy1000 | October 13, 2010

Boot Removal Day

Took the aircast boot off today and stood on my own 2 feet for the first time inĀ 8 weeks. The surgeon said I should start walking without the boot in bare feet or shoes “if I wanted to”. I think he should maybe rephrase that to “if you can”. The bottom half of my leg feels like someone elses and does’t want to move the way it used to. What exercises will facilitate better mobility and allow me to start to walk again? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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You’re a week or two ahead of me so it’ll be interesting to see how you get on.As the two shoe time draws near, I’m beginning to feel a bit apprehensive. Regarding exercise, get yourself referred to a physio, this should be standard NHS practice. If you have no luck you could try going private, log on to the chartered society of physiotherapists website, they have a find a physio function. Your local rugby or football club might also have a physio that could take you on.

My physio had me stand bare foot, feet shoulder width apart and just practise shifting weight from one foot to the other for a minute or two. The idea being to get comfortable that the foot can be stood on without anything happening. He also has me doing 1 foot balances, but if you do these, make sure you have something to hold on to in the event you wobble (i mean, when!)

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