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Filed under: Uncategorized — arielmarisa at 1:01 pm on Thursday, October 7, 2010

I had my 8 week post op appointment the other day. I was beyond nervous because I had no idea what the next step of my treatment would be. The doctor came in and took a look at my ankle and cleared me to put both shoes on and start PT asap. Putting the left shoe on was pretty painful because my ankle was significantly swollen and the heel was a little aggravated from being in a cast for so long. But I sucked it up, and took my first steps (with the help of a crutch of course.) That night I had to drive 3 hours back to school, and my entire left side was numb when I got back. I hope that this isn’t how long car-rides are always going to be.

It’s difficult to walk because of the complete atrophy of my left leg but I couldn’t be happier to see both of my legs for the first time in months. I have heel lifts in both shoes (put in by the doc) and I can’t walk around without shoes on just yet. I had my first physical therapy appointment yesterday and I have to go back 3 times a week for the next 4 weeks, but I’m actually pretty excited. Just from the first appointment, my range of motion is starting to get better, and I’m starting to feel like I may be a normal person soon. I know I still have a long time ahead of me, but I figured I should start being positive. =).

My ankle and foot is still very swollen from walking around but I’m going to start icing it more. Unfortunately, I can’t limit my walking because I still need to get to classes, which is a huge pain. Tonight, my sorority is holding an event where we are all wearing heels….guess sneakers are going to have to do for me. Monday is my year anniversary with my boyfriend, so I really hope my sneakers match my dress nicely….can you tell how much I hate my sneakers?

But I guess ANYTHING is better than not walking at all. =)



Comment by drewt

October 7, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

Congratulations! I’m two weeks into it, so it helps to see someone get to walking again. I don’t know if you are like me, but looking at my foot 2 weeks after the operation when they took the splint off, it sure doesn’t look like this thing will ever work right again so glad to see some positive reinforcement!


Comment by normofthenorth

October 7, 2010 @ 4:55 pm

You’re right in the heart of the period where you should see improvements almost every day. Stay positive and it’s almost fun! ;-)


Comment by bronny

October 8, 2010 @ 12:12 am

Nice! We are at a similar stage, i’m just under 9 weeks, so 1 week in two shoes. I had a cast for 4 weeks and a moon boot for 4 weeks (2 wks FWB). I haven’t used crutches since the 6 week mark and have shoes with wedges. This week has been tiring due to starting to use the calf again (its very tender), - but its so good to be getting so much closer to the end. I haven’t started physio yet, they told me 12 weeks but i’m going to call my physio next week and try to start sooner! Hope everything keeps going well!!

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