Ditching the crutches - or trying to…

Hi everyone,

I ruptured my achilles tendon 4 weeks ago.  I was at a party and after 3 hours of dancing, during which i had kicked off my shoes, i felt like someone had kicked me really hard in the leg (at some point when we were jumping up and down like crazy).  I managed to make my way home in a taxi - iced the leg for a bit - and managed to make my way to bed.  I went to the emergency room the next morning where they confirmed that I had fully ruptured my achilles tendon. I opted for the conservative method and was given the romWalker boot and crutches.  I was told to do non-weight bearing for the first four weeks and then progress to full weight bearing after that, whilst also removing a wedge in the boot, every week.

I somehow managed to survive the first four weeks and have started to walk on the boot with the crutches. This goes very well and i am generally pain free.  My leg is swollen after a full day at work but I have gathered that this is to be expecte

However, I am now trying to start to walk with just one crutch but am find it very difficult to have any kind of normal walking pattern.  Instead, I find myself limping and barely manage to get the good leg next to the injured one.

Any tips on how I can ditch the crutches  - whilst maintaining a kind of normal gait?

3 Responses to “Ditching the crutches - or trying to…”

  1. If you can’t yet put full weight on your foot then keep using crutches. Also - since your wearing a boot make sure you have an even up on the good foot (or wear shoes to make both feet at the same height). Otherwise you can’t help but walk weird. One thing I read on this site that is definitely true is you have to take tiny steps, at first, in order to walk normally. Yes it is abnormal to do this but your achilles does not have the strength or flexibility yet for you to take long strides. If you can only take teeny-tiny strides with a normal gait then you should probably keep using the crutches. Once you can take somewhat more normal strides. So use the crutches to help you with a normal stride and practice walking normal with small steps without the crutches at home.

  2. Thanks cserpent!
    I am probably not confident enough yet to try to fully weigh through….
    I have ordered the even up and am eagerly awaiting its arrival in the mail. One thing I have learned from reading everyone’s stories on this site is that you can’t rush this recovery - and just be happy with my daily improvements.
    For now - I’ll just continue to try to walk around the house with one crutch.


  3. i’m so anxious to get “recovered” and i’m only 3w1d post surgery. i see my ortho today and get stitches out and talk about the next coming weeks. i need a reminder daily that this is a slow recovery with no short cuts.

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