Will be wearing shoes next week!!

I go back to my doctor on Wednesday next week. He said if everything looks ok I can go to wearing shoes with lifts. I can’t wait! I’ve read on some blogs here that 9 weeks may be too soon to wear anything but an air cast. Is this true? I don’t want to be set up for failure.

4 Responses to “Will be wearing shoes next week!!”

  1. For what it’s worth, I was walking around in my shoes full time at 3 1/2 weeks postop. I even shoveled snow at that point, taking care to keep my injured foot out in front, so if I slipped, I wouldn’t fall forward and stretch the tendon.

    Be very careful when out of your boot, as Norm has been discussing lately.


  2. I started in shoes at 7 weeks. I’m now about 10 weeks and walking pretty well. I’m not very fast and I am very aware of my surroundings- but I’m feeling fairly confident. It will be weird/scary at first but I’ve come a long way in just a few weeks and I’m sure you will also!

  3. You may check my pages and videos
    I started / tried at 7 weeks.
    However, when I’m at work or outside my “safe” area I use my boot.
    I started at 1st balancing on injured foot between walls or other objects that can support me very well.
    There is no problem that you can “drag” your foot, but to be able balance.
    I’m not telling you what you should do and what you should not.
    Trust your doctor and hear what’s your body tells you.

    When I 1st time tried FWB I got pain in foot / heel and though that I’m not ready, but it went away the next time.
    Try not to over do. No one wants to get re rapture here.
    Some started with crutches when went in to shoes to get PWB and then transition to FWB.
    Just don’t run …

  4. The rehab protocol used in several recent studies — for surgical and non-surgical rehab both — calls for making the move at 8 weeks. To be sure, you’re still at some risk of re-rupture, until at least 12 weeks in, so do be careful and “watch your step”.

    My own impression (no MD degrees here, just two ATRs!) is that owners of hinged boots can profitably linger in the boot longer than owners of fixed boots like the AirCast. I still had my hinged boot from my first ATR, and I used it for my transition to 2 shoes.

    The first time (8 yrs ago), I stayed in the hinged boot until I could walk perfectly. When I came out into 2 shoes, my gait was great, but my ankle stability was low because all of those muscles and tendons (etc.?) had been loafing and atrophying while the boot was doing the stabilizing.

    So it’s a bit of a tradeoff, safety vs. more exercise and quicker rehab. (Heck, some people use the word “crutch” as a derogatory term!)

    FWIW, I don’t think any of those recent studies use any heel lifts when they go to 2 shoes. I think they all withdraw them from the boot at around 6 weeks, and never go back on that. Whatever you do, do it with BOTH shoes/feet!

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