33 days post op question

33 days post op.  I called the Dr. yesterday to find out if I HAVE to wear the boot when I walk. THey said yes at all times.  But here’s my thing, if when its off, I do not push off w/ that foot that I just walk slow without bending the foot.  Now I’m talking when I get up from the bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night.  It doesn’t seem to be hurting anything.  I don’t to a regular stride walk.  More of a limp with putting weight on it with it flat.  Does this make since?  Just wondering if anyone else is doing this.


6 Responses to “33 days post op question”

  1. Having done the non surgical route 1st, I’d be very cautious doing that. I tried after a month to walk without the boot at night and probably didn’t give it enough time healing wise. I’m not positive, but I beleive it impacted my lack of recovery. I know what it feels like and I’m a lousy patient, but I would follow the doc’s advice. Look at the bright side, you’re further along than me :)

  2. Cathy - I agree with Bill. I don’t think it’s wise to push things, going against your doctor’s orders. You’re still only 33 days post op. It’s easy to say that you will only take small steps and not put weight on the injured foot, but it’s very easy to lose your balance and end up putting all your weight on the recovering tendon. Especially when it’s the middle of the night. The last thing you want to do is start the recovery process all over again.

  3. Cathy The circumstances you describe are the very ones which my surgeon said caused one of his patients to rerupture so I’d be very careful. Gerry

  4. Cathy…
    At 6 weeks I am trying to walk without the boot…but not at night when I’m half asleep. Dennis wrote about walking on a treadmill for 5 minutes with his PT but he is further along. If you feel ready to walk ask your surgeon about getting in the pool and walking in the shallow end or treading in the deep end. Nave been doing this for about 10 days and feels great. Just be careful on the wet floor.
    Let me know what your surgeon says.

    Doc Ross

  5. Cathy - I’m still putting my boot on to go to the bathroom at night (Day 46 is today)…I agree with Tom…after all this work to get to this point, the last thing any of us need is to start over from scratch again. Be safe!

  6. ouch! Ok, everyone, I’ll behave. you’re right I need to wear my boot 24/7. I mean I’ll probably get it off in 2 weeks so I just need to behave. But I honestly didn’t think not having it on for just a few and also not bending it would make much a difference. Its just killing me having it on in the heat too. I’m not sure if I posted my problem with hot feet. Its one of the reasons he gave me the boot so soon. I have a remote control fan for the nighttime because they get soooo bad then. I’ve had it since I was a child. Not sure why it happens. I have a small ice pack I can put in the velcro sometimes that helps.

    Thanks everyone, I don’t wanna rupture it again, I don’t think my husband can handle it. It really stressed him out so I gotta be careful.


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