I went for my ortho checkup last week (17SEPT08). The doc was a bit disappointed with my lack of ROM. I was told to keep stretching out the AT. I was having a bit of heel pain when stretching, but they said that as long as the pain does not linger for more than a few minutes after stretching then it was okay. They did take out one of my wedges and told me to ditch the crutches as soon as I reached FWB on the leg.

Although I reached FWB the next day, I continued using 1.5 crutches for the next few days. I also experienced a bit of pain in the heel when walking later that night. I decided to put the wedge back in until the next afternoon. When I took it out later, the heel did not hurt as much. I was down to using a single crutch this past Monday, but only b/c it was faster for me to move around with it.

I went for my PT this past Wed (24SEPT08). He told me to stop using the crutch. He was also happy to see that my ROM was improving. I am at about -10 degrees planar flexion (I think that corresponds to lifting your foot of the floor while still keeping your heel on the floor). The key reason for the improvement I think was constant stretching 4-8 times a day. They gave me a blue band to do extensions with and told me to continue stretching.

I go back to the ortho surg. next week Wed. I am hoping they will let me maybe skip a wedge this time.

That is all.


3 Comments so far

  1. John on March 10, 2011 7:41 pm

    Did you find that the compression stockings really worked for you? I would be interested to know.

  2. iski7b on March 10, 2011 10:12 pm

    I’ve had a very positive experience using compression socks. Especially if I have to stand in one place for a long period of time.

  3. GerryR on March 10, 2011 10:51 pm

    Compression socks are the greatest when it comes to recovering from an ATR. I had two pair of compression ski socks before my ATR and they literally made it possible for me to ski last season. In the morning my foot would be quite swollen and after putting on the sock and driving the 75-80 minutes to the ski area I could get my foot into my boot. Without the compression sock I couldn’t wear my boot due to the swelling. I had several compression socks and found the tan ones from Walmart were the best for everyday use and the white ones from Walmart were good for sleeping.

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