Week 4 boot :) Pictures, look mom no crutches

Saw my surgeon today at his private practice. The week before when I saw him he was shaking his head at the fact I could not put my foot at a 90 degree angle, but given 2 therapy sessions and my wonderful mother who would flex my foot to a 90 plus degree angle, and strength training by putting my foot against a flat book and pressing down on it, helped my regain motion in my foot. I was able to move my foot up and down, I almost passed out from pain before when they moved it to 90, now I am in a boot at 90 degrees. I have Physical therapy 3 times a week and tomorrow is my first visit with the boot. I can’t wait to get a real massage use the muscle machine and lift a bit of weight. My doctor also reported that I was shockingly strong and warned me to not push it just because I feel strong. The doctor gave me boot and said I need to only wear it for 3 weeks he initially said 4 weeks, and that I do not need to sleep with it, but for the first 2 days It would not hurt. After a week he said I won’t need 2 crutches, just one and my recovery should only speed up with 3 pt sessions a week.

So many thoughts going through my head, I will be able to take a real shower and get the incision area wet for the first time in a long time, so far I got rid of all the dead skin at the bottom of my foot and the sight was one to behold. Life is great right now.

I hope everyone is doing great and again stepping off clear path might help sometime. I mean my doctor and physical therapist thought It would take longer to reach the 90 degree angle, but I did that and exceeded that in what is basically a week, with help from my mother. It means the world to me to be able to stand even if it is with a boot. To join the walking world. I cannot wait. God bless

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11 Responses to “Week 4 boot :) Pictures, look mom no crutches”

  1. Congrats! Great feeling to leave the crutches behind…all the best eddie

  2. Doing great Chris! Sounds like you are blessed with wonderful family. Move to no crutches is such a good feeling. Wishing you well for your recovery. Remember be patient and its not forever. Take care.

  3. Wonderful news! You will definitely sleep better without the boot on at night. This is encouraging to me as I hope to be PWB this week. Continued success to you as you move off the crutches and gain strength.

  4. Thanks, but if anyone with the boot can give any advice on the boot, I am having one problem, I can stand in my boot no crutches, but I need to learn how to walk with the crutches, my right foot has a little tenderness I would assume because the boot elevates my injured foot, more stress is put on my right foot. Should I put a wedge in my sneaker to alleviate the tenderness on my right foot? Or is this normal for the time being?

  5. I found a shoe that was kinda equal to the wedges in my boot. Putting elevation in your other shoe may help.good luck. I use a walker, I find out easier than crutches.

  6. Wow, your scar is healing nicely! Amazing how little scabs you have where as mine is all scabs! I just got my boot yesterday and it feels so much better than my cast. I am not allowed to put any weight on it just yet but should be able to once I meet with my physio tomorrow.

    Since I am not weight bearing yet (I guess I could claim I am PWB), I would think that if your other shoe was elevated so that both legs are approximately the same length, it might be easier for your other leg/foot? I wear high heeled sandals and that seems to help with my balance and stress in my other leg.

  7. Congrats on the FWB! Check out an ‘evenup’, goes over your non-injured foot to add elevation. Also gives more cushion. I have also found that putting a shoe insole or orthotic in the boot makes it more comfortable.

  8. I am still using crutches and I can only stand with the boot, isn’t that pwb? In pt I was able to put my foot down on the ground for the first time in a month and put some weight on it

  9. It is bad for many body parts (and for regaining a normal healthy walking gait) to get used to walking with one foot farther off the floor than the other. The simplest commercial solution is the EvenUp, by Vaco, though there are many ways to accomplish the same thing, commercial or DIY.
    Walking PWB usually starts with no weight at all on the booted foot, it just rests on the ground as you crutch-walk instead of being held up in the air. To a bystander, it looks a lot like walking, but you’re actually carrying your weight on your arms. Then gradually, you can ease up on the arms and load up that leg. Eventually — usually in a week or two — you will be carrying the crutches, or forgetting where you left them.
    Being able to stand straight and balanced is roughly 50% of FWB (still PWB, of course). Being able to stand on the booted foot with the other one lifted up would be FWB, and should mean you can boot-walk pretty normally, fast, and comfortably — assuming you’ve got a boot that’s sized and adjusted properly, and you’ve got the right technique.

  10. Normofthenorth as usual you give a well thought out informative answer. Well according to my pt she thinks I should be training weight bearing outside of the boot everyday, I learned how to walk with the crutches, but she wants me to give that up soon. I believe my boot is a little bigger then it should be on account of a big calf muscle and a very wide, but small foot. I have a large boot, but could probably benefit from a medium one, but the plan is do my pt, and get out of the boot soon and get back to the old ways 2 feet. The boot is too heavy, and I appreciate the support, but that’s where it ends. I even have to do rom exercise which I cannot do with a boot, and the 1 day I slept in it, sucked.

  11. Most of us — and most patients in the most successful ATR protocols — spent weeks and weeks walking in our boots, gradually rebuilding our strength and balance and confidence and leg-foot stability and proprioception. Skipping that FWB phase — often from ~4 weeks to ~8 — may not be a great idea. You’re also a good-sized guy, with big muscles but a skinny brand-new vulnerable AT, so rushing the process of combining those ingredients without some kind of armor may be scary. And most of us who’ve made the normal transition from boot-walking to 2 shoes around 8 weeks in can tell you that it’s scary enough!

    There may be some simple ways to reconcile your shape to the boot’s shape — like thick or multiple footbeds and/or one or two ankle socks, to make the bottom of the boot snug, stabilizing, and protective. As long as the boot is reasonably stiff and reasonably snug at the top-inside of the ankle’s angle AND at the front of your shin (top of the boot cuff), it should be able to do its main walking job, of transferring your weight from below your toes to the front of your shin, so you can walk without loading your calf and AT.

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