Walking Barefoot Video - Very Slowly

Here’s a video of some of my first steps, thought I’d share it with everyone.  It’s my left leg that’s bad.  I’m at 10 weeks and 1 day post ATR, and 9 weeks and 2 days post op. Slow and steady for now.

15 Comments so far

  1. Soldier J on July 26th, 2013

    You are almost there. I am at 9 weeks and one day now. You are walking well, the more walking you do the stronger your calf will get the less limp you will have. I am walking also, however I have to put my boots on (heavy). And I walk around all day with the on and when I take them off my feet feel so light that I can barely notice a limp. But again I think you are walking really well, slow and steady.

  2. elaineh on July 26th, 2013

    I am only 5 weeks post op although I’m 14 weeks post injury. Yes, it took that long to diagnosis my rupture (I’m still a little mad about it - but I’m gonna just let that go). I’m not supposed to walk barefoot yet and I’m still dealing with some incision infection (taking antibiotics). I don’t know how to post on my own, just reply. I’d appreciate any help with that you could give me. Whenever I go to the link to create my own blog it says that I’m already registered and don’t have to register again. Thanks,

  3. kellygirl on July 26th, 2013

    Your walk looks great, Craig. I can hardly discern a limp at all. Your calf looks pretty good too–not nearly as chicken-y as mine did fresh out of the boot. I predict you are going to be walking full speed in no time at all! Nice work :)

  4. kellygirl on July 26th, 2013

    @elaineh: Did you email Dennis to get your blog set up? That’s the first step. He will set up an account and give you your first “Hello, World” blog post.

  5. micah1 on July 26th, 2013

    Looking good there Craig9er, I just showed your video to my husband who says that exactly how i was walking at about that point, and now I’m walking quite speedily with a minimal limp when tireing. keep at it!

  6. brokendad on July 26th, 2013

    Great to see you walking. My feeling has always been the only way to get better at walking is to walk. Are you totally bootless now?

  7. lodinpdx on July 26th, 2013

    WAHOO!!! We had surgery right about the same time! I think we could walk together and match. Not sure about you but I can walk pretty well if I go slow and concentrate really hard but then when I try to get somewhere it gets worse! :) I would post a video BUT I can barely figure out how to post pictures…. I might try! :)

  8. 1shann on July 26th, 2013

    Looking good! Thanks for the inspiration:)

  9. loumar747 on July 26th, 2013

    Hey - that’s my walk too and I’m at almost the same stage. Looks pretty good! I was really happy to see your walk as it made me realize that I’m doing okay too. I keep telling my brain to speed it up but so far it’s the old ’steady and slow’ which feels pretty darn good. Thanks for the video. Keep up the good work.

  10. normofthenorth on July 28th, 2013

    You should be moving fast toward a more normal (and faster and steadier) walk in the next few weeks.

  11. superjewgrl on July 28th, 2013

    I’m just plain jealous. Congrats btw!

    What kind of boot are you wearing in your fishing pics?

    Keep up the great work! xx

  12. craiger9er on July 31st, 2013

    I shared this with my Physical Therapist and she checked with the doctor, who said he didn’t want me walking unsupported yet. He told her I still need two crutches, but he never said how much weight to put on them.

    It’s a BREG boot - here’s the link to it


  13. normofthenorth on August 3rd, 2013

    Whenever I hear about Docs and PTs who recommend going slower than bit.ly/UWOProtocol (or the newer, and even faster and more successful protocol we discussed recently on Suddsy’s blog page), I recommend showing them the great results from the UWO study (and now the ven better ones from the newer faster one), and ask them for a copy of their results.

    Haven’t got any results that are collected carefully enough to be published? Or if they are keeping track of their results, if they’re better than the published Gold Standards (from randomized trials that went faster than they do), then your health pros have a responsibility to share them by publishing. And if they’re not, why do they want you to “bet your leg” on a second-rate or third-rate rehab protocol — especially when the less successful protocols are slower and therefore WAY more of a PITA?!?

    I forget if you’re post-op or non-op. If you’re non-op, this is vitally important, because the evidence is super-clear that going slower than bit.ly/UWOProtocol non-op is associated with inferior results, including unacceptable rerupture rates. If you had surgery, the evidence of bad outcomes from slow rehab is much weaker, but we’re still talking about extra suffering for no benefit, and probably an increased risk of bad outcomes. Not quite as crazy, but still pretty dumb, IMHO.

  14. craiger9er on August 4th, 2013

    I’m post-op, 10wks. I’ve been looking over the UWO information quite a bit and feel I’m about in the range where I should be, maybe just a hair behind at times. I’m technically 2 shoes, with crutches. My next dr. appt is in a week when I think he’ll tell me to get rid of those also.

    In PT, I’ve been riding a bike, leg presses, stretches, standing on my bad leg, leaning on a ball against the wall and raising my good leg off and other stuff like that and some band strengthening at home as well.

  15. normofthenorth on August 4th, 2013

    UWO says wean off boot at 8 wks, i.e. 2 weeks ago. And they say use crutches for a few days if necessary, and many (incl. me) don’t. So insisting on crutches at 10 wks isn’t that close, and is uncalled-for IMHO. I’m not convinced that crutching PWB in shoes is any better than walking FWB in a boot (especially hinged), and I KNOW it’s a bigger PITA!

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