5th Week Post Op

Hey Everyone! It’s been a while. So let me give you all a quick update. I am now 5 weeks post op and I’m feeling okay. I started my physical therapy on the 13th of May. It was cool. Its not really what I expecting but I feel myself progressing (maybe?) I am on PWB status but to be honest with you all I stopped using my crutches about 2-3 weeks ago. I mean at first I would only walk here and there but now I’m to the point where I walk everywhere without my crutches even though I was still NWB up until last week. I wonder if it will be detrimental? I still have my boot on. Anyone ever done that before?

Any who. I know it’s wrong but I’m just sick of those crutches.But back to my PT. My physical therapist is very nice and I’m glad she is putting up with me and my stinky foot. Ugh! You all didn’t warn me about the stench. I didn’t think it would be that bad. Right now, my only exercises are ROM and lifting a little weight for my Quads and Hamstrings. We did plantarflexion and dorsiflexion, circles both clockwise and counter clockwise, marbles (where I have to pick the marbles up with my toes and put them in a cup) weight shifting, E-Stim and massages. I even started riding the bike this week (without the boot). Hopefully next week I should be FWB and we can start strengthening my tendon. The swelling has gone down but it comes and goes sometimes. My scar is healing but the only problem with that is that in some areas around the scar, I don’t feel anything. I know I’m touching it but I don’t feel myself touching it. If that makes any sense. I should be out of the boot in about 5 weeks hopefully! Take care!


  1. normofthenorth Said,

    May 23, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    If you’re walking without crutches you’re FWB. The rest is just talk.

    UWO and the other protocols that Cecilia summarized all get to FWB at or just after 4 weeks post-op or non-op so you’re far from unique. And walking FWB IS exercise, and probably more important than the others, too.
    Why can’t you wash your foot? Obviously be careful and nervous, but…
    And many of us also found a way to wash and dry the boot liner. And if you wear a high sock, you can toss that in the wash. Even putting on a sock can be AT-scary, so always be careful and don’t use ANY calf muscle, or passively DF your ankle…
    I think many post-op patients have had numb spots, some of which eventually go away.

  2. Gavin Said,

    May 24, 2014 @ 6:26 am

    Why would we warn you about the stench? We didn’t have one!

    Most of us will have been in a cast for the first 2 weeks (when it was difficult to foot wash, although could do the toes ok) and then into a boot (when it became easy again). By gathering a few wash items around your basin or sink such as a chair, soap, towel, spare liner if you have one, and so on, you can sit down, take off your boot and carefully wash your foot and leg every day, and what fantastic feeling.

    How are you washing the rest of your body? I’m getting a picture here of some decline in personal hygiene!

    As you “stopped using the crutches 2 - 3 weeks ago”, your progress to FWB/no crutches was at about the normal rate for a decent rehab and you should ideally be looking for losing the boot after week 8 or maybe 9 - so not too long.

    As you have a little time on your hands, read up on Cecilia’s blog, Suddsy’s, Norm’s and many others.

    And for your PT’s sake, smell good!

  3. crippled4bnsilly Said,

    May 25, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Lol. I am not saying that I don’t shower at all. I take the boot off, hop in the shower, and clean my ENTIRE body. I meant that regardless of how I try to clean my boot and avoid the stench, I can never really shake it.
    And thank you for clarifying. I thought that the weight bearing status of a person depended on the doctor’s protocol. Not what you took upon yourself to choose. My doctor told me NWB until the 28th of May but I started well before then without him knowing.

  4. Gavin Said,

    May 25, 2014 @ 1:49 pm



    Can you ask for a new liner then make more of an effort to wash it regularly? The therapists have a lot to put up with as it is…LOL.

    Have you tampered with your marathon tracker and number of days to your goal? You are 5 weeks post-surgery but halfway through the marathon which is normally based on 12 months. What’s it all about? The world needs to know!

  5. davidk Said,

    May 25, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    Yes, the boot stench is just part and parcel of this recovery process. You can keep it down, but it’s hard to eliminate completely. I didn’t notice it as much as my wife did! In addition to bathing and changing socks regularly, one trick I learned was to spray Fabreeze inside my boot once or twice a day–I did whenever I had my boot off for my ROM exercises. My wife said it helped. :) -David

  6. hugh50 Said,

    May 26, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    Good luck with the PT. I start mine this Thursday. My foot smells, but not too bad. Once I switched to the boot, showers (sitting on a stool) again returned to my Dailey return, so that helped a lot. And last Monday, I began standing in the shower as well. But even with that, and the extra cleaning on my left ankle/foot, it still smells a bit more than normal, but not bad.
    Continued good luck in your recovery.

  7. crippled4bnsilly Said,

    May 27, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

    @Gavin Lol I wash my foot every time I shower but it sweats so bad because of the heat that its back funky by the end of the day. Lol

    And yes i have changed my marathon tracker to the month that I should be walking on my own without the boot. That is my goal.

    @Davidk thank you I will try that!

    @hugh50 Thanks so much. Good Luck with your PT and recovery as well. It seems we are on the same recovery pace sort of.

  8. Gavin Said,

    May 30, 2014 @ 4:47 am

    Sweating and smelly were 2 aspects of a spinal problem I had some years ago. Trapped nerves affected my circulatory system and as soon as that was fixed, I was back to my normal sweet smelling, barely perspiring feet! For a while during recovery though I was wearing a body cast (torso) - if you think your sweating is bad, try one of those! You could wring out a number of t shirts each day. For 3 months…

  9. Cindy Carter Said,

    July 7, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    I am four weeks out today from Surgery. When boot smells we are able to remove material from frame and wash every few days. I can’t wait to walk again without boot! I agree the first two weeks are the very worst after the surgery . I have enjoyed this website and blog more than I can say. Lots of good advise and knowing you have company out there!

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