July 7th, 2009

Got the Aint No Driving Blues

Posted by dancingdoug in Uncategorized

Good Afternoon ATR Republic.  According to my calendar I’m at the 5 week 1 day post op mark.  I see the Dr. a week from today to check my progress and I hope he lets me start putting weight on it.  I have a removable boot and the scar looks pretty good actually so thankfully no complications there.  When I take the boot off I can move my foot and streach it, so my heel appears to be reconnected to my calf muscle (such that it is).  Progress seems to be occuring.

My question for our intrepid ATR readers is this:  ”when can I expect to get back to driving my car?”  Is driving and walking synonomous to one another?  If so I’m screwed as I haven’t put any weight on it yet and that eventuality seems weeks away.  After reading the blogs I’m a bit freaked out about re-rupturing the achilles.  Does driving pose such a risk.

I miss the quiet times Me and Car used to have together.  Wait for me Car I’m comming!!

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  1. jberton31 said,

    on July 7th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I think it all depends on your doc so you should definitely ask him/her. I asked mine at my first appt (even before my surgery) when I’d be able to drive. He thought about it for a second and said he couldn’t imagine that if he were in a cast that he wouldn’t drive so he is definitely pretty agressive. With that said though, I assume that when they say non weight- bearing that that also includes pushing a gas/brake pedal, so the only time I didn’t drive was the first 2 weeks post-op when I was “NWB”. Since I have been put in the walking cast (2 weeks post-op), I am driving like old-times. I figured with my doctor’s comment and the fact that I am allowed to walk on it, that my AT can handle the pedals. I haven’t had a single moment of discomfort or pain while driving so that’s good.

  2. chukeer said,

    on July 7th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    You and me both! My car has a manual transmission and my clutch foot is out of commission. The worst part is that one of my summer hobbies is taking my car up to the local track and driving around the road course.

    I know for sure that I won’t be driving until I’m at least in two shoes again, and possibly longer since it takes some leg strength to be able repeatedly push the clutch in and out in traffic.

  3. wubfree said,

    on July 7th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I’m hoping that operating a manual transmission becomes part of my progressive weight bearing rehab!

  4. bigbeef said,

    on July 8th, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I am currently 3 wks 5 days, but who is counting. Doc gave me permission to start light weigth bearing…whatever that means. However, that was enough for me to conclude I can operate a gas and brake pedals. I have a standard, but swapped with the wife for her automatic. My right side is in the boot. I can use it for gas and I use the left foot for brake. I’ve driven the past 3 days 35 miles each way to work. Use the cruise control as much as possible. My foot is a bit soar from swelling by the end of the trip. My only real concern is what will happen if I get pulled over or, God forbid, I get into an accident. Will my insurance leave me high and dry….

    Food for thought.

  5. on September 7th, 2011 at 6:54 am

    I’m new to this subject and found your post quite informative. Much Thanks.

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