2 Shoes and 1 Wrecked Boot

Had my boot removed last week and now in 2 shoes (with ¼ inch heel lifts)…what a feeling! The timing was about right to remove the boot as I pretty much wore it to destruction, there were cracks and mud everywhere as I have been doing my best to stay active and not lay around on the sofa all day. Needless to say my physio wasn’t all that impressed with my destroying the boot but was happy with the fact that I’ve gained a lot of ankle and muscle strength with all the walking and other activities I’ve been doing.

The first few steps out of the boot were really my first steps out of the boot. I hadn’t tried walking around the house without the boot as some people on here seem to do, I didn’t want to risk it. The first couple of steps were pretty awkward, made or so by the fact I did them in front of a giant mirror and saw how tiny my calf is now in relation to the rest of my body. All I could really do was laugh, look at my physio and say “I think you might have your work cut out for you.” This was based on our earlier conversations about regaining the same leg power prior to the injury.

The first few days out of the boot had been interesting. In the boot I was getting around at a fairly normal speed, without, my ankle feels a little stiff and I’m taking things a lot slower. I’ve found myself concentrating on every step I take thinking about heel placement, balance, stride length…etc. I’ve also found going down stairs a lot more difficult than going up, 1 step at a time and sideways.

Still have a long road ahead, I’m just happy to have reached another milestone without pain or discomfort.

Cheers

6 Comments so far

  1. "Frouchie" or "Grouchie", or just "Chris" on February 8th, 2010

    Congrats!!!! Remember, Slow and Steady Wins the Race.

    I’m so looking forward to ditching the boot!!

  2. normofthenorth on February 8th, 2010

    I’m about 4 weeks behind you on the calendar, Dave, and I’ve been following a NON-surgical protocol this time. (This is my second ATR, the first one was stitched together 8 years ago.)

    But it sounds like we’re at a similar stage, except that I’m going a slightly different route.

    I’m now free to “wean off boot” (a rigid AirCast boot) and go to 2 shoes (and back to crutches, too!), but instead I’ve started wearing the hinged boot I saved from the last phase of rehab 8 years ago, an “MC Walker”. I’ve got the hinge adjusted so it can’t dorsiflex past 0=neutral, but it can plantar-flex ’til the cows come home. And I’m really enjoying that protected calf exercise as I pad around.

    This evening, I’m going to take my first subway trip since the ATR, and there’s a several-block walk on either end of the trip, so I’ll see if I enjoy a longer hike! Of course, it still feels best to put the leg up in the air. . .

  3. placervillemadman on February 9th, 2010

    Congratulations!! Don’t feel bad about the boot, I destroyed 2 of them and was on my third when I was able to ditch it. I was very stubborn in resuming life once I got the boot so it took some heavy damage. It was a good day when they all went into the trash!

    I am about three weeks ahead of you post-op. I too am much more cautious without the boot than I was with it. Stairs are definitely tricky since using the front ball of the foot is comical at best. Things seem to be progressing much quicker now though. I have been hitting the stationary bike pretty hard which seems to loosen up the ankle but it definitely tightens up later in the day. I usually grab the tension bands and roll through my PT exercises at that time to try and break down the scar tissue and build up the calf.

  4. dave02 on February 9th, 2010

    Its been about 5 days since they took the boot away. Still feeling very stiff but I think that will only improve with time. Stairs are proving to be the biggest obstacle at the moment, going up is fine, going down, its one step at a time. Other than that I’m trying to walk as much as I can during the day, have had no problems with that other than how much slower I’ve become since the boot was removed.

    Public transport has been pretty interesting, trains and taxis have been my main mode of transport, haven’t tried the subways or buses yet as subways and buses in Hong Kong are notoriously crowded.

    Another PT session on Friday, will update shortly after.

    Good luck to all with your recoveries.

    Cheers

  5. normofthenorth on February 10th, 2010

    I’m still in the hinged boot, still too weak to walk normally, not surprising at 8.5 weeks post-boot.
    Last night I took the Toronto subway for the first time post-boot, with LONG walks on each end of both trips. It felt pretty good, though I was tired when I got home.
    Tonight I took my first BICYCLE trip post-boot. Not very far, though there was new snow on the ground when I came back home. It felt pretty good, though my bike needs some air and some lubricant since it’s been sitting idle outside so long, so I went slowly.

    My hinged boot hardly hinged at all while I was cycling, though I do get a little flexion at the end of each walking step. Too much resistance from the pedal, I guess. Some of the time, I concentrated on pointing my “bad” toe down at the end of the pedal cycle.

    Everything is slowly getting to feel (and be) more normal, though I’m certainly not there yet, and in no rush to live my life in two shoes before I’m ready.

  6. diane on February 11th, 2010

    I have been in 2 shoes for about a week now and I have to agree I am moving much slower now then I was with the boot. But I rather be careful than have a slip.

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