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How many people with ATR?

April 5th, 2008 · 5 Comments

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Just wanted to share with you some numbers:

We had over a thousand unique people visiting everyone’s AchillesBlog for the month of March.
I don’t think every one of those people had an ATR, but say conservatively 1/10 of them did, then there are 100 people a month with ATR here.

If you are starting out on crutches, and did not get good instruction on how to walk with them,
this page shows you how to properly use the crutches (correct fit, going up/down stairs, etc.):

I’ll also create a link on the main site.

Tags: · crutches

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jim // Apr 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I think EWB just depends on your doctor. Like Brendan wrote, it doesn’t show any difference in the long run. I guess I am in the EWB boat. At 15 post op, once I was in a cast I as given free reign to bear as much weight as I wanted. Of course the cast is not very comfortable for WB, but I was able to work my way up. The doc just said “no squats”. Maybe that is why I have had the cast longer than Brendan, just for more protection (we ruptured and had surgery the same days). I hope the transition to the boot goes well, and I have counted the days 100 times since getting up today. One thing of note, is that once I started WB, my circulation improved dramatically. Even in the cast, my toes stayed normal color and my toes never swelled. I think putting weight on the foot acted kind of like a pump to get the blood moving. I don’t know if this changes anything, but it made me feel good. Needless to say, we will all get to the same destination of full recovery.

  • 2 James // Apr 6, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Hi Dennis,

    I’m 27 years old, left foot.

    FYI - seeing the doctor on Monday to adjust the angle of my foot and get a new cast… hopefully not too long after that I can get a WB boot.

    How long after the WB boot has been put on can you begin PT? How many weeks will it take to be able to walk with any assistance (if all the PT exercises are followed)?



  • 3 dennis // Apr 6, 2008 at 9:18 am

    James - Thanks, and good luck with the visit on Monday.
    As for the PT and walking, it all depends on your doctor.
    Ask your doctor if he recommends that you do any home exercises. I did some light range of motion exercises once I was in a boot, and I think it helped.

    Brendan has a good list of questions to ask your doctor:

    My protocol has been:
    Cast for 2 weeks NWB (non weight bearing)
    Cast for 2 more weeks PWB (20-30 lbs)
    Boot for 4 weeks FWB
    Physical Therapy start at week 6
    Walking in normal shoes at week 8

  • 4 nancy // Apr 11, 2008 at 12:11 am

    i can’t believe how fast you got to walking you lucky duck
    i’ve got my 2nd post op next week, it will be week 6 and hopefully i’ll be put into the aircast, PWB
    i’m tired of hopping around, sore “good” leg

    keep us posted, those good stories are good for our “morale”

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