Jul 05 2012
What seemed like an eternity, I finally got my cast off on 6/25 which was 1 day short of 8 full weeks post surgery. My appointment with my Ortho was, well, not what I was expecting. The Dr didn’t even look at my leg, gave me a little info, and said see you in a month. He gave me a script for a 3/4″ heel lift and said to start PT.
First thing I did when I got home was shower. It felt so good to get fully into the shower and wash my leg. Still sitting on a chair obviously. My leg/foot looked nasty. Dry skin everywhere etc…. but at least I am out of that cast.
That night I was able to put 2 shoes on!!!
Set up an appointment for the heel lift the very next day and PT in 3 days. Got basically 2 wedges that I am able to peel layers off of. Only shoe they fit into was my winter hiking boots. Meh whatever. I tried putting weight on the foot a little while using the crutches. Didn’t do too much at that point until I went to PT.
Therapy was great although I was nervous. He looked at the leg and then put a warm wrap on it with the electo-stimulus (or whatever its called) pads for 20min. Afterwards he massaged the foot for a while which felt great but hurt at the same time. Then the fun came. He started to push on my foot upwards and while I didn’t resist, I was very tense for fear of re-rupture. He assured me that the only way I would re-rupture is if I go out and jump or run. He also mentioned that he thought I should have more flexibility than I do but everyone heals differently. My homework was to walk on it with crutches and do some stretches that he showed me.
Leg and foot felt great after therapy and through the weekend before my next appointment. I am loving the mobility I have and putting less weight on my hands while using the crutches. Sure, I walk about as fast as a snail but I am walking (kinda). My foot still looks nasty on the sole but its getting better. I gained some flexibility on my own but not much.
Second PT appointment was great. My foot felt like it flexed a lot further and when we were done I was able to walk more. We peeled a layer off my heel lift and I am now walking with less support from the crutches but definitely still need them. I see the PT again today to peel another layer off the heel lift and hopefully get some more flexibility back.
Till next time……
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