PWB today - stage 2 of 4 (or so)

October 13, 2010

At 3 weeks, 2 days (today) post surgery I transitioned to PWB in the Vacocast. I was cleared to go to FWB today, but that seems like a pretty big step so I plan to go for a few days of partial and will work up to full. So far, so good with the new stage and all seems well. Feels a little spooky to use a leg that hasn’t had any weight on it for the last 30+ days but no real pain (slight bruise type feel, or heat sensation in the heal) but nothing significant. Not sure how much weight I am putting on it but probably a good portion of my 220. The Vacocast seems good - have the rounded heel on it to compensate for the bend in the ankle and trying to walk like the video on their site.

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  • 1. normofthenorth  |  October 13th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Most heels complain at the weight, for a while. Being gradual helps, and adding squishy gel footbeds under your foot helps, too. (Probably best to avoid heel pads alone, since that would change your ankle angle some.)

    And don’t forget to raise up your other foot/leg/shoe so you’re standing and walking straight. That didn’t matter when you’re healing foot was up in the air. But it definitely matters now.

  • 2. drewt  |  October 13th, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    @norm - thanks. I ended up buying the “evenup” product offered by Vaco. It straps on to the bottom of the good leg’s shoe and adds an inch or so. I’m not walking FWB yet and have only used it for a day but so far like it and was a quick and easy solution that I would recommend to others.

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