PWB to FWB, I can’t get the hang of it!
It’s 7 weeks today since my debridement/repair surgery. I’ve been PWB for 2 weeks now and that has been going fine. My incision looks really good and doesn’t hurt at all, so I know I’m making progress.
My next appt with my Surgeon is next week (8 weeks out from surgery). He would like me to ditch the crutches by that appointment. The problem is, I can’t quite figure out HOW to put full weight on my “bad” foot! My boot is a knee high non-hinged rocker boot that is a bit higher than my other foot with a shoe. I am supposed to stay in the boot as I go FWB. I can stand with both feet on the floor (although the boot foot hikes that hip up much higher) I’ve tried one crutch on the boot side, but it feels not quite right. I’ve tried just stepping on the foot w/o crutches, but what happens doesn’t resemble a “step” at all, and is scary! The pain isn’t in my heel where the bone was removed, nor in my achilles or ankle…it’s across the base of my toes on top and under my foot. It’s not really “pain” as much as stiffness, tightness, weirdness. Results in red and blue toes after each try. I’ve been playing with how much to inflate the boot. My thought is more compression probably make the toes more red/blue but might be better for my heel and AT. Less compression makes it easier to feel my whole foot.
I know many of you have been through this step already, so I could really use some guideance on how to ditch these crutches! Maybe I’m just being a great, big Scaredy Cat??