Well, got the cast cut off this morning - I can see my ankle now, it is much less swollen than it was 2 weeks ago. There is still a lot of bruising present on the bottom of my foot and along the sides of my heel. At least the incision has healed well. Everything feels really stiff but I can move my ankle around a little and wiggle my toes easily.
I have both a Vacoped and an Aircast. This morning I went into the Vacoped with the angle set at a fixed 30 degrees. My Dr wants me to keep it at the fixed 30 degree angle for the next three weeks, then we will start dropping that angle down every few days. I will say that the Vacoped feels pretty comfortable although it feels like I am walking on a softball and I get prickly pins and needle feelings in my foot. So far he instructed me to partial weight-bear at about 50% and I am using 2 crutches. That is a bit of a backslide since I’ve been using the iwalk for the past month. I went to work and found I couldn’t physically do as much as I could in the iwalk because I can’t use my hands. UGHHHH!!! As much as I hated the iwalk, it does have its benefits (you are free to use your hands).
My instructions are now to walk on my booted foot over the next few days and to start weaning myself off of these damn crutches. The way I am walking now how is that going to happen?? When I got home today from work I could barely get up the five steps into the house. This is so frustrating - I thought that getting into the boot was going to mean more freedom, but it feels like I am going backwards. Sorry, I know this is the process and things will get better, just need to vent. How long has it taken y’all to ditch these torture devices (crutches)?
I am going to start wearing the Aircast at night and to bed (that will be my “clean” boot since it has to sleep with me). I’ll update later on how that feels compared to the Vacoped. Thanks for listening and hope everyone else is doing well. This injury is such a mental thing….
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