Fiberglass vs. Boot Cast

Even though my ankle feels like it is still swollen and I can feel darn near every stitch in both incisions starting to pull and sting, I will still take the boot cast over the fiberglass cast any day.  The fiberglass cast is heavy and hard and there is no way to get any relief  if you start to swell.  The boot on the other hand allows you to deflate and inflate to accommodate a little of that swelling.

Still I have to be careful to not let it too loose and cause rubbing or lessen the support that aligns the foot and heal to heal correctly. The worse feature of the boot cast is that it is much hotter inside than the fiberglass cast.  Still I recommend if you are given a choice or have problems with severe swelling, you ask the doc about the boot. For me, it’s a happier place to be.

Change in Plans

Well today, my toes turned purple and fat.  I was in a lot of pain, mostly around my ankle joint.  Call the Doc and they had me come on in.  It felt like something was choking my ankle by the time I got there, and when the cast came off, the ankle was really swollen and was causing the poor circulation in my foot and on into my toes.

The good news is that after making me make a few promises he put me into the boot cast rather than putting me back in the cast.  Dear Hubby was with me so he narc’d on me, said I wasn’t staying down much, and keeping the leg propped up like I should, so I had to promise to keep the foot up, not remove the boot, bear no weight, etc.  Which I did.

More on the boot later.

Surgery is over…

Sorry, but I didn’t make the Monday post as I thought I would. Monday passed in a blur of doctor visit, labs, and OMG I am tired and sore everywhere.  So let’s back-track… Friday and the surgery went as well as I can remember.  After the second dose of Versed, I really don’t remember much, except that he was sorry to say he had to make two incisions to get all the spurs and ruptured tendon cleaned up and out.

Saturday I took my Percoset every four hours and kept the leg iced.  I got up and went back and forth to use the toilet with my knee walker. My only problem was that by the end of the evening my arthritic knee was red and hot with inflammation.

This my first time in  a fiberglass cast, but I have worn the foam protecting boot cast on more that one occasion.  The major difference is the the fiberglass cast is so hard.  By the end of Saturday, I already had a place under the upper lip of my cast that had rubbed raw from the pressure of the knee walker.

I used the wheelchair on Sunday and took it super easy; meds, ice, bring me this and that and only up for toileting and a shower that evening.  More on toileting and shower later.

Monday morning, it was off to the doctor, where the cast was taken off, incisions were looked at, given the thumbs up, and a cast was put back on. The whole thing took less than than 30 minutes.  I will go back in 11 days to have the stitches taken out and a new cast put on.

I am going to stop for now and will make more notes later on information related to showering, toileting, etc…

I will also enable my picture plugin so I can post a few lovely pix.

ATR Timeline

  • Name: FlyRed
    Location: Missouri
    Injured during: Fall on wet tiled floor
    Which Leg: L
    Status: NWB

    708 wks  6 days Post-ATR
    634 wks  5 days
       Since start of treatment

  • FlyRed has completed the grueling 26.2 ATR miles to full recovery!
    Goal: 365 days from the surgery date.
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