Freq Asked Questions

There won’t be any definitive answers here as we can only speak from our personal experiences with the injury. We do not give medical advice, so please consult your physician.
Here’s the Disclaimer.

This is a compilation of some of the questions that have been raised on the site. This list is still a work in progress, and we’ll be pointing you to the relevant posts and comments by fellow Achilles Bloggers to make your search a bit easier. (If there is no link next to the question, then please ask someone, or you’ll have to read through the posts/comments on the site.)

As a side note, this list wasn’t created to dissuade you to ask questions (even the ones on this list). Don’t hesitate to ask! We have a very active community so someone will most likely share their experiences with you.


If you are looking for answers to specific questions, the new site-wide Google search on the top right of the main site should make it easier to search the entire AchillesBlog.com

This will search all the blogs, all the posts, and all the comments on AchillesBlog.

I tried typing in things like “insole”, “quote”, “supplements”, “aspirin”, “dance”, “insurance”, and it works well.

I’ve noticed that the search is more effective if you click: repeat the search with the omitted results included at the bottom of the page (once Google returns you the results).

This is because the content on the website is constantly being updated, and Google’s copy of AchillesBlog gets out-of-date. So it sometimes points you to an old address.
Good thing is that Google will return you many results for the same phrase, and one of them will point to the right page. So just keep looking.


If you want to add questions or references to this list, please add a comment to this page, and I’ll periodically update this page.


Achilles Rupture

  1. Should I go to the Emergency Room or instead go see my doctor (or an orthopedic surgeon) as soon as possible? Dennis’s post
  2. I don’t have health insurance. What should I do? Read Jim’s comments
  3. Do you think somebody kicked me and caused this injury?
  4. Surgery or conservative Treatment?
  5. How do I find a good surgeon?
  6. How much will the total medical cost be (whether I cover the cost or the insurance company does) if I have surgery? Tom’s Post
  7. What do those acronyms (ATR, NWB, PWB, FWB, ROM, WTF) mean?
    1. ATR - Achilles Tendon Rupture
    2. NWB - Non Weight Bearing
    3. PWB - Partial Weight Bearing
    4. FWB - Full Weight Bearing
    5. ROM - Range of Motion
    6. WTF - It’s what I screamed when I ruptured my Achilles..

Getting Ready for Surgery (If you’ve chosen to go the Surgery Route)

  1. General Anesthesia or no?
  2. What are some of the complications that I should keep in mind (complications are for the most part, rare.. but you should be aware of them.)?
  3. How long will the surgery be?

Post-op to 4 weeks

  1. I just had surgery on my Achilles, and I am in a (cast/splint) what is the most comfortable position for sleeping?
  2. When I stand up, I feel a rush of blood to the foot and my foot turns purple. Is this normal?
  3. When walking with crutches, and I tried to catch myself from falling, and I accidentally put weight on my cast leg. It was painful, but the pain went away. Do you think I did any damage to my repaired Achilles tendon?
  4. I feel excruciating pain in my calf, is this normal?
  5. My incision wound hasn’t healed right, it’s still tender after several weeks. Is this normal?
  6. I can’t sleep. Is it the pain killers? What should I do?
  7. My cast feels too tight, it’s uncomfortable. Is this normal?
  8. My cast feels really too tight. The pain is excruciating, and I can’t feel my toes! Should I go see the doctor?
  9. I get painful leg cramps (thigh or calf in either leg). What should I do?
  10. How do you use crutches? Some info here: How-to user crutches.
  11. Involuntary muscle spasms at night. (or when you “kick”, when sleeping) do any sort of damage to the tendon? They are painful for a few minutes.
  12. How do you feel about Early Weight Bearing recovery protocol?

Questions to consider asking your Physician during a Post-op visit

  1. How badly was my Achilles tendon damaged?
  2. When can I start partial weight bearing? How much weight?
  3. When can I start full weight bearing?
  4. Can I take my boot off at night when sleeping?
  5. When can I start exercising again? And what type of exercises can I do?
  6. When can I start Physical Therapy?
  7. Can I drive my car? If not, when can I start?
  8. How long do I have to elevate my leg throughout the day?
  9. When can I stop elevating my leg?
  10. Should I take aspirin every day in case there may be a blood clot? If so, when should I stop?
  11. When can I start taking baths?
  12. Should I take any supplements or vitamins?
  13. At what point is infection not so much of an issue?
  14. At what point are blood clots not so much an issue?
  15. How do you feel about Early Weight Bearing recovery protocol?
  16. Can I get a copy of the operative report? (only if you are curious)

Physical Therapy

  1. Is physical therapy necessary?
  2. When should I start physical therapy?
  3. Does physical therapy really help?
  4. Can you rupture your Achilles Tendon during physical therapy?

Therapeutic Massage

  1. Is Therapeutic Massage helpful? eriedutchgirl
  2. What is the difference between Therapeutic Massage and Sports Massage? eriedutchgirl’s comments

Scar Healing

  1. Will my scar from the surgery go away?
  2. Information about scarring: jenni’s comments (dermatology nurse)
  3. What can I do to reduce scarring from the surgery? Dennis’s posts and comments

Tendons and Ligaments

  1. What is the definition of a tendon / what is the definition of a ligament?
  2. Why do we commonly say tendon ruptures and ligament tears?
  3. Whay is the recovery & rehab period so much longer for a tendon than it is for a ligament?

AchillesBlog Site Related questions

  1. How did this site start?
  2. Can I use the information I’ve found here in place of my doctor’s advice? No, please follow your physician’s advice!
  3. I ruptured my Achilles, why should I blog about it?
  4. I justed created a blog. It says that it’s created. What do I do now?
    • Go to your blog and read the first post that’s automatically created. There are some instructions there. If you have more questions after that, feel free to add a comment anywhere on the site, and someone from the AchillesBlog community will help you.
  5. How do I start posting my experiences on my blog?
  6. How do I set up the Achilles Timeline widget?
  7. How do I set up the Achilles NYC marathon Widget?
  8. I don’t see “ATR Timeline” widget in the available widgets list. Where is it?
    • If your blog was created before Aug. 7th 2008, you have to activate the widget first from the Plugins page. The Plugins Page can be found on the upper-right side of your blog’s command console.  Otherwise, you should see it in the list of widgets.  If not, then let me know, and I’ll take a look.
  9. I’d like to get my information shown on the “If ATR recovery was a NYC marathon..” page. How?
  10. How do I upload my pictures on the blog?
    • From your command console (where you write your posts), go to the post (or a page) that you want upload the picture to.
    • In the Write Post page, click on the gray star just to the right of “Add media”
    • You should see a pop-up menu, click on: [Choose files to upload] button.
    • Window should pop up and you can browse your computer for the picture to upload.
    • After that, select the picture that you want to upload, and follow the directions..
    • If you have questions, ask via comments on this page, and I (or someone else) will be able to help you.
  11. I’d like to edit my comments. How do I do it?
  12. I’d like to be able to see site-wide comments on my blog, is this possible?
  13. Great site, I’d like to help, what can I do?
    • Cheer on other people’s recovery. Please read and leave positive comments on the blogs. It really helps getting supports this way.
    • Share what you learned about Achilles Tendon Rupture recovery on your pages so that others can benefit from it too.
    • You can help organize the content on the main site.
    • You can let me know if there are things that don’t work on the site, or any feedback on what can be improved on the site.
    • If you are a web designer, you can create a WP Theme for us!
    • If you are a web developer, you can help with the development on the site. (in PHP/javascript)
    • If you have access to medical journals and papers about Achilles, you can e-mail them to me, and I’ll post it on this site.
    • If you are knowledgeable about T-shirt printing, and want to help with AchillesBlog T-shirts, please let me know.

73 Responses to “Freq Asked Questions”

  1. Hi Dennis,

    I had a couple of questions that may want to be added to the FAQ list, though they are a bit more basic:

    - What is the definition of a tendon / what is the definition of a ligament?
    - Why do we commonly say tendon ruptures and ligament tears?
    - Whay is the recovery & rehab period so much longer for a tendon than it is for a ligament.

    Craig

  2. craig -
    I’ve added them. thanks. If you find the answers, please let me know. I’ll either add them here, or if you have it on your blog, create a separate page, and I’ll link to your page from the questions.

  3. Great idea, Dennis. Have my first post-op appointment on Tuesday. And will be armed with this! Thanks!

    You know…I did have a question. This is my first surgery and I really like my doctor. He’s a big soccer (I know, I know…football) fan and I have an extra Galaxy jersey that I never wore. Is it good/bad protocol to give him a gift? Any thoughts?

  4. daveleft -

    I am not sure about the good/bad protocol, doctor - patient relations, but I think he would appreciate it. :)

    Hope all goes well on your first post-op, and keep us posted!

  5. Hi Dennis,

    I’m still looking for answers on the last two (I’ve been given some opinions, but am looking for something more substantial). I’ll let you know when I get some answers.

    Craig

  6. I’m trying to start PWB walking in my walking boot and on crutches. Does anybody have a website video and/or textual description which indicates both the do’s and don’ts of ATR recovery PWB walking in a boot?

    I’m thinking I want to minimize the weight I put on my toes. Is this correct?

  7. craig -

    I don’t know of any PWB howto’s off hand, but I stood on the bathroom scale with the boot to get a good feel for what 30 lbs, 60 lbs, etc. felt like.

    I just kind of walked best I can with the crutches when PWB’ing.

    Putting more weight towards the heel than the toes makes sense, but maybe others here have more solid information.

  8. craig,

    I thought of weight bearing on the ‘bad’ leg kind of like when you do squats—put the weight in the heel, not the toes. that was my mental image. and this is kind of random, but when I was walking fwb with the boot, if I imagined myself leading with my belly button, I had better balance and posture. that is to say, walking by leading with my belly button. In fact, I find this same method to be very helpful in my 2-shoes walking. Keeps me rolling heel to toe and keeps my posture relaxed and straight. Again, random, but effective.

  9. If you are looking for answers to specific questions, the new site-wide Google search on the top right of the main site should make it easier to search the entire AchillesBlog.com

    This will search all the blogs, all the posts, and all the comments on AchillesBlog.

    I tried typing in things like “insole”, “quote”, “supplements”, “aspirin”, “dance”, “insurance”, and it works well.

    I’ve noticed that the search is more effective if you click: repeat the search with the omitted results included at the bottom of the page (once Google returns you the results).

    This is because the content on the website is constantly being updated, and Google’s copy of AchillesBlog gets out-of-date. So it sometimes points you to an old address.
    Good thing is that Google will return you many results for the same phrase, and one of them will point to the right page. So just keep looking. ;)

  10. Dennis, thanks for all the great effort to constantly improve the site for us!
    Could you please help me set up the time and the marathon widgets on my site, please? I tried to follow th nstructions but I am afraid I didn’t manage.
    Thanks a lot,
    Judit

  11. Judit - I’ve added the two widgets. Please let me know if they are where you want them.

    Where in the instructions were you getting stuck? If it wasn’t clear to you, then it probably wasn’t clear for other people too. Please leave a comment under the instructions if you have any specific questions.

    It’ll help me make the instructions clearer for everyone.

    thanks for your help.

  12. Dennis, thanks, it’s perfect. I followed the instructions until I got into plugins, activated what I wanted and then nothing happened. Maybe I didn’t read everyhing? :-S

  13. judit -
    I’ve updated the instructions:
    http://achillesblog.com/dennis/achilles-timeline-widget/

    Can you let me know if it’s clearer? I hope you get to read it..

    :)

  14. Dennis,

    Tried to upload a picture to my blog, with the flash-uploader, I got an HTTP error, and with the browser uploader, I got an error message that said the file was too big. What am I doing wrong, can you help me?

    Thanks, Mariannei

  15. marianne -
    It means that your photo file sizes are too big. You’ll have to make the image sizes smaller. You can do that using an image editing program. Once you do that, you should have no problems. ;)

  16. [...] was strange considering I’m obviously not using that calf for anything.  I noticed in the FAQ(question 9, post-op to 4-weeks) that there was a question about that very issue but there was no [...]

  17. I’ve added more information on the FAQ section on the AchillesBlog Site Related questions:

    http://achillesblog.com/frequently-asked-questions/

    Please let me know if there are any other FAQ items that need to be addressed.

  18. Does anyone know what NWB exercises I can do while still in my cast? My calf has atrophied a lot and now my upper leg is looking puny. Has anyone tried to strengthen the leg before going FWB?

  19. If someone leaves a comment to one of my posts, and then I also reply to the comments do people get notified again to say i have replied?

    I know if i leave a commont then and email is sent to the user of the blog. But does an email get generated if someone replies or adds and extra comment to theirs?

  20. dazf - If someone leaves a comment on your blog, you’ll receive a notification. (btw, you can turn that off if you want.)

    If you reply to that person on that page on your blog, then the person won’t get a notification. However, all comments appear on the main site, so you can go to the main page and check the comments.. to keep up with all comments on all blogs.

    That’s why I prepend “person’s name - “ in front of all my comments, so that people can see them on the main page and know that I am addressing them.

    I browse through the comments on the main site, and scan through to see if someone is replying to me or not, rather than checking individual pages. I check fairly regularily.. unless I am really busy, and I don’t have access to a computer. :)

  21. Thans Dennis for explaining this.

  22. How do you get an Avatar?

  23. When I try to add a picture to my blog…I take all the correct steps as listed above but still can’t attach the photo.
    When I click on “Insert into Post” I get a blank window\screen and it doesn’t do anything.
    In “media” it says a photo is attached to the post title…but the photo doesn’t appear in the posting on my blog page?

    What am I doing wrong?

  24. frouchie - Please describe all the steps that you are doing in trying to insert an image to your post. I’ll repeat the exact same steps as you and see what happens exactly..
    Also, which web browser and OS are you using (windows? mac?)

  25. I use Windows….with Mozilla browser..tried it in IE browser too.

    # From your command console (where you write your posts), go to the post (or a page) that you want upload the picture to.
    # In the Write Post page, click on the gray star just to the right of “Add media”
    # You should see a pop-up menu, click on: [Choose files to upload] button.
    # Window should pop up and you can browse your computer for the picture to upload.
    # After that, select the picture that you want to upload, and follow the directions..

    When I click on “Insert into Post” I get a blank window\screen and it doesn’t do anything…just sits there blank. I can see my post page window behind the blank pop up screen. I have to “X” close the blank screen before I can do anything else.

    Does that make any logic at all?

  26. frouchie - ok I’ll try it tonight and let you know. Thanks for the info.

  27. frouchie - it seems to work for me..
    What is the url when you are adding a picture to a post? Is it something like this?
    http://achillesblog.com/frouchie/wp-admin/post-new.php

    I am noticing the problem when I try to add images to new posts on other people’s blog, but not my own.

    It seems like others are able to add images.. hmm.
    Anyone else having this problem.

  28. Dennis -
    I see in my media library you added a picture, and you should have seen the pictures I had there in my library that I have added too.
    But My question is….if I have attached a picture to my blog posting, why can I not see them in my posting\blog page when I look at it?

  29. frouchie - I am stumped on this one. I don’t know why you can’t add pictures to your posts.
    Is anyone else having this problem??

  30. Hi Dennis,
    I’m having the same problem. I followed the instruction shown in the HELP page as frouchie had done. The photos I uploaded were shown in my Media Library. I then clicked “Show” for one of the photos and a pop-up page appeared. After that, I clicked “Insert into Post”, but a white blank was shown in the pop-up page and I had close the page by clicking ‘x” as frouchie did. I then checked the editing page, but the chosen photo was not embedded/shown there. I also checked my blog by clicking “Preview”, but no photo appeared there.

  31. Dennis - I forgot to tell you something. I use MAC (OS-X, version 10.4.11) and Firefox (version 3.5.8).

  32. I’ve found a way to insert photos at last!
    Here is what I have done for that.

    http://achillesblog.com/chocolata/2010/03/08/i-can-insert-a-photo-in-my-post-at-last/

  33. i ruptured my achillies over a year ago and it is still swollen and my scar looks like an s curve still tender and worked out on it a couple of times but still hurts. Can you help me please

  34. You need to talk to your doctor or a foot/ankle specialist. Anything you get here in terms of diagnosis will be pure speculation. Obviously something isn’t right but you need a doctor to sort it out correctly. Good luck.

  35. No, I was not able insert Image nether.
    I followed chocolata’s manual to insert my image / picture to my post.

  36. How I can get email updates for every post I posted comment?
    So far I get notifications for my own posts only.

    tnx

  37. Hi Guys/Gyals,

    I had surgery on the 27th June and want to fly out to the UK from Canada on the 22nd July….will I be ok?

    My leg should be in a cast.

  38. Should be OK. Any chance of getting into a CAM Boot at least PWB? Would be much better than cast. Good luck.

  39. Heyyy youuu guyyys!

  40. Hi, I have tried to start my Achilles blog but i don’t see
    any button in the dashboard to start posting.

    anyway here is my question:
    I had a spur removed in my left foot. Doctor had said he would perform FHL if needed (if tendon had tearing). but even when MRI had said my Achilles was in perfect condition.. the doctor performed FHL which has been terrible. was this FHL really needed?

    the worst thing is
    I had a surgery with another doctor to remove spur from right foot .surgery went successful and I remember the doctor
    telling me that in no way he would need to touch my Achilles

  41. Hi all. I have a question that might seem silly. I’m a little confused by the difference between PWB, FWB and “two shoes”. How do I qualify the difference between PWB and FWB?

    Given the amount of damage to my achilles my surgeon wanted a more conservative recovery for me. It’s been 10weeks since surgery and I’ll jyust be transitioned from a cast to a air boot this week. Am I essentially going from NWB to FWB?

    Thanks

  42. In terms of this site it means …

    PWB = walking with bad foot on the ground but with assistance ie. crutch or crutches
    FWB = as above but with no assistance
    2 shoes = wearing shoes and walking with or without assistance

  43. bcurr,

    Thanks for the response. My recovery process has been quite different from many who have commented on this site. I had surgery on July 5 and spent the next 3 weeks in a fibreglass 1/2 cast, then 7 weeks in an adjustable boot. I was told to stay non-weight bearing for the entire 10 weeks. I’m happy to report when the 10weeks ended my surgeon instructed me that I was free to use 2-shoes, provided I work hard at physio and not to do anything stupid!

    edmonton

  44. Hi all
    I’m 10 weeks post op & walking about in two shoes unaided. I was discharged from outpatients about 2 weeks ago with no offer of physio. I found some physio videos on youtube and have been making decent progress following these. However I am starting to experience some considerable pain in my middle three toes. When I think back this pain has been there since I had my first cast off, but is now getting very painful. I wondered has anybody else had a similar experience ?

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  47. How to start om this blog?

  48. Hi all, am 2 wks post op in a cast for another 6wks and then i progress onto the boot for another 12 weeks.

    My advice to fellow patients is get off the pain killers asap .ecause i found significant side effects eg. constipation and difficulty urinating and also loss of appetite.

    I’m 4 days of pain killers now & already body is starting to get back to normal. Be very careful on crutches if the weather is wet.

    Take Care

  49. can someone explain to me what 2-shoes is? I am week 10, the doc said to start wearing normal shoes. Week 1-4 in cast, 4-8 in cam walker, week 9 cam walker no wedges, now as I start week ten doc says go straight into normal shoes. Everyones talking about 2-shoes, what is that? People also say doc gives them shoes with wedges. Is it normal for me to go straight to normal shoes without wedges? My doc didn’t give me wedges for the cam walker either, I had to stuff a sock for a bit.

  50. Jin,
    I haven’t seen a cast-in-stone definition of 2 shoes. I have been transitioning into 2 shoes now for several weeks. At this point, I am wearing 2 shoes now in the house most of the time. Still if I am doing some risky behavior like playing with the dogs, weigh lifting, doing heavy chores or walking on broken ground, I put on my CAM boot. As such, I still don’t consider myself in 2 shoes. Others may have a different opinion on that.

    When I started my transition to 2 shoes, I had no wedges.

  51. I feel silly not being able to figure this out. I wanted to post my story. I signed up and when I login in I cannot figure out how to make my own blog. Any help/ideas?

  52. Wacaine, from the main page:

    To create a new blog, please create a user account first. And then, please send me an e-mail (achillesblog@gmail.com) from the e-mail address that you registered with, and I’ll create a blog for you. Please tell me what your username is, and mention briefly how your injury was caused. (The amount of spam blogs that gets created on the site is becoming unmanageable, so I’ve decided to restrict creation of blogs to just me.) I check the site frequently and check AchillesBlog e-mails from my phone, so it’ll won’t take long for you to get your blog up and running.

  53. Can anyone recommend a doctor in the Ventura Co. or Los Angeles area that specializes in the non surgical approach? I am two week help.

  54. Still a newbie to blogging. I have my own blog and I know how to get to that and read any comments. But what if someones posts a new comment. Can’t I set this up so I can get an email? And same for if I comment on some one else’s story and they comment back? i would like to get an email notification if someone replies to my comment.

  55. Hi…

    Post haglund’s deformity excision and Achilles debridement and repair. For the life of me I cannot figure out how to start a blog post. Explain it like I’m five?

  56. Janis, first step is to send the email described on the Main Page. Second step is to wait a few days until you see a new blog title near the top of the list on the main page with your name on it and “Hello World” as a title. Then you log on into it and start deleting the boilerplate and replacing it with your story and questions.

  57. I’ve done the email. I will check back. Thanks!

  58. How and where do I post my story/experience? I can’t seem to find the right place.

  59. Laugh, the anzwer’s above: “…first step is to send the email described on the Main Page. Second step is to wait a few days until you see a new blog title near the top of the list on the main page with your name on it and “Hello World” as a title. Then you log on into it and start deleting the boilerplate and replacing it with your story and questions.”

  60. So why does my Android phone’s auto-correct keyboard turn Laguy into Laugh, but leaves “anzwer” as is?!? Hardly seems fair.

  61. Hey guys. So I started weight bearing in a boot today at 45 days post op. Doctor told me to use 1 crutch for a few days to get used to it. Is the heel tingling normal? Does it go away. Not really painful just a weird feeling. Also I’m very awkward with walking its like I’m intimidated. Can someone give me some insight.

  62. wearingthe45, I also had heel tingling when I was PWB status. I also didn’t think of it as “painful”, but weird. Nonetheless, it caused me to pull-up each time I attempted to place more weight on my injured foot and that was holding me back. I suspected it might be something I needed to push-through, but was nervous about experimenting. Then, my PT gave me some simple balancing exercises: standing, without crutches, next to my kitchen counter and rocking side-to-side, back-and-forth, and diagonally both ways. After 3 days of this, all of a sudden I was able to confidently push-through that weird feeling and attempt FWB. My tingling sensation lasted for a few days afterwards, but only on my first few steps of an FWB stint. So, for me at least, I think it was a mental hurdle I had to leap. Try the balancing exercises I described and see if they can help you too. -David

  63. @davidk hey man. Thanks for the response. It was mental and I’m over it now. But cleared for fwb for 5 days but he said use wa crutch one crutch till your comfortable. Here’s the thing I can easily walk without the crutch as far as weight bearing goes, but my boot is so much higher than my other foots shoe,it it makes for very slow and limpy steps. Any clues on how to make this smoother. (My shoe is a pretty cushioned basketball shoe that isn’t low to the ground either) thanks David

  64. wearingthe45, I wholeheartedly recommend the Evenup shoe balancer for your good foot. It’s like a secure flip-flop for your good foot that will even-up your legs. You attach it to the bottom of your shoe and it makes walking in a boot with a near-normal gait possible. I bought mine on Amazon for ~$30–well worth it. -David

  65. @davidk bought the even up from a store today. Awesome product thanks a lot man! Also.. Did you ever have random days of pain along the weight bearing process. It’s like, every day got better for a week but this morning had some pain with every step. Went away now. But should I be concerned? Or is it just still healing. Been WB for a week

  66. wearingthe45, when I was in the late PWB stage (approaching FWB), I only experienced some pain/discomfort in my heel and the ball of my foot with the first few steps of any walk and then it would fade away. Everyone is different, however, so only you can judge if the pain you’re experiencing is within the range of normal healing. If in doubt, call your doctor and/or PT. -David

  67. Wearingthe45 - I had heel and tendon pains when I transitioned over to pwb and fwb. They were not constant and came and went, ties perhaps to how much walking I was doing. I took it easier if I was feeling tendon twinges (mostly when I took a long step) and ignored the heel or arch pains. I think some pain is common, but it’s different for everyone and I would recommend listening to your body and backing off from anything that irritates your tendon.

    I think my pains were from scar tissue breaking or just stretching it with increasing range of motion and tension.

  68. Wt45, if your pain is under your foot, it’s normal, and you can probably treat it like normal soreness without much risk of developing chronic plantar fasciitis. But if it’s at the back of the heel, I’d give it serious respect. AT-related. Either abuse of the attachment point, or a referred pain from higher up. Either way… When I had that, I backed way off, back in the boot until it was 100% gone. Maybe overkill, but it’s still gone, so OK with me.

  69. I have registered and logged in to this site. Can someone tell me how to post a comment or question that appears on the main page of the site? Thank you….

  70. Woops - Nevermind; posted under FAQ’s and see my comment on the main page. Sorry, I’m tech challenged. Here’s my issue(s) and wondering if anyone has had a similar experience.

    I’m 4 mos post surgery. My tendon is actually fine (still tight but otherwise no issues). My problem is my wound healing. I have a small (thumbnail size) area at the lower part of the surgical wound (towards the heel) that still has not closed. Went to see plastic surgeon who has me on Silver Sulfidine (sic) which I have been using for about 3 weeks. Still not much better and unless I pop a couple of advil, very uncomfortable in closed heal shoes. Anyone ever had this issue and what can I expect.

    Furthermore, my old case of plantar has flared up in a big way which my surgeon tells me was the result of my foot being in the downward position post surgery for a month in the cast and another month in the walking boot with heel wedges. I am doing all of the things you are supposed to do like rolling the heel with a frozen coke bottle, rolling with a tennis ball, and wearing othodics, but I don’t seem to be getting much better. Is there hope? Thank you…..

  71. Just had cast removed, I’m in a boot now. Question.. do I need to sleep with the boot on also? I have it on most of the day , but i so enjoy having my leg/foot out. I just elevate it. Is this ok…

    My ortho surgeon said the boot was to remain on at all times..
    I remove it when showering, but utilize a chair while in the shower…

    Great sight… it’s answered many of my concerns..

  72. forced2retireleo - not really enough information. Your doc said leave it on so if you plan to follow that advice then you have your answer. How long since your treatment started? Did you have surgery? Do you toss and turn while sleeping? I had surgery and started sleeping without the boot after 3 weeks. It was a bit of a risk and I would not suggest it for everyone but I could not sleep with the boot on. My foot however did not hit the floor without it even for a short walk. Some people here have been told they can sleep without the boot at similar times. Taking your leg out of the boot is no real problem after 3 weeks and it was encouraged by my doc to do some active ROM exercises which was simply writing the alphabet with your foot while the rest of the leg was fully supported. You can also apply ice to the swelling better.

  73. Hi All,

    I’m 30 years old man and I cut my Achilles tendon on 5th of April and I had surgery on 7th. Currently I’m in the 3.5 week post surgery. Until yesterday I was with cast that blocked my knee (my leg was fixed at 45 degrees with toes pointed down). Now I’m with free knee and cast that fixes my toes down again. My doctor is very oldshcool and doesn’t know anything about walking boots and etc.

    So I’m planning next week (2-3days before 30-th day after the surgery) to buy walking boot with adjustable toe angle. At first I’ll try to turn my toes to 90 degrees (neutral position). Then will start to train walking with the boot and crutches. Then I’ll try to walk with crutches. My physiotherapy starts 5th week at 16th of May.

    Could you please suggest me few things:
    - when I take the boot. How many days I have to adjust my toes to 90 degree? I read it’s better to adjust the angle before sleeping but with how much degree? And for how many days? (currently is at 10-15 degrees)
    - My doctor told me it’s fine to start Full weight load just after putting the boot. I’m not sure if this is possible at all
    - do you think I can learn to walk with the boot only, for 3-4 days?

    Thank you all in advance

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