Week 4: Skipping from NWB to FWB

It has been 4 weeks since surgery on my Achilles tendon. I’ve been in a cast for the last 2 weeks and it has gone well. The knee scooter has been a lifesaver and is actually fun to use wherever I go. The bright orange cast had the intended effect. Nobody missed it.

So many people have stopped and asked me what happened. I seriously wish I had printed out a pamphlet to hand out. I have had to tell the story of my ATR dozens of times. Sometimes it’s a bother, but most of the time I enjoy making people cringe. :-) I try to make it an educational moment and advise people to stretch before intense exercise.

I have been very blessed. I still have had no pain or discomfort. I have been walking on it more and more…even in the cast. I haven’t had any falls, but there have been a few close calls.

At my 4 week checkup, they removed my cast, checked the incision and range of motion, and put me in a boot. I came prepared with an extra sock and I brought the boot I used before surgery. The whole visit lasted about 10 minutes.

The doctor was going to instruct me to only put partial weight bearing (PWB) on it, but when I told him that I was already walking without pain, he was okay with me using full weight bearing (FWB) in the boot. I can take it off for bathing and sleeping, but other than that, it needs to be on all the time. My next checkup is in a month.

I took a shower when I got home and it was nice to clean up my nasty leg. The skin was all flaky and blotchy. After cleaning it up, it looks much better. My foot is still swollen and it still gets a little purple after long periods of standing.

I was also instructed to do range of motion exercises and stretches, but nothing intense. Here’s a video of where I’m at today.

One Response to “Week 4: Skipping from NWB to FWB”

  1. kkirk Says:

    Your range of motion look awesome. My definitely didn’t look that well until 6-7 weeks. And I remember how good i felt to finally wash “that” leg. Make sure to keep up with your ROM exercises they are what will benefit your recovery the most at this point IMHO. Have you started physical therapy yet? Anyway, it sounds like you are doing great so far. Happy healing.