When They Say “No Weight Bearing”, What Do They Mean, Exactly?

I’ve been told “No Weight Bearing” until further notice.

I use a knee walker most of the time… and I use crutches sometimes… but, sometimes I just hop around (if it’s just for a short distance)…

When I am brushing my teeth I just let the toe of my cast rest on the ground (rather than hold my leg up - that gets tiring)…

When I am sitting on a chair I just stick my leg out and let the heal of my cast rest on the floor…

Once in a blue moon (even when using crutches) I find myself losing my balance and I put my cast to down to stabilize.

I realize this is minimal weight, and I am careful to NOT use my calf muscle at all… I just let the cast hold me… But still, there is “Weight Bearing” to a small degree…

Is that going to be a problem?

9 Responses to “When They Say “No Weight Bearing”, What Do They Mean, Exactly?”

  1. Not really a problem. Your cast should be holding the tendon ends in close proximity. But you do sound like you are pushing your luck.
    Surgery might reduce the issue of minor nocturnal contractions but probably not really an issue either.
    Until further notice probably means until about week four. You should ask for timeline for recovery so you can get your life planned and your head round their expectations.
    I certainly had weird aches pains twiches until week 4 or 5.

  2. No I think you’re fine. I was the same at your stage. NWB means just that your not putting weight through your AT in the action of walking or standing. Well that was my understaning please free to correct me.

  3. I suppose I might be pushing my luck… I think that’s why I’m asking in the first place :)
    But I really haven’t had ANY problems… perhaps this has left me with a false sense of security???
    I’ll continue to take it easy… I haven’t had any more dreams where I’m pointing my toes or anything… so, that’s gone…
    Thanks for your comments :)

  4. Take it easy, Icky. You have a long way to go and you do not want to “complicate” matters. All the best.

  5. Icky, I agree with snapdragon. I am in my second week of recovery and I have to say that there have been several occasions where I have lost my balance on the crutches, largely due to the vicodin–it completely messes with me, and even when I have caught myself while falling, I have had severe pain in my calf and foot following the fall. I have not put much weight on the foot at all, but it has gotten knocked a few times. The doc has me in a fiberglass cast now and he did an x-ray to make sure there has not been any damage from falling. So far things look fine, but the doctor has told me that he is concerned that I could damage it. I have another appt this Tuesday so we will see if the cast comes off.

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  7. hi, i had my right at done last Wed, trying to get from sofa to toilet is hard work as iv got problems with my left at to, any ideas how i can get around easier, as im no weight bearing at mo, thanks for any help

  8. Hi Tina
    Is your left at got problems since the ATR, if so I found the same when clutching I was being too explosive pushing off with my good at, so was careful not to put too much force on it, so did a smaller stride on crutch even slide my good at on tiled floor to save it some push off, also I’ve heard people on here using a knee scooter or hands free crutch.
    Good recovery

  9. Hi all,
    I have a question, I’m 11 weeks or so no. Op, is there any indication at this stage if your healing to long or to short I’m on hols so not seeing pt for 2 weeks.

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