I don’t want to lose the boot

I’m due to see the physio in two weeks for my ten week check, when I will have completed two weeks in plaster followed by eight weeks in the Vacoped. At my last visit I asked whether I would be keeping the boot for use as needed when I go into two shoes in two weeks time and she said no, it’s straight into two shoes and the boot is taken away to prevent me using it as a crutch.  From what I’ve read on here, this seems a bit drastic and would be grateful for any opinions on the pros and cons of this.

4 Responses to “I don’t want to lose the boot”

  1. Now that you’ve come through a period of several weeks when you used crutches as vital, needed, and blessed tools, surely “using it as a crutch” should no longer be a put-down! I don’t see why it’s Good Practice to send somebody who’s brand-new to 2 shoes into a subway station or an airport or on a beach or on a long hike in shoes, without recourse to a boot. bit.ly/UWOProtocol prescribes “Wean off boot” at 8 weeks, and the word “wean” is carefully chosen.
    I think they’re being overly strict, if not mean-spirited.
    All that said, it’s obviously not helpful to get bogged down at any stage of rehab.

  2. As someone that is still weaning off of the boot after being FWB for ±6 weeks, I couldn’t agree with Norm any more. It is a scary time. Going straight from a cast to two shoes sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. It’s got to be a gradual process of finding your balance and regaining the feel of bearing weight without any support. At home, in other calm atmospheres, starting off on 2 shoes is scary enough - out in public is terrifying and very difficult, both physically and mentally. Having the boot handy to throw on is a must IMO. Good luck!

  3. I agree with the above posts. Fight for that boot, lol! You’ll get out of it soon enough. It’s not like we like wearing it, for goodness sake!

  4. I am definitely going to fight to keep the boot! Its not as though I will be wearing it all the time, just in those situations where I may be vulnerable. I dont think a one size fits all approach is helpful, especially as I also have spina bifida which means my right leg is much weaker than my left to start with (also possibly why the tendon ruptured in the first place).

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