Me & My Boot…

March 18, 2012

My boot and I are quite close these days, he follows me round everywhere, and I mean everywhere. Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, work…. I am allowed to be separated a few times a day to do some ROM exercises, but I never let him out of my sight.

The ankle is starting to free up a bit now, I can’t get back to neutral yet, put the swelling has gone down a bit and my foot is starting to feel like it is attached to my body again now. I am back to work during the week, chained to my desk. Even going to the copier seems like a hassle but my workmates are very helpful, they fetch me a coffee, give me a lift to/from work and keep up the banter to keep me cheerful, all small things but right now they help a lot.

A few things have bothered me but they don’t seem to be anything major:

  • Heel pain, for the first 4 nights in my boot my heel felt like someone was putting knitting needles in it, that has eased a bit now.
  • Sometimes my foot swells a bit at night, this causes major pins and needles in my toes, real painful. I have now learnt that letting air out of my aircast boot fixes this. It feels like nerve pain but I think is just where the boot goes tight.
  • The wound was tight to start with, this has eased a bit now.
  • When I talk to people they are unable to get their head around the recovery timescale, people arrange stuff for me or suggest things that are just not possible for me to do at that time.

My physio seems nice and is confident we will do okay getting me back on my feet again. I am allowed to PWB and next appointment is in just over one week to check progress. Then I will be 4.5 weeks post op. If it helps for anyone reading this who has just torn their AT the time is going quite quickly, although my wife assures me it is going very slowly! I miss my car and my bike and my children are wondering why my foot is not fixed yet.

Happy healing to all!

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  • 1. jenniferanderson  |  March 18th, 2012 at 20:41

    I too, have a boot stalking me. I enjoyed your post very much. Very positive, upbeat, and humorous. I am facing surgery this Tuesday the 20th. Your comment that time is going “quite quickly”, gives me hope. Thank you.

  • 2. Janus  |  March 19th, 2012 at 00:29

    jimminyc, sharing your experience about the time scale. When I tell people it’s six months on the short end, and perhaps up to a year for a full recovery, some of them seem to wonder why. As if I’m shirking or whatnot, and wouldn’t want to be back to fully mobile and at normal strength ASAP. Ironically, when this injury happens to a professional athlete, it’s readily accepted that that person is out for the season, and might be starting next season late.

    Still, I’m also finding that people are also helpful — and that the time is going quicker for me than I would have thought. So all good there.

    Swelling, I’m told, can be part of the process for up until six months. That doesn’t mean everyone or every case — just that as the leg rebuilds itself, inflammation can be part of the process.

    Wishing you the best w/ the PT (physical therapy, as we refer to it across the pond). Take care, and good news for your next check in.

  • 3. ericbabula  |  March 19th, 2012 at 02:55

    jimminyc - I like your post! Keep up the positive outlook. Yes, it’s a long recovery time. We all have to come to terms with it. But, in the overall perspective of your life, it’s not that bad. Really, my doc is telling me I’ll be able to go hiking w/o many issues in about 5 1/2 months, post surgery. I have a trip planned in which we’ll be doing a fair amount of hiking, and he told me not to cancel it - “we’ll get you there” were his exact words.

    I think the time does go by fast. I can’t believe I’m 4 1/2 weeks post surgery! Time flies when you’re having fun! :)

    Keep up the positive attitude - it certainly will help your recovery!

  • 4. Susan466  |  March 23rd, 2012 at 03:25

    At 17 weeks post surgery my boot is very lonely these days setting in the corner. It came out to play last weekend as we went to a St Patricks parade. Other than that it just sets over there as a reminder that I dont over-do and have to be in it for the long term again. Good luck with your continued recovery!! Susan

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