Splint for 2 weeks post surgery
Boot for 4 weeks, NWB, gentle flexing for 30 minutes/day
Big day today! Doc had me bring my 2nd shoe to today’s appointment. The leg feels great, the incision is healing nicely, even the swelling has gone down considerably. All is right in the world. My wife’s been trying to keep my rather high expectations under control…to no avail. I went in to the appointment ready to toss the crutches and the boot under the nearest fast moving bus. Realistically, I was expecting to be working quickly towards FWB in the boot and some PT for ROM and strengthening my pathetic little leg. I was also holding out hope to get the ok to start PWB without the boot.
Now, post appointment, I’m on a very nervous Cloud Nine. Doc gave me the ok to shed the boot (wahoooo) and drop the crutches (bigger wahooooo!) when I’m comfortable. I’m to go back into the boot at the 1st sign of trouble. More freedom than I had expected. Luckily, my wife came into the appointment with me, otherwise I’m not sure she’d have believed it. No PT for 4 weeks. Doc isn’t a big fan of formal PT and wants to see how I do on my own. I did get the ok to ride my bike if it’s up on the trainer (time to dust it off).
I must say I’m a bit on the nervous side. This piece of driftwood that I used to call a foot feels awfully vulnerable hanging out all by itself…no boot, no flexibility, no muscle. It’s outrageous size from the swelling doesn’t provide much comfort either. C’est la vie. Today I’m one day and one shoe closer to being healthy again. Stay positive everyone, days like today are around the corner for all of you.