I am feeling apprehensive about going to my PT appointment tomorrow, but not for the reasons that you might guess.
It is not because there might be pain involved, and it is not because I have been lax on doing my at-home exercises.
It is because I got tired of my crutches, put them away and have been walking without permission. I feel like a teenager who has to confess that I wrecked the car.
It has been 7 weeks since surgery. I spent the first 4 weeks in hard casts and the past 3 weeks in a boot (kind of) NWB. I have had 4 PT sessions so far.
My PT is kind of at a loss. My doctor’s orders only stated "Achilles tendon repair". The doctor is leaving it completely up to the PT to make all of the decisions. The two PTs that I have worked with me both stated that they don’t see this injury very often. The mainstay of this practice seems to be knee replacements.
The last time that I saw this particular PT was two weeks ago and he said that I shouldn’t put any weight on it at all until 6 weeks post op and to not be too anxious to walk.
I always make sure that I have my boot on when I leave the house, but I don’t use crutches. Around the house, I go without the boot and just take small up-and-down steps. I don’t push off with my toes - it is kind of a Frankenstein duck walk. I don’t feel any pressure or pulling on my tendon and the pins and needles sensation on the bottom of my foot is long gone.
I have been reading other blogs, and don’t think that 7 weeks seems too early to walk in a boot. Does it??
Part of me wants just to crutch in and let them think that I am following protocol, but I know I’ll just walk in with my boot and see what happens.