Just finished my 9 week post-surgery appointment, and the doc wants me to stay in my boot another 4 weeks, and won’t begin physical therapy until week 13…arrrgggghh.
To recap, I’ve been in the boot now for 4 weeks already, the first week I was PWB, and my foot felt strong enough that I went to FWB in the boot at week 6 (and essentially walking barefooted when in the house). Putting the crutches away for good felt awesome…even better than getting the cast off. My doc had me do ROM work with bands over the last 4 weeks, and grudgingly let me use a stationary bike with boot when I pressed him on email.
I’ve kept up my 2/week personal training sessions at the gym since my ATR surgery, which has really helped keep my core and upper body strength intact throughout the cast/boot period. I would definitely recommend following a core/upper body exercise program during that timeframe - both for your physical and mental health!
Given that I have had only 3 doc appointments now in 9 weeks since surgery, at an average of 5 minutes time each, I wonder how much my doctor tailors his patient’s rehab plan based on actual progress, or just follows a set conservative schedule regardless of how well the patient is doing?
And lest I seem too hard on my doc, I am thankful that the surgery went well, the incision has healed nicely, and I am walking around very well in my boot.
I have a 3-week family trip planned to visit Spain in mid-April, so it’s probably prudent to keep following the doc’s conservative rehab plan so that I don’t risk a re-rupture, and jeopardize going to the Alcazar and Alhambra. Wish I could have thrown the football on the beach in bare feet with my grandson, but that will come soon enough.
Slow and steady it is then