FREEDOM

I am finally out of my cast.  I am not in a boot or anything like that, all I have to wear is an insert that raises my ankle up and a compression sock.  The cast actually came off a week ago today.  I could walk a little the day they took my cast off and my gait has improved ever since.  I can walk very comfortably now, albiet still with a limp.  I can even stand on one foot, though I havent tried to raise myself up on my toes as I dont feel I have the strength. When this all started the doctor told me I wont run or play hockey until March, but after this week I kind of find that hard to believe.  I expect to shed this limp very soon as I am stretching the tendon like they showed me, and bending my knee further over my toes every day.

5 Responses to “FREEDOM”

  1. hi jose - good going. seems every story is different with this injury. Bid message seems to be listen to your body. I get my cast off in a week. Very excited. My doc is telling me i’ll be able to do sport 3 months from the time of injury and will be walking in a week. is he insane? hope not. i had non surgical treatment. how about you? Hope all goes well for you?
    bussy

  2. Bussy,
    I had the surgery and everything feels good but a little tight. I am really working on my range of motion. You are going to love getting that cast off, greatest feeling in the world. Keep me posted on how you feel when you are cast free and I hope you feel as good as I do.

    Joe

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  3. Jose - your post “Freedom” has really encouraged me. My cast comes off on Tuesday and you’ve made me feel more optimistic about what I might be able to look forward to. I’ve been told to bring my other shoe (plus inserts) to the appointment so I’m assuming that means no boot for me either. But I’ve had 3 additional weeks in cast, so I’ve probably weakened a bit more too. We’ll see, but it’s all very exciting. I’ve been getting soooo frustrated with the cast now the countdown has moved from weeks, to days to hours!
    Smoley

  4. Jose,

    A couple of words of caution, if I may.

    First, don’t overdo the range of motion, as a tendon can become too long, and that can lead to another surgery and starting all over again. If you are flexible enough to walk fairly well, be careful about pushing the dorsiflexion too much farther, especially if it is already as good as your other foot. More is not necessarily better in this situation.

    Second, there is much more to getting rid of the last of the limp than getting a little more flexibility; that last bit of limping is due to calf weakness. The limp won’t completely disappear until you can hold your body’s entire weight on the toes of your injured foot, with the heel off the ground. Getting to that point can take many weeks. See my note of 4/29 for a more detailed explanation.

    Good luck,

    Doug

  5. Hey Doug,
    Thanks for all of the info. I read your blog and I am again hopeful. I am a really active guy, but I also understand that this injury does take some serious time to come back from. I am however very excited at the progress I have made. I return to the doctor for my next checkup on 11/19 and I am determined to have my full range of motion and flexibility back. Hopefully he will then have me begin strengthening my calf muscle again. I would love to play hockey again, and I would kill to go out and jog, but I am not going to do anything that the doc advises against. Still, I welcome your opinion regarding some of the things I would like to do in the future (i.e. play in a hockey game on decemeber 30th, coach my hockey team with skates on even if it means refraining from skating with any intensity at all, or run a 10k in late march). I have no idea how realistic any of that is, but a guy can dream. Thanks again for the info, and if you have any more thoughts regarding my situation, I would love to hear them.

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