boot scootin’ boogie

I had my 2 week post op appointment today.  I had a chance to talk to my doctor which was good as I had some questions.  I got my cast/splint off and the staples from my incision out.  It is a weird feeling look at your leg again after two weeks and having my foot free felt awkward too.  It was kind of like my achilles wasn’t quite a part of me yet and my foot felt shaky and weak.  The doctor said everything looked good and gave me a boot with risers in it.  He told me I can begin walking in the boot, working my way off the crutches.  This means I am officially PWB and hopefully FWB soon.  It has only been a few hours since my appointment and walking feels like it might take a while.  I’d like to be able to do it sooner than later because he told me to remove one of the risers each week until they’re gone (it should take 4 weeks).   I am able to stand on it, but because of the thickness of the boot I can’t stand straight.  It is definitely exciting to transition into the boot.  I can now shower and I don’t have to ice my leg through a cast.  For those of you who have made this transition, how long did it take to shuffle your feet and walk?  I am a little worried about the tightness of my achilles right now and the stretch that I feel when I try to walk, but the doctor said that unless I tripped and landed on my foot and it took some major impact I probably wouldn’t be able to do much harm.

4 Responses to “boot scootin’ boogie”

  1. I am so jealous! We are on almost the exact same time-line, but yesterday my doctor took my stitches out and put me in a cast and NWB for 2 weeks. Since this happens to so many people, you’d think there’d be agreement on the treatment protocol- maybe it’s because my AT was torn at both ends? Who knows- anyway I am glad for you, even if my boot-scootin’ days are not here yet.

  2. Uh-oh! I thought you didnt have to ice anymore after you got the cast on! eeekk!

  3. It took me one week from getting into the boot to being able to walk w/out any crutches, with a couple of days of using 1 crutch toward the end of that week. With a big heel wedge, it is pretty tough to get evened out with your other leg, but as you remove risers, it’ll get easier. I found that putting a wedge in the shoe of my non-injured leg (I hate saying “good leg”), helped to even things out. Congrats on making it to the next phase!

  4. littlefeeties, anything to you can do to keep the inflammation down

    ultidad, thanks for the info. Putting a wedge in my shoe sounds like a plan. I can see how it will take close to week to go crutchless.

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