2nd PT appointment

November 27th, 2018

Had my second physical therapy appointment today. Nothing much new to report. I’m FWB now and often forget where I’ve left my crutches which I find amusing. But for the PT appointment I brought them and pretended like I was using them more than I am. She said if was fine if I wanted to just use one crutch so I asked when could I go full weight bearing. She said not until you transition to two shoes. What? That doesn’t sound right, so I’m going to ask my doc.

Anyway, she said my range of motion looks good. She gave me some more exercise to do like seated heel raises, theraband exercises and some leg raises. I’ve already been doing a ton of leg raises and thigh strengthening, so I feel I’m ahead of the game there. I wouldn’t mind some more challenging exercises, but I’m not going to push it. I tend to go full bore on stuff like this and end up overdoing it, and I really don’t want to do that this time.

I’m also not super thrilled with my PT person. She’s nice enough and qualified but I’m thinking about going back to my PT guy that I was seeing before the injury. I saw him for about 2 months in a last ditch effort to address the achilles problem. Oddly enough, he did help a little bit…I guess just not enough. Anyway, I feel like he knows where I was at physically and what I’m capable of achieving. Also, he’s young and cute (just kidding).

I have a appointment on December 13th with the doctor and I’m really hoping that he’s going to give me the okay to drive. The no driving thing is absolutely killing me. I always have to leave like an hour ahead of schedule to get anywhere. Since we live outside city limits in the country, it takes an Uber/Lyft for-ever to get out to us. Then another eternity to get where I’m going. Half the time I end up getting to my destination super early, the other half late. Very unpredictable. I’m even okay staying in the boot a little longer, if I could just DRIVE! And if I can drive, I can go to the gym! Yes, I could take uber to the gym, but each way is like $12 and my gym membership is only $45 a month. $24 a day to go the gym seems a little ridiculous. So home workouts for now.

Overall, the foot is feeling pretty good. I still have a bit of a cankle going on, but I’m icing every night and doing my exercises at least twice a day. I imagine cankle will be with me for a good long time. I get to take another wedge out tomorrow, which is exciting. And sad. Sad that this is exciting to me. Ahhhh, what a small little life I lead right now.

3 Responses to “2nd PT appointment”

  1. dan914 on November 28, 2018 7:11 am

    I would definitely get some other opinions on the idea of waiting until you are in two shoes to go FWB. I was non-surgical EWB, and I was FWB by week 5 or 6, and many were before that. Transitioning for FWB in the boot to FWB in two shoes only took a few days, and a lot of that was mental.

    As far as “cankle”, I am in week 13 and I still have some of that. My PTs ( I have seen 4 different PTs at my PT clinic) all seem to think it’s no big deal, as long as I’m icing and elevating and there is no pain.

  2. tima on November 28, 2018 1:50 pm

    Waiting to be in two shoes before FWB? Doesn’t sound right to me either.

    That’s excellent about your ROM and strength! I feel you with wanting more challenging exercises, and I did get a few more at PT last night. We must be patient though :)

    And there’s nothing wrong with a young, cute, and capable PT! I lucked out, and mine is just that. Kidding aside, you definitely want to be in the hands of someone who knows what you’re capable of.

    Fingers crossed you get the okay to drive in a couple of weeks.

    Our lives can/do feel small while we can’t be out there doing what we enjoy, and doing it on our own. But you’re going to come back full force and ready to take your life back!!!

  3. cserpent on November 29, 2018 4:44 am

    If you can email your doc I would ask now about FWB. I was doing it in the boot initially since you need to strengthen the bones/tendons while in the boot so they have support while they get stronger. And based on that statement alone I would change your PT person … And since you’re essentially FWB already - just keep doing what you’re doing. Your foot will let you know if it’s unhappy and you’ll listen to it.

    You might also ask your doc if you can drive now. I got the OK to drive at 6 weeks - but I had a doc appt at that date. He checked my foot strength and it was sufficient for braking. I just had to take the boot off to drive and then put it back on for everything else.

    Of course I regularly bugged my doc after my right foot surgery - LOL! He’s probably happy I’m not bugging him so much with my left foot since I pretty much know the answers this time around.

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