3 weeks post-op - Back in the office

Ok, a few days late, but Thursday was three weeks from the operation. Fairly uneventful week actually, but healing seems to continue to progress well. Went back to the office on Monday (had been working for home for two weeks), and really no issues with the foot, main challenge is finding a working position where I can at times keep the leg elevated while not completely destroying my back or shoulders. But as the foot hasn’t been swelling up really at all in any case, it seems to work ok.

Have gotten pretty good at walking around in the boot, stride feels surprisingly natural (i.e. not limping / gimpy) once I got the hang of it. Took me a day or so to learn how to roll the boot from heel to toe, the key for me was thinking about pushing with the shin against the boot (just mentally, not necessarily a strong movement as such). I think the difficulty comes from everyone naturally wanting to put weight on the toe of their foot when walking, which you obviously can’t do in the boot. So maybe that is helpful for some people who are struggling with the technique of walking with the boot: don’t lock your knee, and think about forcing the boot to roll from heel to toe by pushing your shin forward.

The only issue I’ve had with walking with the boot is that when I’ve gone longer distances, it seems to put more stress on your heel compared to normal walking. So yesterday when I was travelling and had to walk fairly long distanced through airports, the heel got a bit sore during the walking, but it went away immediately when I took a little break. No swelling etc as a result of the walking either so far.

Have also spent quite a bit of time with the boot off, both when sitting at my desk in the office, as well as home. Feels good to have the boot off once in a while, and allows me to do some of the physio-prescribed exercises over the course of the day as well. So all in all everything is progressing as well as it can be I guess, looking forward to my next physio next week to hear what she has to say and what I can add to my rehab exercises.

Here is also a picture of the leg, this is from 2.5 weeks after the surgery, the firs time I took off the tape they put on when they took away the stitches. Actually looks better now.

2.5 weeks from surgery

EDIT: Noted I’ve just also made it into Brooklyn in the marathon tracker, at least I’m off that bridge :)
EDIT2: Finally figured out the photos

1 Comment so far

  1. normofthenorth on November 15th, 2014

    Sounds great! Your shin actually bears most of the force that your AT would normally bear, transferred through the boot.

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