FWB - Ouch!

I’ve been getting around the house and work FWB now for a couple days, and using one crutch outside for the most part. Every day gets easier and less painful, but I have to say, this is the most pain I’ve had since before the surgery. It’s not on my incision or where it was before (the back outside of my heel), it’s mostly the bottom of my heel, and a little bit of tightness in my achilles. It seems to get better the more I walk around, and the first couple steps of the day are pain-free. Anyone have suggestions for how to help this, or how long this is going to last?

Background for those who haven’t been following me:

1/16/15: Haglund’s excision surgery, splint at 30° plantar flexion.

2/4/15 (2w 5d post op): PWB with two crutches, aircast at 15° PF, can shower and sleep without the boot.

2/6/15 (3w post op): Vacocast arrived, switched to that at 15° PF.

3/4/15 (6w 5d post op): FWB as tolerated, 10° PF, can swim and bike with the boot.

And in the future; decrease PF by 5° every week until neutral, switch to 2-shoes on 3/25.


  1. nico76 Said,

    March 9, 2015 @ 3:22 am

    Hi Kait,
    happy to read that you are walking with one crutch. In my experience, the first week or so in 2 shoes was quite painful, heel soreness and pain in the tendon. I have found that using a ball and roll it under the foot was of great help to minimize the pain.
    hope that helps,

  2. donna Said,

    March 9, 2015 @ 8:34 am

    Good news Kait…I echo Nico on the minimizing the heel pain, except I froze a plastic water bottle to roll my heel around on. In normal life we probably didn’t think much about spending part of our day resting…we just work and go about our day and then it’s bed time. I found that with this injury I have to rest more towards the end of the day…I’d recommend continuing RICE. I’m having heel pain now when walking, I used jell hells in my shoes yesterday and they did help…maybe some in your boot?

  3. kaitmeister Said,

    March 9, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    Thanks guys! I actually have a little spikey massage ball somewhere, I’ll find it and try that, and pop a water bottle in the freezer to see if it helps.

    I have been continuing RICE and it seems to help. Today is even better than yesterday, so I can’t imagine it will last too much longer.

  4. donna Said,

    March 23, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    I hope this finds you well…You’re at 9 weeks now…how are you doing?

  5. kaitmeister Said,

    March 24, 2015 @ 7:08 pm

    Hi Donna, just about to update, actually. I’m starting 2-shoes tomorrow! I’ll have a post up later tonight :)

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