Saturday I woke up and decided it was time to "take the next step" if you will. I’ve been tip-toeing around the house without the boot for some time now and, well, it was time! Besides, last Thursday while walking around at my daughter’s school the boot actually broke. I couldn’t believe it only after 3 weeks the side brace snapped like a twig. It sounded like I’d stepped on a plastic pen and cracked it or something. Fortunately, I was able to get a new one the next morning.
So, I took that as a message from above that it was time to get on with the program and moving towards normality. Saturday seemed fine walking around the house sans the boot as I’d been doing the past few weekends but now knowing the next time I ventured out the door I would not be wearing it things felt different. I had to attend a wedding Saturday evening so that would be my test.
Except being held up twice in traffic for accidents and accidentally sitting down at the wrong wedding, which was all the way on the other side of the Balboa Yacht Club, all went well. I was surprised that I was able to walk as much as I did. I was wearing dress shoes with a decent sized heel with my heel gels so that helped. I didn’t notice the soreness in my heel as I had in the past. I did have to keep my stride down and take shorter steps than I was able with the boot. I could definitely feel the tightness in my tendon if I walked either too fast or with long strides. I have the notorious limp but it wasn’t too bad. Some of my friends said they almost couldn’t tell anything was off.
As tempted as I was to get out on the dance floor and join the fun I decided that was way down the road for now. So after nearly 5 hours trouncing about I called it quits and headed home. I didn’t have any specific pain, swelling, or irregularities. In fact when I woke up the next day it felt just as it did when I woke up the day before. I spent a few hours walking around at a picnic today in tennis shoes and had about the same experience. Tomorrow I go in to work for an all day "no boot" day. By the way, I did keep the boot in the trunk during the wedding but I left it at home today for the picnic.
In case you just started reading my Ortho doc doesn’t want me to start PT until the end of 12 weeks, which means I’m in 2 shoes for 2 weeks before starting PT. He doesn’t recommend starting PT until then. Everyone I speak to swears by the PT so I’m looking forward to it.
For now that’s it. I’m still VERY happy I opted not to have surgery. While I haven’t reached the 6 month mark where I could really give it a work out I do feel it is strong and healing just fine. Thanks to all the bloggers here that gave me inspiration in my tough decision to go the conservative route!!!
BTW, I didn’t do a week 9 post since not much happened. I felt that I was walking over the top of the boot more confidently and could feel my muscle tone coming back. My calf feels much harder as does my thigh. I’ve had to go to the Chiropractor 3 times this week for adjustments and massages due to a killer pain in my opposite shoulder and neck. I figured it was due to my odd stance and walk while in the boot and possible just from walking after no using my injured foot for 6 weeks. Anyway, I’ll keep up the adjustments and massages for a few more weeks since it seems to really help. Normally after a massage the aches come right back a day later but this time the treatments seem to be lasting permanently. I would definitely recommend deep tissue massages for those in casts, boots, or newly in 2 shoes!