When the toenails are painted - life is returning to normal. Another benefit of the Vaco boot - provides stable back protection while the front is open. Anything that makes me feel better about the 100 year old lady leg and atrophying muscles is a good thing - and looking at the pink makes me happy.
PT was a medieval torture session yesterday with glass suction cups applied to the scar, moved along it, and pulled off - OUCH. Apparently, this loosens adhesions - but all I felt was pain. I’m continuing PWB walking with one crutch and while my AT is sore, the resultant swelling lessens with each day. It bothers my knee to walk in the 5 degree from flat position unless I use the big round Vaco sole - which the instructions say to discard at 10 degrees. I’m keeping it until I get more dorsiflexion. Massaging my ankle with lotion while elevated is key to relieving pain during the day. Can’t wait to try my new cryo cuff when it arrives. I wore a heeled shoe to Church on Sunday (that’s for you, Starshep!) - and endured the strange feeling of embarrassment while being pushed into the building in a wheelchair. Not sure why this bothers me. I feel so impotent in the thing.
For those behind me on this journey, you’ll see great improvement once you’re allowed to place some pressure on the foot while on the floor, etc. It will help with getting the blood flowing upward. Also, just being able to stand on the foot gives me the ability to manuever in the kitchen, etc., while using both hands. HUGE improvement in functional living! I’m not sure why I have so much AT pain compared to others - limping around bearing weight definitely makes the AT tender near the bottom. It doesn’t "feel" too early, however - and I love the feel of pressure on my foot. No bottom of the foot tenderness at all.
Sleeping is returning to some normalcy as well - only waking up to change position occasionally and falling right back asleep. I’ll be at 6 weeks tomorrow - and walking comfortably with one crutch. Still reaching to get to a flat 90 degree foot. (need 5 more degrees - and they’re not coming easy) Not so many little aches and pains - just a few hotspots (from the boot) and tenderness around the scar. Seeing some forward motion and seeing a light at the end of this tunnel! Kim
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