I’m at true zero degrees in the Vaco now, (reads -5 degrees) because a pad behind my AT pushes my foot forward in the boot. The top plate fits funky because of my high instep - but the light weight and features are still worth it. As I posted before, I’m unable to walk comfortably with the flat sole. The company recommends you use this sole at angles less than 10 degrees. After trying numerous times yesterday, I decided to try the large "rocker" sole again and I was able to walk normally!!!! I’m not sure why I need this at zero degrees - but the advice to push my shin against the front now works, etc. Pics of the different soles are below:
I have to wear the funky clog because it’s the highest, stable shoe I own. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t come up to the height of the big sole. Aside from that, I was walking like a champ without crutches or pain by the end of the night. I had very little swelling (could be my new icing setup) and felt a nice "finally used them" soreness in my injured leg muscles - hooray!!!! Ditto for this morning - I felt so good I cranked the boot down to the -5 degrees, which is actually zero. (checked it on two other boots)
I’m not sure why Vaco says not to use this sole at this point, and feel good that I’m actually strengthening my leg with actual painless WB! So I’m going to use the big sole for a week to see if that will help build leg strength to the point that I can cope with the flat sole. It may be the pushed forward placement of my foot messing me up - not sure.
Life is starting to improve. I can carry my food to my seat, keep my foot on the ground without terrible pain, and hold things in my hands with one or no crutches. If my kids bump the boot, I don’t freak out anymore since my leg feels much stronger and safer. I’m still wary of slips and falls, especially when taking the boot off for PT. I rode 6 min. bootless on my bike, and can do longer in the boot. Not a huge accomplishment compared to others, but moving forward for me! I’ve gained 10 degrees of flexion this week - and will hang there for at least another week. The flatter the foot gets, the easier it gets to walk. For those behind me, work on ROM as soon as cleared, as this has been my biggest hurdle to moving forward. It’s more important than strength! Blessings, Kim
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