Better late than never! ;) Finally saw the doc today and he told me that I could go to two shoes permanently. When I asked him how long each day, he said, "as tolerated." So I’m wearing them all day. The boot isn’t very tolerable to me - so what’s the difference? I guess I’ll wear the boot if I’m out and about - or maybe not. I don’t feel "insecure" in shoes at all. My heel hurts if I don’t consciously use the ball of my foot - which is not so scary anymore on day 2. No more wearing it while sleeping, either.
The doc is looking into something called a "flexi0nator" or something like that as he concerned about my lack of DF. He basically said I’ve only got a few more weeks to gain some flexibility and then I’ve "got what I’ve got." Bummer. I think I’m already using one of these at PT - it doesn’t help as much as ratcheting down my boot. I may try this to the really high DF angle - it’s painful - but so will limping be for the rest of my life…
Last but not least - he told me that without a fall and with normal use, I am not going to re-rupture my AT and to quit worrying about using the ball of my foot and calf. I’ve read so many stories about people re-rupturing in the 8-12 week period, but he says I’m worried about nothing. So00…I started by vacuuming the house and cooking in my two shoes - no problem other than a fat ankle after about an hour or two. I’m going to elevate and then go at it again. I really hope that loosening the scar tissue and walking around will get me some DF. The stretching alone isn’t doing it.
One last item: I found in the last week of my boot that going down the stairs backwards was MUCH faster than having to do one step at a time forwards. Just a thought for those who hate going slow. You don’t need DF for backwards. :) Blessings, Kim
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