16 week post Op: Big Toe is weak

Visited the Ortho Doc today for my 4 month visit. The ROM has gotten much better since my last visit and everything seems to be on the right course. That is in my foot which is the most important. However, my Big toe is weak. I can curl my big toe down without a problem. I can’t lift my big toe above neutral. The Dr. thinks it’s from being inactive. It’s difficult to workout the big toe in the upward direction. He added PT work on my big toe. Has anyone experienced issues with the big toe in regards to weakness?

10 weeks: weening from the boot

Visited the Orthopedic Doc today at 10 weeks post op.  Everything seems to be going well… I’ve been transitioning from the boot to shoes for the past 5 days.  The PT has me on a boot weening program that progresses until you are out of the boot.  The only issue I’ve been  dealing with is getting more ROM in my foot.  My foot is still stiff and the big toe gets purplish and feels prickly at times. The Doc told me that it just means that I need to start walking more in shoes to loosen-up the foot. He wants me completely out of the boot in a week.  I probably have been taking it a little gingerly.  That won’t happen moving forward. Also the Doc started me on more active exercises.  I’m sure it will loosen-up, but there’s always irrational concern.  The good news is that I can start driving in a week:).  That is a huge milestone and gives back freedom.  It really is hard being at the mercy of others.  Although, I’m thankful.  For everyone that recently joined the club… It gets better every week.  Once you become FWB things get multitudes better!

8weeks Post-Op…

8 week follow-up with Doc went well… Progressing from boot to shoes in the next 10 days and got the green light to sleep w/out boot.  I also can start driving in a month.  Of course there are the little reminders that there is still quite a journey left.  The swelling has increase since FWB and my ROM is somewhat limited. The Doc isn’t worried and said that PT will help increase ROM. Start bike this week :). Can anyone shed light on when you can begin walking normal in 2 shoes and not have to worry about uneven surfaces (curbs, stairs, etc.)?

Ditching the crutches

So it’s time to ditch the crutches at a little over 6 weeks post op.  I been working- up to going crutch less the last few days.  As the Tom Petty song goes, “I’m learing to fly but aint got no wings”. That’s where I’m at as far as boot walking goes.  It’s basically a hobble.  Anyway, the fact that I can begin fwb and think about walking is great.  Of course irrational or not there’s always the fear of re-rupturing.  That probably has a lot to do with the hobbled walk.  The Doc wants me to walk from the parking lot to his office by next week.   At this point it would be tough.  I’m sure this is par for the course.  If anyone has advice on walking in a boot it would be much appreciated.  Off to a bar-b-que and beer.  I’ll be taking the crutches:).

Kingb’s Hurt Achilles - 6 weeks post-Op

Just had my 6 week post-op visit.  Everything seems to be mending very well.  Up until this point the directive from the Doc has been nwb.  Needless to say that the little things in life that we take for granted take on a whole new meaning during this phase.   I definitely have a better understanding and empathy for the disabled and caregivers.  I have been given orders from the Doc to start bearing weight ( w/ crutches) this week and begin to walk w/ out crutches next week (w/ the boot).  I’m beginning to see a little light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s a little nerve racking bearing weight for the first time, but also  a step closer to getting some normalcy back.  Unfortunately, the Doc wants me to continue to wear the boot while sleeping.  This is a big pain… Literally a pain!  The boot is pressing on the top of my foot causing burning and tingling. It’s not excruciating, but uncomfortable enough to make sleeping very tough (That’s why I’m blogging at 1 am).The Doc said he’ll reevaluate in two weeks and I may be able to ditch the boot while sleeping.  Anyway… back to counting sheep:).