7 Weeks 2 Days Cast Finally OFF

Had my cast finally cut off today. My OS is taking the very conservative path. After cast was cut off and he examined my leg he stated ‘No more cast and you will require PT’
Good as I am itching to get to PT and to recovery. I asked him what do I put on my leg for now. He said ‘Your shoe’
I didn’t even bring my shoe thinking I would be wearing a boot of some type. There is no way I could put my foot down after >7 weeks in a cast. And I am supposed to just walk out of the hospital?

He stated ‘it will be tight as hell’ and ‘I want you to push the envelope but slowly, no sudden stretch’ and then he left the room.

I was stunned, not the way I thought this would go. I have an experienced PT ready to start when the cast came off but I never knew when that would happen and now I can’t get into him for 7 days. OS is correct, my leg is as tight as hell. I am not sure how much stretching I should be doing. I can’t get into the PT for 7 days because he books up so quickly. I am going to try and scramble to find a PT with an opening until I can get to my appt with my PT.

This doesn’t seem like a good situation, it seems kind of wrong. I have no experience on how much stretch or weight I should be applying.

Has anyone else had this type of experience or is this the way it is. Doesn’t seen right to me or my wife.

6 Weeks In

After an hour of working out in the gym, stretching, biking, weights I decided to play a little squash. 5 minutes in and I heard the infamous pop and hit the ground like a sack of potatoes.
The guy I was playing against heard the sound and was looking for loose floor boards on the court. I thought he had taken me out. There was no pain initially but 30 sec later it didn’t feel too good. Problem was I was working out of town in a very small town and had walked to the gym. I didn’t know what was wrong except that I couldn’t stand on my right foot. I had to get the other guy to go back to the hotel, get my truck and come and pick me up.
The emergency room Dr said it look like an ATR and this is when my world changed.

I am 49 and am always moving. Skiing, biking, roller blades, gym, hockey, building things. You name it, I seem to do it.

First cast was with my foot pointed straight down. 8 days later I visited the orthopedic surgeon and he said 100% rupture. No mri or ultrasound. My leg/foot was re-casted. I have had my cast changed every 2 weeks with the angle of my foot changing about 10-15 degrees. There is quite a bit of pain the day and next day that it is re-adjusted. I asked the surgeon and he said no surgery. I have read a lot of discussions on the subject and it appears to be split 50/50 on what should be done.
I don’t want surgery but also don’t want to wait 3 months only to find out that I will require it then. Hopefully it will heal correctly.

There was nothing leading up to my injury and this makes me nervous. My left AT/leg is starting to get sore. I was told it was from being overused, since it is the only one I have to use.

I am very fortunate to have a wife who is like an angel. She has done so much for me it is unbelievable. We are lucky to have kids that help out as much as they do. I don’t ask anyone to do anything for me but they treat me like a fragile baby. Not sure why, maybe because I never needed help before. I don’t know.

I had a friend drop off an IWalk and that has been a big help. Crutches are difficult to do anything but move around. I would definitely recommend the IWalk but it has limitations. I can’t imagine what it would be like for people who live on the own and not to have help around.

Sorry for the long winded post.

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