7 Weeks Post-Op! 2 Shoes (in the house)

I’m a week
late – but I had my 6 week post-op visit last week and my Dr. told me I could start
transitioning off the boot and to start doing so at home.  I still wear the boot when I’m out in the
scary, uneven world, which also helps me move a little faster.  I keep my crutches in my car just in case I’m
going somewhere with poor sidewalks or uneven terrain.

 

I also
started my PT last Friday, and I cannot wait to go back later today.  I spent a lot of time finding the right PT,
and I could not be happier.  He started
out with some strength and flexibility measurements, showed me some exercises I
can do at home, and then did the Graston massage.  In addition to the obvious factors used to
pick the right PT (ATR experience, Graston, etc.,) I also wanted to find
someone that markets and studies human mechanics or body movement science –
honestly, I’m not sure what the actual term is – but I think you know what I
mean.  My PT has given me confidence that
I will be back to 100% strength after my full recovery.  He may even get me jumping a little higher
for beach volleyball by working on my mechanics.  I’m also going to pick his brain to make sure
that I increase my strength and flexibility to do my best to avoid any other
devastating injuries.

 

I’ve also
started going back to the gym last week. 
Starting back slowly, but it is nice to get that pump in.  Of course, it’s a modified routine which
basically removes any standing exercises and cardio.  I just had my pool resurfaced so I have to
brush it daily (with the boot on, of course), which is the only time I’ve
gotten a good sweat in since my injury. 
Soon, I’ll be using it for PT.

 

The Dr. said
I could sleep with the boot off – but I still wear it to bed (my wife made me
buy two so I could have a clean one to sleep in).  I just don’t quite trust myself yet.  Does anyone think that is counterproductive
to the recovery?  I also wear it so I can
pee in the middle of the night – I’ve been drinking a lot of water and green
tea and I have to go at least once a night… 

 

Anyway –
things are getting better!  I know that
it was hard to imagine in the beginning, but there does seem to be a light at
the end of the tunnel.  Lots of Love and
Positive Healing Vibes to my ATR Squad!

 

Kevin      

7 Responses to “7 Weeks Post-Op! 2 Shoes (in the house)”

  1. I tried editing my post so the sentences didn’t break up this way, and I copied and pasted it from a Word document (I lost my last post so someone suggested that) - but it still posts weird.

  2. Good going, Kevin!
    Now let me go by parts:
    a) I think you can edit out the extra spaces in your block, clicking “edit” on the post. I’m no expert, but I have done that. :-)
    b), I, too slept with the boot on, and since I didn’t buy another one, I had to wear a designated pillow case wrapping it. I only stopped using it one week before going 2 shoes, even though the Dr. had OK the “no sleeping in boot” at 2 weeks.
    As I see it, it isn’t worth running the risk of injury by sleepwalking or going for a midnight bathroom run, falling out of bed, or even by a spouse accident (sleeping with someone else does have risks) LOL
    Meanwhile, the tendon continues healing.
    c) Brushing the pool? With water in it? I assume you are talking about a swimming pool…. ;-)
    d) Sounds like you really did your homework with your Physical Therapist! Good luck!
    e) Congrats on taking off the boot while in the house. I’d suggest practing with shoes, not just going barefoot. I know I was clumsy when I got out of the boot and would bump into things when I hurried.

    Thanks for keeping us informed, and happy healing!…. Manny

  3. Yes - brushing the (swimming) pool with water in it…

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  4. Kevin, exciting developments for you! keep the good work going. luxury to have two boots, i had a 30 minute routine every night where i would wash and disinfect the boot, dry it and then have it ready before putting it back on for sleeping.

    i rebelled and started sleeping without it by week 6, however i know for a fact that i would never sleep walk and i don’t have to get up to the toilet. as Manny suggests, significant others are dangerous, so sadly, when i was with my better half (we are in two different towns and only spend half the month together) i put the boot on for safety.

    There is nothing counterproductive about sleeping with the boot off, so don’t worry about it. i did a few stints barefoot but then realised that having shoes (without lifts at the time) was much safer and comfortable so unless you have decent carpets or smooth surfaces do try it with the added safety of the shoes.

    at some point Manny, and others, mentioned the physicality required to aid recovery, so if you are not getting enough do get out and walk about (with boot on), as much as manageable without fatigue or taking risks. beannie has several routines for cardio with boot on, stationary cycling is good (as long as you push with heel).

    anyhow, keep the great work up!

    suerte

  5. If you’re not fully comfortable without the boot on yet, I wouldn’t worry about sleeping with it on. You don’t want to kick in your dream and dorsiflex too hard, or maybe wake up to go pee and forget that you’re far from capable yet.

    At the early stages of the recovery, I think it’s better safe than sorry and it’s all about letting the tendon heal.

  6. Congrats Kevin on your new freedom and milestone. I’m a week behind you. Went in for my 6 week checkup today. Got the green light to transition to FWB only with the boot on removing one heel wedge per week for 6 weeks.. It’s funny how protocols are so different even for post op situations. You are already transitioning out of the boot and I have 6 more weeks IN the boot and that’s before PT starts. Doc assures me I will regain strength quickly once I start therapy. My main goal is to get back out on the golf course! I feel you’re dilemma on the boot at night situation. It doesn’t really bother me to have it on and I’d hate to do something stupid in the middle of the night getting up without it.

  7. Hi Kevin, if you feel it’s safe for you try walking in your flip flops whilst at home. I found it really great in helping to build your calf strength back up. It was so hard walking in bare feet. It stretched the Achilles too much. The one legged stand will eventually be an exercise. The flip flop really helped with this one. Keep at it. Heal fast!

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