Mar 27 2015

4 weeks and PWB

Published by lindaf at 6:29 am under Uncategorized

Made the transition from NWB to PWB yesterday with 2 crutches. The achilles/ foot felt fine. No pain. As I wake up this morning I feel more discomfort in my hands and upper body from using crutches yesterday, as I had been on the knee scooter during NWB. I will certainly be looking into gloves for my hands/ or some type of cushion for my crutch handles today. Also my EVEN UP came yesterday so will make sure I will start using on my non injured foot as well. My heel is still a little tender in my boot- so may look into a heel gel pad for a bit of extra cushioning. We will see how today goes. It seems like the knee scooter is a little easier when I need to be carrying things so I guess I will be going back and forth between the two until I can get to the point of 1 crutch or cane. I am hoping to progress quickly but I know I will need to listen to my body and see how I feel.

3 Responses to “4 weeks and PWB”

  1. donnaon 27 Mar 2015 at 9:30 am

    You’ve hit the next phase Linda! I watched YouTubes on how to use crutches properly and it did help alleviate some of the wrist strain. However, FWB in the boot will come pretty quick and before you know it you’ll moving about quite well without the crutches. Remember weight bearing is helping to give your tendon the “tension” it needs to heal nice and strong. Finally getting to FWB is more mental than physical. I like what you said: ” I am hoping to progress quickly but I know I will need to listen to my body and see how I feel.” YES…listen to your body and NOT your mind…ha ha.

    When I was standing in my boot a few days after getting it, contemplating grabbing the crutches or just walking I remembered reading that very thing on here…someone saying in their blog “my body was ready but my mind wasn’t”….in recalling that I saw how afraid I was so I just went for it and it was a piece of cake despite all my worry that it would hurt. Had it hurt I would have stopped, but it didn’t and I got out of those crutches which was a big YAY!

  2. scootermanon 27 Mar 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Linda,
    Glad to hear you are doing well. As for the heal pain, I have been using a compression sock to keep the swelling g down and also a padded athletic sock that seems to cushion the heal pretty well. Although I have been walking around the house without crutches for the last three or four days, I still switch back-and-forth between crutches and the knee scooter when I am going out to any place that might not have a level surface. Also, when I am not walking around the house I try to keep my foot elevated as much as possible, and that seems to keep the swelling to a minimum. Keep up the good work. You and I seem to be on roughly the same schedule of recovery. I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.

  3. LindaFon 28 Mar 2015 at 7:08 am

    Thanks Donna and Scooterman- all is good and have taken your suggestions. I will keep you posted.