Wound Care and PT

December 18th, 2012

Hi all… Lastest news is that I had the stitches out from my last surgery. Everything looks much better AND there is no more infection. I was rewarded with an air cast and my first post-surgical PT session. My foot moves really well — practically at 90 degrees. But since nothing has been easy about this whole process,  it turns out that moving my achilles tendon at this point is interfering with my wound recovery. So my PT and I decided not to move the foot until my wound is completely sealed, otherwise I risk it opening and becoming infected or worse. The good part is that my partner is doing daily acupressure on my foot to prepare it for eventual weight bearing.  I am loving the boot — it feels really comfortable and so much more convenient than a cast.

2 Responses to “Wound Care and PT”

  1. normofthenorth on December 19, 2012 2:37 am

    Glad you got a comfortable boot, and you seem to be on the right path, at last! Tough trade-off about mobility and disturbing the wound, maybe a tight-rope, hard for anybody to know, I think. You know the risks of moving too much. The main risk of moving too little is probably that some adhesions will form that are difficult or impossible to break up later. I assume you know about adhesions by now, but if not, just ask, or search, or both.

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  2. lizzie on December 20, 2012 9:37 am

    Hello Normofthenorth,

    I did not know about adhesions. One practitioner recommended ultrasound. I am also doing accupressure on the soles of my feet. I wiggle my toes and do leg lifts. I am applying heat and cold to aid circulation. When I feel the wound is more healed I will do very light flexing, not going as far as my tendon will allow. I am happy for any tips about preventing adhesions.

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    • Name: lizzie
      Location: Toronto
      Injured during: skipping rope
      Which Leg: L
      Status: 2-Shoes

      520 wks  2 days Post-ATR
      513 wks  3 days
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