Weight bearing at Last

February 4th, 2013

Saw the surgeon today and he said I could weight bear with the cast for 2 weeks and then wean myself off the cast. Can’t believe I finally made it to that stage. He even said I could go swimming because the tendon was healed. I forgot to ask if I still need to sleep with the boot. Any thoughts about that? When is it safe to stop sleeping with the boot. I am ultra cautious after having three surgeries!

5 Responses to “Weight bearing at Last”

  1. kkirk on February 4, 2013 11:00 pm

    If your already over 8 weeks post surgery (I think??) I’m sure sleeping without the boot in fine at this point. I started at 6.5 weeks. Glad everything seems to be progressing well this time.

  2. lizzie on February 5, 2013 8:47 am

    Hi Kkirk,

    I think I am on a very slow protocol compared to most people so the number of weeks does not always line up. I just wondered what stage you were at in terms of weight bearing and strength of your leg when you stopped sleeping with the boot. Did it feel fine right away? I tried sleeping without the boot last night and by the middle of the night I actually put it on because my leg felt uncomfortable — it still wants the support of the boot. Should I be taking this in gradual stages?

  3. ryanb on February 5, 2013 9:43 am

    I was sleeping without the boot at day 17 (2.5 weeks) post surgery. I weaned myself off of it starting about 5 days earlier, if I woke up early in the morning - perhaps an hour or two before I needed to get up - I’d take the boot off for that last bit of time. Like you, it was a little uncomfortable at first; I think that’s normal. Over a few days, I got more and more used to it. I was also getting used to it as I went to bed- maybe leaving the boot off for an hour while I’d watch TV, or read; on day 17 I fell asleep with it off for the whole night. With that, I never again put the boot on in bed.

    It’s been a topic of some lengthy discussions. I personally think so long as kids/dogs aren’t jumping on you) that bed is a pretty safe place for the ATR. I was spending time, every day, working on joint mobility, so moving it around during the night was actually seen as a plus. I just didn’t see a way that I was going to impart a big tension load on the Achilles (nothing to push against).

  4. kkirk on February 5, 2013 4:47 pm

    My protocol was also pretty slow I was NWB for 6.5 weeks and I stopped sleeping with the boot that day. It felt weird, and i took a few days to get used to it, but my biggest issue is I was noiticably stiffer in my leg the next morning without the boot. Personally, at this stage I would do what is comfortable and gets you a restful sleep. So, if you want to approach this slowly, then do so :)

  5. lizzie on February 5, 2013 8:15 pm

    Thank-you for all the feedback — really helpful and reassuring. I am treading between enthusiasm of finally putting weight on my foot after 7 months of being in a cast, and scared silly of re-injuring myself.

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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
         Since start of treatment