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October 27, 2012

Week 3: October 22-28 (das boot)

Filed under: Uncategorized — loneachillesoftexas @ 11:39 am

Finally got in the Boot!

Waited all week for my appt. on Oct. 26th and was glad to get in a boot - I like what I’ve read about EWB.  However, the Dr. still said NWB and will reassess in 10 days.  For now I can “exercise” by moving my ankle up and down a few times a day.  Right now I am only able to move it a hair, maybe an inch planterfexion and less than that dorsiflexion.

I had asked the Dr. about the VacoCast Pro / VacoPed on the day of surgery but he had said “I don’t know it, let’s stick with what I know”.  Since my incident with ankle sore I decided that what he didn’t know wouldn’t hurt him (and they charge the same amount for the crappy black fixed boot as the high-tech VacoPed anyway).

I found that having two actually helps - as others have said no boot is perfect and being able to move the pressure to different spots by changing boots helps.  There is no doubt that the VacoPed keeps my ankle less mobile and more protected, but I don’t find either truly comfortable.  Brooke at VacoCast was very helpful and good to work with.

Based on last night it will take me a few days to get used to sleeping with boot, but it will come like it did with the splint and cast.

Cast off at almost 3wks


  1. Hi,
    I have an Aircast and a Vaco and yes neither is perfect but it is great to have both. The vaco I think is the best boot overall and certainly easier to sleep in than the Aircast. You’ll soon get used to it!

    Comment by sheena — October 28, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  2. If I had more money on hand I would buy my own Vaco, but since my is a WC case I get the doctor recommended boot. Everything little detail, such as my boot, has to be approved first through my adjuster (who is also an RN). Anyway, Happy healing.

    Comment by kkirk — October 28, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

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