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7 weeks post-op, walking

Posted in Uncategorized by lotus10 on the August 22, 2010

I’ve had 2 weeks of physical therapy now, 2 times a week. I could have taken the boot off probably 2 weeks ago, but kept it on for work. My work for the last 2 weeks involved a lot of walking in the hospital for approximately 8-10 hours a day, so my surgeon and my PT suggested that I keep the boot on. I had been walking in the boot, without a cane, for the last 2 weeks.

Now I’m off that rotation for a while, so since yesterday I’ve not worn it morning to night. The problem is, what shoes to wear. Yes I was recommended to wear gym shoes, but frankly the bad foot does not fit! It doesn’t even look that swollen but it won’t fit.

Walking isn’t smooth - my upper body gets all out of sorts and it takes a lot of concentration. Yesterday I did take the cane with me when I went outside. Of the exercises, standing on the bad leg alone is the most difficult. I really don’t enjoy my PT sessions, but I am being pushed and I think that’s good. I resent being told “it’s because you’re afraid” when I can’t do certain things; sometimes my body physically cannot do it! I feel like my range of motion and strength are usually 1 week behind what is expected out of me.

Considering where I was 7 weeks ago, though, I know this is progress.

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  1. normofthenorth said,

    on August 22nd, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Have you tried Crocs (or cheap imitations of Crocs)? Many of us here have tried them post-boot and loved them. I’m still padding around the house in mine, many months after I started.

    I’m leaning toward agreeing with you vs. your PT, though the truth could well line in-between. “No pain, no gain” is way too extreme for ATR rehab, but it’s also true that muscles don’t develop much if they’re not “pushed”.

    There’s no shame in walking abnormally out of a boot at 7 weeks post-op. The UWO protocol is faster than most folks here, and it doesn’t start the “wean off boot” until 8 weeks. Me, I really enjoyed having access to a HINGED boot, so I could get some calf-and-AT exercise while still being protected against scary dorsiflexion. (It let me walk REALLY fast, too!)

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