June 14, 2013 - Just shy of 5 weeks post op
Cast off and into the Aircast walking boot (weight bearing as tolerated) and starting PT
My skin was VERY irritated and ITCHY when the cast came off - red bumps all over my leg. Doctor said it was normal, the skin reacting to the air that it has been deprived of for so long. I went to CVS and got some Hydrocortizone, it helped sooth the itching and I left my foot out of the boot whenever I was at rest to air it out. After about 3 days the red bumps started to go down and the itch wasn’t so bad, so I shaved my leg… ahhhhh, that’s better! About 7 days with the cast off, my skin has cleared up almost to normal!
With the walking boot, my surgeon told me I could bear weight as pain allows. The first day, putting weight down on my right light send a good amount of pain through my heel (bottom of my foot, not achilles)… Like a magnified pins and needles feeling. But each day, I would “walk” with two crutches and put as much weight as possible without too much pain. Each day I could put just a little more weight down. I also started PT on Tuesday 6/18 and had a second appointment Thursday 6/20. Very conservative ROM exercises with the foot, gentle tissue massage, and straight leg raises.. It all feels pretty good. I can bring my foot up to neutral.
7 days with the aircast and I’m walking around work with only ONE crutch!
Day 8 I took a few steps crutchless!!
Today, (10 days after the cast off, exactly 6 weeks post op, and 2 PT appointments under the belt) I used no crutches all day!
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