Yesterday was the big day….the day my surgeon had set to start going without the boot. As I had a pretty busy work day I actually did not push too much and left it more or less till today when I had a PT appointment and an easier day of it.
So as of this morning I’m in two shoes (more like slippers round the house) and doing gait training with the bad foot on the treadmill in PT. For this week I’m going to continue wearing the boot out of the house and my goal, discussed with PT therapists is to totally ditch the boot in a weeks time. For now my stride is very short and am having to really work hard on the heel-toe action, but hey it’s walking !
Obviously I have not walked any great distances, but so far am pleased with the lack of pain & swelling. The only problem I’ve had is some discomfort around the heel and incision when trying to wear shoes again, even just running shoes. That is going to be a problem, but I guess the foot will get used to it.
After some thought and discussion with the PT guys I have decided not to bother with a cane at this point. Physically I don’t need it and they confirmed my suspicion that basically it’s just another thing you can become dependent on and ultimately will need to train yourself out of. I did think there was a psychological advantage to the cane in reminding me not to go crazy, but I guess I’ll just have to remember.
So overall it’s been a great week even with the summer cold I picked up over the weekend. Looking back I can hardly believe I’ve come so far as quickly as I have. Never thought I’d be at this point so soon, I really have been fortunate compared to many ATR sufferers. A long way to go yet, but life is starting to come back together.