Steel toe shoes with a soft cast question

Trying to get back to work after being placed in a walking boot. One item HR is hitting me up on is having to wear steel toe shoes as a requirement of the job. Has anyone modified a walking boot to allow this? I was thinking of cutting out the liner around the foot, wearing the shoe and foaming it up as needed to make a tight fit and strap it in. Any ideas? Is there a product out there that does this already? Thanks

Three week update

Went in for my three week check up.  I received another fiberglass cast with a smaller rubber wedge under my heel.  I am led to believe next week will be another cast with no wedge.  If all goes well, I’ll be in a walking boot around the five week point.  The incision appears to be healing nicely, it looks much better and not so scary.  I can say I look forward to giving my left calf and foot a very thorough, but gentle scrubbing.

I have pretty much said the hell with the crutches as of yesterday.  I just hobble around and take it slow and easy keeping all the weight on the heel.  If I get tired, I just find a bench and rest a few minutes before moving along.  Pain is slight to none at all, but I can tell if I have been standing too long.

A few thoughts looking back based on what I lived through.  I wish I would have gotten a decent foldable wheel chair to use from post surgery up to end of the third week.  Crutches are okay for covering up to about 40 yards, after that a wheelchair is a clear winner.  My object here is to try and get around as easy as I can without reinjuring my Achilles and prevent further damage to shoulders and wrists.  There are no prizes for long distance crutching as far as I know.  I did end up with two good rubs on the inside of each wrist.  I started using sweat bands and they helped to keep the rub off the skin although a bit late.

I did end up getting the iwalk and think it is pretty slick.  Watching their online videos is worth the time.  Due to being at the end of a 8,000 mile supply line here in S.Korea, sometimes it takes ten days for items to get here.  Three days after I received it I found I could hobble around fairly well and didn’t really bother with it anymore.  There is a learning curve with it, learning to relax while wearing the device and trusting it felt like the major hurdles to clear to get really comfortable on it.

First Post

Here for the obvious reason, ATR on left side.  Injury happened while pushing a wheeled air conditioning unit.  Never really had any problems or indications that I had issues with my AT till it popped.  Since I work in South Korea, I had the experience of getting the surgery done in a Korean hospital.  Compared to what I’ve read here, I had a longer stay in the hospital after the operation at five days.  I suspect they wanted to keep an eye on it to check for infection.

Currently a day shy of two weeks post op.  Just had the stitches pulled out and a second cast put on, toes a little bit more towards the shin than the first one.  Doc says I can start putting some weight on it only on the heal.  Looks like two or three more weeks of casts till I get a boot.

Here is what I have observed over my two short weeks dealing with this.  Ice and elevation of your foot are your friends.  I think it is important to keep the swelling down especially in the beginning to get the healing process going.  I vividly recall the first time I went to take a leak and lowered my foot off the mattress, the blood flowed down and it throbbed pretty good.  I have been using a wheeled desk chair to scoot around the house, depending on what I’m doing, I either kneel on it with the bad leg or sit and scoot along backwards.  It seems to work well.  A re-attack on the ice, get double the amount you think you need.  I rotated three sets of ice packs, always had a fresh cold one.  Try and stay hydrated, simple to do and good for you.  Eat well.  Figure out how to get a shower.  I put a plastic stool in the shower and use a trash bag and athletic tape.  Bag is good for one use as they get ripped when taking it off.  Try and set yourself up for a good nights sleep, the better you sleep, the better the healing process works.

This blog has really helped me out and I’m glad I found it.  I now know a little better what is in store for me in the coming weeks and months.