Posted on October 2nd, 2014 by mbow4502
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
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Posted on September 20th, 2014 by mbow4502
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.
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Posted on September 11th, 2014 by mbow4502
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.
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