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Day #45 - The Cast Comes Off

September 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

Went to see Dr. C yesterday for my 6-weeks post surgery checkup (it was day 45), and I was expecting to have the cast removed and placed in a walking boot.  Anna cut off the cast, Dr. C checked out my foot range of motion - felt the tendon - and decided to not move me to a walking boot.  This shocked the heck out of me - and my wife.  He wrote a script for 6 weeks of PT / 3x a week…and I walked out of his office (on crutches) barefoot!  We were psyched!  He said I could expect to be walking - without crutches - in another 1 to 2 weeks, and I could start putting weight on w/ crutches.  He also said I can resume driving when I feel comfortable, but to make sure I brake w/ the left foot for fear of slamming on the brakes.  We were shocked.

I had my first PT session this morning….as I wanted to jump right on it and get my ROM and strength back as soon as possible.  My calf measured 36cm, while my good leg/calf measured 39cm…not too bad after 45 days in a cast.  Today we worked on ROM and massage…sent me home with some flex exercises.  I go back tomorrow for day 2….so far so good.

The PT also said it would be 8 months post-surgery until I resume normal exercise / sports activities like running.  Skiing I could be more aggressive with - hoping to be able to ski this winter.  Golf - TBD.

I soaked my foot/leg for about 30 mins last night after the cast was removed - damn it’s good to be out of that thing….

I’m still getting a lot of swelling…but making progress.  Hope to be driving by this weekend, or maybe tomorrow?

More to come.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dennis // Sep 23, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    mcav - looks like you are doing well. Just a word of caution though.. don’t rush your recovery too much, and I think it helps to read about other’s recovery timelines to get a feeling for how agressive/conservative your protocol is.

  • 2 jonathan9 // Sep 24, 2008 at 1:04 am

    How nice is the first soak and wash of your leg!!!!

    I was walking confidently with no crutches after about a week………and trust me PT makes a massive difference. I’ll be posting later today with my progress.

  • 3 mcav // Sep 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    thanks for the word of caution. I don’t want to rush and have things go south on me.

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