My Journey Back to Two Shoes

Shoes in 5 Days!

I am 7 weeks post-op today! My Orthopedic surgeon told me to kick the womens-vibram-fivefingers-purple-sprint-shoe-outlet crutches to the curb last week and put on my tennis shoes on October 1st.

That October date is coming quickly - 5 days to be exact. I am excited about this milestone. I plan to listen to my doctor and not try to get ahead of him. I can wait until next Monday for my two-shoe debut. Can I say that I am excited and nervous at the prospect of two shoes. My biggest concern about two shoes - how do I select the right kind of shoes? Should they be support shoes or tennis shoes? Any recommendations on my two-shoe debut?

September 26th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

9 Responses to “Shoes in 5 Days!”

  1. sheena Says:

    Hi there,
    I used good trainers. One small bit of advice, I re ruptured at 13 weeks as you know. This time, I will wear a heel wedge in my trainer when I go into two shoes. I re ruptured walking up the slightest incline. Ask your doc, he may say no but I know loads of people on this blog used a heel raise when into two shoes. I will be next time, er this time!

  2. hillie Says:

    Hi Darlene

    Good advice from Sheena. I first used a silicon wedge with my good foot as it was a little sore from slightly uneven gait, and then one in each trainer (my tried and tested, very comfy and supportive New Balance, made in UK) when I lost the boot. Tried without the wedges too but way more stable with them and better on the tendon.

  3. ryanb Says:

    FWIW, I found the best shoes for starting out to be hiking boots, with some heel raise, and lots of solid support. Here are the shoes I started out with:
    The exact brand/model isn’t important; I would just find something similar that fits well and is comfortable.

    I didn’t use wedges in them, but did add a custom insole with very good arch support ( I think an ATR injury can easily lead to ankle pronation: I don’t know if the Achilles itself is part of the support required to prevent pronation, or if the extended inactivity just leads to weak ankles… but it seems to be a fairly common post injury problem. The foot-beds helped reduce that issue for me.

  4. Scott Says:

    I bought a pair of Asics Gel Kayano’s and Superfeet insoles. They were a little pricey but I’m convinced that they contributed to my recovery.

  5. mcdarling Says:

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I am assuming “trainers” are the same as tennis shoes. I will review the suggestions made. Thanks!

  6. doryt Says:

    Darlene Congrats to you getting both feet on the ground in shoes. They look cool. I went from boot and a comfy same level platform wedge shoe to CROCS. I dont know if going to flat sole right off was/is correct progression to 2 shoes but it worked OK for me I kept a few pairs in various heel heights at foot of my stairs and would rotate wearing them. I m wearing flat shoes mostly know. Do what feels good.

  7. Adam Says:

    I have been wearing asics as well, with heal wedges and then slowly weening off the heel wedge. Will be completly getting rid of heel wedge at 16 weeks

  8. crutchesintx Says:

    Great news! You are flying through all of these stages.

  9. mcdarling Says:

    Hey crutchintx - honestly, I believe it is prayer that is making the difference. I feel stronger. One more day and counting. I so want to put the shoe on today (Sunday). But I will wait the day and put my tennis shoes on both feet on Monday. That is the day the Ortho surgeon said to do it.

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