PWB in the Boot!

At four weeks to the day of surgery, the cast came off and the boot went on.  Doctor said PWB…10-15% to start getting to 30% by end of week and then 60-70% in two weeks (seems a little slow to me?).  The foot is very swollen when I’m on it but seems like that’s normal.  Also, some heal warmth/pain but very manageble.  He said no PT for two more weeks but I can do ROM work etc.

So…a big milestone and I’m thrilled to begin the process back.  When it happened I thought I’d want to get back to running, biking etc….really, I just want to walk (for now).


  1. trisportgirl Said,

    August 15, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    Congratulations! I remember that day and feeling like I could take on the world again, one crutch at a time! I’m telling you now that the next few weeks will fly by and you’ll be walking in no time :-)

  2. rainbow395 Said,

    August 15, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

    Excellent progress - sounds like a good plan though- I think I went from partial to full weight bearing a bit too quickly (had no guidance from my doctor) and paid for it a bit today. But from what I can tell some tingling/warmth is quite normal. Walking properly would be good and getting hands free though is great for now.

  3. Bride2be Said,

    August 16, 2009 @ 5:22 pm

    Wow that’s fast! I was put in a moon boot 4 weeks post op and told I’m not allowed to weight bear for another 4 weeks! When you went into your moon boot was it positioned at neutral or 20 degrees? Mine was set at 20 degrees for 2 weeks then it will go to neutral for another 2 weeks and then I’m allowed to weight bear. Seems very conservative approach and to be honest I have been walking on it a bit anyway. I figure if there is no pain or inflammation then why not?

  4. dsut4392 Said,

    August 16, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    If you get yourself a compression stocking (of the sort used by diabetics, it should be tight enough to be a real struggle to put on) that will help immensely with the swelling and related discomfort, both in your foot and around the ankle/achilles.
    Get yourself one pair and they dry quick enough that you can wash & wear - one to wear at night, wash in the morning and dries by evening, one to wear in the day, wash in the evening and dries overnight.
    Mine are getting a bit stretched now but I’m needing them less than before (at week 6.5 post op).

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