10 weeks post-op and learning to walk again

January 12, 2010

Had my 10 weeks post-op today and doc told me that I can start walking with a cane. The trouble is that I never had a boot and my foot is still not in a neutural. The PT can get it to the neutural position passively but I can not do it myself.
I am trying to walk but my ankle loks up and would not let me bend for walking. Anybody has an advice on what excersises I can do to start walking again?

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  • 1. maryk  |  January 12th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    My PT is having me roll up a washcloth in a cylinder, put it under the arch of my foot (horizontally) , then try to roll my toes forward towards the floor and then backwards to roll my heel towards the floor. HTH.

  • 2. doug53  |  January 12th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    You may be about where I was when I first started shuffling around. I started by keeping my injured foot out in front. That is, I would step my injured foot forward a little, put my weight on that heel, and step forward just a little with my good foot, and repeat. The good foot doesn’t have to step ahead of, or even up to, the injured foot. As my flexibility improved, I could step farther forward with my good foot, until I had that slow, almost-normal, weak-calf walk in about a week.

    It worked for me,


  • 3. mshap  |  January 13th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    maryk, Doug,

    Thank you very much for the advice. I went to work today for the first time and was using the ‘bad leg forward’ technique the whole day. I think it may work :)

  • 4. linda atterton  |  January 16th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    We’re at the same stage. Sit on a chair, foot flat as it can be on floor, whatever angle that takes. Pull it towards you sliding until you feel your achilles stretch, hold, then back, 3 sets of 10. You can do it holding onto a worktop too. A variation is to put bad leg forwards and try to put your knee over your foot in a mild lunge, again until you feel stretch. And a long stretchy band like in pilates, With leg out straight and band under ball of foot, push against band and pull foot towards you using band. But in my mind my physio manipulating the foot hard is best! My boot was never adjusted, except for wedges. Am now finally in trainers and sticks. All those exercises are good to start the day and increase intensity as day goes on. Good luck.

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