Humbled by Reality, the “gradual approach” is less gradual after all.
Went to 2-shoes today, exactly on the 6 week mark. Had been wearing the boot until today but actually less and less. The reason was that it gave me serious back pains due to the unevenness and resulting crookedness of the back. Despite back exercises, stretching and all that I simply wasn’t able to function. So, about a week ago I started by taking the boot off at night, then a few days later I limped around the house with no boot. Big difference for the back - due to the limp still some unevenness but at least that seems curable with back exercises. I am being really, really careful with the foot of course, not taking any (unavoidable) risks. When walking around in the boot I had actually used the “ROM” mode with increasing freedom over the last few days and started to exercise the calf/tendon by pushing for example while driving.
For the moment of the 2-shoes I bought these:
And alternatively these:
Then, I got one of these:
But the PT thinks I don’t even need that, so I might wear that only in “high risk” environments - which I don’t know yet what those are. Unfortunately it might be one of those things one might find out only when it’s too late. Anyways, they don’t really support the AT specifically and actually require a lot of doing to get fitted and into a shoe. I might experiment with that a little more if I find the time and energy, of which I have very, very little lately.
I have started to exercise on one of these:
It’s more involved than I thought, I have never used these machines as I rather believed in “natural” sports like running etc. Just getting the hand/foot coordination right is not so intuitive actually. After about 20-30 minutes on that, I feel the leg tire considerably and call it a day for now.
Having PT every weekday. Includes “scar tissue” massage which is quite painful but actually feels “satisfying” in that it does feel to me like it would prevent adhesion and greatly improves flexibility of the foot. After that, a strider session and some Theraband, the leg/foot/ankle/tendon is seriously ready for sleep. OK, also walked for about mile, that did tire the leg as well.
The upside of all this commotion is that it feels great to move again, back pain is seriously reduced and life is coming back!