Jul
09
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Lisa on 09-07-2009

I am 6 weeks post op tomorrow.  I am down to one heel life and 1 crutch 3x a day 200 ft per time, plus my usual exercises.  I feel like I can do alot more, but I am listening to my PT’s. 

I learned something last night.  I had been approved to NOT wear my boot while sleeping, however I found that by morning i was very stiff and had to kind of rework the stretch.  I had more pain throughout the day & more swelling.  I started wearing my boot to bed again.  It keeps my foot in that preferred “stretch” position and by morning I am already stretch, barely any pain and it actually feels like I have moved forward another couple paces.  I think it makes sense.  You sleep like 8 hrs, if you can have the foot in that preferred “stretch” for that time pain permitting it can’t be a bad idea.  I’ll ask my PT’s monday when I see them.

Comments

mikelosangeles on 9 July, 2009 at 11:12 pm #

I’m 2 weeks post surgery and one week in to wearing the boot. Doc told me I could go without the boot at night. How do you keep from getting the boot on the bed? Do you cover it at night? I usually end up sleeping on my stomach with my toes pointed down. I haven’t noticed any stiffness in the am but then again my frame of reference is fairly limited.


Lisa on 11 July, 2009 at 2:43 pm #

I don’t really cover the boot up at night, but I think a shower cap would do the trick. I didn’t notice a problem until my range of motion increase 90 degree and further. then I started to feel the stiffness and pain by morning. I was down to one crutch and have been wearing the boot at night and a few times today i walked without any crutches at all. I think there might be something to be said for keeping the boot on at night during the heavy rehab portion, but I’ll ask my PT’s on Monday. Like I said, yesterday was 6 weeks exactly post-op. I had a full rupture and surgery to repair. I am amazed at how quickly things are moving but at the same time I am very cautious.


Smish on 12 July, 2009 at 7:42 am #

A previous poster on this blog mentioned that he put a pillow case over his boot at night when he wore the boot to bed. That would help keep your bed cleaner. If you have been cleared to not wear your boot to bed at night but would like a little bit of support while you sleep you could also try a night splint. They are made for Achilles and Plantar Fasciitis sufferers. I just got a pair from a company called Footsmart. They keep your foot at 90 all night and they are smaller and a lot less bulky to sleep in.


trisportgirl on 12 July, 2009 at 8:49 am #

Smish,

I was just looking at those the other day. Which one did you get and what difference do you notice in the morning?

Tamar


Eric on 25 July, 2009 at 9:33 am #

I’m 7 weeks post op. I’m out of my boot but must wear a shoe that has at least a 2″ heel. My Harley boot works fine and I wear it to work with dress pants. Just had to polish it up. I found I had to wear both because it was tilting me to one side and was causing pain on my good side. You might want to try buying an orthopedic sock at a medical supply store. I wear this and it causes the fluid not to gather in my calf muscle. I am wearing sneakers aroung the house and on smooth flat surfaces,no grass or sand. It’s just nice to walk without my “Frankenstein” boot.


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