Finally, had my 3rd post-op appt at 6 weeks (have been FWB in a fiberglass walking cast for the past 2 weeks) and was able to convince the doctor to give me the boot… i was THRILLED to get out of that damn walking cast… 6 weeks of immobilization was beginning to drive me mentally and physically crazy. Doctor says he wants me in the boot for at least 3 more weeks, though i think i’m going to try walking in 2 shoes after 2 weeks or so just to help w/the overall strength of that leg/ankle. a couple of questions that i’d like some help with: 1) i’ve been reading a lot about the dangers of “healing long” and how stretching too soon/too vigorously seems to be one of the factors in this…can anyone tell me the difference between passive vs active stretching. i’ve been trying to improve my ROM by doing some slow movements w/my foot, and also been trying to “stretch” the tendon out a bit by just fexing my foot upwards while i’m laying down… is this something i should avoid?
also, how many of you “cheated” once in the boot.. meaning, at what point did you go from the boot to attempting to walk in 2 shoes? by NO means do i want to rush things along too quickly and risk reinjuring myself, but i also would like to be able to begin walking some in 2 shoes as soon as i can. right now my “bad” foot/leg still feels very wierd when i try “walking”on it w/o the boot… actually, it’s the same “walking downhill” sensation i had when i initially ruptured it (putting the injured foot on the ground feels as if that foot is walking downhill).. did anyone else have this experience? i just want to know if this is fairly “normal” or if it is something i should be concerned about.
as always, thanks in advance for any input/answers, and i wish you all safe healing.
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