Posted on August 14th, 2012 by oldlady
Ok I have been in two shoes without a boot since 6 weeks. This last week I have been almost totally fwb. It’s only later in the day when the swelling is huge that I revert to both crutches. For my showers I use beach shoes and two days ago I found my old Teva sandles. Wow I forgot how comfy they feel on the arch and bottom of your feet. They really grab on the slippery shower floor and I really feel steady getting up from the shower seat and getting out of the shower. My question is should I stick to my sneakers(trainers) or are the teva’s safe enough to walk around the house? Does anyone else have any foot wear suggestions? Bare feet on the floor seems to hurt my feet. Probably irritates my plantar fas (sp?).
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Posted on July 30th, 2012 by oldlady
I have been dreaming sometime each night of walking. The dreams are so real I’m afraid I may actually try so I have the wheel chair blocking my way before I get up and do some damage.
Having a good surgeon is about 90% of the battle. Having a good surgeon with a good bedside manner is priceless. Thank goodness most of our PT are the ones that work with us and take us from quivering wusses to our old selves.
I have had three sessions and I can’t believe the ROM and confidence I have already achieved. I still may pick up a boot to protect me from the dangers outside but right now I am still using the wheel chair when on uneven ground outside.
I love the massages and the electo stimulation. I have noticed a big difference in the swelling. The bottom of my scar is now straight,(the last half inch near the heel) There are some dimples but before it was in the shape of a a squished together letter c. When it let go I could feel a stinging like the doctor was removing stitches.
Onhiatus and I seem to be on the same Pt exercises. please visit her site she has a very good list of the things we are working on. each time they seem to increase the reps and add one or two more activities.
Hope everyone is in good spirits. Stay Healthy Everyone.
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Posted on July 23rd, 2012 by oldlady
Had my cast removed today. Did my homework and brought all of the info to order a vaco boot. The nurse removed the cast and the doctor came in and evaluated my incision, and ROM. I Had my husband with me all set to help me insist on my choice of boots. Then the sinister smile and he said ok see me in 4 weeks. I asked ok what boot do you recommend and he cackled-no boot. I freaked out even begged and he firmly said no. my foot could flex to a little over 90 degrees and he said what do you want a club foot. He scheduled PT for three times a week as soon as possible. The nurse called around and got an appointment for 2 !/2 weeks from tomorrow. When I got into the waiting room I called our local PT that treated our family in the past and the head PT said come in on Wednesday- I will take care of you. So here I sit giving the evil eye to the cats. Everyone better stay away. I guess there goes my beach days for this summer. Can you believe it I have read about only three people on this blog who went from cast to boot and here I am entering into their little group. Ughhh!
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Posted on July 17th, 2012 by oldlady
5 more days and the cast is off replaced by the boot!! Now my questions- just how safe is the boot? Can I go to the beach when I am fwb? Will it protect me from stepping on uneven ground where my heel may go down ripping my AT?
Will I become a person always looking at my feet?
I live in the ocean State (Rhode Island)and If I have to take it easy (especially in this hot humid weather) I would love to spend it at the beach. Do I have a chance?
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Posted on July 12th, 2012 by oldlady
New mile stone, I made it up the stairs for the first time in 5 weeks. I went up with the crutches but kinda freaked out going down so I used my bum. Still NWB but that will change in 10 days. I hate this cast and can’t wait to get my boot.
I can also elevate my foot just a little now without it swelling and turning purple. I can actually sit in the front seat of the car with just a pillow under my foot. Husband and I are planning on a movie or concert to celebrate.
Stay healthy Everyone!
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Posted on July 10th, 2012 by oldlady
My operation went well. I woke up in recover in lots of pain and was given several units of Morphine. The doctor kept me in the hospital for an extra day and the nurses kept the pain meds coming every 4 hours. PT came in and showed me ho use crutches and a walker. Three days after being home I had to get a wheel chair because I hurt my good foot putting all of that extra weight on it. I guess I always had heel spurs and the extra use helped to inflame the whole area.
Two weeks post-op I had my stitches removed and a new cast put on for four more weeks.
If you think your cast is too tight do not suffer in silence. For three days I waited for the pain and tingling to go away, finally I gave up and called the doctor. twenty minutes later I was in the office and they said the swelling was what was hurting me and they cut the cast in two and wrapped it with an ace wrap. Ahh relief!
It is July 10 and I have a week and a half to go before they put me in a boot. I hope I’m partial or full weight bearing. This staying home with my foot up is really getting to me. Curlygirl I was so jealous to see you are now in a boot. I can’t wait to follow in your footsteps. We share the same surgery date.
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Posted on July 8th, 2012 by oldlady
yup we old ladies can also rupture our Achilles Tendon. Maybe not as dramatic as a field goal or spectacular sports move, but for me it was a stupid move of tipping over a chair while reaching for an object on a shelve above my closet. And to top it off it was an office chair on wheels. My accident happened on May 8th. I had enough time in my head to evaluate my landing - should I hang on to the shelf as the chair was tipping or land on the floor? I chose to land because I was wearing sneakers and both feet were going down together so basically in was a jump. (Funny how all this thinking happened in less than a second) As I hit the floor I thought the chair hit me in the back of the right leg. (This may have happened but after reading the blogs of my new found club I now suspect it was the rupture of my Achilles.) I sat on the floor for a good while hoping the pain would get better. No such luck. Crawled my way into the living room and hugged my ankle for a good hour. The husband came home and politely labeled me an idiot for performing such a stunt. After an hour I decided to visit our local walk in because of the swelling and pain. Once there the doctor recommended x-rays, then sent me home with an ace wrap and instructions that my sprain would get worse before it got better. For a month I watched the bruising and swelling get worse, never better. Finally I decided to see an or-tho specialist. Had to wait a week. He did his feeling thing(Now I know it was the Thompson Test) and said I needed an MRI. Insurance makes you submit a form before this procedure can be completed. Three days later I was in the office for my MRI. Two days after that back to the doctor to be told that I had a full rupture with a very wide space between the breaks. Because of the wide gape, time it took to be diagnosed and my high activity level he recommended surgery. So I began my adventure on June 14th.
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