On Thursday I am to day I had the final cast removed. I was so looking forward to getting that darn thing removed.
While waiting for the doc to arrive I spoke with one of the guys who took the cast off (not sure what their title is?).
I read on here about two manufacturers of the walking boots. That being the Air Cast and Bledsoe boot.
The gentleman told me that the AirCast was garbage and the Bledsoe was the way to go. Based on what I read on here I had to agree. So he fitted my size 10 foot with the large model. I was to be honest surprised at how bulky the damn thing is. And it how high it goes up the leg. It reminded me of a long snow boarder boot
Well the doc arrived and checked everything out and said I was looking great. I wasn’t sure what the plan would be from here. So I was somewhat saddened that he said this would be another 6 week process. As sated in earlier post this doc is very conservative.
The plan is for the next 2 weeks to put PWB on the heal only. And use both crutches. He basically said to walk almost stiff legged on the heal. And next visit would be in the office. No more cast rooms…WHoo Hooo…
I had a number of questions ready to fire at him.
1. What about showering? - No problem just use the shower chair and do not pull of the butterfly strips still attached. Also just pat dry the incision area.
Let me tell you folks the amount of skin I am washing away. And after 3 days I still have more to clean off.
2. What about sleeping. Can I take this boot off? – No! (uggg) I have to sleep with it.
So let me tell you sleeping with the boot it more a pain in ass than the cast. Again it’s more bulky than the cast. Also my leg and foot feel like they are on fire. I’ll get to that later.
3. Can I take the boot off while I am relaxing on chair or in bed? Yes and use that time to do some light stretching.
The light stretching involves pulling toes back until feeling tightness and then let foot fall forward naturally. Do force foot forward or downward. Also do some circular motion. Leg lifts and hip flexor with boot on.
I am pleasantly surprised at how far I can bring my toes back already. Although a little apprehensive at first I am able to get past 90 deg with no pain, just tightness.
Immediately the blue toes I spoke about in earlier post went away. I now can keep my foot on the floor for longer period of time without any issue.
Questions- What socks do you where with this boot????
My foot feels like it on fire from being so hot. I have socks that I got when they gave me the aircast to wear prior to surgery. But they are really thick. And I do have one of the anti-embolism socks. But that is way too tight.
Thoughts on Socks???
Today was first day in the office with the boot. I tried to elevate as much as possible on a chair. I guess not enough because when I got home and took boot off my foot was really swollen. Uggggg