Here are a few items that may help your ATR process, and hopefully others come this community with chime in and offer more aid.


Procare Evenup Shoe Balancer $27

AP Roller 5X13 Deep Tissue Massage $22

Duro-Med Ortho Bed Wedge 8X20X24 $27

Elasto Gel Ice & Hot Wrap for Foot & Ankle Pain $32

Body Rider Fan Bike + Imitation Sheepskin Padded Seat Cover $120 (was $300)

Crutcheze Black Underarm Crutch Pad and hand Grip Covers $36

Drive Medical 790 Steerable Knee Walker $230 with knee pad cover (was $600)

Here is the link to “Things you might need” from Dennis\this blog:


Happy healing,



15 Comments so far

  1. craiger9er on October 28, 2013 1:19 pm

    I highly agree with the Evenup, was invaluable in a boot. The Elasto Gel Ice/Hot Wrap I used also and it was (and still is at 5 months) wonderful. I wish I woulda ordered 2 to ice more frequently in the beginning.

    I had the bed wedge but didn’t use it much. A bean bag chair my kids had worked better for me. Maybe because it conformed more to my cast/boot. Bed wedge wasn’t bad, just liked the bean bag better.

    One thing that’s helped me at 5 months and was recommended to me by my trainer was Dr. Scholls Custom Fit Othodics. Stand on the machine and it tells you what insert works for your foot. The insert was $50.00 and so far it’s only been a week, but it’s been comfortable with less pain, especially since I started jogging.

    A backpack or fanny pack type thing when on crutches - very helpful

    I also bought some exercise bands with an ankle strap. I strapped it to my foot to work on dorsi/plantar flexion, inversion and eversion. If you don’t get therabands at therapy, I’d recommend them, it helps with initial strengthening and you can take one anywhere. Just my 2 cents.

    Thanks for compiling all this great information Ron.

  2. jdotjones85 on October 28, 2013 1:34 pm

    Great info Ron. Just ordered the Elasto Gel/Ice Wrap. Pretty excited to get to icing with that thing. I tried icing multiple times but getting a bag of ice or whatever to conform around my ankle was a bit challenging.

    Thanks for all the info!

  3. Ron on October 28, 2013 6:55 pm

    Great input Craiger9er, I forgot about the Therabands, and I will look at the inserts because I am moving to 2 shoes in the next week or so.

    Thanks and good luck,

  4. Ron on October 28, 2013 6:56 pm

    Hi jdotjones85,

    I hope it helps. I like them a lot and they also serve as a good ankle wrap.

    Good luck,

  5. hopalong on October 28, 2013 10:33 pm

    Useful comments

  6. hopalong on October 28, 2013 11:05 pm

    One for Dennis
    Dennis. A lot of Rons blog is really useful. My concern is that we could end up with a “front page” within a front page. Ie your front page has become for the majority of us the go to page for info and if we are just relying on hash tags to provide the link to relevant posts, then I suspect that Rons good work will be buried under numerous other commentary in 3-6 months.
    Just wondering if there is a workaround. Perhaps linking Rons work ( and others) under the relevant subtitles on your front page. Or giving Bloggers an opportunity to “rate” commentary that they have found useful. Realise that that may be more work than you can commit to, but just a thought.

  7. dennis on October 28, 2013 11:33 pm

    Sure I can either link from the main site, relevant sections of Ron’s pages, or integrate the content into the main site.
    Feel free to list the specifics, and I can integrate it one by one.
    In order to add the “rate” commentary feature, there some major work that needs to be done on the site, which I attempted twice and ended up bringing down the site for 2 months.. I have a vacation coming up soon, so I maybe able to spend the time to finally do the overhaul. I’ve learned a good deal more of web architecture since last time I tried this 2 years ago. :)

  8. dennis on October 28, 2013 11:41 pm

    I’ve updated
    to include Ron’s page.

  9. hopalong on October 29, 2013 12:47 am

    Impressive - quick work! Intention is not to bog you down with work from the ” bright ideas club”! and In danger of going off at a tangent from the main thread here, but believe that your blog has grown to be more than ” just” a blog on ATR.
    Thanks for all the work that you have put in, it’s been a life saver for a lot of us, especially given the lack of up to date knowledge and at times conflicting advice from specialists.

  10. Ron on October 29, 2013 3:13 am

    Wow, Hoppy and Dennis - thanks.

    Glad I can pitch in.
    Good luck,

  11. craiger9er on October 30, 2013 12:47 pm


    Be a little careful with the inserts. The machine has you stand on one leg and lean forward. I had to put a decent amount of weight on the front of my foot. There’s bars to hold on to in front of you, but you still have to get your weight shifted to the front, so be careful with that.

    I think a Shower chair of some sort might be helpful also. To me that was a necessity.

  12. Ron on October 30, 2013 7:35 pm

    Thanks Craiger9er,

    Got it. I will look into that.

    Have a great day.

  13. josee on October 30, 2013 9:31 pm

    Not specifically for the injury itself but emotionally a thermos to fill with hot tea or soup was a life saver for me! And a hoodie with a hug pocket to put everything into when pottering around the house.

    Great list!

  14. Ron on October 31, 2013 4:41 pm

    Thanks Josee, good tips on your end as well. Daily functionality is very important.

    Have a great weekend, and good luck.

  15. bamf on November 21, 2017 7:30 pm

    Thanks for the list! I just bought the Elasto Gel Ice & Hot Wrap for Foot & Ankle Pain on Amazon! Still 3 weeks to go before I am out of this darn cast! I can’t wait to ice this tendon!




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