Readers Poll: Save boot or trash? When?

I have completed 19 weeks post surgery as of yesterday.   I came out of the boot at 14 weeks.  It is still resting upright next to my bed as I am almost afraid to discard it.  What have other folks done?  I want to know.  At what point in the recovery process do you throw it out?  Why am I hesitant?

6 Responses to “Readers Poll: Save boot or trash? When?”

  1. landlockedtxn Says:

    mine is worn out, the straps dont hold after 3 mos of pretty much constant wear….my vote is to trash it if not usuable….get a new one to keep on hand.

  2. Marianne Says:

    I’m planning on keeping a boot to bring to the beach this summer. I’m already worrying about walking in sand with my kids and thinking it won’t be good for the achilles.

  3. landlockedtxn Says:

    my doc and physth say no sand/beach walking for 6 months to avoid rerupture

  4. Smish Says:

    I think I have around 9 or 10 boots. I have had to wear a boot for so long that my doctor has been giving me fresh ones. Plus, you always get a fresh boot when you wake up from surgery and I have had 3 of those. I am going to pull the lining out of them and wash them up. For now, I think I’ll keep them in a box in my basement. I am keeping some for a safety net, in case I need to give my legs a break, just in case my surgeries NEVER work. (frustration) I am also keeping some because I am pretty sure my boys have plans to turn a few of them into part of their Halloween costumes. They will probably be painted up to look like the guys in Halo 3. My husbands idea is to paint them and use them to make the legs on a VERY morbid looking bench for our backyard.

  5. booklady Says:

    I’m a few weeks behind you post-surgery-wise and I intend on keeping mine around for a while longer. Though I don’t plan on walking in sand until well after my one-year anniversary (and I live in Hawaii), I may wear it while doing outdoor tasks this summer. The trip across the lawn to the morning paper is still unsteady, so I know I’m not quite ready to dispose of it yet.

    I’m hesitant too, and it sits it my closet. Its non-use though, is a nice reminder that I’m getting better and to keep paying attention to my recovery.

  6. Bob Says:

    Although I just took my first tentative walk around the block yesterday without the boot I’m not ready to put it away yet. At 11 1/2 weeks post-op I still have a lot of work to do. That being said, when the time comes I think I’ll have mine bronzed and put it on a shelf.

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