Removing Wedges

So, I’ve been FWB for a whole week and it’s been great. I’m now able to actually do things and get around. This has been very liberating!

Now that I’m done with the first week of FWB, I’m suppose to remove one of the wedges from my aircast. I tried this earlier today and when I stood up I felt a strong stretch in my tendon. So much so, that I decided to put the extra wedge back in to be on the safe side. I didn’t have any pain, just the sensation of a strong stretch.

My question is whether the feeling of the stretch is normal. While my tendon feels very good overall, I’m downright paranoid about re-rupture. This injury has been so debilitating that I don’t want in any way to endanger my progress.

I should also mention that I decided not to use the vacocast. I ordered it, but never used it and sent it back. My thinking is that since I’m only going to be in a boot for 3 more weeks, why spend $300? Plus, when I looked at it in the package, it seemed very complicated - and the instruction booklet was pathetic. I know there are videos online, but I really don’t want to spend 3 hours trying to figure out how to put it on. Now, I have the sense that returning the vacocast is going to be difficult. The company requires that you contact them and provide all sorts of information and obtain a return authorization. This really shouldn’t be necessary for any product that is unused and returned within the first week. We’ll see how the handle the return.

The other good news from this week is that I finally was able to return to the gym.  Of course, I can only do upper body work, but that’s worlds better than sitting around on my rear end all day.  For the first time since the injury I can say that I’m really feeling optimistic.   I know that I still have a long recovery ahead of me, but being able to be on two legs is absolutely wonderful!

3 Responses to “Removing Wedges”

  1. 1 normofthenorth November 2, 2013 at 4:39 am

    I have one trick and one rule of thumb for removing wedges. The trick is to do it at bed-time and sleep in the boot. That way your leg gets a night of NWB to get used to “the stretch”, before adding WB to it.
    The RoT is that if it feels too extreme, it probably is. Within reason, since I also like following well-proven rehab protocols, and the two can conflict. But a lot of people here who increased their ankle angle “late” felt immediately more comfortable, while many who had their calf-&-AT extended “early” felt it was “a stretch”.

    I followed bit.ly/UWOProtocol for my second ATR, and I felt its sudden jump from 2cm of heel wedges to none was too abrupt for comfort, so I took an extra day or two. (I was accidentally at 3cm of wedges instead of 2cm, which made the jump even more abrupt.)

  2. 2 hillie November 2, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Wow rfm, whose got the grumps then? (And isn’t this text box rubbish with its tiny font? Yep we can all moan about trivia).

    Since you yourself ask the question, why DID you order the Vaco boot at that stage of your recovery? By the way, from what you’ve posted about wedges, and we recently read about a re-rupture due to poor installation, the Vaco system looks much simpler and easy to understand, although good to read Norm’s tips on how to do it better. Oped’s so-called manual isn’t great, but the YouTube and other videos are excellent. They may take a few minutes to read, but don’t you just have a little time to spare right now? You are right though, $300 for a couple of weeks - a lot of money.

    Be optimistic too about that return to the supplier. I doubt you’ll have any problem. In the UK, we have even had had home visits from Oped when issues have been raised. Probably they’re too busy these days. Where in the world are you?

  3. 3 Ron November 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Reasons,

    Sending the Vacocast back was the right move. Your next step is 2 shoes - so yea, it’s a month too late.

    I like Norm’s idea about moving the wedge at night - I think Kellygirl mentioned that in a post so ago, and it worked. What I also did was played with the new setting while siting down (at my desk) and slowly easing my foot down for a few minutes, a few times per day - ALWAYS moving it BACK before getting up and walking, though. After 3 days, I slide right into the next PF setting. Just a thought.

    Good luck,

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