Posted by: rougemac | July 19, 2010

MC Hammer

JUST GOT BACK FROM THE HOSPITAL, I SWAPPED MY PLASTER FOR AN MC WALKER  MUCH MORE COMFY.  THINGS ARE STARTING TO LOOK UP!!!!

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Conratulations! :-)

The boot’s still “fixed” not “hinged”, right? And you’re still in a pretty plantar-flexed position?

Are you supposed to start gently setting it down (PWB) soon? As you shift weight onto it, it becomes more important to elevate your other foot, so you’re “square”.

Received from Ian/Rougemac by e-mail:
“It is fixed @ 30deg PF. I am suppose to take the boot off and start flexing it.”

I haven’t done any math or trig on it, but 30 degrees sounds like a lot — probably more than the 2cm of heel lift specified in the bit.ly/UWOProtocol protocol, and even more than the 3cm of heel lift that I got by accident for my first 6 weeks. Interestingly, angle is presumably the more meaningful measure than heel lift, and the relationship changes with foot size (length).

30 degrees is huge. I have almost 25 degrees in my right foot and my PT says that is an unusually high amount of plantar flexion. My left foot is only at about 20 degrees but getting better.

Hey Gerry, i have an MC Walker and it locks at certain angles. 30 22.5, 17….. I will have it move to 22.5 in 2 weeks

And at some point, the MC Walker can also be set to hinge, while still being “blocked” from dorsiflexing past a set point. That’s a great way to reintroduce your ankle and AT and calf to the mechanics of walking. (I started that at 7 weeks post-non-op, though earlier might work fine, too, maybe especially with stitches.)

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