April 24, 2009 | |
I had my 6 weeks post-op appointment to see consultant. I have been in various casts for the last 6 weeks (all NWB). I was epecting to recieve boot/aircast and to progress to PWB. However, the consultant seemed to have different ideas. He had a feel of the tendon, manipulated my foot in different directions and said everything was looking good and that I can progress from NWB to FWB as soon as I can. The consultant initially decided to get me in two shoes (with heals/wedges). I was suprised with this decision as I was expecting a boot or aircast for a few weeks. Anyway to cut a long story short, the consultant then decided to give me the AirCast with one wedge/heal as I did not have my other shoe with me and I was also concerned about the risk of re-rupture and the fact that most people on this blog do tend to have some form of walking brace when they switch from NWB to PWB/FWB. Therefore, the surgeon agreed to give me aircast with one wedge/heal, I was also given a wedge for my good foot shoe. Initially I thought my surgeon was conservative as I’ve been in my cast NWB for 6 weeks. However, after this appointment it seems as if things are progressing quite rapidly. I can now PWB with aircast and both crutches. Depending on how things progress, I am hoping to place more weight on my foot over the weekend. I only need to have the AirCast on whilst walking and weight bearing so I can take it off at night or whilst resting.
After the appointment, my orthopaedic consultant basically discharged me and handed me over to PT. He said that there was no need for me to see him anymore as things are healing nicely and that I could easily make an appointment if things deteriorate. So now I am in the hands of the physiotherapist.
My first PT appointment was basically 20 mins long and was immediately after my appointment with orthopaedic consultant. I was told to do gentle ROM exercises (nothing too physical) on ankle whilst being seated. My next appointment with PT is on Tuesday 28th April 2009. I’m hoping that by that time I should be placing more weight on foot. I was also told by PT that it could take another 6 weeks (a total of 12 weeks post-op) before I can drive, however, this could change depending on how well I progress and whether I can do an emergency stop or not.
Apologies for the long-winded comment, but I do find it astounding that there are so many different rehab protocols for this injury. It seems as if each surgeon has a different protocol.
Anyway, I do hope all of you are progressing well in your recovery plans.