Driving again!!

I’m at 11 weeks now.  I got my brace last Thursday and with it, I am able to drive.  I’ve driven to work 3 days this week - about 20 miles each way.  It is still very hard and I can’t keep the clutch pushed in for too long.  If I’m at a red light, I put it in neutral and use the E brake to give my foot a rest.  What a great feeling of freedom!!  The brace allows my foot to dorsiflex, but it locks at about 90 degrees and won’t let my foot over flex the other way.  This lets me push on the clutch without worrying about re-rupturing.  I can kind of flat foot it.  Unfortunately, this has been a crazy busy week at work and I have been doing a lot of walking.  The driving and walking add up to a very sore  and swollen tendon and foot by the time I get home.  I’ve had to start taking a pain pill in the evening.  So, my freedom is bittersweet.  I love that I can drive and walk, but am having more pain.  Sitting now at my laptop with my foot elevated and on ice :).  I will try to post a picture of the brace if I can figure out how to do that.  Speedy healing to all!!

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