6 Weeks Post Surgery - Cast Finally Off!!

So, 6 weeks post-surgery I finally got my cast off!  Wound is healing nicely - still a little scabbed at the bottom but looks like the scar won’t be as bad as what I was imagining.  My calf muscle appears to be gone (although my PT assures me there is still a little something there!).  OS put me in an Aircast (with one wedge) and told me to start weight-bearing as comfortable.  Feels awesome to be out of the cast!

After reading comments about Aircast vs. Vacocast, I ordered a Vacocast to try.  I’m still trying to figure out which one I like more.  They both seem to provide me good support and are both pretty comfortable.  I’m still transitioning from PWB to FWB, and I think the vacocast is a little easier to walk in (easier to roll from heel to toe in it than in the Aircast).

The day after I got my cast off I had my first PT session.  PT took measurements of my feet.  Bad foot was a little swollen but not too bad.  ROM on my bad foot was pretty awful, so PT said we are going to be working on ROM, strengthening and stretching.  PT massaged my foot and leg - nothing too hard - and did some gentle stretching and manipulating of my foot.  PT said she would do more scar breakup as we progress, but for now is just trying to introduce movement into the area since I have been immobilized for 6 weeks.  PT says first goal is to have me ditch the crutches in about a week, though the mental aspect of putting full weight on my leg after being NWB for 6 weeks is a bit harrowing.  I think it requires a bit of a leap of faith to go from PWB to FWB!

All in all, things seems to be progressing  well (touch wood - don’t want to jinx it!).  Wishing everyone a safe and speedy recovery!

3 Responses to “6 Weeks Post Surgery - Cast Finally Off!!”

  1. Getting into a boot is a wonderful thing, so much more comfortable and means the PT can get started. The ROM will improve very quickly, I felt like my brain and foot had to remember how to connect again. I am also in a Vacocast and have found taking the front piece off at night makes it way more comfy. Good luck moving to FWB and being crutch free!

  2. It is a bit of a disadvantage to be locked up for 6 weeks but things will start moving. Active ROM exercises can start after 3 weeks if in the boot from the beginning. You will catch up pretty quick and the deep massage should get things free. The progession to FWB will also be easier than you think and a little less daunting than when you will be ready to lose the boot. Each transition has the associated fear factor but you get over it quick enough once you start. ROM will be a thing you will have to deal with for a while. There may be times where you have some huge gains and other times when you are getting nowhere. Just be careful not to try and get it all back too soon. It will come.

  3. Congratulations on having your cast removed! For me, that was when things started to look up! The cast was just so restrictive and sometimes became very uncomfortable when my foot started to swell! Very happy for you that you are done with the cast!

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