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Hi all ATR community,
Last two weeks were pretty interesting for me. I was in boot for one week, now I am it two shoes for 5 days. Next week I will be using just one crutch. here isthe story;
On 11/25 (at the end of week 5) I went to the hospital to see my doctor, hoping coming out of cast and upgrading to the boot. My doctor was not there and an assistant of him helped me. He gave me an Aircast FP walker, showed me how to wear it. Infact I was very comfortable in the second cast, and hoping for more freedom with the boot. but, as soon as I wear it I realized its heaviness and discomfort. Furtermore, the assistant didn’t change weight I bear and the angle, and reminded me NOT to take it of while sleeping. It was a huge dissapointment for me. The day after I had flight to my wife’s hometown for the religious holiday. I plan to make another post about the perfect experience flying with Turkish Airlines. Anyway the holiday was fine I got used to the boot somehow with a couple of nights with unpleasant sleep.
On 12/1 (one days short of 6 weeks) I went to the hospital to see my doctor, and ask him if I can take out the boot at night. The doc felt the tendon by pressing with his fingers, and pressed by foot upwards, streching the tendon with a moderate force. He said everthing is ok, you don’t need to waste time with the boot, just go to a shoemaker and change the heel part of your old show with a 4cm(about 1,6inches) long heel just for the injured side. Use this shoe for two weeks, first week with two cruches, second just one next to the good leg. I asked about the PT, he said later. As an execise, he told me to roll a bottle under my foot upon soaking my foot in warm water. I was surpised, and said Ok. Now I am walking slowly when compared before, not to take any risk. I can feel the pulling of the tendon while walking when my injured leg is behind and need to point my foot outwards to decrease the strech. Also, I can’t make my foot 90 degrees, maybe short of 10 degrees.But, I feel like it is getting better, the pulling is less now when compared to e first day I wear the shoes. I feel like the ROM will not return to normal in a short period. Patience is the key, like most of the experieced people here says.
I will post some photos soon, to show my progress. I hope everybody will get well as soon as possible…
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