June 27, 2012
I am now 8 weeks post op, and 1 week out of the cast in the boot. I’ve had 4 PT sessions since I got my cast removed last week.
The progress I’ve made in the last 7 days:
1. I can now walk in the boot with just one crutch full time. I still get aching pains in my ankles while walking in the boot. It comes and goes depending on my stride and form. I feel nothing in the achilles area.
2. I can now stand stationary while barefoot with zero pain and complete balance. This is great for showers. When I first got out of the cast this was a very difficult thing to do. Every part of my foot would ache, I had poor balance, and I would have to extend my bad foot out about 6 inches above my good foot just to relieve the tension on my achilles. I can now stand completely straight up with my feet even with each other without any problems. I can bare probably 60% of my body weight on my bad foot before the pain kicks in.
3. I’ve upgraded from the yellow resistance bands to the red ones. The red ones dont appear to be much of a challenge either to be honest.
There are probably a few more I’ve missed, but those are the biggest. I think this is solid progress considering I’m only 7 days removed from the cast. There are some things I couldnt do last week that I still cant do, but I’m okay with that. Different parts of the foot show progress at their own pace I guess. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to say I’ve made more progress.