Bye, bye crutches

Had a full list of cases (7) on Friday and got around without crutches most of the time.  I only used the crutches to get from/to the car because I could cover the longer distance faster with the crutches than without.  I did get a lot of comments to be careful that I didn’t mess up my hip or back due to the difference in height between the boot and my regular shoe.  I think that I’ve found a good solution to that: I replaced the folded sock and some of the padding in the boot with a Dr. Scholl’s massaging gel Arch Support.  Oh, what a difference.  My heel was feeling rather sore after Friday at work and I was also feeling like I was lacking arch support as well.  With these inserts, I’ve been walking around the house this weekend feeling much better.  I put the other support (they come as a pair) in a running shoe and I am now nearly level.  No more walking on tiptoe with my uninjured foot.  I will report as well that I spent much of the weekend in the recliner watching football.  Got a good cardio workout just by watching the Notre Dame v. Purdue game.  I think that my heart rate was in the 140s for the entire 4th quarter.  Now that I’ve reached a point where I don’t need the crutches, I am not going to try to push things too far.  Yeah, the competitive part of me would love to set the world record for recovery, but since I don’t make a living by running, I don’t want to risk a re-rupture.

7 Responses to “Bye, bye crutches”

  1. Thanks for this tip aroound the arch supports. Will get some of these when I am in the boot! When did you move into the boot after your Op?

  2. ultidad - I want your doctor! Can’t believe you have ditched the crutches so soon, amazing for you, infuriating for me. Feel like I’m really stuck in the slow lane for no good reason. My surgery was a few days before yours (all very straightforward - no complications) and I’ve still got another 5 weeks in hard cast before I even think about PWB. Need to discuss options with the surgeon, but in an NHS fracture clinic you get about 15 seconds with the doc (if you’re lucky) so very little time to discuss pros and cons of different recovery routes. Sigh a deep sigh!

  3. Graham- I went into the boot 1 week 6 days after surgery (and surgery was the day after my injury).
    Smoley- I’m a little surprised myself. My surgeon is known for being conservative. Not sure why he is being so liberal with me, but so far I seem to have had no ill effects from being weight-bearing. Today in the shower, I put about 50% on my foot out of the boot without pain.

  4. Ultidad,

    One thing to be careful about is not to overdo the range of motion early on, as there is such a thing as a too-long tendon. I moved along quickly early on, too, but stopped pushing the ROM once it was not affecting my walking anymore.

    Notre Dame has had some close ones, haven’t they? Being a Michigan grad, I didn’t mind the outcome of that game, even if that win was tainted a little by the injury to ND’s best running back late in the game.

    Best wishes,


  5. Doug- interesting point. My dad ruptured his achilles some years ago and to this day has greater ROM on the ruptured side.

  6. Extra ROM, in and of itself, is not a problem. It becomes a problem when the calf muscle has contracted as far as it can, but there is still plantar flexion yet to go, and there is no power behind it, (at the plantar end of the ROM). That latter situation is the too-long tendon that results in loss of strength, and can mean another surgery.

    I’m all for a faster rehab, but that’s something to watch out for.

    Best wishes,


  7. Well done, that’s really great. Funny how you do become faster witht eh crutches than without, isn’t it?
    My physio has just recommended some Blue-Point gel heel cups to help absorb the shock a little and try to ease my heel pain.

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