4 weeks 3 days

Yesterday, I looked at the protocol printout and it said i should be at 10 degrees at 4 weeks. I was at 20 so I moved it to 15 and kept it locked. I walked around the house quite a bit and still felt no pain in the AT. I felt a little bit in the ankle as it’s still a little swollen. The only real discomfort I have is still on top of the foot as the vacocast must still have hotspot. I’m not sure what to do with it. It causes me problems at night. I also decided to take off the top plastic of the boot at night and just wear the boot with the straps to see if I can get more comfortable. It helped a little bit but still having discomfort on the top of the foot. I’m strongly tempted to sleep without the boot soon.

Today, I unlocked the top of the boot to let it hinge so I am between 30-15 flexing. We’ll see how that goes. I think my ROM is close to neutral right now but will wait a day or two to move it to 10.

I can do ROM flexing in the boot since it’s hinged. Not sure if it’s a good thing or not.

4 Responses to “4 weeks 3 days”

  1. I just purchased a night splint from Amazon for $23. I have only tried it one night but it’s more breathable, keeps some dorsiflexion while I sleep, and reminds me to be careful while I roll around in the middle of the night where if I’m out of the boot it gets caught up in things. Right now I have some wedges in the heel to approximate 10 degrees in the Vacocast. Might be something you want to consider.

  2. thx Eric,

    how come you have wedges with a vacocast?

    can’t you just adjust the angle?

  3. It’s a long story, but the short version is I had another boot before surgery for a few days. I returned that but they told me to keep the wedges. I don’t use them in the Vacocast but have been using some on my good leg to balance the height difference. I’m able to put a few in the night splint.

  4. Looking back I can see my original post wasn’t clear. My Vacocast is set at 10 degrees and I’m using some wedges to get to 10 degrees in the night splint so they are about the same.

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