8 weeks + 4days

It seems I have made a lot of progress in the past 7 days. 6 days ago, I went into PT with the boot on and left with 2 shoes.

6 days ago I could not stand on the 1 bad foot for 3 seconds. I couldn’t really walk barefoot due to the pain under foot.

Today, I walk into PT with barely a limp in 2 shoes. I am 2 degrees from full planter vs the good foot and -8 dorsi vs -16 vs the good foot.

I can balance on a foam board for 1 minute on the 1 bad foot and if it gets warmed up enough, I can walk without a limp. There is still a stretch
if I take normal strides. I walked very slowly on the 1 bad foot on the treadmill at a speed of 1 while I practiced the heel to toe transition. I kept the good foot on the side of the treadmill.

I am walking barefoot at home on tile.

This hasn’t really been free though. I did a lot of walking this past weekend and my ankle and achilles swelled up and I still have some dull aches in the middle of the night that wakes me up.

however, the bright redness and the dullness that comes with standing after sitting for a while is slowly fading away.

I just tried sticking my foot in a pot of ice water. I couldn’t last past 15 seconds. I must be a big baby but the bottom of my feet can’t take it.

Looks like I may be done with the vacocast earlier than I thought I would be. I envisioned keeping it on for at least 2 more weeks.

4 Responses to “8 weeks + 4days”

  1. Hello! Your post caught my eye because your post-surgery time is almost exactly the same as mine. As of today, I’m 8 weeks and 3 days.

    I’m in my fourth week of PT, having worked up to doing mild resistance and the stationary bike (with my boot). I go back to the doctor on Monday. I’m really curious to learn when I can start walking in 2 shoes. It sounds as though you’re making great progress. Was it really scary at first?


  2. Hi keg27,

    reviewing my blog,


    i moved into two shoes at 7 weeks 5 days.

    2 shoes was not really scary. are you at neutral yet? If I recall, I was about 2 degrees past when I first tried 2 shoes at PT. The first 2-3 days will be a a little tight on the achilles. I’m usually a long strider and fast walker so I had to consciously cut both in half. Try it with short steps to have a natural form with no stretch feeling. Then gradually lengthen it over the week.

  3. One idea to reuse the Vaco cast - Robocop Halloween costume!

  4. Hi good day.
    This is Melba from the Philippines I suffer from complete achilles tendon last june 4 I’m on non op treatment just doing some home remedies my achilles went will and attach but unfortunately re rupture again yesterday due to carelessness and I have no boots for protection on my legs.
    We have no money to have me operated and to buy boots for may protection
    This is so embarrassing but I beg for help right now
    I experiencing a lot of pain since day 1.
    We don’t have money to cast my legs
    I begging for those who have already finish their journey and have boots that I can use for my achilles recovery.
    I promise to bring it back once I already recover from this injury.
    Please Help me.
    I’m hoping for your positive response.

    Thank you and God bless.

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