6 Week Check - FWB and No Crutches???

December 7, 2016


Back to the RBH again today. Feeling like a regular now and glad to see the lovely Bernise again.  The nurses are awesome. So had my foot washed which was lovely, but so sad to see my poor calf all floppy and looking like a giant saggy breast.

I was hoping to be able to start doing some physio as a friend who is 1 week behind me in terms of ATR is being treated in Cornwall and is already doing ROM exercises and I’ve been told to do nothing. ┬áThe protocol at the RBH is to do no active physio until after the 9 week check.

I don’t mind, I’ll take the advice to the letter and hope for the best.

They have said I should be FWB now and to loose the crutches, which seems like a total impossibility right now, but I have set myself a target to try and be walking in the boot without crutches by the time my daughter Elle gets home from the US for Christmas, which is the 19th December. 11 days form now. So watch this space.

How did anyone else get on at the 6week point when healing conservatively?

Did anyone try a leveller? What do you think?

More soon & Happy Healing, Heidi

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rumham  |  December 8th, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hey! I’m about 10 weeks and a day post surgery, and I’m 11 days away from getting cleared out of the boot. After the surgery, I was in a splint for two weeks and then a cast for three. So, at five weeks I was surprised to be cleared to lose the crutches and go FWB in the boot too. It was rough at first, a little painful and tingly, but you get used to it and the discomfort goes away. The sooner you get going without the crutches the better, in my opinion. I searched for a cheap leveler, but being stuck at home without working kind of put me in a bind. I decided to make one out of two flip flops. I glued and taped them together and repurposed the straps to fit over my shoe. So far it has worked really well. The first one I made wore down quickly because of the type of foam, but the second one is fairly sturdy and will definitely last me the next 11 days. I’m glad everything is going well for you so far! Don’t be scared to lose the crutches. Life is so much better without them. :)

  • 2. vietzy101  |  December 9th, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Rumham, thanks for the encouragement - I walked today!!! Well kind of but without the crutches and a bit stiff and awkward but definitely making progress. I wore a boot with a little heal and that worked fine as a leveller to be honest - would rather have a flat surface but I’m thinking of getting some trainers with a little wedge maybe. Big achievement today was taking my own dinner into a different room, how rock and roll is that? Good luck :))

  • 3. Schwarac  |  December 12th, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I started as tolerated weight bearing today, so excited. I am using a crutch to help. No pain in the Achilles but my incision feels sore. Anyone else get this? I’m sure its normal but would like some reassurance. Any advice during these next weeks?

  • 4. Tara  |  January 8th, 2017 at 6:24 am

    Hi, I am 7 weeks post op. Long story short I burned my foot last year causing the fascia to tighten. With that a piece of bone broke off my heel and shredded my Achilles. I am still in a lot of pain is this normal. I feel like I have balls on the bottom of my heel. The back of my foot is still very tender. I’m still having to use one crutch sometimes two depending on how long it is. I take my boot off at night and I can not put any weight on my foot it hurts to bad still using crutches.in totally rambling but I feel like this is taking forever .

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