Yesterday I decided to go hinged (after some early try at W5 when it felt I was not ready yet). I also put the boot straighter, which actually means that although i have it set to hinge between 15deg plantar and 0 degrees, it seems 0 is actually 5 degrees or so dorsal:
hinged boot dorsal

hinged boot plantar

It feels great. Walking instantly becomes more fluid and I have not had pain so far, except from a slight feeling that I ‘worked’ the tendon, when going to bed at night. I still do all the range of motion exercises, and when contracting the calf muscle to get the max plantar position, the tendon felt slightly tender.

Bicycling is also a lot more natural now that I can do the proper motion (well, to 15 degrees).

Norm, if you read this, when exactly did you open the hinge and what were your settings? Also did you notice the same dorsiflexion even thought the setting says o?


  1. ryanb Said,

    October 13, 2011 @ 3:03 pm

    That’s a big step Wilco- I think it will serve to greatly ease the transition to 2-shoes (not too far away now) for you.

  2. wilco Said,

    October 14, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    Thanks, yes, it feels great. I do start to feel my achilles tendon and attached calf muscle a bit at the end of the day, but not exactly pain, just the dull feeling you get when you have worked a muscle. Also it’s less today than yesterday, so I keep the settings as is. One thing I have to be very careful now is getting off the bicycle or stopping in traffic, since I can now point my toes down…
    I’m doing a total of 1 hr biking now, ca 30 min on the stationary and 30 outside (weather turned nice again). Next week I’ll try to check out the swimming pool (5km bike ride though, and uphill at 10% for ca 1km, not sure if I should be doing that yet).

  3. ahnadlass Said,

    October 18, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    I went to the swimming pool today in Paris. Just did some walking around and some exercises in the small children’s / senior’s pool with the Vacoped on. There was no requirement for a certificat medical, and the facilities for handicapped people were excellent - lifts, special cabins, lockers and showers for the handicapped, etc. The only downside was that it was crowded.

  4. wilco Said,

    October 18, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    That sounds great, will give it a go on monday in st.germain, i always wanted to check out that pool. And it’s very encouraging that they did not ask for anything. So you kept the vacoped on in the water? Amazing to find a place that is adapted for handicapped in Paris.

  5. ahnadlass Said,

    October 20, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    My surgeon’s protocol has the vacoped on while in the water until week 9. The vacoped works ok in the water - the inner liner floats but the rest of the boot fills with water which mostly offsets the buoyancy.

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