W10 Short update

It’s been a week in two shoes now, and I have not used the boot except for once on friday last week, when we were walking around in Bruges on cobblestones in the dark. I did a 5km walk the other day on the unpaved paths around here (not exactly hiking, but still nice) and everything works nicely. My pace starts to get longer and the slight limp at the end of the stride is as good as gone by now. Also driving back from Holland was no problem (I drove ca 3,5 hours of the way), but I did feel a pressure point on the side of my heel (where it rests on the floor), but that is gone now as well. All in all, the transition from the hinged boot to the 2 shoes was very easy and quick, I can really recommend new AT rupturers to get a hinged boot (and lock it in the beginning!).

4 Comments

  1. ryanb Said,

    November 3, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    It sounds like you are doing really really well Wilco. That’s a very encouraging update.

  2. wilco Said,

    November 3, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Thanks Ryan, I really liked your videos as well, realizing that it will be a while before I will have a proper ride again. But next week I’m on vacation in Mauritius so there will be lots of cool things to do. When I ruptured I thought I would be stuck to a beach chair reading books all week :)

  3. ryanb Said,

    November 3, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    As somebody who *didn’t* have a hinged boot; comparing our two experiences, I think I’m going to second Wilco’s recommendation- it seems like it helped quite a bit, facilitating a gradual, rather than abrupt, transition to walking with unrestricted range-of-motion.

    I think I may have had a similar issue with a pressure point on my heel. I struggled with it quite a bit. Except, for me, I was mostly fighting with it in the Kayak.

    New folks take note: There is hope. Wilco’s off for a fun vacation at the beach next week (have fun!). We’ve both found that this injury doesn’t have to mean the end to all activity for months on end. At 10 weeks, we’re both quite active, and getting around pretty well.

  4. corunninggirl Said,

    November 3, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

    I am in a hinged boot and don’t have a comparison with a non-hinged boot, but I think it gives the doctor and PT more control over the stretching process of the tendon as it rebuilds. This makes sense to me especially since I’m conservative by nature. I’m glad you’re having a good recovery!

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