Re: Walking Cast v. Walking Boot?
I broke my leg in May of 2010 so I have been dealing with this for a while. Mabie I can help with what yourr questions are right now and ones you might have in the months to come. A quick story of what happened to me: was driving a small car, had a head on with another car in a 45mph zone. I was 0% at fault. My right leg was pressing hard against the brake pedal before impact. At impact my leg sliped off between the gas and brake wedging under the brake pedal and I was thrown into the passenger side floor board with my leg still under the brake pedal. The big bone (tibia I believe) was sticking out of the front of my leg 3-4" and my leg was bent almost horizontaly. It was 45mins to an hour before I was ablle to be helped by paramedics. I was put into surgury that day and had a metal rod implanted inside the tibia going from the knee to the ankle with two screws up top and 2 screws down low. The total medical cost was around $32k. The wound where the bone came thru the skin was stiched with 8 loose stiches, knee with 9 vertical staples (from the rod being implanted. They do this thru the knee.) And each screw with 2 stiches (8). I was told not to put any wieght on it for 6 weeks AND until the Doc said it was ok. After leaving the hospital I was put on lovenox shots 2x a day for 2 weeks so I wouldn't develop blood clots. Medications were 20mgs of Oxycontin every 6 hours, 20mgs of Codine every 4 hours and 500mgs of Keflex every 4 hours. After 6 weeks I was able to put 30% weight on the leg in the walking boot. Which I will say THE BOOT IS AWESOME! After 4 months i was able to walk again but was very limited. The boot vs a cast.... id say if it was choice id go with the boot. It keeps the tendons in your ankle streched so you will still have a fair amount of flexability in your ankle when your able to walk again. Also it feels good to scratch and rub the leg directly. With a cast id imagine it would be very uncomfortable. Also with my visits to the orthopedic doctors office I went to a lot of the injurys that were leg related the patients were also in boots. Long post but I hope this helps.