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Old 09-27-2008, 09:56 PM   #1
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Cam boot

I had PTTD surg w calc & calf lengthen.

Is the Cam boot to the knee or just the short one?

Do u have to sleep in it?

Were y'all actually walking on it or still too painful? (6 wks out)

And what the heck do u wear on the other hoof?

All this sitting is making me think too much! Feel like I have 1000 silly little questions!

Thanks everyone!!

 
Old 09-28-2008, 04:23 AM   #2
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Re: Cam boot

Hi There- Hope you had a good week as you continue to recover. I went into a boot walker with an inflatable bladder at 5 1/2 weeks. It goes up to just below the knee. I find the boot much more comfortable than the walking cast although it is still not a totally natural gait. Currently I'm at 6 1/2 weeks, started PT this past week and am working into weaning myself out of the boot and into regular shoes 100% of the time. I have been walking without crutches since in the walking cast so moving into walking with the boot was a smooth transition. I am able to walk around at home in regular shoes (no boot) but I'm still wearing the boot when I go out. As far as the other foot, I wore a running shoe when in the walking cast and the boot because it is a shoe that is a little higher. The problem with the walking cast and the boot is they bring your foot up higher and if the shoe on the other foot is not high then your back hurts. The lower back pain was something I experienced. I actually am putting a heel cup in the shoe of the foot opposite the boot. You need to choose shoes carefully. I know different doctors have different time frames for WB so I can only tell you my experiences. My doctor got me going with weight bearing quite quickly which has worked for me but might not for everyone. He would like to see totally weaning off the boot by the end of 2 weeks of theraphy. Hope this helps....

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Old 09-28-2008, 02:31 PM   #3
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Re: Cam boot

Hey Mason, I've been out of touch lately. Glad to hear you made it through your surgery. My boot was to the knee. My doctor worked me into FWB over a couple of weeks. I went into the boot at 6 weeks and had to wear it for 6 weeks. PT started as soon as I got the boot. Expect your pain level to increase temporarily once you start FWB and PT.

Re: the 1000 questions - bring them on!

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