Walleye, It seems to me I am the only one who has complained several times on this board that I have pain when walk. I am 19 weeks post-op, almost 5 months. Ever since I dropped the boot and got in tennis shoes, I started developing pain when walk (that was June 22nd, 12 weeks post-op). Now almost 2 months in shoes, the pain is still with me. There are good days and bad days, mostly bad days. However, my pain comes from top of the foot and outside of the foot and ankle. My front ankle is very tight, not like yours the tightness is in the back of your leg. I also do my stretching exercises. But when I walk, I have pain. I am like you wish that I could go to the store without using the motorized car. But I will definitely use one if I go to a big store like Costco unless I know I only need to pick up a couple of things. I can't walk a mile. I can't single leg stand for 20 seconds. I still cannot tip toe stand on operated foot (unless it was two-toe standing at the same time). Every morning when I put my pants on, I have to hold on to wall or something to put my good leg through. I hate walking on uneven surface. My PT sessions did include all exercises to help me do those things. I got better, but not without a lot of pain. I am frustrated with the pain when I walk. Like you, I think at this time of recovery, we should have no pain, reasonably good ROM, and occassional swells. I think that the swell is going to last for a long time, maybe a year. I don't know if the pain we have at this stage of recovery is normal or not. I hope it is normal so that we have something good to look forward to. I am scheduled to see my doctor in another week. I have lots questions to ask.