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Old 11-08-2009, 04:26 PM   #1
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Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

I am 2-1/2 weeks post op from a bunionectomy. My doctor put me in this Air Walker Boot from the minute I left the surgical center (no crutches needed). I have another 4 weeks in this boot and it is DRIVING ME CRAZY! I am starting to view it as a ball and chain. It is extremely heavy, comes up to just below my knee and fastens with 5 velcro strips. Once you have it strapped on to your leg, you press this built-in blue ball to pump air into it to customize the fit to your leg. I admit that it does make me feel confident when I leave home because my foot feels protected; however, when I am just sitting (in the car, at home, at work), I can't tolerate the boot being on my foot, so I take it off. (Doc said it is fine to remove it when I am elevating my foot or sleeping, just always have it on for walking.) One problem is that I will just get the thing taken off and I inevitably realize that I forgot something in the next room and I have to go through the whole routine of strapping the thing back on, pumping it up, etc. which is crazy just to walk into the next room at home.

I've talked to several friends who have also had this surgery, and they had a surgical shoe instead of a boot. My friend loaned me hers and I am using it for just walking around the house. I'm not sure whether I should be doing this, but it is so light-weight and small that I can just leave it on -- it doesn't bother me. Does anyone have any advice on this?

Also, any idea why there are such drastically different post op treatments with the boot versus a surgical shoe?

Another thing I noticed when I put on the surgical shoe today -- my ankle has lost a tremendous amount of strength and feels very weak and wobbly already (only 2-1/2 weeks into recovery). Is this normal?

Anyone else have these same concerns? Any advice?

Thanks so much -- these boards have been a tremendous help!!

 
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Old 11-09-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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Re: Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

I have both.

I wear the boot outside, and the sandal around my house (well I'll put it on to walk from the couch to the washroom, or kitchen).

My boot has three straps and the pump and comes just past the ankle half way to the knee.

I find the boot easier to walk in cause it's curved, wear as the shoe is flat and kind of slaps down when you walk. The shoe strap goes right over my pin, and was painful, so that is why I "upgraded" to the boot.

Do you have pins or screws? If you have screws your foot should be stable enough that the shoe is fine.

 
Old 11-13-2009, 10:47 AM   #3
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Re: Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

Unfortunately I don't have any advice for you in regard to your boot. I just happened to notice that you are also in Atlanta so I was wondering where you got your surgery done. There is a large chance I will be having fibular groove deepening soon and I'm nervous. I go to Village Podiatrist at Crawford Long/Emory Medical (whatever it's name is now heh). Just wanted some words of encouragement from another local patient.

 
Old 11-13-2009, 07:43 PM   #4
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Re: Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

Dancing Feet,
If your doctor hasn't told you it is ok to just wear the surgical shoe it is not a good idea to switch to it. Even if your friends were able to wear one everyone is different in the way they heal and every surgeon is different in their aftercare procedures. The Walking shoe does not provide the same protection that you find in a boot and even though you may think that you're safer in the house really there are still risks there. Also the shoe does not provide the ankle any stability and my guess is if your doctor prescribed a boot there is a reason he wants your ankle to be still. At the very least call your doctor to see if this would be ok because the last thing you would want is to cause an injury.

 
Old 11-14-2009, 06:20 AM   #5
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Re: Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

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Unfortunately I don't have any advice for you in regard to your boot. I just happened to notice that you are also in Atlanta so I was wondering where you got your surgery done. There is a large chance I will be having fibular groove deepening soon and I'm nervous. I go to Village Podiatrist at Crawford Long/Emory Medical (whatever it's name is now heh). Just wanted some words of encouragement from another local patient.
My doctor is also part of the Village Podiatry Group! I go to the Lawrenceville office -- Anthony Cutsaries is my doctor. He did my surgery 3 weeks ago at the Atlanta Foot and Ankle Center in Sandy Springs. It has not been nearly as painful as I was expecting; however, the length of time required for recovery, as well as the inconvenience of not being able to do what I want to do has been a bigger adjustment than I thought! I have complete confidence in my doctor, as well as the fact that I think this group is highly regarded and uses the latest techniques. Where would you have your surgery? What is a fibular groove deepening, and how long is the recovery for that?

Best of luck to you if you move forward with surgery. I have had a good experience with VPG, and will be using my same doctor when I have surgery on the bunion on my OTHER foot (ugh).

I hope this helps!

 
Old 11-14-2009, 09:50 AM   #6
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Re: Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

I am assuming I would have the surgery at the outpatient surgery clinic at Emory Midtown. It is right down the street from my house so that is really convenient.

I have an appt with Dr. Sharif on Dec 3 to talk more about surgery. I'm currently in physical therapy and not sure if surgery is his next step or if he'll try another non-surgical treatment first.

Fibular groove deepening is where they go in and deepen this groove below/behind your ankle bone where the peroneal tendons sit. My peroneal tendons won't stay in the groove and pop out of place constantly. At first it was just annoying but now the tendon is so irritated that it is actually quite painful.

I have heard nothing but good things about all of the different locations of VPG so I am quite confident that everything will eventually be ok

 
Old 11-14-2009, 11:43 AM   #7
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Re: Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

I have the exact same boot, but it's post op on a flat foot surgery.

My opinion is: Please follow what your doc says.

I agree that the boot feels like the devil sometimes.

 
Old 11-14-2009, 11:45 AM   #8
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Re: Help! Air Walker Boot is driving me crazy ...

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Dancing Feet,
If your doctor hasn't told you it is ok to just wear the surgical shoe it is not a good idea to switch to it. Even if your friends were able to wear one everyone is different in the way they heal and every surgeon is different in their aftercare procedures. The Walking shoe does not provide the same protection that you find in a boot and even though you may think that you're safer in the house really there are still risks there. Also the shoe does not provide the ankle any stability and my guess is if your doctor prescribed a boot there is a reason he wants your ankle to be still. At the very least call your doctor to see if this would be ok because the last thing you would want is to cause an injury.

aed, I'm with you on this one.

I read another thread where someone said they fell @ home and "compromised" their surgery.

 
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