Re: Anyone try to get into ski boot after cheilectomy?
Hi Titchou, yes, I have been doing the exercises. Maybe not as many times a day as I should but I spend probably an hour per day total working the joint and bending it to the pain threshold. Once I get it warmed up I can get probably about 50 degrees dorsal flexion, maybe 60 tops.
Still, the joint is still pretty stiff and aching in the a.m. although I don't notice much if any swelling (actually, never had much). During the day it loosens up and I can walk quite well for extended periods. Feels best after exercises but the mobility never lasts. Sometimes the whole forefoot cramps up. My PT told me that my high arches and generally rigid bone structure is probably to blame.
Overall, though, I have much more mobility in the foot and joint since the operation. But that bending to get into a practically closed boot is the killer. Have not yet found snowboots that open all the way down.