9 weeks post-op and in a boot at last
Hi Sarah, Mary, Sportgirl, and everyone,
I finally got the "go" to be in an aircast boot and start pwb using crutches. It has been three days now and I needed to be back on tramadol (half in the morning and half at night) because of the pain in the heel and all around. Each day gets better. The x-rays showed healing of the bone graft, with fuzziness all around the borders of the graft. The doctor wants me to continue using the bone stimulator. I also begin PT today.
Sarah, thanks for all the information in your post. I'm wearing a New Balance with an attachment to the sole that brings the height of the good foot to a level matching (close enough) the aircast boot. It's really great because my back is not suffering, nor my hips, or knees which I was worried about with the higher boot. The attachment is called EvenUp and it fits the entire sole of the shoe. The doctor's office provided this.
I try to extend and flex the foot everyday to bring better ROM. It's really tight, especially in the achilles where I had the lengthening. I'm hoping for additional exercises for home from the physical therapist today. I spent a long while cleaning off the dead skin. It seemed endless. I will also try the compression sock. I am currently wearing an ace bandage inside the boot.
I have ditched the knee scooter but still use the office chair with rollers to do stuff in the kitchen, or carrying things. Sometimes, I can use just the one crutch (on the good side) which frees one hand. Last night I slept upstairs for the first time since surgery. I climbed the stairs holding on to the bannister for support. I go down the stairs the same way, but use one hand on the wall as well.
Sarah, to answer your question about my other foot, I have been receiving Shockwave treatments on that foot to bring blood flow to the heel, PTT, and achilles and this has helped a lot. I wear a custom made orthodic insert which really helps.
Thank you to everyone who has posted. The information has helped me enormously throughout this process. I have a long way to go, and each day brings new challenges. I'm so glad to be moving forward at last. The nwb for nine weeks was taking a toll on the rest of my body and affecting my mood. Good luck to everyone!
P.S. My surgery: achilles lengthening, Evans osteotomy, evaluate the PTT and a transfer was not necessary, but bone spurs and leftover sutures were removed from a previous surgery.