After 11 weeks in a walking boot, my doc said he feels comfortable with me returning to shoes. The fracture is still healing...about 3/4 done. I'm using a bone stimulator as my fracture was a complete spiral break. I didn't admit to him that I'm afraid of wearing shoes. At this point, it's been a comfort knowing the bone is protected and healing. But, I'm sick of wearing the boot. It interferes with my work and life (as it's meant to do) but I've come along way with the healing. I don't want to take the chance of stepping wrong (in shoes) and re-injuring the bone. I have 2 kids (7&4) that keep me moving, play sports, work P/T at a coffee house and volunteer in both my children's schools. My husband told me just to wear it when I know I'll be on my feet for a period of time.
How strong is the bone at this point? From the lateral and oblique view, you can still see the break. Looks good from above, though. I trust him as my family physician told me it would be 6-8 weeks and back to normal activity...not the case, at all! But there's still that doubt in my mind...even though my podiatrist has been in practice 30 years and sounds very optimistic about my progress. His only advise at this point is no jumping, running or anything of the sort. Anyone give me incite on the strength of bones at this point? I should say that I'm 41, in good health and take calcium supplements for bones.