How to Transition from NWB to Walking Boot?
Hey all! By the time I go into my walking boot (hopefully, as long as everything's looking good), I will have been NWB for 8 weeks (it's been just shy of 5 weeks). My doc says he will put me into a "walking boot." I know roughly what these are but I'm not sure exactly what I will do in them or what the timeline will be.
I broke my ankle and shattered part of my fibula a month ago. I had surgery a week later. I had two screws put into my ankle, and a long plate screwed down my fibula. I am currently in a plaster cast and am NWB.
I am in a difficult situation because I have just returned to college for my sophomore year. My campus is not very handicapp friendly, and getting around on crutches (or the wheelchair I rented) has been extremely hard. I am looking forward to getting out of the cast and back to walking normally.
So my question is, what is the process of going from a hard plaster cast to a walking boot? How soon will I be able to walk "normally" in this boot? Immediately? Or will I need the assistance of crutches? How long do you suppose I will need the boot? Also, as far as getting rid of the boot, is it a matter of simply leaving it off when you feel you can walk normally again, or do you need to go back to your doctor to get the ok? My doc is back home in MA, while I am at school in MD. Getting to and fro is difficult and expensive.
Thanks for yor advice.