Re: Doc says don't need PT after surgery. Huh?
I probably have been walking "wrong" for years. My car accident was in 1976 and I broke my right femur and ankle. I was put into traction for 6 weeks for the femur and a short leg cast below where the pin went through my tibia for my broken ankle. After that, I went into a hip spica cast (wrapped all the way around my torso & all down my right leg). I wasn't supposed to walk in the hip spica cast, but I insisted. I didn't want to spend another 6 weeks flat on my back. I was 19 so pretty antsy to get moving and out of the hospital.
I had PT to learn to walk in the hip spica cast with crutches, but I think walking in that big honkin' cast permanently threw my gait off. I've limped ever since, moreso when I'm tired. I have gotten massage therapy for the past several years, and I think that has really loosened up muscles that were in the wrong position for years. Thank goodness for a good massage therapist.
So I guess PT for my ankle might be a bit pointless. I know I'm supposed to do clockwise and counter-clockwise circles with my foot. Also "write the alphabet" with my big toe. But PT for my off kilter gait would be a whole 'nother kettle of fish. Hmmm.
Surg repair of Peroneal Tendon Subluxation w/Fibular Groove deepening, Ligament reconstruction, debridement of osteophytes (spurs); orig injury 1976 car accident, broken ankle & femur