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    Old 04-07-2016, 02:09 PM   #1
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    Partial weight bearing - Your experience - Thanks for the help. PTTD/FLAT FOOT

    I am recovering from PTTD surgery and I started PT this last week on week 8. My PT has me hold my foot on a scale reaching 30 pounds for 20 seconds with repeating 5-10 times and then he wants me PTB as much as possible during the day. When i am holding my foot down it feels like my foot is in a VICE! No sharp pain but a horrible squeezing pain. Is this normal in your experience. It is also really exhausting to PWB with my walker and i know I am not meeting my quota for the day. I really want to be FWB so should I suck it up and push myself past the vice pain? How long did this pain last, and what about 60 pounds!? I am supposed to go up next week! Please help and thank you for your comments.

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    Re: Partial weight bearing - Your experience - Thanks for the help. PTTD/FLAT FOOT

    I used a walker while I was in a cast, and my knee scooter around the house. I found crutches much easier to use when I went to PWB in a boot.
    I got my cast off and went in a boot at 7 weeks (PT started at 8 weeks). I was told I could bear weight as tolerated. I put my foot on the scale at home and could get up to about 45lbs. within a few days. That's what I worked toward while walking with crutches. It does hurt, but it seems to ease up as time goes by. By the next week, I could put about 80 lbs. on it. I'm now 10.5 weeks post op and working at using one crutch. When I bear more weight, I have pain where the peroneal tendon repair is (outside of ankle) and in my heel. I am a little discouraged that I'm having a hard time going to one crutch. I think once you get to one crutch you are nearly to FWB. I do feel like my range of motion and strength are improving. I just keep reminding myself that it takes a long time.

    Hang in there. Wishing you all the best healing!
    1/26/16 Left foot: medial displacement calcaneous osteotomy, flexor digitorum longus transfer, peroneal brevis tendon repair & gastrocnemius recession.

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