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Old 12-23-2011, 06:07 AM   #1
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Question what is non-weight bearing

I think I may have made a boo boo but need someone to let me know. On 17 Nov I underwent 6 hours of surgery for a severe comminuted calcaneus fracture. I had ORIF-calcaneus/cuboid surgery with a plate, screws, pins, and artificial bone. I am supposed to be non-weight bearing but over the past weeks I have been putting my toes on the floor for balance. I have also been bending my legs while in the bed with my foot down on the bed. I also put my foot on the floor while sitting. Is this permissable. I was recently reading that non-weight bearing means that you cannot do this. That later on I will be allowed to let the toes touch the ground. Then I will be allowed to put the foot down. Finally I will be allowed to put partial weight, and then full weight. Can someone please explain?

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Re: what is non-weight bearing

Non weight bearing means NO weight on your foot. Any weight can cause the surgical repairs to shift and heal incorrectly.

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