Foot Update March 2015

Cast removal
The fiberglass cast was removed (with a big saw!) on January 29. I was sad to lose all the artwork but happy to wiggle my toes and bathe my foot for the first time in six weeks. There was no swelling, and I was cleared to move into the walking boot and to bear weight on the foot, only 30% of my body weight the first week, using crutches.

The scar in late January

That was a hard first week. Bearing weight on the foot hurt. And I seemed to have forgotten how to walk. Lurch, I could do.

Scar in early February

But it was wonderful to be able to remove the boot and sleep and bathe unencumbered. I began physical therapy to regain my range of motion and to start to strengthen the tendon. After another six weeks I had abandoned the crutches and was getting around okay in the walking boot, though my first walk to the park (two blocks and back, maybe) exhausted my foot.

Scar in mid February

I was able to clear the car of snow and shovel a bit when AC was out of town for work. Kind neighbors used their snow-blower on the driveway, and Sam and Susie pitched in. Notice my fancy water-proof boot cover! ABC liquor store bags: they’re strong.

Snow boot covering

On March 12 the surgeon said I could start to transition out of the boot slowly, and changed my PT orders slightly. There had been a miscommunication with the PT, so there was a tendon exercise I was supposed to have been doing but only just started in the last week or so. Hopefully that will strengthen the tendon so that I can handle walking in normal shoes more and more.

Scar in mid March

Three months post-surgery and I am now spending about an hour in regular shoes a day. The rest of the time I am in the walking boot. And I am on my feet nearly all day anyway, having resumed all of my pre-surgery activities. I still have a LONG ways to go, but at least there is progress. I can’t wait to be able to walk and run and jump and dance and move like I used to. I do struggle with impatience. And sometimes I worry that I’ll never be completely pain free.

But at least I can stand on two feet again in the shower. And the lurching is approaching something more of a walk. I could definitely hold my own in a zombie race.

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