Achilles Tendon rupture recovery, Fixed walking boot!

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Hi, Can I ask those who has been (are) on a Fixed walking boot, I will start using the boot from next Tuesday, this is a partial weight bearing boot. I am slightly worried about how I am going to manage my activities around the house (you know what I mean by activiy though, doing tiny bits with 2 crutches!), Do you take off your boot at nights? I am worried about re rupturing it at night while asleep with sudden moves! I have been sleeping with cast for 5 weeks, I can't imagine how it is going to be. Do you take it off everytime you sit down and wear it if you want to go from living room to the kitchen or bathroom etc.? Were you alowed to fly (to be on the flight)? 

I am on 6th weeks, feeling more hopeful and happier now as I can see some progress! But the ankle itself is very stiff.

Wish you all a speedy recovery.

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    I was given in addition a soft sleeping boot which I really liked. You may want to ask your ortho doctor about getting one of these. In the daytime I used crutches until I could do FWB.
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    I bought my own Vacocast boot, which has a removable bottom sole so it's a little more comfy at night.  My doctor wanted me wearing it all night long for the first few months because he didn't want the achilles shortening.  

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      Hi, May Iask where you bought Vacocast boot from? Looks very practical and flexible compare to mine!
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    FWB DOES THIS MEAN FULL WEIGHT BEARING AND THE OPPOSITE FOR NWB

     

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      Yes. FWB=100% weight on injured foot, leg or ankle

      PWB= 25,50, or 100% weight on injured foot (it's a process to get to FWB)

      ROM= Range of Motion (when you start PT they have you stretch your ankle right, then left, flex forward, and point away, to start to gain ROM). That's the beginning of PT. Later there's wobble board exercises, one foot balancing, tip toe walking etc to gain full strength in the injured leg. So first flexibility exercises, then strengthening exercises.

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