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I'm a 65yo Aussie male. I completed a 20km bushwalk on a Sunday 14weeks ago then ruptured my achilles tendon playing golf (15th hole) on the following Thursday. Hospital emergency examination diagnosed rupture at calf-muscle using Thompson Test and Ultrasound. Surgeon chose non-surgical initial 6 weeks CAM (Controlled Ankle Movement) boot full weight-bearing usage.
At 2weeks I began hydrotherapy in heated pool under direction of Physiotherapist. I now have limited capability but physiotherapist says in several (maybe 6) months I will probably realise I have full use again just take it easy. It's a serious injury. I'm twice-weekly walking 5km round-trip on a nearby ocean bush-track that contains 500 steps mostly natural rock of normal step height. I'm back playing golf albeit for-now driving an electric cart.
MY POINT of this comment is to possibly assist others in the process of walking while wearing a CAM boot (or moon-boot colloquially).
I bought a pair of "branded" shoes (from a local normal shoe store)5 sizes too big (easy to slip on and off) and almost as high off the ground as the CAM boot and added 3 inserts. They had an odd shaped sole. I had enquired of pediatrist orthotic suppliers and baulked at spending $250plus to modify one of my shoes.
Presto! I could swing the healthy foot past the other and not contort my back and hips dramatically increasing my mobility and reducing the necessity of using the Canadian-crutches supplied by the hospital.
Hospitals and/or surgeons may achieve better results and patient comfort by supplying a prosthetic shoe with the CAM boot.
I have no connection with the shoe brand. I found them by chance. It was the only pair they had. Size 13. They sold them to me at less than cost. I was wearing my moon-boot and using crutches. I said I only need one. I think they took pity on me. The result was well worth any cost for the 6 weeks I used IT.
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