Anterior tendon surgery..will get boot..will I be able to drive with right foot

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I get my cast off in 2 days. Been nwb for 6 weeks. I think I will get a boot. Since it's my right ankle will I be able to drive. I need to get back to work.

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    Sounds pretty unlikely as you wont be able to flex your throttle right foot. I was ok to drive an automatic with my left foot in a boot.
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      Thanks for responding. You are probably right. I called and asked the nurse. She said I shouldn't drive with a boot. I imagine the Dr will say the same thing on Thursday unless she opts for some other treatment.
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    I tried driving a bit with my right foot in a boot. Using throttle wasn't the problem, switching to the brake pedal was the problem. That was one of the reasons for me getting rid of my boot early, I was driving my wife crazy with my back seat driving. 
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      Thanks for your response. I got my boot today and...no kidding...you can't drive. Right now I can't walk very well but my ankle is definitely loosening up. Start physical therapy on Tuesday. Geez the good is so much heavier than the cast.
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      The other boot benefitr is you can take it off and give you foot a good wash and scratch :-)    Good luck

       

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    I had anterior tibial tendon surgery Oct 21 (4 weeks ago) my right ankke also. I got a boot and was nwb for 24 hours.  I got my stitches out on Nov 10 (3 weeks post surgery) and he said I could bike and wear "reasonable" shoes,  I can't run or swim or walk barefoot till my next Apt on Dec 8th when he'll give me new guidelines. So I had the boot off from that Nov 10th afternoon apt until Nov 11th evening (I wore a running shoe durning that time).   WHOLLY CRAP ..my ankle/foot swelled up gigantic!  I called Doc, they said ice and elevate... that didn't work so I put the boot back on...I thought 3 weeks was way to early to go bootless.  I've since wore my boot 24/7 except when in shower (i wear a trail running sandal shoe).  I ice every evening a few times and my ankle/foot has no swelling.   I'm not in a hurry to get back to training...My main consern is to compete like I always have.  About driving..... After MRI I was put in a boot prior to surgery it was smaller than the one i got after surgery and i could drive.  I didn't drive until 8 days post surgery and I use the smaller boot to drive. When I get to my destination I sit in my car with door open and put my bigger boot on. Pain in the butt, but I don't have to rely on someone getting me here and there.  Driving in boot does not flex my foot...
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      Just had my 1st physical therapy appointment today. I got my boot on Thursday and walked in the office today. He was very surprised. I've made progress quickly. The physical therapist said is was because I kept my foot elevated the entire time (all 6 weeks when nwb). I have had minimal swelling. And even though I'm in the boot I still elevate my ankle as much as possible. I sit in a big chair & through my leg over the chair arm. When standing...as soon as I feel pressure in my foot, I elevate it.. Good luck
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