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hi all xx
i finally had my cast taken off 2days ago which was 6wks after my surgery where i had a plate one side and screws on the other .
i was told to partial weight bear at week 2 after having stiches out but i found this too painful with the swelling and my balance was really bad on the crutches so i did tend to use the wheel chair waiting to heal .
on having the cast removed at 6wks i was put in a boot , the physios were apparently busy so i was shown three stretch exercises by a helpful health care assistant who assured me he knew the advice i needed to follow.
i was told to use scales and press down a 2.5 stone with my bad ankle to feel how much pressure i would feel .
day 1 out of cast and my heel would not touch the floor very tight and still swollen but i did the stretching exercises toes up and toes and foot down side to side then a towel under foot pulling foot towards my body. it wasnt easy but i took my time and did everythig i was shown to do .
i found it really hard to get past the fear barrier of putting any weight on my foot in the boot but after feeling the amount of pressure needed on the scales i eventually broke past the fear and took the first step the boot has made such a difference in my balance and feeling better supported .
it was clear that the 2.5 stone in weight was all my ankle could endure .
fears and doubts flooded my mind just managing to do the length of the hall way to the kitchen in the boot and with crutches but i was so pleased with myself for doing it .
day 2 dressing off i am pleased its actually healing and looks better than the day before its just a small spot area on the scar .
putting the boot on my foot feels a little less swollen and the tiniest bit easier to get heel to stretch to lay flat on the floor before putting in the boot but its still seriously tight.
my confidence felt a bit improved but i still only managed a couple lengths of the hallway in the boot with crutches .
can anyone advise me how much should i be doing every day ? if what im experiencing is normal ? my consultant said i would be in the boot for a minimum 2mnths but the health care assistant when giving me the exercises said add more pressure over the next 2wks if its painful to do less pressure . but he would expect me to be full weight bearing at the end of 2wks !
im day 2 thinking im finding it just bearable to do the short distances and exercises hard to imagine ill be full weight bearing in the boot in 2wks time .
how much pain are we supposed to walk through ? if any ? what were the first stages after losing the cast and having a boot like for anyone else and was fear an issue as have found it to be ?
thankyou all xxxxxx
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