Transition out of boot

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So I am now transitioning from boot FWB  no aids to foot. Most of the day I am in the boot . When I get home I remove the boot and  practice with the walker - putting  very little pressure on my foot. Any advice as to the best transition process and timeliness for full transition?

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    Transition period is different for everyone. How long were you NWB'ing? I was NWB for 6 weeks. Took me about 3-4 weeks before I was walking without any pain after being cleared to FWB, but was using a brace for a few weeks to transition just to ensure my ankle was stable. I would focus on FWB in standing without the boot. Work on weight shifting  to that side. Have you started PT yet?

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      NWB for 6.5 weeks and then the boot. FWB with boot for about 3 weeks. Am doing physio and she has advised as you suggested... shifting weight, standing.... she also has me started on calf raises exercises. 
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    My walker was my best friend during transition! I still will grab it in the middle of the night if need be. I’m 25 wks post op but was in a boot until wk 21. A drunk driver hit me April 22nd so it’s been a very long recovery for me. I’m currently in pt and have pain from the hardware in my ankle. I recommend listening to your body! Use the walker and don’t push yourself too much. You may be very stiff coming out of the boot so just give your body the time and love it needs. When starting out less is more.  Good luck!
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      Thanks Diane.  I am  doing fairly well.  I am able to walk with crutches or walker for support. I can stand unaided. Slow and steady
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    Zelda,

    It's a pleasure to hear from you again, and learn you are doing so well and now in FWB sans boot. That calls for a little celebration in itself smile

    My transition to walking in regular shoes without boot went off without a hitch. I used a cane for about a week to steady myself, then ditched it and walked with a slight limp for another week or so. From there on things got normal fairly quickly, although I did a lingering issue with a damaged post tibial tendon for a long time.

    If you didn't suffer a severe sprain along with your fracture you should be sitting very pretty now, and expect a relatively uneventful recovery.

    I hope you are jogging, hiking, walking, dancing, or whatever you love to do very soon. But remember, take it easy and first and ease into the daily life you were used to.

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    I am in physical therapy and my therapist will be transioning me out my boot next week. She told me to bring my shoe and first I will be on the stationary bike and she said maybe start with some side steps with shoe on.

    Hope this helps.

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