What shoes once out of air cast boot.

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HI, I'm 9 weeks post ORIF, building up to fully weight bearing and using 2 crutches. Just thinking ahead to when I'm out of boot and wondering about suitable foot wear. I know my days of high heels and flip flops are over for the forseeable future but I don't want to be confined to just trainers particuarly in the summer. Any advice or recommendations? THANK YOU

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    Hi there! When i started weight bearing I wore birkenstocks sandels. In and out of the house.

    I wore runners mostly out of the house. Today im 21 weeks post ORIF, and prefer to wear them in the house than bare feet.

    Hope this helps!!

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    hey Katherine!

    I'm 11 weeks out from ORIF and life is pretty much back to normal for me. I started partial WB at 6 weeks and by 8 weeks I was walking in my sneakers! Im driving and walking with no issues or discomfort. Sneakers always feel the best for me but lately ive been wearing sandals and I havent had any issues. I too, look forward to do the days where I will be able to wear heels and wedges! but for now im just taking it easy and enjoying having my freedom back!!! its definitely a slow process but youll get there!

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      Thank you for taking the time to respond. In the last week i've gone from barely being able to go 100 yards with 2 crutches to walking with just the air cast boot, although I can't go too far as it makes my legs ache. I've just ordered 2 new pairs of sneakers as it seems I'll be wearing them for a while. Hopefully I'll feel confident enough to wear sandals in the summer.

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    Good to hear that you are making progress. I can walk without the crutches too now, but it kills my knee if I am not careful. I want to ditch the aircast and wear shoes. I don't see the doctor again until the end of the month. How is your leg doing? What shoes did you end up getting?

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      The boot makes my knee and sometimes my whole leg really ache. My PT told me to practice in the house wearing sneakers/trainers and the crutches. Just about managed to wrestle one onto my affected foot - it is still a bit swollen. It felt really odd to start with and I couldn't bring myself to fully weight bare. I'm a bit anxious about going outside in trainers as I'm worried about missing my footing and going over on my ankle - I hadn't really noticed how uneven our local pavements and kerbs are until now. I am going to stick to trainers for the time being and hopefully get into sandals in the summer. I saw some ankle strapping on Amazon and I'm thinking of getting that.

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      I haven't been prescribed any PT yet, so I feel very on my own. I will try practice with sneakers in the house a bit. I feel that the aircast lifts my heel to a bizarre height and my foot feels like a weird fish fin when I try to walk without it. I have two young children, so I have to be careful when I take it off. I've been thinking about an ankle strapping too. I bet it will just add a bit of extra protection. I'd hate to fall outside too! My incision is finally looking good. I'm able to get in the bathtub, though it's not easy or quick. 😃

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