Things like air casts, walking boots and other things no one tells you

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Posted 10/3/2012 by BuckeyeSandy in NSBR Board
 

BuckeyeSandy
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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:07:34 AM
Walking boot/air cast - are heavy. You will be using muscles and tendons in different ways. You will have new aches and pains NOT directly related to your injury.

You have callus on your foot? After a couple days in the air cast you will be losing layers of skin (I don't recommend breaking your foot for the pedicure)

Anyone else???
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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:16:46 AM
If you wear your walking boot without socks, it WILL stink.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:27:14 AM
Getting socks now! Thank-you.
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Posted: 10/3/2012 10:52:29 AM
The leg with the boot is taller so you walk awkwardly-unless you wear a shoe with a thick sole.


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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:51:15 PM
I couldn't post without putting on my Physical Therapist hat: If your Dr. wants the boot on every waking hour... Do it! "Just a quick walk to the bathroom" counts as waking hours.

And the opposite is true. If the doc says spend some time out of the boot moving your foot/ankle... Do it! If you avoid moving now, it will only be harder later.

Hope you feel better!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 12:07:54 AM
I can confirm what you are saying...........the boots are heavy. As of today, I have one for what is expected to be 8 weeks. I get to start with not only a boot but crutches. I have a pretty grey and white boot instead of black. LOL

I was told that if I want to remove it to sleep, I can do that as long as I keep my crutches next to my bed in case I need to get up during the night to make sure I didn't put any weight on my ankle. I can also remove it to shower. Woohoo!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 1:05:43 PM
I was told I "could" take it all off to sleep, and have it open if I was off my feet. And I am cleared to shower without it. But I am scared to do so.

Been sleeping with the air cast on and pumped part way.

With the boot off I'm to flex and rotate, to the point of pain and stop, no pushing pass pain.





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Posted: 10/4/2012 2:44:33 PM
I have been in one of these for weeks now and finally had to have an MRI done as I am still not healing correctly. I have had it so long that I have lost muscle and even worse, I have a bump on the front of my leg where the air pump is. It hurts with the boot and without the boot at this point, no win situation! Best of luck!

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:04:10 PM
Every thing disappeared!!

Hoagie, what injury did you have?


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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:32:25 PM
If you still have weeks to go I strongly recommend getting an "even up" that you can order online. It boosts the other foot so you're not straining parts of your back and hips by walking unevenly. It could even prevent a secondary back injury.
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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:44:12 PM

I never lost any skin when I had an air cast. Are you wearing a sock under it?

I always took my air cast off to sleep and never had any problems. If you're worried about rolling over, you could try slipping a pillow under that leg to support it.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 5:46:52 PM
Oooooh. I wish I heard about the "Even up." I got the Dr. Scholls foot powder to sprinkle in my boot, because- yep, it stunk. And getting a sock on over a broken ankle isn't an easy feat.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 6:20:08 PM
I don't know why you're scared. This whole thing seems like quite the ordeal for you. I understand the discomfort and the inconvenience of it all, but you seem to be making it more difficult on yourself than you have to.

I've been in a boot twice now.First time a mid-calf one, the second time, it was up to my knee. Including the special orthotic sandal after the second time, I probably spent a total of 5-6 months in these things. I took it off to sleep and shower or if I was sitting in front of the tv with my feet up. I never put any weight on my broken foot, just hopped along on the other foot. My right leg got very strong, as did my arms from the crutches.Time out of the boot, if prescribed by your doctor, is important, too. My podiatrist gave me Traumeel to rub into the injury site multiple times daily. It's a homeopathic ointment to help with inflammation.

I wore a low-rise sock, and happened to have a platform flip-flop that was just the perfect height so that I was level. If you aren't, that could cause back problems.

It's a PITA and definitely not ideal, but the invention of these boot casts are just short of miraculous. Imagine if you had to have a plaster cast in its place.

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Posted: 10/4/2012 6:25:10 PM
No problem getting the sock on. I have swelling on the top and around the ankle, but not like before, starting to look more normal.


Eebud, a FB friend had one that was white & pink!

I have an even-up on order, thanks, ordered it today!
I have some flexing exercises to do when I have everything off and am in bed. Those are going well.

Some of the exercises like stair work is hard. One for this week sit on steps (at less two treads up) lift left foot in boot to the tread right below you. Then back to the next tread down. Repeat with no other weight but the walking boot.

I had to do similar ones decades ago after a seriously bad sprain.
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Posted: 10/4/2012 7:32:42 PM
Still not 100% sure, just had MRI on Monday. It all started with a stress fracture, which healed I was fine all summer then reinjured it the beginning of August. I'm just tired of not knowing what is going on and grumpy now. Your injury is totally different than mine. Here's to u healing fast!!
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Posted: 10/4/2012 9:30:21 PM

I couldn't post without putting on my Physical Therapist hat: If your Dr. wants the boot on every waking hour... Do it! "Just a quick walk to the bathroom" counts as waking hours.

And the opposite is true. If the doc says spend some time out of the boot moving your foot/ankle... Do it! If you avoid moving now, it will only be harder later.


AMEN!!

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Posted: 10/5/2012 1:28:38 AM
Do whatever physical therapy they recommend. I had surgery January of 2010 to repair a missing ligament in my ankle. I had broken it when I was 16 and a bone fragment severed the ligament. I had to stay completely off it and I did my best but I also had to take care of my elderly grandma. I hated crutches so much that if I was at home I would literally crawl places. I had to go get groceries because she couldn't. I had a lot of issues and it was near impossible to get help driving me places so I was stuck without physical therapy. It honestly made me regret the decision to have surgery because now it hurts even worse and it still rolls. I don't think the surgery took. That is my biggest regret! Doing things too fast too soon and no physical therapy.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 3:37:09 AM
Be cautious about joking around with your teenage daughter by doing a 'sit and spin' on your boot in the middle of Walmart.
I noticed that I could stand on my my boot and push myself on it in a pivot off with the other foot. Got going a little fast and started to fall. Thank goodness the kid was there to grab onto.
The laughter was quite healing, I tell ya!

Sorry. Just had to lighten the mood.
I'm in a mid-calf walking boot because of my achille's tendon. Put into it the week before I was to work a National Horse Show. Luckily, I don't actually ride the horses... but I'm a groomer and braider. So I was up from o'dark hours to late into the evening. To get back and forth on some of the facility/grounds (and to our trailer, stalls, arenas, bathrooms/showers) we picked up one of those kids Razr scooters. I'd stand on that I kick off. Mind you, like with walking.. I found other muscles that I ended up abusing. I'm paying for the "not resting it" part...
That was 4 weeks ago I was put into the boot (for 6 weeks to start) at the walk in clinic, I was supposed to follow up with my doctor, but we switched insurance so now I have to change clinics. So back to my previous doctors clinic and I have to call them and start the ball rolling again. Luckily I like my old doctor and they're easy to get into... otherwise I would probably just choose to live in this dang thing and crochet a cover for it.
My biggest complaint about the boot is that I have a short, fat calf... so I could honestly used a way better velco system. I'm always messing with it and it sometimes really bugs me... the scritch, scritch, scritch, scritch sound.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 5:49:34 AM
I need an even-up. I didn't realize the made something special but I guess it makes sense. I have been wearing a croc because it lifts me some but not as much as I need. Off to google to try to find one.
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Posted: 10/5/2012 6:39:17 AM

This whole thing seems like quite the ordeal for you. I understand the discomfort and the inconvenience of it all, but you seem to be making it more difficult on yourself than you have to.


aint that the truth. We are sick of hearing about your stupid foot drama.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 10:43:57 AM
Maybe we ought to have a Limp/Gimp-Pea thread, I didn't know there were so many of us in a "boot"

eebud - Even-up This is where I ordered mine from, it was the lowest price.

hoagie - hope things get better sending P&PTs

peasful1 - plaster cast??? I remember those, I had a couple of them in the 1980s to treat sprains when on active duty. I LOVE the air casts, walking boots and the fiberglass splits we have today!

dizzimama - I'm not going to try that LOL

Physical Therapy Peas - you're welcome to post advice too!

Anyone that remembers "Scrappy-Knees" (my IRL SIL) she's in one too!

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Posted: 10/5/2012 10:48:45 PM
I stepped in a divot in the parking lot at the mall last Friday. I have this boot and a walker scooter thing. So glad to read advice about sock in boot. I don't know why I didn't think about this myself. I will blame pain killer which I mercifully didn't need after 2 or 3 days. So strange that a broken foot is less painful than some sprained ankles of the past? But just my fifth metatarsal so I wish everyone with worse injuries all good wishes and speedy healing.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 9:19:06 AM
Thanks Sandy for the link to the even-up. I was going through my shoes yesterday and I found a sandal that puts me right at the same height so I think I will try to get away with wearing this. It will look funny with a sock on when it is cold but I can't be worried about that right now.


peasful1 - plaster cast??? I remember those,

Ha! The doctor told me I could have a plaster cast or a boot but most people prefer the boot so they can take it off to shower. Needless to say, there is NO WAY I wanted a cast unless I absolutely had to have one for some reason.

One thing I figured out this morning is that I can wear my boot cut jeans over the boot. It is tight around the boot but it works and since it has turned colder around here, I am going to need to wear something other than shorts this evening when we meet friends for dinner.



If you wear your walking boot without socks, it WILL stink.

The doctor's office told me the same thing. I have been pulling out all my looser fitting socks. Some are too tight. Also, I am spraying my boot every day with spray that you use in shoes to help prevent odor. I am hoping that if I start from Day 1 using the spray, that I can keep any odor under control.

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