How do I rehab my formerly broken foot?
May 28, 2008 9:22 PM Subscribe
My broken foot is healing rather nicely. I'm off my crutches and walking on the boot. My orthopedist gave me some instructions for stretching and rehabbing, but they weren't very specific. How can I do better physical therapy at home?
posted by mostlymartha to health & fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I fractured the base of my fifth metatarsal seven and a half weeks ago. As instructed by my orthopedist, I wore the big velcro boot and used my crutches with no weight bearing for six weeks. As of last Thursday, I'm allowed to walk on the boot, and after two weeks or so, I'm supposed to transition to a stiff shoe. There's virtually no pain from the actual break anymore, but as would be expected, my calf, foot, and especially ankle are extremely stiff and weak. There's also still a fair bit of swelling and general foot puffiness, soft tissue ache, and some weird nerve tingly stuff that she said was all normal.
My doctor said she would have liked to put me in physical therapy, but since I don't have insurance, it's just much too expensive. She told me to rotate my ankle in both directions, do figure eights and write the alphabet with my toes. She suggested I do so five-ish times a day for at least 10 minutes. Later, I'm supposed to start doing calf lifts and maybe get some therabands.
I've been rotating my ankle like a mad man, and I can already tell it's helping. Even though it's pretty uncomfortable when I start, I've got a much bigger range of motion in my ankle and a not entirely unpleasant sort of post-exercise soreness (which she also said was normal).
My concern is that my orthopedist was kind of rushed and not as specific as I would have liked in terms of how to do the rehab stuff. Of course, physical therapy is the way to go, but since I can't make that happen, I was wondering what I can do to be the best at home ankle rehabber I can be.