Ok, I had my Achilles surgery two weeks ago today. It may be OK to take it off in bed. Had bunion removal yesterday and have hard air boot for walking. Be positive. We’re hoping I will be boot and walker free May 4th! I fractured my two left metatarsal bones about a month ago today. Boot on. I’m not too worried though, because your Dr was not worried. What are the downsides? Generally you would have an x-ray at some stage soon to check this so if it were me I would take the weight off or you may find yourself starting over. Is it down to the specific injury do you think? Wear it, don’t wear it, wrap it instead. Have yet to see an orthopedic dr and was not given many instructions, which is why I’m here. Correction: in my pre iOS comment, # 5 should have read “back to dr on 10/28/12………..”. I recently broke my right ankle, a trimalleolar fracture, I had surgery, a plate and 6 screws. I will so be interested in keeping a track of your recovery & hope you keep us posted, there is a lot of great advise on this blog, and some truly supportive patients who will offer as much support as they can if they are or have experienced similar. I just ordered the same boot but a shorter version from Amazon because the long one will not allow me to ride my scooter and it hurts my upper leg from the air tubes pressing in it. FACT - An Air Boot can be prescribed for a wide variety of leg, ankle, foot injuries (Breaks, Sprains, Tears, etc) So there is no one size fits all answer or rule. My boyfriend, who was a combat nurse insisted that it was a bad sprain and had me on RICE for the entire weekend. I’m going to be bummed if it last because it’s definitely going to affect the comfort of my foot in shoes as opposed to my intact left foot. The plaster cast made me in such excruciating pain before and after surgery. With a broken fibula, chipped tibia and a lot of soft tissue damage, I was given 3 hours of surgery, and had an internal fixture of plate and screws. I was told that the bone starts healing immediately and I don’t want it to heal incorrectly but it’s killing me. BraceAbility Sleeping Stretch Boot | Plantar Fasciitis Night Foot Splint and Adjustable Achilles Tendonitis Brace for Fascia, Tendon and Calf Stretching, Heel Spur or … I was sleeping with my boot week 2 to week 4 post op..some are using night splint.. I fractured my 1st and 2nd metatarsal. So, have I wasted any benefit from the PRP by misusing the boot? Left the doctors without asking enough questions and when I tried to call back to ask them someone at the fracture clinic said he doesn’t want me wasting the doctor’s time! $2000. Frustrated and a bit nervous but no sleep is going to drive me nuts. Walked on it the whole time but did stay off of it a lot. Does not seem like it pulls on the tendon of my 5th mt. Heat helps relax and flex the foot. Baby wipes often contain aloe and vitamin E, which help soothe and heal your poor skin. We have all at some time felt this and it’s OK. Keep your mind busy & active, stay as positive as you can, listen to your specialists & physios work with them when it’s time and give it your best shot. Was put in short walker boot and told walking as tolerated in boot for 4-6 weeks (crutches not necessary). the boot is so uncomfortable at night. fractured my ankle June 6th. He put me on a boot but my foot gets very hot and feels like it’s on fire . But I have been reassured by 4 different doctors and 2 physical therapists, that at this point the bones won’t be doing any moving, especially with the plate. Finally my continued complaint of pain. If you are not swelling then you wouldn’t need RICE. Wore cast for about 4-1/2 to 5 weeks after surgery, got the boot two days ago, and had the pin removed then too. I was non weight bearing for a month so do expect that. They gave me the boot but it is starting to hurt area of my foot that weren’t hurting before. I fractured my fibula in my right ankle and was in a splint for two weeks then my doc put me in walking boot yesterday. Thank you for any feedback and I truly wish you all a speedy and positive recovery. We are starting month 4 Sam, I use a rented wheel chair to keep my foot elevated and to enable me to function around the house. To see if it is healing right or if I am going to have to have surgery to put pins in my foot. It has a pump that inflates that is dealt into the boot and is a low boot. I know about the Evenup product and ordering for home, but looking for some sneaker with the right elevation to wear on some occasions. Any advice is much appreciated! I also did a number on my right shoulder so have rotator cuff pt coming up next week. So your broken toe should be able to “go along for the ride” without pushing down. I had surgery on December 1st, one steel plate and eleven screws later, and I am now seven weeks into recovery. I was in a splint for 4 days then they put a cast on for two weeks. The torn ends of the tendon must be positioned just right for healing in the first 24 to 48 hours. Was told to start weightbearing after two weeks partial WB! After 28 years of marriage he is learning how to do the dishes the right way and fold laundry and thank goodness for take out or I would starve! Sorry for long post not had anyone to share my problems with and get any info back… Thanks for reading and look forward to any advice from you guys an gals, Stu, the boot protects your foot and allows you to walk without moving the bones and articulations, BUT if your boot is loose then some movement might take place inside it. It sounds like you are recovering well and with a wonderful husband who gives good advice (as a husband myself, I have to give him free advertising), you will surely be in two shoes next month! The wife on the other hand, not sure she likes it smacking into her legs! I was told I had broken my 4th and 5th metatarsals. finally, the boot shouldn’t be so tight that it is presenting such troubles, but indeed the swelling compounds the issue. Using orthotics such as a shoe insert during the day and a night splint while sleeping; Taking over-the-counter pain medications ; Losing weight (if needed) Using orthotics such as a heel wedge for Achilles tendonitis or an arch support during the day can reduce stress on the Achilles tendon and arch of the support when one is going about his or her day. I was wearing clip pedals for the first time on a bicycle. Now 5 months out from micro fracture of 5th metatarsal (prefracture). When the boot was first applied yesterday, I thought that it was wonderful but before midnight, I was in agony. Was initially misdiagnosed as being okay so started weightbearing immediately after my initial hospital visit. I went from a cast to a boot at 10 days post-op. I have the ossur rebound air walker low. You can simply take it off yourself. My lower back muscles have spasmed. Other than safety, what’s the benefit of wearing a boot at night or at rest? 2) Is st advisable to sleep in it ar OK to take it off?? Wishing everybody a speedy and good recovery!!! 2 weeks in soft cast ( non weight bearing ) then 4 weeks in a hard cast. Hi guys, firstly I have no clue what the boot is. It did give me a chance to read/skim everyones stories here though. Now I’m in a boot. Do you have an easier time getting your heel into the bottom of the boot after you sleep in the boot? Would love to hear from more heal break folks as I guess I have a long journey ahead of me. I’m going to try and keep it on tonight, but will loosen the straps. have taken it off in middle of night for an hour or two — but am concerned about re-injuring it. Depends on how comfortable you are. What you are PRESCRIBED TO DO depends a lot on if your foot can bear weight or not (FUll - Partial - None). I have tried various times to keep the boot on in bed but I have (rls)Restless Legs Syndrome and this is hard with a heavy boot on. This should also help give your arch some support. Also, if a lot of city driving and you have a manual box, you need the strength back in your legs. I had X-ray’s today and can partial weight bare. I exercise with the ‘bands’ everyday to strengthen the areas they tell me to work. This helps with flexion and prevents one from getting drop foot. 3) I was not sleeping in the boot, but now think I should call the ortho to ask whether I should be? I get around on crutches and use a wheel chair to do carrying and household chores. Just enough to have some wiggle room, but not enough to do too much movement. Question is should I sleep in my boot or take it off. If your work is physical, when do you go back to work? didn’t have to WB to get in or out of it. Just found out that a screw or two will need to come out so the leg realizes it is carrying the weight instead of the screws. There wasn’t a problem with me doing this as my surgeon said the more you walk on a broken bone the quicker it heals cause then blood flows through the bone and knits together.. since then iv now broke my ankle on the other leg and been in boot for 3 weeks. in boot 4 anotha 6-8 weeks. So slow progress but I am being told very Brandy you said: “Any advice? Trying to adjust it. Tori - the boot stays on in place of a cast. I don’t think it has magnesium in it though and that is an important one. Lucky her. The body will then try to repair the tendon and the tendon will gradually knit together. Two weeks ago the 2/feb my foot slipped off the step and i spiral fractured my fifth metatarsal,separated. How long before im able to drive? This ensures no sudden wrong movement that could worsen or re-injure. Don’t be afraid to let others help you will be glad they did once you are back to full recovery! Achilles Tendon Support, Plantar Fasciitis Foot Socks with Arch Support, Eases Swelling, Achilles Tendon Support Brace, Plantar Fasciitis Sock, Ankle Compression Sleeve For Running, Tendonitis and Flat Feet Relief, Aircast AirSelect Walker Brace Walking Boot, ComfiLife Ankle Brace for Men & Women – Adjustable Compression Ankle Support Wrap – Perfect Ankle Sleeve for Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendon, Minor Sprains, Sports – Breathable, One Size Fits All. I was told to stay in it 24/7 for the first week but am seeing a specialist in two days so reckon I will hang on until then. My main concern is last night I had a bad dream in pain and woke up to myself curling my toes and pushing off the boot for who knows how long. Can do that tomorrow. Can you say HEAVY!!!! I am unsure of the effects of putting weight on it before the six week time period prescribed by the orthopedic. I can’t survive the boot, especially sleeping with it and my mother healed beautifully with just air brace. Due to pressure sore on my heel and on top of my foot they removed the full leg cast yesterday. After that it will be another x-ray and we take it from there. Having pain again all over without boot on while sleep, or tryn 2 sleep. The surgeon said I have been good at NWB and healing to date, so should it hurt this damn much? you should definitely keep the boot on for sleeping unless explicitly told otherwise. I also used a red laser that was supposed to be for cosmetic uses at home, to help speed soft tissue injuries. The immobilization, the frustration of not be being able to do the most simplest tasks and of course the depression. Has anyone ever looked into this ? I don’t toss and turn much but it seems to be fine. I understand the isolation and difficulty if the situation. The main advantages of using this device was pain relief( I had a little man in my ankle who was operating a jack hammer and was a diligent worker with very little down time) The swelling is down every morning. so fast forward to now…. Eighteen days ago, I had ankle tendon repair for three tendons, four bone spurs removed, bone fragments removed and bone smoothed down, and a bone from a break in 1975 removed. Wish I had a wheel chair but can’t afford- sigh. This injury is managed slightly differently and usually. I have no,patience and want results with no set backs as fast as possible. Hi all I’m after some advice/help as not had much from doctors… I broke a bone in my foot and was given a cast an was told 6/8 weeks to heal an will be in the cast for a week. Instead have been loosening top two and bottom straps and easing apart padding round calf which is quite bearable. So one should not just look to the Internet for answers to one’s situation… this is a convo you should have with your Doctor, so as not to do something that would slow your PERSONAL Recovery, or worse not allow YOU to get full movement after the injury site has healed. Sleeping in the boot has been the worst thing for me I’m a restless sleeper so keeping the boot on st night to prevent any mishaps and to be honest it hurts more if the boot is off at night. I know we all heal differently but whoever made the statement ” surgeons aren’t good at providing guidance throughout the process” was dead-on! My ladder was a 20+ year old aluminum ladder recently returned me! Facing the days with more optimism than I did at the outset. Why can’t doctors order air brace for nighttime at least. And when it gets sore, I am told to quit and put my boot back on. Slow and steady wins the race I say. Im in week three and still struggling to partially weight bear let alone fully weightbear. I used to put my ice pack in a pillow case and then apply directly to the ankle while wearing a compression sock and elevating above the heart. I broke my 5th metatarsal in January of this year. It almost feels like I am squeezing my foot into a shoe that is too small. Then the boot it all goes well. I was put in another splint with instructions to go to an orthopedic doctor. I am concerned I still cannot walk properly. But I continue to do lots of ankle rolls and gentle ROM motion exercises when I wake up, before I put on the boot or try to bear weight on my foot. I do not have the pain, the knee sometimes is sore and stiff I will start physical therapy soon and was told to take a half of a pill of my pain meds before going. Plate & 6 screws. I’m now on the aircast boot and I use it during the day and at night I have to use the acrylic boot I had after the surgery is less heavy than the aircast boot and that’s also what my Dr. recommended and I’m still NWB. I stopped sleeping with the moon boot on a few days ago. So it’s been about 2 1/2 weeks now since I fractured my 5th metatarsal. Manny. Hello, everyone, I want to say thank you all, this site has been very helpful and I have gleaned alot of insight, from so many of you, thank you so much……I will tell my “story” the best I can…its a little “unique” and somewhat embarrassing and shameful. I could not bear to be so long without bearing weight. No, I’m not souting at you, just making sure you read that sentence. Or am I mistaken? I hate this boot! “This too will pass.” Depression is something most of us have to fight with these serious injuries. It will keep the bones together so they can knit. I broke my third metatarsal bone in my foot on March 7th. Suggestion; a great alternative to crutches is a knee scooter. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon and is usually caused by overuse, increasing activity too quickly, tight calf muscles, or flat feet. Was to see Dr. Friday - 2 days after the 6th wk past surgery, but now have to wait another 5 days. Most re-ruptures occur between 6 - 12 weeks, so even in two shoes, one must be careful for many more weeks. I have opted not to sleep in the boot as it is so painful in the boot. 3 days later my pain was very mild and the doctor placed a boot on my leg and said 9/10 I will heal Finally decided to go and have the total joint replacement with the STAR procedure. Most of the time there is no trauma or injury, but rather a slow progression of pain. 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