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Pain, aching, & just miserable while wearing walking boot
misskitty82 posted:
I just found out I had a fracture in my foot and possibly my ankle (still waiting for those MRI results) and was put into a walking boot for a few weeks. My foot/ankle did cause me pain but wearing this boot is KILLING me. My whole body is out of wack, back hurts, hips hurt, my other ankle hurts, and now I'm a slave to advil and tiger balm. I really do not know what to do at this point for an relief. Sitting around not being able to do much contributes to my back pain. I work behind a desk all day so I do try to get up and limp around as much as I can and do floor stretching at night. At this point advil/Tylenol, etc are pretty much useless. Not to mention the fact that the area of my foot that is fractured still does hurt alot. All of this is happening right after a wrist surgery I am still recovering from. So does anyone have an advice on how to get some kind of relief? Anything I could or should be doing to help while I wear this stupid boot? It is making me so depressed.
davedsel responded:

Who diagnosed the fracture? Did you see an orthopedic specialist? That is the type of doctor you need. If you have seen an orthopedist then you really need to discuss this with him.

I'm sure you are aware of the risk of danger to your kidneys and/or liver when taking high doses of OTC NSAIDs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. That is why it is so important you discuss this with the diagnosing doctor or see the proper specialist.

I pray you find answers and relief soon.
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_swank_ responded:
Stay off the foot and keep it elevated. Did your doctor tell you to use crutches? Use them. Then get over it. There are a lot worse things than being in a boot temporarily.
misskitty82 replied to _swank_'s response:
I failed to mention I cannot use crutches due to the fact that I just had wrist surgery less then a month ago. I am not able to bear weight on that wrist or arm it is still healing. Otherwise, I would gladly have opted for crutches.

I do not have the luxury of taking time off work. I am still working my full time job, driving to and from work, cooking, cleaning, etc etc so I can't just sit on my butt and stay off of it. Therefore "getting over it" is not as simple as one would think.
misskitty82 replied to davedsel's response:
Hi Dave,

I am seeing a podiatrist who seems to have an extensive background in foot/ankle injuries.

I am always hesitant to tell doctors about having pain and/or asking them for something stronger then the usual over the counter meds. I always feel like they are treating you as if you are drug seeking.

Thank you for the response. I appreciate it.
_swank_ replied to misskitty82's response:
I actually meant get over the fact that you have to be in a boot. It's not the end of the world. You also need to accept that if you walk around on your foot when it hurts it will take longer to heal and it will hurt more. You said you sit behind a desk at work all day so that's a golden opportunity to keep it elevated.

You also need to tell your doctor about your pain. Podiatrists don't just "seem to have extensive backgrounds in foot/ankle injuries". They absolutely have extensive backgrounds. All they do is feet and ankles all day long.
AKB48 responded:
I agree with the other posters that you have a golden opportunity to recuperate by working your desk job.
kate554 responded:
I know this post is too late for you, but in case others are reading this: If you get put into a walking boot, you need to make sure the shoe on your other foot is the same height as the boot, otherwise your hip/back/leg will be messed up and require physical therapy to (hopefully) fix. I am going through this right now, and I am P*SSED that my podiatrist didn't tell me this!

Some ideas are a comfortable clog with a heel (Clark's are great), or an athletic shoe with an 'Even Up Shoe Balancer' attached to it. Even with one of these, you still walk in an abnormal way with a boot, so I also think walking as little as reasonably possible will also help.

Believe me, you do NOT want to go through what I am right now. Not just the physical pain in my hip/lower back/leg, but it's costing me a $50 co-pay for each physical therapy session. I am thankful I have insurance to cover most of it, but still irritated that it will probably end up costing me at least $500 in co-pays to try and fix what could have been prevented had my podiatrist informed me.
kedscar responded:
I never had back problems. Two years ago I fractured my foot and wore a walking boot. My foot healed but my back has not recovered from the months of walking in the boot. Chiropractors, PT... Finally was diagnosed with L3 and L4 compressing on nerves which hopefully will feel better once I receive epidural injections this week. Life hasn't been the same since this boot.
mopsie48 replied to kate554's response:
I recently had ankle surgery and am in a walking cast. My lower back and hip is extremely painful. My orthopaedic surgeon did not mention wearing a shoe on the 'good' foot. Wearing a shoe the same height as the walking cast is important.
As for the lady who initiated this conversation, cut her a break. I never took pain medicine after my surgery, but I'm ready to take it because my back pain is so intense. She has a good deal of responsibility and recovering from wrist surgery. Compassion please.
gardenrunner replied to kate554's response:
Kate - I am going through this now and I would not wish this on my worst enemy. How long did it take you to get better? I started PT (also massage and acupuncture) but the pain is still there and not budging. I cannot figure out if this is a strain, or if I need PT to reprogram the muscles. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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