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I had surgery on July 26th and 2 screws were inserted - stitches removed 11 days later. In a black boot and wheelchair - no weight bearing allowed. How soon will I be able to wear regular shoes - or will I be in the boot walking on two feet? This is so frustrating as it is my right foot and I cannot drive. Any insight would be great - and thanks to everyone - this site is so helpful!

Laura

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Each doctor may have different time lines and ways of getting you back on your feet and into shoes. As for me it was about 7 weeks before I was allowed to start some weight bearing, but it still had to be in the black boot. Even when I was finally allow full weight bearing while walking I had to do it in the boot. Around week 12 I think I was allowed to start weaning off the boot and try to wear a shoe part of the day. However this takes a few weeks as well since the foot will still swell and the shoe may not feel too good. So for me I would say it was about 15 weeks post surgery before I could wear a shoe full time again. I used to wear normal width shoes but I had (and still do) have to wear a wide shoe.
I know it is, and it will be, frustrating but do as your doctor says and do not try and rush anything. These injuries need to heal correctly.
Good luck.
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I, just yesterday, go the ok to partial weight bear in the boot. Like you, I was in a wheelchair. I thought, yea! I will be able to walk a little, however have discovered it is not that easy. I know it has only been a day, but I have tried twice to walk a little with crutches and it hurts and my whole leg is so weak. I had been in the chair for two months. My doctor isn't very informative about prognosis...he goes from week to week when I see him. He did not say anything about the pain now or the difficulty of any weight on it. Im so frustrated.
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Hi Charlieswife!

My surgery was June 8th, and I just have been in regular tie-up shoes for about three weeks, but that is only for limited amounts of time. I had to work up to most of the day. My PT is very good at working out the swelling in my foot, and I am acutely aware of how different activities affect my foot.
I, like Something More, had difficulty wearing the boot. I was very willing to try it as long as possible, but a horrible rash ended that so I was put back into a sandal surgical shoe and instructed to walk on my heel. The shoe actually aids the tipping back action anyway. Hope you'll get to drive soon, though if you're non-weightbearing or only partially so, some trips will still be out of the question logistically speaking. Nearly 4 mos. after surgery, my wheelchair and walker are still in the car for those occasional trips to the mall (w/someone to help with the chair) or a large store (where I know I'm liable to tire and need to sit). Hang in there!
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