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Anyone have success with a cast?

Posted by Leslie on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008095)

Anybody get relief from a cast? I've tried it all... stretching, icing, injections, orthotics, Physical Therapy, night splint, anti-inflamatory med. The only thing my doctor said is left before surgery (which we both are avoiding) is a cast. He doesn't sound too thrilled about it and said it doesn't have too good a success rate but my view was, What do I have to lose? I crawl to the bathroom every morning now so why not try it. He has ordered me a removable cast thinking it will be a little more comfortable in the heat of the summer. At least I'll be able to shower. I should have it in a couple of days. I'd like to hear from anyone who has tried that route.
Thanks for your input!

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Phyllis on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008098)

Leslie, I can relate to crawling to the bathroom in the morning, also had a lot of trouble getting up from the lunch table after sitting for 1/2 hour. Couldn't even get up and start walking without sitting down again and flexing my ankles, straining the toes toward my shin.

Before I get up in the morning or through the night, I always flex my ankles before I even get up. When I put my feet on the floor I press on the pad of my feet (right behind the toes and try to flex them good. Then my Birks go in. I NEVER walk even 2 feet without my Birks. Some support is needed. I used to walk barefoot or as I got older I would walk with socks and no shoes. As I understand it, this could be part of the problem. As I see my children let my grandchildren walk barefoot I cringe and remind them that might be part of my problem. But, just like smoking, I can't seem to get through to them. Too bad children don't take their mother's advice! As I read recently, we need to learn from other people's mistakes, because we don't live long enough to make all of our own - or something along those lines!

Phyllis


Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Kris on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008099)

I too have tried it all, P.T., stretching, iceing, taping, pain killers, cortisone shots, night splints, orthotics, etc. I also had a removeable cast that came off for showers and P.T. I had it a month and I could walk around with it in no pain, however without it I was back to square one with the same level of pain. I even had a rigid plastic ankle AFO brace made to take the place of the cast when it came off, but it too didn't help much. Good Luck. I am still in a lot of pain all the time.

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

WANDA on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008103)

I like the other had a cast put on my right leg it stayed on 4 wks it was made out of plaster I got a plastic thing and put over it and it worked great for the bath, or getting in the pool. I can tell a little difference but really not much for my arch and heel area still aches and burns, your dr sounds like mine,I tell you this is about crazy for they can take your heart out and send you to the moon but no cure for this curse, its a big money thing, and I believe nobody takes us feet people very serious.

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Michelle on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008115)

I too had a soft cast, but I only had to have it for 2 weeks. Thank GOD. It was the worst thing ever. I was in so much pain because the DR. put it on too tight. I had no success w/it at all. THe only thing that it did do was weaken my ankle because I was unable to walk correctly with it on. I was also told by the Dr. that it would be good for my skin. I didn't notice any change there either. Good Luck!!!!

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Jennifer on 6/27/99 at 00:00 (008240)

No I am still at the same amount of pain and I had a fiberglass cast that would not allow me to walk on it at all. So after 6 weeks of crutches, I am still at square one.

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Stephanie on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008362)

Hi, I had the cast this past winter for 4 weeks, I had more pain with the cast. I went and saw a foot and ankle specialist and he told me I had nerve entrapment of the lateral branch. I just had surgery this past friday and he defintily said it was compressed. I can keep you informed if you would like. My initial Dr. also said never to have surgery but after all of the treatments he sent me to this Dr. and I hope all goes well Stephanie

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Phyllis on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008098)

Leslie, I can relate to crawling to the bathroom in the morning, also had a lot of trouble getting up from the lunch table after sitting for 1/2 hour. Couldn't even get up and start walking without sitting down again and flexing my ankles, straining the toes toward my shin.

Before I get up in the morning or through the night, I always flex my ankles before I even get up. When I put my feet on the floor I press on the pad of my feet (right behind the toes and try to flex them good. Then my Birks go in. I NEVER walk even 2 feet without my Birks. Some support is needed. I used to walk barefoot or as I got older I would walk with socks and no shoes. As I understand it, this could be part of the problem. As I see my children let my grandchildren walk barefoot I cringe and remind them that might be part of my problem. But, just like smoking, I can't seem to get through to them. Too bad children don't take their mother's advice! As I read recently, we need to learn from other people's mistakes, because we don't live long enough to make all of our own - or something along those lines!

Phyllis


Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Kris on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008099)

I too have tried it all, P.T., stretching, iceing, taping, pain killers, cortisone shots, night splints, orthotics, etc. I also had a removeable cast that came off for showers and P.T. I had it a month and I could walk around with it in no pain, however without it I was back to square one with the same level of pain. I even had a rigid plastic ankle AFO brace made to take the place of the cast when it came off, but it too didn't help much. Good Luck. I am still in a lot of pain all the time.

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

WANDA on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008103)

I like the other had a cast put on my right leg it stayed on 4 wks it was made out of plaster I got a plastic thing and put over it and it worked great for the bath, or getting in the pool. I can tell a little difference but really not much for my arch and heel area still aches and burns, your dr sounds like mine,I tell you this is about crazy for they can take your heart out and send you to the moon but no cure for this curse, its a big money thing, and I believe nobody takes us feet people very serious.

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Michelle on 6/24/99 at 00:00 (008115)

I too had a soft cast, but I only had to have it for 2 weeks. Thank GOD. It was the worst thing ever. I was in so much pain because the DR. put it on too tight. I had no success w/it at all. THe only thing that it did do was weaken my ankle because I was unable to walk correctly with it on. I was also told by the Dr. that it would be good for my skin. I didn't notice any change there either. Good Luck!!!!

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Jennifer on 6/27/99 at 00:00 (008240)

No I am still at the same amount of pain and I had a fiberglass cast that would not allow me to walk on it at all. So after 6 weeks of crutches, I am still at square one.

Re: Anyone have success with a cast?

Stephanie on 6/29/99 at 00:00 (008362)

Hi, I had the cast this past winter for 4 weeks, I had more pain with the cast. I went and saw a foot and ankle specialist and he told me I had nerve entrapment of the lateral branch. I just had surgery this past friday and he defintily said it was compressed. I can keep you informed if you would like. My initial Dr. also said never to have surgery but after all of the treatments he sent me to this Dr. and I hope all goes well Stephanie