Either that heel-toe hook must be easier than it sounds, or you are a very flexible person. I'll try it anyway later on, and anyhow I'm sure I can try the toe curling. I think the towel-stretch (towel hooked under foot) accomplishes a similar thing to the heel-toe hook, except I substituted an old scarf for the towel, it seems easier to handle. It's certainly worth trying anything that works, to avoid that feeling of helplessness, like you said, hobbling around. Only my dog is witness to that, in my case. Hopefully we'll soon be hopping instead of hobbling, and you can show off for your wife when you are well.