Thanks everyone. I haven’t been able to sleep in the boot. Yes, it’s very uncomfortable but considering that all my breaks were non displaced, it’s preventing me from needing any surgery. I am very scared, and have no idea what to do….about that…..and about the complete depression from all of this…I have no idea what to do….anyways, I have more to say , but will wait to see who reads this and responds to it….oh, another thing, I slept w/ the boot on, for first 3 nights, now past 2 nights, I have not slept in it,and I have had no problems w/ this at all….feels good to have air on my leg and foot…i dont’ thrash around in the night, I just turn from one side to the other and thats it…and when I wake up to go to the bathroom, I just simply put the boot back on and got on my knee mobile and its all fine…..I have a knee mobile downstairs which I love , it is very helpful….I have wheelchair up stairs, where I am mostly,and a walker up here, too, I hate the walker…….what should I do about the stairs ….and sleeping w / boot off…any and all responses welcomed, thanks guys, and I wish everyone a speedy recovery, and keep your sanity, also…..sincerely , debbie ~. When the boot was first applied yesterday, I thought that it was wonderful but before midnight, I was in agony. I understand the isolation and difficulty if the situation. An as folks have mentioned, loosen the straps. Doctor said I can take boot off when resting. I was given a shoe at the ER till I saw my dr 2 weeks later. Negotiating the terminal with a wheelchair and crutches will be a challenge. Even medication to knock me out is not working and so up and down with my sleeping. Also, can I ice directly on the break. Broke my ankle at work July 8 2015 had surgery in August. I found this site because I wear moon boot but was not told to wear sleeping. My husband, a RN, told me last night I should probably wear the boot to prevent foot drop. I have a daughter and grandson who has given me support and on going love and also, as I live independantly . Good luck with your healing- it does get better as you progress, so hang in there. 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 broke my ankle 10 days ago and have a walking boot and crutches. What you are PRESCRIBED TO DO depends a lot on if your foot can bear weight or not (FUll - Partial - None). Post surgery I wore a soft cast for two week, followed by a hard cast for four weeks. There's a problem loading this menu right now. didn’t have to WB to get in or out of it. I am normally quite active, a jack in I am off today to trade my rented knee walker in for a purchased one with all the features you kind folks have advised! Should I be icing the foot? Finally after seeing mri gave me moon boot but told me I could walk on it. JohnD - we have a few broken leg people visit but you should not confuse a broken fibula with an Achilles tendon. Then another 19 hours before I made it back to Houston for plate and screws surgery on 12/21. So slow progress but I am being told very Hello, to all..I hope people are still on this site, I have found some very helpful things to this…. so fast forward to now…. Of course being healed is not the same as being back to normal. What do I do. But during sleep should the boot be off or on? x. I have been dealing with my broken ankle for 16 days now and this has been the most miserable experience. Thats just me but you can try it and if before you fall asleep and feel uneasy you can put the boot back on loose and work your way up to it. This seems contradictory as now I’m not in any pain, do I still need to sleep with the boot on? and swelling was up on the top of my foot this morning making it painful, everytime i moved in bed it was most uncomfortable. The immobilization, the frustration of not be being able to do the most simplest tasks and of course the depression. They have a habit of overbalancing on the moving trolley, falling over and pinning you to the ground. Last X-rays showed the bone still not healed. Haven’t slept with it since. Being swollen is not good for healing so you do want to keep it in control with RICE. With the boot on, I don’t worry about it, which means better sleep for me. They were in places I didn’t know I had and also had me peeing every 1/2 hour. Sustained a trimalleolar ankle fracture 13th December, had open reduction with plate & screws next day. I’m so itchy right now…I want to take it off all the time. Alexis - maybe and even up for the other shoe to get both your legs at the same height. Alexa: You asked about a lump at the fracture site, and my recollection of an old fracture is that yes, the collagen forms a bump. Having pain again all over without boot on while sleep, or tryn 2 sleep. I forgot to ask if and when I can leave boot off at night. BTW-I was on my honeymoon! LOL I was also instructed not to drive. Hello there JJ, Sofora - you are probably refering to an avulsion fracture which is where a ligament or tendon has pulled a small piece of bone off unless you have simply chipped the bone. Lucky her. The most vulnerable phase is from six to 12 weeks after the injury. Deffently helps knowing otha peoples issues. I know this is a totally different thing but I was just surprised to see these guys have one size fit all method. I have a non-displaced 2nd and 3rd acute metatarsal fracture (thanks to misplaced step while hiking with the dog) and it has been far more emotional than I think it should be. I haven’t worn it to sleep either, it’s so heavy! I know sometimes it is easier said than done, but just focus on the good things in life, and the knowledge that you are making progress toward getting your life back. Same thing for me, though - my tendon starts hurting after about an hour. I walked around the house yesterday on the boot unaided by anything it was a little bit uncomfortable but geez it was worth it after being in a wheelchair for the last 7 weeks. All Praises To The Most High Yah. This was something my PT specifically mentioned when I was going through the latest set of exercises with her. But it does sound as if your orthopedic surgeon is working diligently to get you back to normal. I got the boot cast two weeks from surgery. You want to reduce swelling as much as possible. Still hoping to be totally done and out of the cast and walking almost normally at week 8. Donna - low magnesium levels as well as other salts and calcium can contribute to night cramps. Bones heal very slowly. So I have been sleeping in mine…. After 2 weeks of resting in the boot I went back for more xrays and doctor said healing slower than expected started to question why an how much I drink/smoke!? Fun summer! As I’ve not slepf for 7 weeks am looking forward to a decent nights sleep. Took 12 hours to make it to Tahitti for my first surgery (closed reduction). Background: completely ruptured my achilles tendon about a week and a half ago and just diagnosed last fri. Had surgery last night and now have an air boot. I am sleeping in the boot as I am still in a fair amount of pain, but the boot is really uncomfortable and causing me a lot of pain in my heel. I broke my foot metatarsals 2,3,4 on June 20. Stay safe, stretch and warm up. Hi Amanda! Feels better for a while but even then gets uncomfortable. I use an aircast cryo-cuff every 2 to 3 hours for 20 minutes every day for the swelling, it feels wonderful. This was March 9th. The healing tendon must be protected during the early phase of healing to prevent new ruptures. So silly I know. It’s not very expensive. After surgery stayed in boot about 2 weeks never slept in it and began putting weight on it after a week. 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