ASR 9:52pm Jun 23 2012
My PT and OS both read me the riot act when they found out I was wearing sandals. They found out after I showed up with a broken toe that occurred when my crutch slipped on wet tile....but that's not WHY they said sandals were no good.
They said the foot on my injured leg needed support on the SIDES of the foot as well as good arch support. The foot will spread, otherwise, and you'll end up with a permanently larger foot. The sandals I was wearing were very strappy & very comfortable on my swollen foot because I could adjust them wider. Straps are not supportive, even if they feel like they are..
My PT also said no Crocs, no open backed shoes, no flip flops, and no barefoot walking. I spent a lot of time wearing fleece lined slippers that looked like plush cowboy boots (still love them!), thinking they were OK because my foot was fully enclosed, but I will tell you that my foot is now larger than it was 5 years ago. It used to be 1/2 a size larger than my "good" foot, now it's a full size larger. It's both longer AND wider than the other foot. I believe that if I had been more diligent about wearing supportive shoes, my foot would still be the size it used to be.
Fully recovered from Pilon tib/fib
2 Plates, 10 screws, 2 HWR's,
1 Plate & 3 Screws left