About my splints and wheelchair

Well, my holiday is now over and it’s back to normal for me. Yesterday I went back to the orthotics department because my AFO splint that I’m supposed to wear during in the day still isn’t comfortable on my left foot. The one for my right foot is really comfortable and I could easily wear that one all day. Sometimes it takes a while to get these things right.

My day splints
My day splints

My orthotist tried blowing the splint out one last time to see if that would make it less tight. It helped a bit but not enough. He decided that he would recast that splint at an angle that should be more comfortable for my foot to tolerate. I should have it in a couple of weeks or so. In the meantime I just have to try and wear my current left one as much as I can without making myself too sore. I’m still keeping the really comfy right-foot one.

While I was there I also took my night splints back in because the walking grips that I had put on them a few weeks ago were starting to peel off. They’ve been set off to be re-glued and I should have them back soon too.

My night splints
My night splints

This morning I’ve also made an appointment to have my wheelchair booked in for a service. It’s been a while since in had one done and I think there’s a few things that need looking at. I’m not a professional so I don’t know for sure, but I’d rather get them checked out. That should be happening within the next few days so I’ll let you know what happens there too.

My new splints

My new splints
My new splints

My serial casting pots got taken off yesterday which I was very happy about, and my new day time splints (also called AFOs) have also arrived.

I had the pots taken off yesterday morning and then went straight round to the department that deals with the splints to get them fitted.

It looks like the serial casting has helped to make my ankles less tight, which is what we wanted. I’m not entirely sure how much difference it has made, but I have an appointment with the physio in a couple of weeks so she’ll be able to give me a better idea.

When I first came out of the casts my ankles ached for quite a while afterwards but my mum and I did a bit of stretching and that has passed now, which is really quite nice.

The thing that took me by surprise the most was how strange I found it when I first put my new splints on yesterday. I had them for most of my childhood but stopped wearing them about a year ago when it was decided that we would try to see how well callipers worked for me.

Although I’m sure they work well for a lot of people, this wasn’t the case for me because I had a lot of problems with blistering. This is why we made the choice to give splints another go after we had relieved some of the tightness in my ankles by doing the serial casting.

I kind of thought that because I’d worn splints for so long before that it wouldn’t really feel odd to me, but it did. Now I just have to go through the process of bedding them in slowly a couple of hours at time until I get used to it again, which could take a while.

As I’m only on day two of the process, I’ll update you all about it a bit later on when I’ve got a bit more to say about it.

They fit inside a pair shoes that you can buy in the shops too although I have to buy them a size bigger than I would normally take without them and make sure that I get a pair that is wide enough to accommodate them.

I guess it’s time that I dug out my old collection of over-the-knee socks that I used to wear with my old ones. I find that helps to make them more comfy because it stops them sticking to the back of my legs.

I’ll let you all know how I get on.