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Thursday, November 13, 2014


In early September, I limped into my doctor’s office and described the muscle spasms in my right calf that had morphed into excruciating ankle pain. While speaking, my mind raced through possible remedies: physiotherapy (my preferred choice) or anti-inflammatory medication (I would grit my teeth and endure the nausea and upset stomach).

 “You’re having problems with your Achilles tendon,” he said after inspecting my calf and ankle. “The boot will do the trick.”

     “Excuse me?”

     “An Air Cast Boot,” he said while writing out a prescription. “You can pick one up at the Home Health Care Center across the street. Wear the boot for four to six weeks and your tendon will be back to normal.”

     “What if I just rest and take it easy for a week? Maybe take some Tylenol 3...or something stronger?”

     “Do you want to limp for the rest of your life?”

      A bit extreme, I thought, but I was in no position to argue. At the Center, I listened as the sales associate explained the boot’s benefits. Wearing it would slowly and safely restore strength in my tendon while keeping the foot and ankle at a constant angle. She also showed me how to inflate and deflate the boot, but my mind was elsewhere.

     There was no way I could drive, take the stairs, or walk on uneven terrain wearing that boot. And while I could remove it for showering and sleeping, I would have to wear the boot for at least ten hours a day.

 After two days of complaining about my “new” restrictions, I decided to focus on my blessings and emerging positives:

              **I started with a shift in perspective. In 2004, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and had to undergo ten months of grueling treatments. In comparison, wearing an Air Cast Boot for six weeks would be a cakewalk.

              **The injury was a minor sprain and not one that would require a hard cast and months of physiotherapy.

              **My extended health benefits covered 80 percent of the boot’s cost.

              **I was grateful for the elevator in my condo building and the well-maintained grounds that enabled me to walk freely and confidently.

            **Whenever I ventured outside, I had renewed appreciation for ramps, elevators, automatic doors, and main level entrances.

           **Wearing a boot slowed me down and made me more mindful of each action taken. If it wasn’t necessary or pleasant, I let it go.


 After meeting with a foot specialist, I learned that improper footwear may have contributed to my Achilles tendon problem. I retired my heeled shoes and invested in Finn clogs and Etonic running shoes. Whenever I wear my new shoes, I know that my feet and ankles are comfortable and well-supported. Bliss!  

I retired my Air Cast boot on October 11, and can now walk without limping.

Ms. Guidoccio is an author and retired teacher. Her debut novel, Between Land and Sea is a paranormal romance about a middle-aged mermaid. "After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged beyond recognition. The horrified banker abandons her on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England, leaving her to face a difficult human journey as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three year old woman.
With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, Isabella evolves into the persona of Barbara Davies. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers."


Thank you, Joanne for sharing your story which is a lesson from which we all can learn.


  1. Hi Karen, Thanks for hosting me! :)

    1. It is with pleasure to have you guest blog. You have much to share and help us all to learn from the lessons of life.

  2. Cute post! Amazing what a change in perspective can do.

    1. The alternative was not pretty. Thanks for dropping by, Jessica :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your story, Joanne. I love your reframing! How great that things such as Air Cast Boots exist, too. Glad you've stepped past (heh) this latest challenge. :)

    1. Hi Christy, After discovering Air Cast Boots, it seemed they were everywhere. And most people in my circle had an ACB story to share. Love your pun :)

  4. I had a similar experience where I just wanted to take it easy, and let the wound heal. However, I was also told something along the lines of, "do you want to limp for the rest of your life?" How can I argue with that! Thank you for sharing your perspective changes that you noticed after wearing the boot; very eye-opening! http://www.orthomedix.com/sportsInjury.php

    1. Thank you for your insight into your own journey. Hope you are all healed and doing well.

    2. Good to hear from you Douglas. Best wishes for continued good health.