My cast is gone! I can't tell you how glad I am to be rid of it! I have been dreaming for weeks now of a real shower and sleeping without having to contort my back into a weird angle because of the cast.
I am in a break boot, with a custom made arch support in it. In about a week, I'll start putting the insert into a regular tennis shoe for a bit, slowly working up to wearing regular shoes all the time.
Unfortunately, I now have "high maintenance feet" and will probably never be able to go for long periods of time barefoot. However, there are several types of sandals I will eventually be able to wear. (Can you say show shopping?) I may also always have to have the arch supports in order to keep my foot from getting any worse.
Of course, we still don't know if I will need surgery. The tendon pain is gone for now, but we don't yet know how it will respond to regular use. Once I get back to using it and going about my normal working-out, on-my-feet-to-run-the-house schedule, we'll be able to judge whether I need the surgery. I am sure praying not - the surgery is a major deal!
Now, I'm off to go soak in the tub for a while and scrub this foot and then drown it in lotion. You don't even want to know what a foot looks like after being in a cast for over 7 weeks!