Toe touching means that when he walks he's trying to put weight down on it so he touches his toes as he walks occasionally. Usually that comes first. A lot of times we see that already at the suture removal. But everyone heals differently.
I've never heard of putting anything on the bottom of the foot- seems very strange to me. And kind of painful. The worst thing about a cruciate repair is the money- and the length of recovery.
Nathan, i'm going to use the site of the guy that is our specialty vet. http://www.ambulatoryveterinarysurgery.com/postoperativecare/postconventionalrepairs.html
That link goes directly to post op care. This guy- is the best of the best out here- he travels to clinics doing only specialty surgeries. His talents are great- however, nice person he is not. He is a very nasty man. I guess all his talent and money got to him, because he is incredibly nasty to us, and to his clients. But he can be i guess because he is the best.
So this page is HIS page all about his technique and info. But i wanted to send you the post-op to see if you could learn from it. He's saying you shouldn't have weight on it for a few weeks at least. And i have to say all of his cruciate patients do VERY well with us- so i guess it works. That lady i mentioned earlier had her dogs legs fixed by this man too.
Hope it helps!