Re: 4 months post calcaneus-cuboid ORIF
I have no cartilage between my calcaneo and my navicular bones, a complication from a childhood operation. Over the years the bones have been wearing each other away, so I will eventually end up having to have a similar operation to the one you have just been through.
It is really great to hear you've had such a great recovery so far, well done! You're giving me hope for the future.
I've been managing pain and swelling in that area for a couple of years now, which is not quiet as acute as yours, but it is fairly constant problem for me.
I find the absolutely most important thing for me is sleep. Sleep, for me, is more important than any pain killer. My pain is so much easier to handle when I've had enough sleep, and when it is really bad the best thing for me to do is just to go to bed early (with some pain killers if I really need them) and sleep it off.
I have custom made orthotics to support my foot and they make a huge difference with my day to day pain management. Your foot is probably still changing a bit as it heals, but I strongly recommend you look into getting properly scanned and fitted for custom orthotics when you can. It will make a huge difference. It is the opposite to being barefoot, but it is really worth trying when you're ready for them.
My swelling is not as bad as yours, but I do have some swelling. I think restricting the swelling too much is not good, which is why you probably feel better barefoot.
Thanks for your post, it has helped me out a lot. I look forward to hearing more of your progress.