Re: Calcaneal Osteotomy
I had an Evans osteotomy and posterior tibial tendon repair at the end of May, so am 17 weeks post-op now. My last PT session is next week.
What specific osteotomy did your husband have? Was he non-weightbearing for awhile? Do physical therapy once he was partial or full weightbearing?
Has he been in for follow up with the surgeon lately?
After walking for so long flat footed for so long, it felt strange to stand after getting the cast off. It felt like i was "tipped" toward the outside of my foot and my balance was way off. The doctor reassured me that this was to be expected, as they had tightened up my tendon and changed the position of my foot with the bone graft. He said everything would stretch and loosen up over time and that part of it was about building muscle strength to balance things out.
I've been in PT since mid-July and that is what has happened. It took awhile, but now I supinate (walk toward the outside) and pronate, like I'm supposed to! However, I have been reminded time and again to keep my big toe down, as I like to walk with it in the air, preventing the pronation piece. Now that I am doing that regularly, I can walk pretty normally without much of a limp.
Part of PT is breaking up scar tissue, and that could be part of what is causing pain and the feeling of not being able to flex the foot ("stuck"). I had that feeling for a long time and then it finally dissipated, like my PT thought it would. I had pain in another part of my ankle too, but try to remember that this is a whole new foot...learning to walk on it, use it differently, balance, etc is a lot of change!
It sounds like your husband needs to talk with/see his doctor about what is going on and see what his/her opinion is. Many of these are part of the process...and it can definitely be frustrating! Maybe PT would be helpful, if he hasn't already done some. It has been a huge help...no way I would be where I am now without it.