I just had my 4 week check-up today. I believe at 2 weeks I started using the toe spacer (between big toe and second toe). Today he told me to wear it 24 hrs a day for the next three weeks. I don't know what happens after 7 weeks. I'll let you know! I'm not wearing any kind of splint or anything.
i wore the splint from post-op week 4 (when i go the pin removed) to week 7. i was post op 7 weeks before i got back into regular shoes - that was when i got my toe spacer. it's post op week 14, i think, and and about 12 days ago, my doc gave me two more spacers to replace my worn out ones. i never asked how long i was expected to continue wearing it....but since he gave me new ones, i'll keep wearing it. just had my right foot done 5 days ago and this time around was a little more painful than the the first.
good luck during your recovery.
[This message has been edited by thelittleprincess (edited 06-10-2003).]
theLittlePrincess - did your doctor recommend that you use the splints every now and then?
I had my right foot done in the beginning of May and had the left foot done two weeks after. I agree with you, it was definitely more painful than the first time. When I woke up in the middle of the surgery, I could've sworn I felt pain in my left foot. So I asked the anesthesiologist to put me to sleep. As soon as they woke me up I felt the pain right away. With my right foot, I didn't start to feel the pain for over about 2 hours after the surgery.
I wish I had thought of taking before and after shots. That was a really good idea.
my doctor told me i didn't need to wear the splint after i changed to the spacer. but i did continue wearing it around the house when i wasn't wearing shoes - hoping that it would help "straighten" the toe out a little more (mine still point to the left....but if i stand on my feet, it does straighten out a bit) i think i gave up after a week or two. so i just wear the spacer with my closed toe shoes.
do you still have to wear both? if yes, did the doc say why wearing the spint longer might help?? thanks.
my doctor never told me to use either. He doesn't seem to say much which is why I'm glad I found this site. So informative and it's nice to hear everyone else's experiences. I still bought the spacers and splints anyway just to use them as preventative measures. Even though I'm happy with the results so far, this is something I hope I don't have to do again!
as it turns out, the doctor found a bone cyst during surgery. he told me about it on friday - guess there was no reason to tell me right after the surgery. turns out it was benign i am still feeling pain - icing it as much as possible. i'm not taking any pain pills - really don't like the nausea. so i'll stick with ibuprofen when necessary.
the doctor told me that he would like me to wear the spacer for 3 months. he actually has me wearing the spacer on my right foot right now - just because the "tape splint" tends to lose it's hold between visits.
overall, i'm doing alright. just have this feeling that the time wil fly - so hopefully i'm right. really would like to take a full shower and wear regular shoes again.