Re: Massage to reduce scar tissue
He said that the vitamin E would prevent the scar from getting thick and pressing on the nerve underneath. I used it only once a day, although I rub and whatnot to stimulate the nerves several times a day. I was too careful, though, the PT's vigorous rubbing helped a lot more.
The usual incisions for ankle arthroscopy are right on top of two main nerve branches to the foot. The ankle is just so tiny, there's no good place to put even a 1/4 inch cut.
I have, not truly numbness, but a pins-and-needles feeling when certain places are pressed on. I also get an electric shock feeling, shooting down into toes 3 and 4 when the lateral incision or the area below it is pressed on. I'm 3.5 months out almost, and it's much better than it was. When I was first weaning into shoes at 2 weeks, the shoe produced the nerve shocks. This went away within days, before I was using shoes outside the house, I only felt it when putting them on or taking them off.
Now, I don't feel it unless I rub, and it feels like maybe 5 volts whereas before it felt like 20. (Yes, I do know what various strength electric shocks feel like, I lead an interesting life.)
I also had this weird thing when the medial incision was puffing up into this cyst thing, not an infection, the surgeon said that the weakened synovium was bulging outward. Rubbing that helped, too, as did (don't try this at home) taping a small piece of foam over it to hold it down by force.