Originally Posted by sausage172
Hi - I have had rhumatoid arthritis for several years and am due to have a forefoot reconstrucition in the next few weeks. Fusion plus metetarsal head surgery. I am interested to know how you are doing now? Can you walk normally without pain, can you wear a small heeled shoe on special occasions and are you pleased you went though it all now? Best wishes
hello, by now I actually have both of my feet reconstructed. My first surgery (when this blog was initiated by me) was performed 2 1/2 years ago and it was not very successful. I still need to have some corrections (another surgery) for my 4th toe because the metatarsal wasn't aligned properly for that toe; in addition, some of the nerves were damaged... All this was due to the careless attitude of the surgeon... However, a good thing is that I don't have much trouble with the fusion site - it has healed quite OK.
At this point in time I am 5 month post-op with my other foot (the same procedure on my right foot) and this time the surgery was performed much more accurate; by now I can walk for 30 -40 min (still heavily limping) and my foot is not that much swallen. Fusion site is fine.
Both my feet are NOT pain-free. But it is a different kind of pain now - I feel that my feet are constantly burning; burning sensation at all the time, as if I am walking on a small knives.. I cannot walk for long periods without having a rest (sitting down, feet up).
Regarding shoes with heels - since my first operation (left foot) I have been scared to try any sort of heels at all. But before, in my pre-surgery life, I used to wear 5 cm + heals all the time, even just prior to my first surgery. Now I don't even dare to think about heals.
However, I don't exactly regret doing the surgery - this is probably due to the fact that I didn't really have any choice in this matter as my feet did look awful. At least now they look more or less normal...
My advice would be: - 1. do surgery only if it is completely necessary and 2. choose your doctor carefully.
All the very best