I have had a rough couple of months. I blew out my knee so I had to be non weight bearing for 6wks, during that time I developed a blood clot. The blood clot caused my foot to swell to an unreal size. I noticed a lump on the top of my foot during all of this. I brought it up to my pcp, orthopedic doctor and a podiatrist who is treating me for over compensation on the left foot. All have told me it was a gangelion cyst. I saw another doctor this week, who took more of a detailed look at it and has told me it isn't a cyst, but in fact a torn Extensor Digitorum Longus Tendon. He is fair certain this is what it is, and has scheduled me for an MRI on Monday. Thursday he is going to discuss a game plan with me. Has anyone gone through surgery on their Extensor Digitorum Longus Tendon? How bad is the surgery? What should I figure on as far as recoup time? I've searched all over the web but can't find anything. I'm wondering if I will have a cast and for how long. How long will I be on crutches and such.
Okay, my mother had surgery to repair the extensor tendon of her big toe. She was non-weightbearing for 3 weeks afterward, and had some trouble walking for a couple months after that.
I'm a little confused by the diagnosis, though. There are 5 of these tendons, one for each toe. Generally if they are torn, the result is a floopy, malfunctioning toe. I suppose it might be a partial tear.
You are correct each toe is connected to a tendon. Those 4 tendons however then come together and become one at the Extensor Digitorum Longus tendon. This one tendon runs up through the ankle and into the muscle in your leg. I have broken the tendon right at the ankle and it looks as if it's now two pieces. I have a lump on the top of my foot just below the ankle. If you flex your foot up you will see what looks like a bone run down your ankle. I no longer have this. The Extensor Digitorum Longus is what gives your foot flexion, meaning to pull your toes up. I can curl my second through fourth toes but can't lift them. It's annoying because I can't walk 100% properly as my toes don't automatically bend as I walk. I am also running into things with my foot because full function isn't there. Truly it's a pain in the you know what!..lol Most of the information I've been able to find is a repair to the tendon connected to the big toe such as your mom had done. That seems to be more common. Was she in a cast, I've seen where other's have been casted for a couple of weeks to keep the mobility to zero to help the healing. I was just trying to get a gauge on what to expect with this. Thanks for your reply.
Okay, that makes sense. You didn't mention the toe problems before.
She was placed in a surgical splint, that's the "bottom half" (covering the sole, heel and calf) of a plaster below the knee cast held on with a snug elastic bandage, with a little splint for her toe. She was in this for 2 or 3 weeks, then she started walking in the surgical sandal.