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Old 05-06-2009, 09:47 AM   #1
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Good news, bad news, when will it end?

Seen the doc today. I am out of the boot!!!!!!!!! Good news is there is no infection and things look real good. He thinks the oozing was from one of the inside stitches. He seems to think that I don't need the crutches at all. What is he nuts, I have only been PWB 2 weeks and the pain in the heel is something else, I am working on just using one crutch, it hurts but now we know why. Here's the bad news: I now am the not so proud owner of Plantar Fascuiitis. I was suppose to come out of this surgery and be pain free or close to it , not end up with something else. I am feeling a little miffed grrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So he said I have to go back to work May 18th which is do able for 4 hrs sitting only and work my way to 8 hrs by June 3rd which is my next date with the doc.. Didn't give me anything for the pain I should have pushed but will contact my reg doc instead since he knows more of my medical history.. I can't take tynenol or advil type stuff. Did give me a gel heel cushion to but in my shoe. Put it in and put the shoe on and man is it tight. Just a little swelling. I am no way ready to dump the crutches, my 1st couple of go arounds the house darn near sent me to the moon and back for the pain and stiffness (I used the crutches of course). My plan is to take it a little at a time.
I get to start going to the heated pool I'm going this afternoon. This should help speed up the recovery. He said no to PT, my range of motions is pretty good but still needs lots of work. He did tell me this would be a long process,
which is just a little disappointing. Was hoping things would move along faster now but guess not. Well anyway it's way to nice of weather outside to be sitting in here feeling sorry for myself, time to head out and enjoy the day.

 
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:05 AM   #2
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Plantar Fascuilitis?! I'm really lost on how that occurred. I'm excited about the pool thing for you, but I worry about just trying to walk without PT guiding you. They also help give you a boot when they report progress. I couldn't imagine not having PT to learn how to walk. I'd say more but last week of class. I will keep my toes crossed for you (I'm trying to learn how to do that) and hang tough.

 
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WEll, one often gets PF when the foot has been immobile for a while. That's not uncommon at all. I had it after a broken foot I couldn't walk on for several weeks. Just do your stretches before walking and when getting laying in bed in the morning. It really helps.

 
Old 05-06-2009, 01:34 PM   #4
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Worldwalker you crack me up. Thank you. I had PT last time and have learned a few tricks on the stretches and thera bands and how to use them. I also had a session with a therapist at the pool I go to so I know what how to stretch there. I went to the pool this afternoon, a little scarry getting in down the stairs into the pool but made it. I felt good, I walked in chest deep water,not much weight on the foot, kicked the feet and floated for 30 minutes. Got home and had a total melt down. I sobbed and couldn't quit.Totally out of character for me. I think today was way too much for me and my expectations of having a normal recovery got blown out of the water with the added plantar stuff. It shall all pass.
I didn't know that you could get this plantar faciitis after being imobil. Sure would have been nice to be forwarned by the doc. I hope and pray it doesn't stay forever it's very painful.

 
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I am so surprised he said no to PT. After I dumped my terrorist PT that tore my peroneals and was sent to a PT that specializes in feet, I loved PT. Post op peroneal surgery she manually stretched my PF every single time she did therapy on me. She said that it will often flare after being immobile, just like Titchou said. That stretching she did worked wonders. You could feel little gravely things in there as she did it, which was inflammation and scar tissue. I think it would help you so much, not to mention the learning to walk thing. Did he say why he doesn't want you to go?

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Old 05-06-2009, 09:34 PM   #6
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walleye: Take your time with the FWB. I did not ditch my crutches until 10 weeks post op with my first surgery. When the doc says "go walk now" he is saying that you will not hurt his work he has done but YOU are the best judge for when you go crutch free. I had trouble going FWB because of pain and fear of messing something up. Just when I thought I couldn't do something...the next day or the next week I was doing it.

How much oozing did you have walleye? I am going through that now and was thinking of calling the doc. I did not have this with the surgery on the other foot. It is from the tendon transfer incision. Got my stitches out last week.

I am jealous of you "pool walkers".....sounds nice. I am three weeks post op now and I am just doing the waiting game.......nice weather here huh walleye?

 
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FWB in 10 weeks Hurts? I'm 12 weeks out and I am down to one crutch but it hurts my ribs. I think I may be relying too much on my non surgery leg. I can't get to FWB for some reason. The weather is pretty nice, too soon for mosquitos, but perfect for a decent thunderstorm. Happy Spring

 
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WOW----Walleye, so sorry to hear about the PF That really stinks!!!
I also did not know that it tends to flare up when your foot has been immobile! Good to know------

Well---exciting you are out of the boot----but wow----that seems SO soon!!! I could not even imagine going into a tennis shoe right now!!!

I realize I had a whole lot more work done---with my tendon transfers---I dont know if I have ever said, but I had 2 different transfers done---plus the Kidner and Osteotomy-----but my doctor told me today that my boot will be my best friend for many more weeks.

I will post my own results from my visit in my own thread----but hang in there-----enjoy the pool!!!! And I will check back in tomorrow!!!

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worldwalker: my first surgery was tendon transfer and osteotomy only so I think that is why I got going at 10 weeks. This surgery I had the achilles and column lengthening with hip graft along with the tendon work and osteotomy so I expect it to be a longer recovery. You had this surgery too right? So take your time!

 
Old 05-07-2009, 10:38 AM   #10
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Emmie, The doc didn't give a reason, but I think it is worth it to go. I will email him today for the referral. I have been putting pressure on it and it hurts so much you want to scream. The gel thing he gave me adds too much height and causes more pressure along with the swelling in the shoe. I sure can't win. The tennis shoe hurts like a bugger to put on and take off. I don't like wearing shoes in the first place but this makes me never want to put one on.
Hurts2walk, The oozing covered part of a bandaid the 1st time I noticed it, the next couple it was less but the area was pretty tender. Watch it carefully. Mine I was told was more than likely from the inside stitches trying to come out.
My adventure for this morning was to sew myself a new top which I did, then decided I needed a new swimsuit so my daughter & I went to shopko. I scored 2 swimsuits for the price of one. Silly to be telling you this but sometimes you just have to have something good so this is it.. I used the crutches not the electric carts today. Big step for me.
Tracie1204, You had so much done that the boot is the best thing for you. I probably should still be in mine, but the PF won't get worked if i'm in it. You can live vicariously thru Worldwalker and myself with the pool thing for right now. Soon you'll be there. Thanks everyone.

 
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OK, I followed thru and got an appt for PT. Can't get in til next Tuesday but its better than nothing. I can't tell you how painful this plantar thing is. I thought I could take alot but this is putting me into meltdowns. I had to see my Kidney specialist today and he'd be able to tell me which drugs are safe for me. I wanted off the Oxycontin to something that I could take on a every couple of hours thing when needed instead of the every 12 hrs which doesn't help with the midway point breakthru pain. I was really suprised that he said I could take Tylenol Arthritis and percocet. So thats what I got. My foot is so swollen today the worst I've seen it.
I had to email my surgeon today as he's sending me to back to work on the 18th (4hrs per day)which was to be sitting only. I got home and re read the return to work note and it says nothing about sitting only. My job requires me to lift, carry 50lbs while climbing a set of stairs on a daily basis. He either has to rewrite it or I can get fired for not complying.
I can't wait to start PT. It has to help. The pool is great. later all

 
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