Hi - I'm new to the board and would like some wisdom and tips. I am scheduled for a sliding calcaneal osteomy on my left foot. I'm waiting until July so at least I can have good weather to sit outside, and my husband home (he's a teacher).
I am excited/nervous. I was born with flat feet , 45 years ago when there wasn't much attention paid to that. I've sprained my ankles several times each, get flare-ups of plantar faciitis and my ankles constantly ache. I've had orthotics several years, but it's just not enough anymore.
*What can I do to prepare myself for surgery? I'm trying to balance staying in shape with not stressing my feet, so I am cycling and doing weight lifting only on machines where I don't put on pressure (leg extensions and curls). What else could I do?
* Reading these forums, it seems everyone has some tendon transfer or other procedure in addition to the c.o. My doctor says I don't need that. Why wouldn't I?
*The doc also says the 75% of the time when he does one foot, it compensates enough so that he doesn't have to do the other. I went for a second opinion; this doc agreed with the surgery, but said that I would definitely have to have both done. What's been others' experience?
*I have to work and am looking at 8 weeks off w/ full pay after that it's just disability - is it realistic to think I could go back after 8 weeks? I'm a social worker, I suppose I could use a knee walker in the office.