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Old 06-17-2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

Okay, my PT said I can wear a sandal, but only those with a back to them to hold them on the heel. Anybody with suggestions. I am getting frustrated and impatient and don't want to waste more money. Are Clarks any good?

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

i have clarks sandals and they are great. make sure they are wide enough. walk in them at home as much as you can and if they are not comfortable, then return them. i am also very fond of shoe stretchers(target). they widen the toe box. good luck!

 
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:16 PM   #3
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

The most comfortable sandals I have found (that have great arch support) are Finn Comfort. They're pricey, but the only sandals I have found that I have found that really feel good on my feet.

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

Peggy, Did you have a 1st MTP fusion?

 
Old 06-18-2010, 09:40 AM   #5
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Yes, I did, but that was just a part of my surgery. I've also had a tendon transfer and calcaneal osteotomy for posterior tibial tendon issues. Because of my PTTD problems, I need to have a shoe that has good support. Plus the Finn Comforts have a removable footbed so you can also take it out and put custom orthotics in it.

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

[QUOTE=PeggyJM;4268979]Yes, I did, but that was just a part of my surgery. I've also had a tendon transfer and calcaneal osteotomy for posterior tibial tendon issues. Because of my PTTD problems, I need to have a shoe that has good support. Plus the Finn Comforts have a removable footbed so you can also take it out and put custom orthotics in it.[/QUOTE]
Thanks, I saw the Finn's on Zappos and they are quite expensive ($235 for the sandals I like). I may try them. Had my surgery in late January and still have pain. Doc keeps telling me it will take time. Did you find this to be true?

 
Old 06-18-2010, 09:56 AM   #7
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

I had the PTTD surgery done on my left foot 7 years ago and got tired of not being able to be comfortable in any shoes than my New Balance athletic shoes plus orthotics when I found the Finn Comforts. They are expensive ($235 sounds about right) but I feel like I can look fairly "normal" in them. I had my right foot done in April (which included the 1st MTP fusion) so I'm not in my Finn Comforts yet, but am looking forward to not having so much pain anymore! My doctor said that he has one of his patients with an MTP fusion that runs in triathalons so I'm optimistic about being able to walk painfree. I'm not there quite yet! (I'm 10 weeks post-surgery.) I decided long ago, though, that I don't care so much how much it cost as long as I can find something that looks decent that I can walk in without pain!

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

So you just got a fusion in April? I am just wondering how long before I am pain-free.

 
Old 06-18-2010, 10:23 AM   #9
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Yes, my fusion was done in April along with the tendon transfer and calcaneal osteotomy. I don't have any pain in the area of the fusion, though. Maybe because that was the "minor" part of the surgery I had done. Did you have anything done besides the fusion? For my other surgery, they didn't fuse the 1st MTP, but did an arthrodesis of the subtalar instead. I had such severe arthritis in my big toe from my foot being out of alignment, this time, though, that they did the 1st MTP instead. I asked my doc how it would affect my walking and he said it shouldn't affect it at all because of the angle that it is set at I can still sort of roll up on the ball of my foot when I walk.Did you have anything done besides the 1st MTP fusion?

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

Had a previous bunionectomy in April 2008. Developed arthritis in joint and had sesmoid problems. Still having pain issues and am going to PT. I am worried that my original pain before surgery is still there.

 
Old 06-18-2010, 10:38 AM   #11
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I'm sure it is discouraging to feel like you still have the same pain you had before surgery! I had a previous cheilectomy as a stop gap measure and I ended up feeling like I went through that surgery for nothing. Have they said why you developed the problems in the first place? In my case, the reason I had the problem with my big toe was due to the pronation of my foot from the PTTD. The cheilectomy only treated the symptoms and not the underlying cause. How long did your doctor say the recovery period is? In my case, it is supposed to take 6-12 months, but mostly because of the tendon issues. I can honestly say that I have zero pain in my 1st MTP, but maybe if that is all I had done, I would still have pain there. Maybe I just don't notice the MTP because my ankle and tendons still hurt? Have you gone for a 2nd opinion? Good luck! It is so depressing to have pain when you walk!

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

Went to a podiatrist for another opinion. He said it will take time. The OS keeps saying nothing is mechanically wrong either. Yes, it is depressing and ruining my life. I am searching for answers because I don't believe I should have this much pain this far out. I don't think doctors want to admit if something is wrong.

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

[QUOTE=Chubstercat;4268271]Okay, my PT said I can wear a sandal, but only those with a back to them to hold them on the heel. Anybody with suggestions. I am getting frustrated and impatient and don't want to waste more money. Are Clarks any good?[/QUOTE]

I would find a sandal that my orthotic could fit right in.. Many shoe stores carry those type of styles.. Clarks are good so are NEUTS

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

what does the pt say about your pain?

 
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Re: Shoes after 1st MTP Fusion

She is not sure either, she said it could be a nerve. I told her to suggest a CT scan in her notes to the doc. I see him on Thursday. She also suggested pain management, but I feel that will be a waste of time and money and I want a definite answer as to the problem. I don't know if the doc will go for a CT scan. I know he will take an x-ray and that will probably look fine, but if I am still in pain I need an answer as to why.

 
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