25 Weeks Post Op - Flat Foot Reconstruction
On February 22nd I under went flat foot reconstruction surgery: calcaneal osteotomy, cotton wedge osteotomy, kidner procedure, and gastroc recession.
I can't believe that in a week I will be 6 months post op. The past 6 months have been the hardest time in my life as I had many set backs and was also having to deal with loosing almost everything when my apartment building caught on fire in June. I remember back in Feb. when I found out about the surgery and wondered how I was ever going to get through it. As I look back now, I honestly can't believe I got through it. Incase you were wondering my set backs included: a pressure sore on my heel (right under where the doctor put in my screws) from getting switched from a cast to a boot at 6 weeks out, severe swelling and pain when I attempted to go back to work at 10 weeks post op - had then go back to only 4 hour days and then was able to return to work full time at 18 weeks post op, the skin around my cotton wedge osteotomy was dying and turning black due to the bone staple that was holding the bone graft into place causing havoc so I under went surgery to remove that on June 2nd. I also had to go back on crutches for a week or two due to havings lots of pain and inflammation and the doctor was worried about a stress fracture - luckily that is back under control again.
I am now currently battling pain in my heel due to the screws. The pain is normally only achy but occassionally I do get severe twinges of pain when I walk. My phsyical therapist thinks its from the bariatric pressure changing. I've been going to PT three times a week since April 7th and still have a few months to go. I am now able to do 60 step ups without pain and 60 leg presses without too much pain. However I am still having trouble with balance and doing things with just my surgical leg. I still am battling lots of tightness, cramps, and muscle knots/adhesions along my calf muscle. I'm really beginning to wonder if my calf muscle will ever get better. At times I'm glad that I under went the surgery and then other times I wonder what the heck I got myself into.
Last edited by april1985; 08-17-2011 at 10:52 AM.