[QUOTE=Zoeys Grammy;4825287]My tibial tendon transfer and subtalar fusion was June 6. I feel as though I've progressed; having gone from the wheelchair to the walker and now the cane.
I drove the car today..first time in 2 1/2 months...was great to do that! Problem is that I went into a store with the cane and the aircast on my operated foot.
I ended up having terrible heel pain; even while wearing the aircast. I had immediate relief as soon as I sat down. No way could I have done much looking around. I had to come home.
My question is; For those of you who have had the same surgery, did you have severe pain in the bottom of your heel after walking for awhile; wearing the aircast?
I have appt. with my surgeon next week. The therapist thinks that he will tell me that I don't have to wear the aircast anymore. Bet it'll really be painful when I'm just wearing shoes; although, I'm very much looking forward to wearing a pair of shoes.
I thank you. Zoeys Grammy
I was nonweight bearing at 9 or 10 weeks. When getting into the boot, I used 2crutches for several weeks because everything hurt a lot, then I used one crutch. After maybe 4-5 weeks of that, I wasn't quite full weight bearing when I put on sneakers and then I was back on two crutches again until it felt better. So my take on your pain ZG is that it's normal.
About the screws: I got better steadily until I was 6 months post surgery and by then I walked sometimes even without a limp. Then the pain started to go the other way and began to hurt more. That's when I had the screws out. However, I have read on these boards others' stories where the folks that needed the screws out their foot hurt from the very beginning. At least that's what I remember.
Since the screw removal for me only helped the discomfort at the back of the heel and up into the achilles, I assume the screw was causing that pain. I still have pain on the outside of the bottom of foot, and the 4th and 5th metarsals due to the shift in weight bearing from the angle at which the joint is fused.
Adjusting my orthotic (a couple of weeks ago) helped some, but as I'm trying to be more mobile I find my metarsals and bottom of the foot and heel hurt a lot every day. Less with sneakers, more with more conventional shoes. Sometime ago, one of my doctors suggested I might have an overative nerve. And I need to discuss that possibilty with my surgeon when I contact him with the status since he adjusted the orthotic.