I am 1 yr. post op today from a calcaneal osteotomy sliding heal with 1 screw, pttd, tendon transfer, and gastroc recession. I told myself I would post to tell all of you what I can now do at my 1 year mark. I always tried to find a post on a 1 yr veteran and couldn't. I feel it gives me hope to have someone say where they are and what we have to look forward to.
I was a big runner (6 miles a day) before I started having tendion problems and pain. I can now walk aprox a mile without any discomfort. I am wearing tennis shoes with orthotics every day. Just discovered Brooks makes one for pronation - love it.
I can do 45 min on an eliptical at the gym and can jog on a treadmill at a 4.8 for 10 min. I just started wearing an arch supported sandal by Mophisto 2 weeks ago. It was sooooo wonderful to bear my naked toes. I can do a leg press at the gym and am walking the entire store of Walmart without having to park my car, shop, go out and move my car to the other end and finish shopping. Yayyyy. SO, I would say I am about 85% recovered. I don't think I will ever be a runner again. Too afraid to be. I would love to be able to go on a 3-4 mile walk, but I am hoping that is in my near future. I still have to ice and elevate on occassion especially after a long day. No high heals yet, but hopefully that will also be in my near future. I also can go barefoot on the beach for a short distance and around the house with no problem. I can do a single leg standing calf raise on my surgical foot. I still do not have very good balance on that single foot nor do I have much toe strength. I can not pick up things with my toes any longer on that surgical foot and I don't think that will ever happen again. I still have a spot on the outside of my heal that is numb. I am definately much better than I was prior to surgery. My biggest recovery has just been in the last 2 months. I continue to do PT myself at my home gym. By the way, do hip strengthening excersises (my PT recommended it), this takes pressure off of your feet. Once my hips got stronger, I really started to see a better recovery. This is a very long recovery process, don't give up.
Hang in there friends. Love to you all.
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The Following User Says Thank You to 12girlygirl For This Useful Post: lightstepper (09-10-2011)
Thanks for all the encouraging words! I hope to be that well off when I'm 1 year post op. I'm a little over six months post calcaneal osteotomy, gastroc recession, cotton wedge osteotomy, and kidner procedure. I'm slowly making progress in PT. Finally got put on a muscle relaxer so that has been helping with the muscle tightness and pain. Having to take one day at a time and looking forward to be where you are at!
That is wonderful news and thanks for your post. Congrats! I am creeping up on the 6 month mark. My physical therapy has moved into the strengthen zone and I'm doing a lot of leg/hip kinds of things along with balance. I'd say if PT ended right now, I'd be just fine, but I can use all the strengthening I can get for both legs! I still have a limp and haven't gotten the orthodic thing straightened out yet. Such a long process!!
"All American Procedure" surgery April 4, 2011
Hardware removal July 14, 2011
12girlygirl: Congratulations on this enormous milestone. It's a great feeling to finally get to that point where you really can begin to do the things you want to do and to be able to do it without pain.
Thank you for your post. I am 13 weeks post op and doing very well, but know there is a long road yet ahead. I'm anxiously waiting for the next big step, driving again. I go this week to see if I will get the go ahead. Eventually, I would like to do a Sprint triathalon, subbing a walk for the run...I am hoping I might be able to do it next summer, but realize it may take longer.
I am almost at the 6 month mark as well. I'm still limping along but seeing a slow improvement. Still my major problem is the sharp pain in my heel when pushing off. I still wonder if the screw in my heel will need removing. Looking forward to being where you are one day.
Nice to hear from everybody. I have to say, at my 6-8 month mark I was having a melt down. I thought I should be further along than I was because my surgeon said I would be walking 3 miles by my 6 month mark and I was soooo far from that. In fact, I was planning on going to Mayo clinic at my 1 year mark if I felt I wasn't where I should be. I guess I was a late bloomer and I am greatful I started praying for Patience because I did finally get there. So, hang in there everyone. There is definately light at the end of the tunnel. Great to hear from you MissyLuke and RoxyGirl. Glad you girls are healing.
I'm glad everyone is doing well. I am 15 weeks post-op and doing spin classes 3x/week now and hoping to go back to work in a couple of weeks. So glad I had this surgery and still progressing--still having aches and pains. Is there anyone whose had both feet done? I noticed a great deal of stress this surgery placed on the non-surgical foot, so I am dreading it. How long between surgeries?
Congratulations on reaching the one year mark. It sure has had its ups and downs hasn't it? Everything we have all been through has really been worth it. The questions, hopes and fears we faced and yes the frustrations. They really seem like a lifetime ago.
The Following User Says Thank You to Missyluke For This Useful Post: Logan331 (09-29-2011)
Hi I have never posted on here, but I have visited a few times to read how other people are handling their problems, I fell down a pothole in our local park was initially sent home but after another xray the fracture was spotted. I have had surgery have 3 plates and screws that was back in October 2010 I still get pain and swelling and walk very slowly and not very far. I am finding it very difficult to accept, I thought by this time I would be back with my walking group. Maybe it is down to my age that I am not recovering as well as some on this site, I am now 65 but have always been fit and healed quickly, but I will keep on with the excercises and massaging the foot. Hopefully I will one day get back to my walking.
The following user gives a hug of support to marmar61: lightstepper (09-28-2011)
Thank you very much for the hug lightstepper, no I have not asked to see another Dr. I hadnt really thought about it. I will have a look on the internet and see if there are other specialists. Thanks for replying to me.