I'm 26 years old, and I'm preparing to have surgery to repair a tear in my posterior tibial tendon on Friday. I've struggled with foot pain in my left foot for the last 2 years. I finally went to a podiatrist in January 2010, and he told me that I had plantar fasciitis. That diagnosis made sense to me; my mom struggles with PF, and after years of competitive and college volleyball, I figured I'd just over-used my poor foot. After the orthotics, stretches, and multiple cortisone shots, he suggested that we try the Topaz procedure. In July 2010, I had the surgery and was hopeful that it would fix my problem. Within 3 months, I was in worse pain than I was to begin with. I kept telling the doctor that I was still hurting; his only solution was to give me more cortisone shots.
I realized that I had to do something different; I was in pain, and it didn't seem that my doctor was quite getting it. So, in May of 2011, I decided to see another podiatrist. After hearing my story, looking at X-rays and a quick ultrasound, he decided to give me another cortisone shot in a different area to see if this was possibly a nerve issue. A couple of weeks later, he decided (based on the cortisone shot temporarily relieving some pain) that I had Baxter's Nerve Entrapment. And of course, the only treatment was surgery. I wasn't too excited about surgery involving the nerves, so I decided to wait a while before I made a decision.
In the meantime, the pain was increasing and traveling. I had constant pain from the arch of my foot up through the back of my leg into my calf. Having played sports my entire life, I've had my share of MRI's, and I just felt like I needed some type of diagnostic test before I just jumped into another surgery that would end up making things worse again. I decided to see an orthopedic/sports medicine doctor... and low and behold, she ordered an MRI and a nerve conduction test. After 2 MRI's (apparently the first one didn't get enough of my leg), they determined that I have a tear in my posterior tibial tendon. I, like so many others, tried the boot (which I've been wearing now for a month), and it really only gave me slightly more comfort than my dress shoe. So, I'm now eagerly anticipating surgery on Friday. I'm ready for a permanent fix.
All of that rambling to say, I'm curious about the recovery. My doctor told me to tell my employer that I'd be out of work for 2 weeks, but being a fairly new employee, I indicated to my boss that I'm hopeful to return after a week off. I had back surgery in the Spring of 2005, and after a week off from school, I was able to go back to class. Of course, mobility was limited, and I was in some pain, but I was able to function. That being said, I'm feeling pretty confident that I can head back to work after a week of concentrated rest (I'm at my desk most hours of the day... outside of walking to and from the parking lot and and an occasional trip to the printer). Is that realistic? I know everyone handles pain and surgery differently, but I just thought I'd see if anyone had any insight/suggestions. I'm mainly nervous about the cast and the stitches as I've never experienced the joy of either one
Also, I tend to get nauseated as a result of anesthesia and pain meds, so I'm praying that I won't be throwing up in conjunction with being crippled! I am super thankful that this is all happening to my left foot; not being able to drive would certainly complicate things considerably.
So, any advice/tips on the recovery process would be appreciated. Or, if anyone has suggestions on items I need to have during the recovery process, then that would be helpful as well. Glad I stumbled upon this blog. I feel like less of a weirdo now that I know other people have struggled through this as well!