Ok, I did it. Scheduled my surgery. Freaking out, but i know it's for the best. I feel like I fully understand the procedures, and understand the recovery and what to expect. I'm slowly coming to terms with it. So my question now - what happens longer term? I know I will never be 100% again, but hopefully it will get me closer than I am right now. Dr. told me to never expect to run again, but I should be able to do anything else i want. That doesn't thrill me, but I can deal with it.
So once I hit that year mark, when everyone says you're "recovered" - what does that mean? The dr mentioned orthotics - do I have to wear them forever? Every time I'm on my feet? Does that mean cute shoes/flip flops are out forever (I live in flip flops in the summer but can't bring myself to ask the guy who's about to reconstruct my arch if I can ever wear them again
How much limitations will I have in what I can do? I'm in my late 30's, I have young kids, I was very active before all this started. I want to be able to regain as much of that as I can, and I have a lot of active years ahead of me.
Should I expect problems years down the road? Is this something when I'm in my 50s or 60s or whatever gives me problems again for some reason?
My head is spinning with questions, I so appreciate being able to read everyone's experiences who have been through it and are so much farther along than I am.
Oh, the procedures I am having are PT tendon repair/FDL tendon transfer, lengthening the Achilles, calcaneal osteotomy, lateral column lengthening and reparing the spring ligament, if he finds damage to it.