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Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-28-2015, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Finally got a second opinion --- more surgery on the horizon

I had a bone graft (lateral column lengthening) and never had a problem with it. I had the plate out last year, but no issues with the graft itself.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-17-2015, 06:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Flat foot surgery. All American procedure

Calcaneal Osteotomy, Lateral Column Lenghtening, FDL Transfer, Gastroc Recession.

I had knee/hip pain before I had surgery, but none since.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-17-2015, 05:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Flat foot surgery. All American procedure

I did - a little over two years ago. The recovery is incredibly long and challenging, but my outcome was good. I am able to wear any shoes I want (this was a huge concern for me as I was not sure I...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-17-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Hardware removed after reconstructive foot surgery?

I had the plate removed from the outside of my foot and it made a huge difference. I had it removed just over a year after surgery. I was in a lot of pain, and the pain was relieved as soon as the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-13-2015, 05:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 512
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Air travel 8 weeks after PTTD surgery?

I flew around 16 weeks. I was out of the boot by then and in a shoe, but the dr suggested I wear the boot in the airport and on the plane, which I did. It was only a 2 hour flight, and it was...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-24-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 278
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Having screws removed 6 months after calcaneal injury op

I had hardware removed from my foot earlier this year and it was honestly no big deal. I did not have general anesthesia (twilight and a local), and the surgery was so quick that I woke up and felt...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-24-2014, 05:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 280
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: "Pre-hab" for ankle surgery?

If you're going to be on crutches, I would definitely say having your upper body in shape is helpful. Crutches were brutal on my upper body until I got used to them. Same thing if you're NWB -...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-09-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 651
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: 5 1/2 months post PTTD surgery -- over-correction?

I had this too - it took a long time for my big toe to touch the floor again when I walked, and a lot of PT and conscious effort. Honestly, I don't remember how long now, but it's been almost two...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 07-21-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Screw removal surgery Questions.

I had a plate and screws removed from my foot in February, I still have the screws from the calcaneal osteotomy, so not exactly the same...but this procedure was a breeze compared to my first...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-24-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Foot surgery complications

I had flatfoot reconstruction Dec. 2012. I have had pain where the lateral column lenghthening, I kept telling myself it was just the healing process, but once I hit a year, I knew that pain was not...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-19-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Not my daughter - it's me this time: PTTD

I so hear you...definitely where I was. I was at the point where I felt like my choices wer either live with it, or do the surgery...and living with it just wasn't realistic for me, especially at my...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-19-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Not my daughter - it's me this time: PTTD

Your situation sounds similar to mine. Always had normal arches, no issues with my feet (although now, I believe problems I've had throughout my life with my hip and knee on that side may have been...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-24-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 614
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: When did you start PT after PTTD surgery?

I started at 7 weeks, as soon as I went from the cast to the boot. At first they just did work on the scars and ROM exercises, I didn't start anything weight bearing for a week or two. I loved...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-14-2014, 07:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 405
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Incisions

my incisions bothered me for quite a while, especially the one on my heel. once i was in the boot I put one of those gel heel inserts in the boot and it helped a lot. Funny enough the incision on...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-14-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 210
Posted By NCgirl96
Hardware Removal - lateral column lengthening?

Anyone had the plate removed from a lateral column lengthening? I had PTTD surgery a little over a year ago, and am having pain where the plate is. I'm scheduled to have it removed next week. Just...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-13-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: When did you know you made the right decision?

Once I was in the boot and had more range of motion and could tell the pain I had for so long before surgery was gone, I was pretty sure it was the right decision. Then, once I started PT and could...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-10-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Transportation home from Hospital?

I did not take a pain pill before leaving the hospital, but I left less than two hours after I came out of surgery. The nurse told me the first nerve block would likely wear off sometime that...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-09-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Boot at night after 8 weeks post op?

When I went into the boot (at 7 weeks), my dr said I could do what was comfortable at night. He said there was no need to sleep in it, but some people are more comfortable with it at first. He also...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-02-2014, 07:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: February 5 foot surgery

When I got the nerve blocks, they had already started my iv and given me medicine to "relax" me. I remember the anesthesioligist coming and explaining what he would be doing, and prepping me for it...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-01-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: February 5 foot surgery

I had FDL transfer, calcaneal osteotomy, lateral column lengthening, and gastroc recession....sounds maybe somewhat similar to yours? I was terrified of the pain because I had heard how horrible it...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-31-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,331
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PTTD surgery coming up - 2/24

I can't remember what the ice machine is actually called. You fill one part of it with ice and water, then it's got tubing attached to a sleeve that goes around your foot/ankle. I rented the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-31-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,331
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PTTD surgery coming up - 2/24

I had similar procedures to you - FDL transfer, lateral column lengthening, calcaneal osteotomy and gastroc recession. Agree with everyone's advice above, the other thing that comes to mind for me...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-31-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Transportation home from Hospital?

I had PTTD surgery just over a year ago. Mine was outpatiend, so I was on my way home about 2 hours after surgery was done. I rode in the back seat with my leg straight across the length of the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-30-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 913
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Starting week 4, can't sleep, feeling down

I kept ice on at night the first 3 or 4 nights but felt like I could do okay without it at night after that. I never used a wedge pillow, I just piled up a whole bunch of regular pillows. At first...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-30-2014, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 496
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Realistic to be out of cast at 3 weeks post PTTD surgery

3 weeks seems early to be out of the cast, but maybe you could have the cast changed? If you explain to the cast technician exactly where the discomfort is hopefully they could help address that in...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-29-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 913
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Starting week 4, can't sleep, feeling down

I had a hard time sleeping as well. I think my body was thrown off with the anesthesia and painkillers the first few days, then the discomfort of trying to sleep on my back and keep my foot elevated...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-26-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Pain from screw in ankle???

I had surgery Dec. 2013. My foot feels great, other than where the plate is from the bone graft from the lateral column lengthening. It also doesn't look normal - I can feel and see the plate under...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-22-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: What I've learned after two flat foot surgeries

Great post. I learned a lot reading on the boards before my surgery but there was so much I wasn't ready for or expecting. A silly thing for me - all of my yoga pants (that I lived in after...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-17-2014, 05:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 994
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Do boots and hard casts really prevent surgery for PTTD?

For me, no. On my left foot, tried the boot, brace, and PT, and ended up with surgery anyway. I was glad we did all the conservative treatments first and didn't jump right into surgery, but in the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-13-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Sore and unsteady

I stepped off a curb wrong 4 months ago, and sprained my ankle. Xrays showed no damage. MRI showed a severe bone bruise and sprain. At this point, it's healing, but it's still painful. I can tell...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-12-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PT recommendation after PTTD ankle reconstruction

I used the PT affiliated with the doctor's office I used. I liked that they could communicate easily, so if my PT had questions about my progress, or whether it was okay to try something new, he...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-10-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,454
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Partial Weight Bearing in Cast (HELP)

Yikes, PWB in a boot was hard enough, a cast has to be really tough! I had a walking cast on a few months ago, and the cast tech had me walk in it before he finished it to make sure I could walk,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-10-2014, 05:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: The time is finally here...

Pesher - we had surgery around the same time last year, I had mine on 12/3. Just saw my dr this week, the screws from the osteotomy are fine but I am having the plate from the lateral column...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-08-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Late 2012 PTTD folks... how y'all doing?

Hi, it would be a stretch to call me a "runner" :), but I was running a few miles several days a week prior to my foot issues, not a long distance runner by any stretch, but here's my deal. My kids...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 01-02-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,999
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Popliteal Nerve Block for PTT surgery, any regrets?

I had two blocks as well. Now a year later, I forget which was which, but I had one that lasted the day of surgery (I had surgery early in the morning and it wore off that evening) and a second that...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-29-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,999
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Popliteal Nerve Block for PTT surgery, any regrets?

I had the same procedures as you and had a popliteal nerve block. Not one single regret. It made the pain soooo much more manageable and I had no issues whatsoever.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-23-2013, 05:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: post op foot reconstruction ?'s

I had the same procedures as you, my first post op appointment was 10 days, where I got the staples removed and a cast. That appointment was with the doctor. Next appointment was at 6 weeks, when...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-20-2013, 05:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 603
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Microfracture OCD Surgery -- Cant Sleep

My sleep schedule was way off after I had surgery, it was beyond frustrating. The first few days I slept a lot during the day, which I would never normally do, and I think between that, the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 12-17-2013, 05:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By NCgirl96
Exclamation Re: 3 days til cast removal: what to do for scar, care, etc.?

I started with a long hot shower and let my leg just soak in the hot water. I couldn't bear weight on it yet, so I just sat on the shower chair and let the leg soak in the water. I used an...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-27-2013, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Late 2012 PTTD folks...how y'all doing?

Ginger, I remember reading your posts last year, your surgery was just before mine (I had surgery the beginning of December), so your posts were immensely helpful. Coming up on a year next week, I...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-18-2013, 04:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,989
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: First Steps: How to begin walking again after foot surgery

I had different surgery than you (other than the PT tendon), but, spent 7 weeks NWB. Moved to a boot and got the okay to start partial weight bearing in the boot. I had no idea what that meant. Dr...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-30-2013, 07:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PTT Repair and starting PWB-what to expect??

Agreed about the pain meds - I did not go back to prescription pain meds but I did find I needed to take OTC pain relievers, where I hadn't taken any for weeks before getting the cast off.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-30-2013, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 560
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PTT Repair and starting PWB-what to expect??

I had PTT surgery almost a year ago, so the details are already a bit fuzzy, but, from what I can remember...

When I got the cast off, they put one of those white cast socks (whatever they're...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-21-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,324
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Running/athletic after PTTD surgery?

mmamom, your experience sounds very similar to mine. I'm almost 11 months out now, and feel like I'm probably pretty close to what "normal" will be. I really have no pain anymore, and don't feel...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-18-2013, 05:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,324
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Running/athletic after PTTD surgery?

Sinclair, I definitely understand where you're at. It took me a long time to decide to have the surgery. I tried every conservative option there was, while my foot continued to get worse. Once...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-18-2013, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 107
Posted By NCgirl96
re: 10 months post fdl transfer calcaneal ost

Vikkio, I had surgery a few months before you - Dec. 2012, so I'm almost a year out now. I wore actual real heels for the first time this past week, like you, I've been able to do platform heels but...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-07-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PTTD Surgery coming Oct 21 - what to expect?

Yes, I had the block, the pain pump, and oxycodone pills. I wasn't expecting the pain pump, only the block, until the anesthiologist came in told me what he was doing. When the nurse was giving me...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-07-2013, 07:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PTTD Surgery coming Oct 21 - what to expect?

Yikes, didn't say that with the intention of scaring anyone...I'm probably exagerating some when I say how awful it was, but really, it was by far the hardest time I had and the only time I really...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-07-2013, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 977
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: Sleeping after reconstruction surgery

Sounds like your surgery is very similar to mine, so there are incisions on bottom of foot and both sides. I am also a side sleeper, but found with lots of pillows it wasn't so bad. I propped it so...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-04-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By NCgirl96
Re: PTTD Surgery coming Oct 21 - what to expect?

I had similar surgery 10 months ago - FDL tendon transfer, calcaneal osteotomy, lateral column lengthening and gastroc recession. So here goes....

- My surgery was outpatient, I was home less...
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