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    Old 01-27-2020, 05:09 AM   #1
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    Preparing for PTT surgery ... FIRST post

    Hi everyone, I appreciate all the information I have found on this board. I apologize if this is long... I am a 60 year old female, retired firefighter and very active wife, dog mom and orchid enthusiast. I go to the gym (prior to this mess) 6 days a week and do 4-5 miles a day walking my doberman. I have had a lifetime of aches and pains because of my job and lifestyle. I had questionably successful bunion surgery on the left foot in 2002 so that has been especially challenging. Last September I had a hysterectomy and while NOT walking the dog OR working out I somehow managed to tear a meniscus in my RIGHT knee and the posterior tibial tendon in my LEFT ankle. Iím nothing if not talented! I am seeing orthopedic specialists from the same group, for both problems. The foot doc says the injury was probably due to my totally flat foot I have apparently always had but was worsened by the bunion surgery. Because of this I will also need the reconstruction for that. Although my knee has felt unstable, a cortisone injection took away most of the pain and I have been able to walk on it, carefully. The foot has been in a boot since 12/4 and it was just decided that the ankle surgery needs to be done first and then the foot. The ankle is being done this Friday and the foot is schedules for 3 weeks after. I know all that have posted come from different levels of age, health, physical fitness, lifestyle and family life and responsibilities. I choose to believe that because I am healthy, physically active and at a normal weight for my height, and have bomb proof support at home, I will heal quickly. I am familiar with being totally NWB because the podiatrist that did my bunion surgery had me in a hard cast for 12 weeks. My questions are.....any opinions on the closeness of the two surgeries? I am already having hip and back issues from the difficulty walking and I am loosing my mind with the constant discomfort and the inability to work out so I am all for doing them as fast as possible but I donít want to be dumb about it. Realistically, how long did you guys spend totally resting with leg elevated at all times? Once I can be up on crutches, can I let my pain level dictate how active I can be or am I being dumb again? Has everyone been able to return to activities and lifestyles? I havenít been able to run since my bunion surgery but I am typically on my feet all day. I donít have any choice but to do these surgeries I just wanted some input from those who have gone through it already.

     
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    Old 02-07-2020, 09:39 PM   #2
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    Re: Preparing for PTT surgery...FIRST post

    Hi Pandamom
    By now you will have already had your ankle surgery and should be recuperating....hope it is going well and you are no longer in pain. Your questions- closeness of the 2 surgeries: It doesnít sound like they are too close if your surgeon agrees- I had PTT reconstruction and bunion repair done at same time ( at age 58). The PTT was a full tendon replacement and calcaneal cut and shift. I was NWB, completely, for 6 weeks. Foot elevated above my nose most of my waking day. No problems with both issues handled at same time.
    2nd question -once on crutches, how active- yes, your pain level, including much swelling, will dictate how active you can, and should, be. Swelling is an issue, and needs to be minimized and treated (regular elevation and icing)
    3rd question: return to activities and lifestyle- yes. Everyone is different, and these surgeries are not simple or fast to heal, but if all goes well, and you do your therapy and allow your body to heal, you can be active once again. My surgery was one and a half years ago. I am as active as I used to be and no longer have pain. It can be a long journey, but well worth it, in my experience
    Good luck and follow advice to elevate and stay off foot until itís time!

     
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    Re: Preparing for PTT surgery...FIRST post

    Thank you so much for your comforting reply. I am hopeful this will finally put closure to this aggravating issue. My knee was done last week and has really been a non-issue. Ankle surgery is scheduled for the 19th. I’m hoping for the same outcome you have enjoyed.

     
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    line breaks make easier to read. Maybe edit posts and add some.

    Physically therapy will probably be the most important thing you can do. They will give you lot more advice than the doc. Doc may just tell you do as much as you can, with respect to pain level, after you get past restrictions.
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    Old 02-24-2020, 06:37 PM   #5
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    Re: Preparing for PTT surgery ... FIRST post

    Hi Pandamom,

    How are you doing? I hoping you will post and update on your surgery and condition. I'm in a very similar situation as you, torn posterior tibal tendonin L foot from pronating that I didn't realize was this serious. I'm 73 though and the some Drs don't want to do surgery and have "politely" said I'm too old. Two others said I'm fine but it's a long road of recovery. Othotics hurt and have caused limping along with adding to my R knee pain. I'm reading up on everything I can about the surgery and others experience. This has been quite painful and very debilitating so I really want to do something.

    Hopefully, you will post your progress and I wish you a very fast recovery.
    Thanks, Diana

     
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