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    Old 12-26-2014, 11:52 PM   #1
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    Pttd surgery purple foot

    I know it is normal for my foot to turn purple after pttd surgery but how long is it before it will stop turning purple when my foot is down?

     
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    Old 12-27-2014, 05:07 AM   #2
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    I don't remember how long it took but it was awhile. nd it was a long time before the swelling went down significantly.
    Not a comforting thought, but it is a long road to recovery. Hang in there.

     
    Old 12-27-2014, 05:15 AM   #3
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    Thanks LaurainVA. I only had my surgery 9 weeks ago. The swelling is better but it doesn't take much for it to swell back up but the purple colour doesn't seem to be going at all. My whole lower leg is purple when my leg is down. Which is not really a problem but it will be nice when it decides that everything is working well enough to stay the correct colour. How long ago did you have your surgery?

     
    Old 12-27-2014, 05:35 AM   #4
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    It will be one year ago on January 14th! It has been a long process and I am glad to have it behind me.

     
    Old 12-27-2014, 05:50 AM   #5
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    How is your foot now LaurainVA? Are you happy with the results?

     
    Old 12-27-2014, 07:35 AM   #6
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    I am pretty happy with the results.
    It took months to start walking well and I did have some persistent pain in my knees over the last four months but recently discovered that that pain was mainly due to my having undiagnosed arthritis in both knees. Steroid injections made a huge difference.
    I still have difficulty with doing heel raises on my surgical foot(left) but now I can walk up hill much better than I was able to do before surgery. I don't know that I can run but I get around much better than I could for the two years before the surgery.

     
    Old 12-27-2014, 02:12 PM   #7
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    Sorry to hear about your knees. I guess your knees would make running hard too. I am really hoping that I will be able to run. The surgeon said that's unlikely but the Physio is more optimistic. And I guess it will be 12 months before I can try. Do you know why you can't do heal raises? Do you still have any pain in your foot?

     
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

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    I am pretty happy with the results.
    It took months to start walking well and I did have some persistent pain in my knees over the last four months but recently discovered that that pain was mainly due to my having undiagnosed arthritis in both knees. Steroid injections made a huge difference.
    I still have difficulty with doing heel raises on my surgical foot(left) but now I can walk up hill much better than I was able to do before surgery. I don't know that I can run but I get around much better than I could for the two years before the surgery.
    Laurain...I had my surgery 2 days after you. It tooks months for me to start walking well also. Around the end of October I started feeling much stronger and was able to be on my feet for much longer periods of time at work. I was even able to finally do a single heel raise, and was so excited about that. Then, around the beginning of December all of a sudden everything shut down and I began to get really sore again. I can't seem to recover. Saw my surgeon a little over a week ago and he is sending me to one of his colleagues for a consult to see if its a buildup of scar tissue. He says he thinks the tendon transfer is OK, but is also leaning towards the possibility of arthritis, and even mentioned another surgery. He said he's trying to do what he can to keep me from that. I don't know, it doesn't feel like arthritis to me, it feels a lot like it did before surgery, like my tendon is going bad again. I'm considering going to someone else for a second opinion. So frustrating that I went through all that only to be in the same place a year later. Still hoping things will turn around soon but getting more and more doubtful as time goes on.
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    Thanks LaurainVA. I only had my surgery 9 weeks ago. The swelling is better but it doesn't take much for it to swell back up but the purple colour doesn't seem to be going at all. My whole lower leg is purple when my leg is down. Which is not really a problem but it will be nice when it decides that everything is working well enough to stay the correct colour. How long ago did you have your surgery?
    Twinkley Toes...Are you walking yet? I noticed once I started walking more, the discoloration started to go away, but it still took awhile. Even now after a year, it still looks that way a little tiny bit after I get out of the shower for some reason. As for the swelling, it took a good 8-9 months before it completely went away. I still have to ice if I have an exceptionally long day on my feet.
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    Old 12-27-2014, 06:02 PM   #10
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    Yes Left Foot, I am walking in an airlift brace. My walking is improving but I am still using my crutches for longer distances like shopping. I know it will take a while for the colouring to stop. Thanks for your reply.

     
    Old 12-28-2014, 05:47 AM   #11
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    Left foot, so sorry to hear that you are having problems.
    Did you have a bone transplant when they did your surgery? They did one on mine because I had arthritic changes to my foot ( that I wasn't aware of). The extra work was why it was so long (5 1/2 months of total NWB) for me to be allowed to start walking but they said that without it my surgery might go bad after 6 to 9 months and I would have to start over.
    I hope that your healing improves and that you don't have to have more surgery.

     
    Old 12-28-2014, 06:00 AM   #12
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    Hi,
    I just thought I'd share that I'm 10 weeks post-op (10/22/14) and my foot still turns purple when standing. My next appt is Jan 22 and I plan to bring it up if it's still happening. Must be common though, if we all see it. I didn't have pttd surgery, I fell off a ladder and have 13 screws and 2 plates in my left heel/foot.

    I'm kinda glad you brought this up, I was beginning to worry about it myself! Not worried anymore since others see it too.

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    Old 12-28-2014, 06:00 AM   #13
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    Twinkly Toes, I can't do the heel raises because the tendon transfer left my calf weak. I was improving but the insurance company decided that I did not need any more PT. My therapist also moved away so I haven't been working on it- I guess that I am being lazy.
    I still have some plantar fasciitis especially when I work on doing heel raises at home but for the most part my foot feels pretty well.

     
    Old 12-28-2014, 10:49 AM   #14
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

    Hi! I am three months out and had PTTD transfer, calcaneal osteotomy and gastroc slide. My foot still turns purple but swelling is really improved. I had some incision problems causing blistering, inflammation and more than expected nerve damage but my PT and surgeon are confident I'll be better than before including running, weight lifting and heel/calf raises. Everyone has very different recoveries but I would definitely be candid with your surgeon, ask questions, call when you have issues, do as you are told, be patient w yourself and you MUST go through PT. I am shocked how many don't. It's made a huge difference for me. I'm in shoes walking with one crutch and PT is focused on working with me on walking barefoot "rolling through the steps".

    It's a crazy long, hard recovery and I have a long way to go but this broad has helped me a ton. GOOD LUCK and happy recovery!!

     
    Old 12-28-2014, 03:55 PM   #15
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    Re: Pttd surgery purple foot

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    Laurain...I had my surgery 2 days after you. It tooks months for me to start walking well also. Around the end of October I started feeling much stronger and was able to be on my feet for much longer periods of time at work. I was even able to finally do a single heel raise, and was so excited about that. Then, around the beginning of December all of a sudden everything shut down and I began to get really sore again. I can't seem to recover. Saw my surgeon a little over a week ago and he is sending me to one of his colleagues for a consult to see if its a buildup of scar tissue. He says he thinks the tendon transfer is OK, but is also leaning towards the possibility of arthritis, and even mentioned another surgery. He said he's trying to do what he can to keep me from that. I don't know, it doesn't feel like arthritis to me, it feels a lot like it did before surgery, like my tendon is going bad again. I'm considering going to someone else for a second opinion. So frustrating that I went through all that only to be in the same place a year later. Still hoping things will turn around soon but getting more and more doubtful as time goes on.
    Hi leftfoot and Laurain hope your holidays are going well!

    I had my Pttd surgery on Sept 15, 2014 I still have major swelling and foot turns dark purple all the time. I had 20 procedures done it was a six and half hour surgery. I don't know all the proper medical terms of each procedure. I do know I have two long titatium screws holding my heel in alignment, I also had my foot broke in three places the one on top was to put in a cadaver bone to a!ign and lenghthen my foot. I also had Achilles tendon lengthened, he cleaned and repaired all the rips in my posterior tibial tendon, he also opened the muscle that runs either over or near my tendon a d released the nerve. I also had a ligament in the same area that was badly torn, he also used a nearby tendon to help strengthen my posterior tibial tendon. He also wrapped my nerve in stem cells after releasing the entrapment. He did many more procedures to many to list, my anesteologist said after surgery that in all his 20 plus years he had never seen so many procedures and six and a half hours of surgery!

    At three weeks post op my cadaver bone was healing on top of my foot ahead of schedule,I did also get an infection and had to go on high dose antibiotics. I went through 3 cast along the way. Then at my 7weeks post op my surgeon said my cadaver bone had quit healing since the last visit. He said he would be ordering I believe it is called a bone stimulator machine that I would have to use two times a day 20min at a time, I received it the Monday after Thanksgiving and have been using ever since. My last post op my surgeon said I am at 70% now that visit was before Christmas. He also made the imprints for my ortho s for my shoes he said this will help the area around my tendon, ligament and nerve release. I get so frustrated I know you all can relate. My surgeon said at last visit that I could 50% weight bear with my cane u til it hurt which does not take long, I had to call my surgeon on Christmas eve because my foot was so dark purple and three times its size, I over did it getting ready for our year!y Christmas eve get together, so he took back the weight bearing and told me to stay off it as much as possible. I will see him again when my orthos come in or before if needed. So take it from me try Not to over do it! I could barely get up for two days I spent Christmas day and the day after on our couch on pain pills and sleeping.

    So left foot I will be praying so hard that you get better without anymore surgery! I look up to you.

    Laura in I am so sorry about all your pain, I pray your recovery goes quick and well, I love this site and all the caring and knowledgeable people here!

    We are all in it for the long haul it's nice to know we are not alone!

    Hugs Theresa

     
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