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Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 08-21-2010, 10:44 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I'm getting near the bottom of stacks of emails I saved to "deal with soon." (Soon--hah.)

Kindercarol, I meant to pass this along to you ages and ages ago. My mom, by the way, is doing great.
...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-13-2010, 06:47 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Sheila, you may want to talk with your pharmacy about ordering you a cast protector so you can go swimming. They're pricey, around $50 depending on the brand, but may be worth it if getting into the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-08-2010, 12:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,488
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Tips on adjusting/recovery after simultaneous double cheilectomy

Mike, have you seen a PT? That will help a lot--I was scared to push the joint as much as it needs to be pushed--having a "professional" monitor me gave me the permission I needed. Plus, there's...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 05-08-2010, 12:42 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Hi Peggy, hi all,

Nice of you to ask after my mom. I spoke with her this morning, and she is doing great! Infections cleared up. Pain not much of an issue anymore. She figured out a way to sit...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-21-2010, 06:41 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Hello all you lovely people!

You are making my head spin with your combined progress. Peggy--50% weight bearing at two WEEKS?! Yowza. You, all of you, are amazing. Thanks for the lovely words,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-16-2010, 04:41 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Peggy, did your magic pillow come with any kind of label or name? That might be useful for anyone trying to find one for their very own.

sending a hug,
Lisa
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-12-2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Peggy, wow! That was a quick surgery! I'm glad the block worked so well. Impressed that they provided you with a pillow! Some posters have mentioned the cut-out. Sounds like a very good idea.
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Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-09-2010, 11:22 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Thanks Carol.

No plans at the present. My husband will be going down this summer when his dad has cataract surgery. It's in the same area, so he'll get to see everyone. I don't get very much time...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-08-2010, 04:27 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Thanks for the kind words, Carol. No, I don't have my hands full, and THAT'S my problem. Well, rather, I've got my hands full here in NC, while my mom is going through all this in FL. Argh.

I...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 04-07-2010, 03:53 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Hi, all you lovely people,

I'm thinking good thoughts at all of you just having surgery.

Well, my mom is doing well. There were some glitches.

She finally mentioned to her surgeon, the day...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-30-2010, 03:21 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I'm on pins and needles waiting for a phone call from my dad. My mom had her surgery today. Last I heard, she was in the recovery room.

hugs to all,
Lisa
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-26-2010, 07:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Carol, Yes, this is one of my favorite sites. I got so much more useful nuts-and-bolts information here than I ever did from my surgeon--don't get me wrong--I chose him very carefully and trust him...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-23-2010, 05:29 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Carol, are you seeing a PT right now? Have your PT watch you do your squats. I was talking particularly about squatting down to pick something up off the floor and then standing right back up again....
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-21-2010, 10:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 263,488
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Tactics for coping while non-weight-bearing after foot surgery

My brother-in-law, an orthopedic surgical nurse, has told me that the OnQ Ball pain pump isn't being used in foot surgery much anymore because some patients suffered some tissue damage, perhaps...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-21-2010, 09:58 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Oops, one more thing.

I keep forgetting to pass this little nugget along. For those of us with PTTD, it would be a very good idea to never, ever, EVER squat and then stand up. Puts enormous stress...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-21-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I've got some catching up to do! Here goes:

Sally, the reason I asked how old your daughter was is because I recently came across one line in a long article about subtalar implants. It suggested...
Board: Neuropathy 03-21-2010, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 34,596
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: very itchy skin at back bra area

I get that, too, right under the middle of the strap that goes across the back, and also under the shoulder straps, in one particular spot. Usually when my bras get a little older. In my case, it's...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-15-2010, 03:42 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Oops, one other thing--your leg is straight, your toes are bent, you're lifting the bag--but not with your leg.

You're lifting the bag by bending your ankle. Your leg stays put.

Sorry for any...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-14-2010, 06:41 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-14-2010, 11:25 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I happened to be visiting my mom (out of state) when she was seeing her surgeon for the first time. When he heard that I was along for the ride because of having had a calcaneal osteotomy and tendon...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-13-2010, 07:50 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Oh Emmie, that just makes me quiver.

Your posts were among the most helpful to me in the time leading up to my surgery. I've been thinking about you, wondering how you're doing these days.
...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-12-2010, 03:43 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I'm doing great! 'Course, I'm like 20 months out... But I've been reliving everything just lately because my 76 year old mom is going to have the same surgery and I'm trying my best to make sure she...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-11-2010, 05:45 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Carol, are you getting any physical therapy? If your surgeon hasn't given you a prescription for PT, just ask. Your PT will help you do the appropriate amount of work and monitor how you're doing....
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-10-2010, 06:17 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Oh, yeah, Frank--about the pins. They stay put unless they're causing problems.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-10-2010, 06:16 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Wowie Frank! Running at 6 months. I'm impressed. So glad you're doing so well.

Kitty, if it's time for you to have the surgery, it's time, and that's it. That sounds kind of zen and I don't mean...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-07-2010, 03:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,175
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Inner ankle pain...scar tiisue??

Forgot to mention--the tears didn't show up on the MRI.

L.
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-07-2010, 03:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 8,175
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Inner ankle pain...scar tiisue??

"Can you get up on your tip toes while standing only on your left foot? That will give you a clue if something is going on with your PTT. If it is hard, painful, or impossible, to get on your tip...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-07-2010, 08:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,488
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Tips on adjusting/recovery after simultaneous double cheilectomy

All I could think when my surgeon told me about that patient is that someone must have made some kind of Tim Taylor "improvement" to it. Even if you put the pad on bare skin, I can't see how it could...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-06-2010, 11:39 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Thank you!

I'm so glad you found your way here. I don't know what I'd have done without this site. I've been back re-reading everything I can find again because my mom is having the same surgery...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 03-06-2010, 11:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,488
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Tips on adjusting/recovery after simultaneous double cheilectomy

You're doing so well! Congrats. Isn't it a relief to be past the first one? Now that you know what to expect, the second one will be a piece of cake, I bet.

I wish my surgeon would have been...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-28-2010, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 263,488
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Tactics for coping while non-weight-bearing after foot surgery

I would add a couple of things:

∑ Sports type pants with the snaps or zippers down the sides work WONDERFULLY!

∑ Keep a remote phone/Cell phone with you at all times within...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-27-2010, 10:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 263,488
Posted By LisaBdot
Tactics for coping while non-weight-bearing after foot surgery

A year and a half ago, I had a calcaneal osteotomy with two pins and a tendon repair and transfer on my left foot and ankle for PTTD, and later, a cheilectomy of my left great toe.

Before my...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-27-2010, 09:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 16,488
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Tips on adjusting/recovery after simultaneous double cheilectomy

Mike, I had a cheilectomy just on one toe. I THINK my recovery was a piece of cake, but that's comparing it to the previous calcaneal osteotomy and tendon transfer. That was work.

Monica, that IS...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-13-2010, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,515
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Disadvantages of Knee Walkers

I loved my knee walker. It made my knee hurt, but I'm too klutzy with the crutches. I did ok hopping with a walker, though.

A couple hints for the knee walker:

Get one of those contoured...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-13-2010, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,332
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: PTTD 3 wks. ago. Questions...

Being under general anesthesia will make you hyper-emotional, as well as spacey. It's similar to the hormone surges of early pregnancy. Lasts about 3 months. I wonder if some of what you've been...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 02-13-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I'm so sorry for not responding sooner.

I'm doing really well. Got a job I love. I don't have to think about my foot all the time. Love that. I'm actually seeing my PT right now--for my shoulder....
Board: Allergies 06-09-2009, 07:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,550
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Allergies around cats SOMETIMES.

I'm actually here looking for some advice.

I live with two cats. I've just taken a live-out nanny position. The daddy is sneezy and itchy when I'm in their house. I shower before going over there,...
Board: Eye & Vision 01-12-2009, 12:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,249
Posted By LisaBdot
Face-down tips after vitrectomy?

My 75 year old dad will be having a macular hole repaired via vitrectomy with air bubble. He'll need to be in the face-down position for a couple weeks. I've been reading all the wonderful threads,...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-08-2008, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,697
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: 2 cents on scarring (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Ok, got an update on using Celebrex topically to prevent scarring.

I'm having one more surgery to remove the bone spur at the base of my big toe--same foot. I got my surgeon to agree to apply the...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-08-2008, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,913
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: inner left ankle pain

Hi!

My poor sister-in-law. She's a physical therapist. We've actually made her evaluate our injuries over the phone--and she's so good, she's always on the money.

Anyways, your phrase, "searing...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-08-2008, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,690
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Waiting Game (Flat Feet Reconstruction Surgery)

Hi guy,

I don't match your profile, but I had very similar surgery to the one you've got ahead of you. I'm very glad I did it and only wish I hadn't waited so long. Do read PTTD Surgery posts for...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-08-2008, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,066
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: PT after PTTD surgery

Hey,

My PT's wife had the same surgery by the same doc one week before I had mine. I wonder if she knows how important hearing about her progress was to my peace of mind. Still is, too. I'll come...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-06-2008, 10:45 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

<<
I almost didn't after being told this type of surgery is not that successful.
>>

Truly? I had never heard that. I'd have been upset by that, too. I think it's unimaginably brave of you to...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 11-02-2008, 06:24 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Yeah, "forgot." I'm not sure I buy it either. The original surgery took four hours. I suspect he decided that was enough for one day. I go back and forth between resigned and peeved (exTREEMly).
...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-31-2008, 10:43 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I bet you can start taking walks very soon. Just don't forget--when you decide you've had enough, you still have to get home.
(Been there, done that, LOL.)
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-31-2008, 10:39 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

I want to go out and start taking walks, now, too. The weather here in NC has finally gotten fresh and cool--my favorite time of year to be outside. Unfortunately, I have a bone spur at the base of...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-27-2008, 11:03 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 28,895
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: cheilectomy (post-op)

Yes, we've been discussing that. If my compounding pharmacist thinks they can mix this stuff up and have it be sterile, he's agreed to apply it right after closing the wound. I'll be seeing him...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-27-2008, 10:41 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 74,583
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: Anybody use a cane? (2 months post-op calcaneal osteotomy/tendon transfer, PTTD)

Yes. I was 9 weeks post-op when given the go ahead to start full weight bearing as tolerated. For me, that meant down the hall one time while pushing the walker. That was it for day one, and I felt...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-26-2008, 10:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 14,095
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: How old were you when you had posterior tibial tendon surgery?

I'm 52, 5 months post-op. Don't be scared about the pain. Yup, it hurts, but the meds do keep it at acceptable levels. I, too, am allergic to the most common pain medication, hydrocodone. (Oddly, I...
Board: Foot & Ankle Problems 10-26-2008, 09:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 28,895
Posted By LisaBdot
Re: cheilectomy (post-op)

Hi everyone,

I've just been reading all your posts, and am grateful for the chance to follow your progression. I'm scheduled for this surgery on November 10, and need to know what I'm in for.
...
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