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Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Posted by Cindy K. on 12/24/00 at 07:17 (035357)

Hi Ossatron friends,

It has been 9 days post op. I am now using a cane. The tops of my feet are still brusied and tender to the point that I can not lace my shoes up all the way. I just started some streatching exercises yesterday. I am beginning to experience pain in localized areas of the heel. And when I walk, I feel as if I have gained about 200 pounds, and it all is supported by my heels. My ankles are weak, but there is still bruising and some swelling from the procedure. I will travel to Houston on Wednesday to have my post op exam. I feel that I need a new pair of shoes with some bounce in the heel. Right now I have been wearing New Balance 606 and they are getting old. Does anyone have any recommendations on a different type of shoe that I can slip my orthotic into?? When I read this site, I feel as if I am the only person who is taking so long to heal. I know that having both feet will slow the process down, but I feel that I am not getting better at this juncture. Anyone with similar experience please write.

Thanks,
Cindy

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Dr. Zuckerman on 12/24/00 at 21:35 (035372)

Post-op 9 days isn't very long for ESWT procedures. The bruising on the tops of the feet have nothing to do with ESWT . You need to rest, get a paif of shoes that are stiff in the shank and have bouncein the heels and balls of the feet. If your shoes bend in the arch area they are worn out. Go to the drug store and get elastic ankle supports called Futuro.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Mary J. on 12/25/00 at 08:16 (035377)

Cindy K.
I live near Houston, too. My doctor told me to get these two shoes because they have the most cushioned heels. They are Nike Air Max and Asics GT2050. Did you have surgery or ESWT? You should get better soon. Keep us posted. Mary J.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Cindy K on 12/25/00 at 10:15 (035379)

Thanks again for the support and wisdom on this thread. Dr. Zuckerman, thank you for taking time out to talk to us....I think you are working your way to heaven 8-}

I am glad you reminded me to check my shoes out...you are right the are worn out, and I need to purchase some tomorrow. I will look at the nike air max and Asics....along with the New Balance for stability in the instep. And will get the ankle supports as well.

I suspected the bruising was from injecting into my feet, and not from the ESWT. I will also take your advice to sit down more and stop moving around. You are right, I have been pushing myself more than I need to.

Mary J. I did have the ESWT TXment....I guess it is still a procedure and the Doctors still call it a non-invasive surgical procedure. Gratefully, I was scheduled to have the facia cut down, and found the Ossatron txment two weeks before I was scheduled to go in..

Today, I am feeling better, my right foot has no heel pain at all....My left foot is the one that is still bruised and sore. But I will go rest for the rest of the day, and let my husband wait on me hand and foot (no pun intended 8-})

Have a Blessed Holiday,
Cindy K.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Dr. Zuckerman on 12/25/00 at 10:35 (035380)

Make sure the shank of the shoe is stiff. Yes the bruising is from the injections not the ESWT treatment. Get heat into the area. It can take up to 12 works of healing. The most healing from the sound wave is between week six and twelve.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged, post ESWT from Lori

Lori E. on 12/25/00 at 21:06 (035393)

Dr. Z,
It is good to know that wearing the ankle support is okay. I have been wearing them with my Born boots when I go out in the cold to support my arches. I am still doing my PFT faithfully. But today I was on my feet alot. I am still wearing my Birk Tatamis around the house.
As for post EWST, it has been about 10 days and I still feel pretty bruised.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

john h on 12/26/00 at 15:12 (035407)

try the New Balance 853 with the rollbar. make sure you get them large enough! seems to me many women including my wife buy shoes that are a size to small. normally you would try them on in the PM when your feet have swollen and with sports socks and your orthotics in them. cost about $86 at Just For Feet.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Karin L. on 12/27/00 at 08:09 (035442)

Cindy,
Try the New Balance 851...they have the steel shank & lots of heel support. They keep your feet from pornating too much. I am a firm believer of New Balance & usually wear the 806, but love the 851. Thanks for your imput of ESWT, I am scheduled for this Fri. to have my right foot done. I just hope that I will be able to walk without pain afterwards. I would hate to spend New Years at home! Good luck & hope you feel better soon.
Karin

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Cindy K on 12/27/00 at 20:44 (035472)

It's me again 8-}! I will go out and look at the NB 851 & 853 tomorrow. I just got back from my Doctor in Houston. I finally have the cost of the Ossatron on both feet, I was told it includes anesthesia (possibly) but I am sure we will find out sooner than later. It cost 4,330 for both feet. If any other cost are incurred I will let you all know the total when I get it.

I had an excellent visit with Dr. John Marymont, and he is quite excited to see how quickly I am healing. The next appointment is in 4 weeks, and during the next 4 weeks I am not to lift, and to be conservative on my activity. Streaching is the only exercise allowed at this point in time.

I was wondering if John or Karin run/walk for exercise. I want to start as soon as I am told I can do so, would the NB 851 be a good choice for such activity?? The wire bar sounds like the would support better than the 806...I tend to break down the support quickly.

It is already day 12-and I still feel weak in the legs, but am slowly weaning myself off the cane. There is some pain in my left foot, and at this time I would rate it a 3...My right foot is pain free but I still feel a heavyness when I walk. I will return back to work on January 2nd, and will have a difficult time resting...but will try to alternate activity while at work. You see, I stand/walk on hard floors anywhere from 4-10 hours during a work day. I am also a full time student this upcomming semester and will have a great deal of walking on campus. School Starts in about 3 weeks so, I am a little concerned that I might mess up the whole healing process. If anyone works in a similar situation, and who has had the Ossatron procedure, please share your experience on how long it took to work up to a full day on your feet.

It was suggested by my Doctor's nurse to get a medical pass for campus to decrease some of the walking, she is so smart 8-}. Once again, you all have been a great help. You might be interested, my doctor is now checking this web site...I think that is KEWL...that he shows that much interest in his patients.

Out of curiosity, who is supporting this site financially? Just wondering.

Cindy

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Cindy K on 12/27/00 at 20:47 (035473)

It's me again 8-}! I will go out and look at the NB 851 & 853 tomorrow. I just got back from my Doctor in Houston. I finally have the cost of the Ossatron on both feet, I was told it includes anesthesia (possibly) but I am sure we will find out sooner than later. It cost 4,330 for both feet. If any other cost are incurred I will let you all know the total when I get it.

I had an excellent visit with Dr. John Marymont, and he is quite excited to see how quickly I am healing. The next appointment is in 4 weeks, and during the next 4 weeks I am not to lift, and to be conservative on my activity. Streaching is the only exercise allowed at this point in time.

I was wondering if John or Karin run/walk for exercise. I want to start as soon as I am told I can do so, would the NB 851 be a good choice for such activity?? The wire bar sounds like the would support better than the 806...I tend to break down the support quickly.

It is already day 12-and I still feel weak in the legs, but am slowly weaning myself off the cane. There is some pain in my left foot, and at this time I would rate it a 3...My right foot is pain free but I still feel a heavyness when I walk. I will return back to work on January 2nd, and will have a difficult time resting...but will try to alternate activity while at work. You see, I stand/walk on hard floors anywhere from 4-10 hours during a work day. I am also a full time student this upcomming semester and will have a great deal of walking on campus. School Starts in about 3 weeks so, I am a little concerned that I might mess up the whole healing process. If anyone works in a similar situation, and who has had the Ossatron procedure, please share your experience on how long it took to work up to a full day on your feet.

It was suggested by my Doctor's nurse to get a medical pass for campus to decrease some of the walking, she is so smart 8-}. Once again, you all have been a great help. You might be interested, my doctor is now checking this web site...I think that is KEWL...that he shows that much interest in his patients.

Out of curiosity, who is supporting this site financially? Just wondering.

Karin, good luck this Friday, it is a big step but for me I have not regreted trying. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
Cindy

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Karin L. on 12/28/00 at 11:22 (035503)

Cindy,
I do not run or walk for exercise...it hurts too much to do much walking, but I can tell you that I stand & do normal walking about 10 hrs. a day. The 851's are exellent for walking, great heel support. If I have on my New Balance & keep going & don't stop, I'm OK. As for running I don't know how they would be since I don't run. Thanks for your thoughts about tomorrow. I'll keep you posted as to how I do.
Karin

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged, post ESWT from Lori

Dr. Zuckerman on 12/29/00 at 17:28 (035585)

Hot soaks, and reduce activity will help this feeling. It it the healing process and not the post-ESWT flare which usually occurs within three days and but could be seen up one week or 10 days.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged, post ESWT from Lori

Karin L. on 12/30/00 at 20:54 (035665)

Dr. Z,
What is this post ESWT flare that occurs about 3 days post-op? Is it pain or what. I am only one day post-op, I have virtually no pain in my foot, an occassional throb in the ankle & total fatigue. Didn't hear about any flare-up at 3 days post-op. Thanks.
Karin

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Dr. Zuckerman on 12/24/00 at 21:35 (035372)

Post-op 9 days isn't very long for ESWT procedures. The bruising on the tops of the feet have nothing to do with ESWT . You need to rest, get a paif of shoes that are stiff in the shank and have bouncein the heels and balls of the feet. If your shoes bend in the arch area they are worn out. Go to the drug store and get elastic ankle supports called Futuro.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Mary J. on 12/25/00 at 08:16 (035377)

Cindy K.
I live near Houston, too. My doctor told me to get these two shoes because they have the most cushioned heels. They are Nike Air Max and Asics GT2050. Did you have surgery or ESWT? You should get better soon. Keep us posted. Mary J.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Cindy K on 12/25/00 at 10:15 (035379)

Thanks again for the support and wisdom on this thread. Dr. Zuckerman, thank you for taking time out to talk to us....I think you are working your way to heaven 8-}

I am glad you reminded me to check my shoes out...you are right the are worn out, and I need to purchase some tomorrow. I will look at the nike air max and Asics....along with the New Balance for stability in the instep. And will get the ankle supports as well.

I suspected the bruising was from injecting into my feet, and not from the ESWT. I will also take your advice to sit down more and stop moving around. You are right, I have been pushing myself more than I need to.

Mary J. I did have the ESWT TXment....I guess it is still a procedure and the Doctors still call it a non-invasive surgical procedure. Gratefully, I was scheduled to have the facia cut down, and found the Ossatron txment two weeks before I was scheduled to go in..

Today, I am feeling better, my right foot has no heel pain at all....My left foot is the one that is still bruised and sore. But I will go rest for the rest of the day, and let my husband wait on me hand and foot (no pun intended 8-})

Have a Blessed Holiday,
Cindy K.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Dr. Zuckerman on 12/25/00 at 10:35 (035380)

Make sure the shank of the shoe is stiff. Yes the bruising is from the injections not the ESWT treatment. Get heat into the area. It can take up to 12 works of healing. The most healing from the sound wave is between week six and twelve.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged, post ESWT from Lori

Lori E. on 12/25/00 at 21:06 (035393)

Dr. Z,
It is good to know that wearing the ankle support is okay. I have been wearing them with my Born boots when I go out in the cold to support my arches. I am still doing my PFT faithfully. But today I was on my feet alot. I am still wearing my Birk Tatamis around the house.
As for post EWST, it has been about 10 days and I still feel pretty bruised.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

john h on 12/26/00 at 15:12 (035407)

try the New Balance 853 with the rollbar. make sure you get them large enough! seems to me many women including my wife buy shoes that are a size to small. normally you would try them on in the PM when your feet have swollen and with sports socks and your orthotics in them. cost about $86 at Just For Feet.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Karin L. on 12/27/00 at 08:09 (035442)

Cindy,
Try the New Balance 851...they have the steel shank & lots of heel support. They keep your feet from pornating too much. I am a firm believer of New Balance & usually wear the 806, but love the 851. Thanks for your imput of ESWT, I am scheduled for this Fri. to have my right foot done. I just hope that I will be able to walk without pain afterwards. I would hate to spend New Years at home! Good luck & hope you feel better soon.
Karin

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Cindy K on 12/27/00 at 20:44 (035472)

It's me again 8-}! I will go out and look at the NB 851 & 853 tomorrow. I just got back from my Doctor in Houston. I finally have the cost of the Ossatron on both feet, I was told it includes anesthesia (possibly) but I am sure we will find out sooner than later. It cost 4,330 for both feet. If any other cost are incurred I will let you all know the total when I get it.

I had an excellent visit with Dr. John Marymont, and he is quite excited to see how quickly I am healing. The next appointment is in 4 weeks, and during the next 4 weeks I am not to lift, and to be conservative on my activity. Streaching is the only exercise allowed at this point in time.

I was wondering if John or Karin run/walk for exercise. I want to start as soon as I am told I can do so, would the NB 851 be a good choice for such activity?? The wire bar sounds like the would support better than the 806...I tend to break down the support quickly.

It is already day 12-and I still feel weak in the legs, but am slowly weaning myself off the cane. There is some pain in my left foot, and at this time I would rate it a 3...My right foot is pain free but I still feel a heavyness when I walk. I will return back to work on January 2nd, and will have a difficult time resting...but will try to alternate activity while at work. You see, I stand/walk on hard floors anywhere from 4-10 hours during a work day. I am also a full time student this upcomming semester and will have a great deal of walking on campus. School Starts in about 3 weeks so, I am a little concerned that I might mess up the whole healing process. If anyone works in a similar situation, and who has had the Ossatron procedure, please share your experience on how long it took to work up to a full day on your feet.

It was suggested by my Doctor's nurse to get a medical pass for campus to decrease some of the walking, she is so smart 8-}. Once again, you all have been a great help. You might be interested, my doctor is now checking this web site...I think that is KEWL...that he shows that much interest in his patients.

Out of curiosity, who is supporting this site financially? Just wondering.

Cindy

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Cindy K on 12/27/00 at 20:47 (035473)

It's me again 8-}! I will go out and look at the NB 851 & 853 tomorrow. I just got back from my Doctor in Houston. I finally have the cost of the Ossatron on both feet, I was told it includes anesthesia (possibly) but I am sure we will find out sooner than later. It cost 4,330 for both feet. If any other cost are incurred I will let you all know the total when I get it.

I had an excellent visit with Dr. John Marymont, and he is quite excited to see how quickly I am healing. The next appointment is in 4 weeks, and during the next 4 weeks I am not to lift, and to be conservative on my activity. Streaching is the only exercise allowed at this point in time.

I was wondering if John or Karin run/walk for exercise. I want to start as soon as I am told I can do so, would the NB 851 be a good choice for such activity?? The wire bar sounds like the would support better than the 806...I tend to break down the support quickly.

It is already day 12-and I still feel weak in the legs, but am slowly weaning myself off the cane. There is some pain in my left foot, and at this time I would rate it a 3...My right foot is pain free but I still feel a heavyness when I walk. I will return back to work on January 2nd, and will have a difficult time resting...but will try to alternate activity while at work. You see, I stand/walk on hard floors anywhere from 4-10 hours during a work day. I am also a full time student this upcomming semester and will have a great deal of walking on campus. School Starts in about 3 weeks so, I am a little concerned that I might mess up the whole healing process. If anyone works in a similar situation, and who has had the Ossatron procedure, please share your experience on how long it took to work up to a full day on your feet.

It was suggested by my Doctor's nurse to get a medical pass for campus to decrease some of the walking, she is so smart 8-}. Once again, you all have been a great help. You might be interested, my doctor is now checking this web site...I think that is KEWL...that he shows that much interest in his patients.

Out of curiosity, who is supporting this site financially? Just wondering.

Karin, good luck this Friday, it is a big step but for me I have not regreted trying. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
Cindy

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged.

Karin L. on 12/28/00 at 11:22 (035503)

Cindy,
I do not run or walk for exercise...it hurts too much to do much walking, but I can tell you that I stand & do normal walking about 10 hrs. a day. The 851's are exellent for walking, great heel support. If I have on my New Balance & keep going & don't stop, I'm OK. As for running I don't know how they would be since I don't run. Thanks for your thoughts about tomorrow. I'll keep you posted as to how I do.
Karin

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged, post ESWT from Lori

Dr. Zuckerman on 12/29/00 at 17:28 (035585)

Hot soaks, and reduce activity will help this feeling. It it the healing process and not the post-ESWT flare which usually occurs within three days and but could be seen up one week or 10 days.

Re: Hopeful, but getting discouraged, post ESWT from Lori

Karin L. on 12/30/00 at 20:54 (035665)

Dr. Z,
What is this post ESWT flare that occurs about 3 days post-op? Is it pain or what. I am only one day post-op, I have virtually no pain in my foot, an occassional throb in the ankle & total fatigue. Didn't hear about any flare-up at 3 days post-op. Thanks.
Karin