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Success Stories?

Posted by Scott R on 2/27/01 at 11:42 (040000)

Hello,

I had surgery less than two weeks ago and have not had the stitches removed. I am on crutches with a cam-walker and cannot put any pressure on my operated foot. I have wondered for a long time now (long before surgery), if I will ever be able to run, hike, play basketball like I did before these symptoms started (late 1999).

I went through all of the non-surgical treatments before finally opting for surgery (ice, rest, specific exercises, orthotics, two shots, casting) and dealing with the red tape of an HMO plan.

Before surgery (but during this whole diagnosis period) I was able to bike ride and lift weights and since I have not even been able to do that for a few weeks, I am feeling a little blue. I know it's all relative and hope others can see that in me. I am not resolved to just walking normally again without pain. I want more out of life than that. And I think anyone reading this should too. My whole life is about being active. Is this asking for too much?

Unfortunately, most of what I have read is not good. I even feel I took a step backwards (pun intended) when I slipped a little and ended up putting too much weight on my post-op foot. And my non-injured foot is feeling jealous now and since it is taking all of my weight, it has started hurting as well.

Does anyone out there have a success story of not only being able to walk pain-free again but to be physically active (running, hiking, etc.)? How long did it take? What did you experience emotionally and physically along the way (good and bad)? What words of wisdom do you have?

Thank you in advance for sharing.

Re: Success Stories?

wendyn on 2/27/01 at 13:24 (040005)

Scott - welcome aboard! I hope you will have a great recovery to share with us....BUT as a suggestion, please modify the name you post under. The kind individual who runs this site is also Scott R and I'm sure readers will be confused...maybe Scott2? Or otherScott?

I have not had TTS surgery, but I do have TTS and have done some research on it - I know the recovery is pretty slow. Two weeks is not long in the grand scheme of things - you should be looking to assess how much you've improved at the 6 month and 1 year marks. I had bunion surgery and the recovery was definately in that range for being complete. But then again, that's bone so it probably takes longer.

What did they find when they did your surgery?

Re: Success Stories?

Scott2 on 2/27/01 at 14:03 (040010)

Wendy,

Thanks for the feedback. The Podiatrist (who is a good one in my opinion) did the surgery and while I am not a doctor, explained to me in layman's terms that the tibial nerve was indeed tacked down and tethered. He felt the surgery itself was a success in terms of what he saw and what he did to fix it. Of course, time will tell.

I realize that it is only a short time after my surgery and will take time, and I guess I was speaking more from a cumulative heel/foot pain perspective (over a year). And since I have been put in this cam-walker my foot hurts more now than it did the first week after surgery when it was only wrapped in bandages. Is that normal?

I have never had any type of surgery and know that rehab can be long and it can be uncomfortable doing exercises. I am just trying to mentally prepare myself and looking for input from others who have been down the path (To know the road ahead, ask those coming back). Thanks.

Re: Success Stories?

Dr. Zuckerman on 2/27/01 at 21:04 (040037)

This can be a long healing road. Avoid anything that gives you more pain.
It is possible that the boot cast is not padded enougt or you need a different size. or an elastic ankle support to go with the boot cast.

There are people that have had this TTS release. Go to the search engine and read some of the past conversation on this specific question. It is a question we all would ask if we were in the same boot cast as you. I sure that someone you pop up and give you their personal story.
So in the mean time use the very good search engine that heelspurs.com gives us to use.

Re: Success Stories?

Mor S on 2/28/01 at 12:14 (040078)

Hey Scott.

Here's one story that might cheer you up.

I had TTS surgery on the left foot on Feb. 7, three weeks ago.
I suffer TTS on both feet.

I play squash, so like you I was very concerned about the time it will take to get back doing this. My surgeon estimated 3-6 weeks before I can return to normal activity as before.

After one week I had the stitches removed.
After another two days I droped the crutches.
Today, I'm walking normally with no healing pain. Can even carefully say there's improvement in TTS symptoms.

I hope in one to three weeks I'll resume squash.

I have a follow up with my surgeon on March 6, after which I'll post a full report here for ya'll.

Even if it takes you a little longer, I presume you'll be able to resume normal activity.

Take care and good luck.

Mor

Re: Success Stories?

Julie on 2/28/01 at 12:20 (040079)

Scott and Mor, this is completely beside the point, but your post, Mor, reminded me of a joke (a real one).

Our neighbour was going into hospital for a heart bypass operation. He told me that he asked the consultant 'Will I be able to play squash afterwards?'. The consultant replied reassuringly, 'of course'. And Tom said 'That's good, because I couldn't play it before'.

Re: Success Stories?

Mor S on 2/28/01 at 12:25 (040080)

Good one.

Before my right foot surgery I'll ask the doctor for additional activities...

Mor.

Re: Success Stories?

Scott2 on 2/28/01 at 12:29 (040081)

Mor,

That's great news. That is what I was looking for. I know it takes time and for many of us, it's not just the time after surgery but all of the time, pain and frustration leading up to surgery.

It sounds like you are progressing fast. It's taking me a little longer as I am still on crutches and non-weight bearing 11 days post-op. I was put in a cam-walker after seven days but it was causing me a lot of pain so the doctor said not to use it and go back to non-weight bearing. I know I'll get there, but I wanted some positive stories from others.

Thanks for so much for sharing and I wish you the best in your recovery. You mentioned that you have TTS in both feet. Are you planning on surgery for the other foot down the road?

Re: Success Stories?

Mor S on 2/28/01 at 12:34 (040082)

Hey.

As I said, I can carefully report on improvement after the surgery, but I'll make that other foot decision after a while as I want to see the outcome over a significant period of time (weeks/months).

Mor.

Re: Success Stories?

thea on 3/03/01 at 09:51 (040327)

scott-
i can relate so much to what you wrote. it sounds like i wrote it. i just had surgery on thursday (3 days ago)and i too have already trip and stepped on my operated foot. i am also pretty sad. because i used to run 3 miles every day and play lots of tennis. my dog is sad too because he can't go for his everyday walk. my concern is whether i did the right thing about surgery. i tried everything you did, even the casting and about 5 shots. before surgery my only thought was that i was going to walk in and not be able to walk out and was i ever going to walk normally again. its sound we both have the same concerns and you are a few days a head of me on surgery so lets make sure we keep stay tuned with each other and the progress we are making, good luck. i have all the confidence in the world that i will run my 3 miles again daily. thea

Re: Success Stories?

scott2 on 3/03/01 at 18:16 (040361)

Thea,

I guess that's why this site exists - because you don't know what it's like until you limp in someone else's crutches...

I saw the doctor yesterday (Fri, 3/2) and am still healing slowly. The stitches still were not ready to come out and the cam-walker was still too painful. I can put a little weight on my foot, but it's just that the cam-walker was uncomfortable even when I was sitting with my leg up.

The doctor ended up putting my foot in a cast and I am putting about 30% weight on it with the crutches. I thought the stitches would be out by now and I would be walking without crutches, but my body's not ready. Keep in mind I had a distal tarsal tunnel release along with a partial plantar fascia release (and something else I can't recall at the moment). When I walk, it stil feels like it did before surgery and I am having a hard time knowing what the difference is between rehab pain (discomfort) and true pain. Comments anyone?

I took my first shower (instead of another bath) for the first time in over two weeks and that was a nice feeling because I was able to place my injured foot on the ground for balance (getting into the shower was a bit of a challenge though).

Anyway, the cast is suppose to be on for 12 days and the doctor feels I should be without crutches in a few more days. I sure hope so and I'm staying positive that it will happen.

You have to take what your body gives you and stay positive. I am taking pictures of my injured foot and I am going to keep some of the tiny pieces of the stitches and placing them where I can see them as a reminder because I know I will run again, I will hike again, I will do triathlons again, and I will walk again - pain free. And when I start to get lazy about working out, I'll go look at those pictures and stitches and remember what it was like not to be able to work out.

Keep the faith and let me know how you're doing.

My email is scottmreeves2000@yahoo.com if you ever want to send a message to me directly.

Just keep singing that Fats Domino classic...'I'm walkin' - yes indeed, I'm walkin'...' - I'm sure your dog is anxiously awaiting your recovery as well. Take care and take charge.

Re: Success Stories?

MaryA on 3/08/01 at 18:39 (040830)

I am a runner and very active person who can relate to your active lifestyle. I am experiencing foot pain that doctors cannot seem to diagnose properly and am on my way to try acupuncture. I have an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist next week and have been searching the web for my possible problem. At first I was excited because my symptoms seem to point to TTS and I felt that I finally had an answer. But now after discovering this website and e-mails I am totally depressed. I HOPE I DON'T have TTS but it all adds up to this...I hope your foot is getting better...I'm hoping someone will respond with a success story. I could relate to your message because I am so active and the most depressing part of this foot pain is not being able to do the things I love to do and trying to explain this to others is hard sometimes. Either they don't understand my love of running, etc. or I feel guilty complaining because it is not some life-threatening disease. Has anyone tried acupuncture?? I have heard of some success with it and carpal tunnel syndrome so maybe this will work for me! I'll let you know!

Re: Success Stories?

wendyn on 2/27/01 at 13:24 (040005)

Scott - welcome aboard! I hope you will have a great recovery to share with us....BUT as a suggestion, please modify the name you post under. The kind individual who runs this site is also Scott R and I'm sure readers will be confused...maybe Scott2? Or otherScott?

I have not had TTS surgery, but I do have TTS and have done some research on it - I know the recovery is pretty slow. Two weeks is not long in the grand scheme of things - you should be looking to assess how much you've improved at the 6 month and 1 year marks. I had bunion surgery and the recovery was definately in that range for being complete. But then again, that's bone so it probably takes longer.

What did they find when they did your surgery?

Re: Success Stories?

Scott2 on 2/27/01 at 14:03 (040010)

Wendy,

Thanks for the feedback. The Podiatrist (who is a good one in my opinion) did the surgery and while I am not a doctor, explained to me in layman's terms that the tibial nerve was indeed tacked down and tethered. He felt the surgery itself was a success in terms of what he saw and what he did to fix it. Of course, time will tell.

I realize that it is only a short time after my surgery and will take time, and I guess I was speaking more from a cumulative heel/foot pain perspective (over a year). And since I have been put in this cam-walker my foot hurts more now than it did the first week after surgery when it was only wrapped in bandages. Is that normal?

I have never had any type of surgery and know that rehab can be long and it can be uncomfortable doing exercises. I am just trying to mentally prepare myself and looking for input from others who have been down the path (To know the road ahead, ask those coming back). Thanks.

Re: Success Stories?

Dr. Zuckerman on 2/27/01 at 21:04 (040037)

This can be a long healing road. Avoid anything that gives you more pain.
It is possible that the boot cast is not padded enougt or you need a different size. or an elastic ankle support to go with the boot cast.

There are people that have had this TTS release. Go to the search engine and read some of the past conversation on this specific question. It is a question we all would ask if we were in the same boot cast as you. I sure that someone you pop up and give you their personal story.
So in the mean time use the very good search engine that heelspurs.com gives us to use.

Re: Success Stories?

Mor S on 2/28/01 at 12:14 (040078)

Hey Scott.

Here's one story that might cheer you up.

I had TTS surgery on the left foot on Feb. 7, three weeks ago.
I suffer TTS on both feet.

I play squash, so like you I was very concerned about the time it will take to get back doing this. My surgeon estimated 3-6 weeks before I can return to normal activity as before.

After one week I had the stitches removed.
After another two days I droped the crutches.
Today, I'm walking normally with no healing pain. Can even carefully say there's improvement in TTS symptoms.

I hope in one to three weeks I'll resume squash.

I have a follow up with my surgeon on March 6, after which I'll post a full report here for ya'll.

Even if it takes you a little longer, I presume you'll be able to resume normal activity.

Take care and good luck.

Mor

Re: Success Stories?

Julie on 2/28/01 at 12:20 (040079)

Scott and Mor, this is completely beside the point, but your post, Mor, reminded me of a joke (a real one).

Our neighbour was going into hospital for a heart bypass operation. He told me that he asked the consultant 'Will I be able to play squash afterwards?'. The consultant replied reassuringly, 'of course'. And Tom said 'That's good, because I couldn't play it before'.

Re: Success Stories?

Mor S on 2/28/01 at 12:25 (040080)

Good one.

Before my right foot surgery I'll ask the doctor for additional activities...

Mor.

Re: Success Stories?

Scott2 on 2/28/01 at 12:29 (040081)

Mor,

That's great news. That is what I was looking for. I know it takes time and for many of us, it's not just the time after surgery but all of the time, pain and frustration leading up to surgery.

It sounds like you are progressing fast. It's taking me a little longer as I am still on crutches and non-weight bearing 11 days post-op. I was put in a cam-walker after seven days but it was causing me a lot of pain so the doctor said not to use it and go back to non-weight bearing. I know I'll get there, but I wanted some positive stories from others.

Thanks for so much for sharing and I wish you the best in your recovery. You mentioned that you have TTS in both feet. Are you planning on surgery for the other foot down the road?

Re: Success Stories?

Mor S on 2/28/01 at 12:34 (040082)

Hey.

As I said, I can carefully report on improvement after the surgery, but I'll make that other foot decision after a while as I want to see the outcome over a significant period of time (weeks/months).

Mor.

Re: Success Stories?

thea on 3/03/01 at 09:51 (040327)

scott-
i can relate so much to what you wrote. it sounds like i wrote it. i just had surgery on thursday (3 days ago)and i too have already trip and stepped on my operated foot. i am also pretty sad. because i used to run 3 miles every day and play lots of tennis. my dog is sad too because he can't go for his everyday walk. my concern is whether i did the right thing about surgery. i tried everything you did, even the casting and about 5 shots. before surgery my only thought was that i was going to walk in and not be able to walk out and was i ever going to walk normally again. its sound we both have the same concerns and you are a few days a head of me on surgery so lets make sure we keep stay tuned with each other and the progress we are making, good luck. i have all the confidence in the world that i will run my 3 miles again daily. thea

Re: Success Stories?

scott2 on 3/03/01 at 18:16 (040361)

Thea,

I guess that's why this site exists - because you don't know what it's like until you limp in someone else's crutches...

I saw the doctor yesterday (Fri, 3/2) and am still healing slowly. The stitches still were not ready to come out and the cam-walker was still too painful. I can put a little weight on my foot, but it's just that the cam-walker was uncomfortable even when I was sitting with my leg up.

The doctor ended up putting my foot in a cast and I am putting about 30% weight on it with the crutches. I thought the stitches would be out by now and I would be walking without crutches, but my body's not ready. Keep in mind I had a distal tarsal tunnel release along with a partial plantar fascia release (and something else I can't recall at the moment). When I walk, it stil feels like it did before surgery and I am having a hard time knowing what the difference is between rehab pain (discomfort) and true pain. Comments anyone?

I took my first shower (instead of another bath) for the first time in over two weeks and that was a nice feeling because I was able to place my injured foot on the ground for balance (getting into the shower was a bit of a challenge though).

Anyway, the cast is suppose to be on for 12 days and the doctor feels I should be without crutches in a few more days. I sure hope so and I'm staying positive that it will happen.

You have to take what your body gives you and stay positive. I am taking pictures of my injured foot and I am going to keep some of the tiny pieces of the stitches and placing them where I can see them as a reminder because I know I will run again, I will hike again, I will do triathlons again, and I will walk again - pain free. And when I start to get lazy about working out, I'll go look at those pictures and stitches and remember what it was like not to be able to work out.

Keep the faith and let me know how you're doing.

My email is scottmreeves2000@yahoo.com if you ever want to send a message to me directly.

Just keep singing that Fats Domino classic...'I'm walkin' - yes indeed, I'm walkin'...' - I'm sure your dog is anxiously awaiting your recovery as well. Take care and take charge.

Re: Success Stories?

MaryA on 3/08/01 at 18:39 (040830)

I am a runner and very active person who can relate to your active lifestyle. I am experiencing foot pain that doctors cannot seem to diagnose properly and am on my way to try acupuncture. I have an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist next week and have been searching the web for my possible problem. At first I was excited because my symptoms seem to point to TTS and I felt that I finally had an answer. But now after discovering this website and e-mails I am totally depressed. I HOPE I DON'T have TTS but it all adds up to this...I hope your foot is getting better...I'm hoping someone will respond with a success story. I could relate to your message because I am so active and the most depressing part of this foot pain is not being able to do the things I love to do and trying to explain this to others is hard sometimes. Either they don't understand my love of running, etc. or I feel guilty complaining because it is not some life-threatening disease. Has anyone tried acupuncture?? I have heard of some success with it and carpal tunnel syndrome so maybe this will work for me! I'll let you know!