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TTS 1 Month

Posted by Barbara S on 5/22/02 at 09:51 (084849)

HI Well it has been one month now since my surgery. Saw the surgeon yesterday. He was a little more friendly and talkative after we waited an hour past my appointment time.
I told him that I had stepped on my footMon morning. I must have been half asleep when I went to the bathroom and when I went to get up stepped on the right foot, oh boy that woke me up real quick and then I stepped on it again I just fell down on the ground crawled to my wheelchair and started crying. Well, he didn't seem to be too concerned about it.
Said it's been one month now time to start moving. Three times a week PT including whirlpool weight bearing to tolerance. He didn't say anything about cam walker what he did say was to get foot in a shoe. I just replied I couldn't do that as my foot is still swollen. I have my cam walker at home and that is what I will try at first. I still have my wheelchair for 1 more week, so I will be taking it easy still.
I made appt with PT that I have known for 10yrs or more. I have seen him off and on for other problems and I feel comfortable with him. I will be going Tue. May 28th at 1pm and then we will see from there.
Surgeon did say off from work another month yet and come see him in 4wks.
So I will see him June 18th.

I will also be seeing My Pod On May 31 to let him know how everything is going and I can ask him any questions that may come up then.

My foot still aches and swells whenever I don't have it resting up in the air, hopefully when I start PT this will start going away, although I had this probelm before my surgery.

MY husband spent 2 yrs in Viet Nam I believe in 1964 til 1966 sometime. I didn't know him then so I don't remember the exact times. He never really talked about it until my sons and Grandson realized he was there and started asking him questions.
Hope everyone has a Great Memorial Weekend and a Special Thanks to All our Vets. God Bless!!! Barbara S

Re: TTS 1 Month

Missy B on 5/24/02 at 19:37 (085146)

Hi Barb - I am 17 weeks post PF/TT release surgery. I spent the first month of my recovery using a wheel chair, or my cam walker and a regular walker to get around. It was 5 weeks before I could get my foot into a shoe. I ended up buying a pair of New Balance athletic shoes in a man's size so my foot would be comfortable if it swelled a little. I wear a
ladies size 8 1/2 and I bought a man's size 8 - I found that the man's shoe also gave me more room for my toes. I am still wearing these shoes.
I was off from work 9 weeks and didn't start my physical therapy until 8 weeks post op, but it did help me to regain strength and flexibility in my foot. My therapy consisted mostly of walking on the treadmill, riding a stationary bike, balancing on one leg on a trampoline-like apparatus, various stretching exercises, and an iontophoresis (spell?) treatment with each session.
I am back to work full-time which means I stand on my feet almost all day. I am not pain-free, but consider myself at least 80% improved. The few people I could talk with personally about their foot surgery all told me to spend much of this year avoiding any physically stressful activities and to rest with my foot up as much as possible when at home. They each had different healing times, but all agreed on lots of 'off the foot' time, plenty of refreshing cold water soaks or icing, and some stretching to keep the foot limber (but don't overdo it).
Remember that we all heal at different rates, so hang in there. When I look back to one month post op, I wondered at that time if I would ever see improvement - but it has come slowly, so I am trying to learn to be patient - not one of my virtues.
I wish you a good recovery - pamper yourself when you can and give the foot time to heal. God Bless you and your family and God Bless America!

Re: TTS 1 Month

Barbara S on 5/25/02 at 08:16 (085178)

Hi Missy B Thanks for responding. WOW 8 wks before therapy I hope my Doc. is not rushing things I sure don't want anything to be messed up I,ve off is Dec and 4 of those months disability decided to not pay me, so I'm working with a lawyer for that.
My Therapy starts Tue. at 1pm I am not real sure what we are going to do,I know some whirlpool is involved.
I'm still not able to step down on my foot,my feels very thick and very numb and whn I try to stop down the whole ankle are aches. I've been wiggling my toes and moving my foot back and forth a little at a time. It seems the second I get out of my chair to go to bathroom or dinner or computer I can only last a few minutes before it starts swelling ,burning and feels prickly. Did you have and of these simptoms at 5 weeks?
My foot feels like it has three parts. My toes are prickly then the ball of my foot to the heal where in incisions starts feels like it is stuck on sticky paper,and my heal is thick and numb no feeling when touch with my finger. How long was you incision? mine starts under my foot almost clear across then up around my ankle bone and up my leg 1-2inches.
My 13yr old grandson thinks my flabby leg is funny looking. HE goes go grandma that is as soft as a pillow. I said well that is what will happen when you can't exercise.
After I go the my first therapy, Im asking about riding my semi-recumbent fitness cycle at home to see if I can start riding it. I use to have a tread mill, but when I couldn't walk anymore last Dec. I gave it to my sister to use.
I have also notice on my right foot(sugery foot) that I can't even put one of my socks on I have to use my husbands as my socks seems to make my foot start to swell up Is this strange? THe surgeon who did the surgery is not to talkative,but I see my Pod May 31 and I have been writing down things to ask him he is more talkative.
Thanks for answering my post, It was really great to hear from someone who has been going through the same things. Have a Great Memorial Week and GOd Bless. Barbara S

Re: TTS 1 Month

Missy B on 5/25/02 at 17:52 (085211)

Barb - I did not experience any of the symptoms at 5 weeks that you describe. If fact, I had very little pain after the day of my surgery. My foot did swell the first few weeks (still does a little from time to time); and my heel was numb for the first few months, but the feeling in my heel has come back slowly with time and nerve regeneration. Remember that nerves do not heal rapidly so give the feeling in your heel some time to come back.
I did buy some men's socks to wear in the men's size athletic shoes that I had to buy - at first my ladies socks were to constricting on my foot but did not make them swell.
I have 2 incisions - my main incision is approx. 3 inches long and runs from just below the knob on your ankle bone to the edge of my heel bottom, but does not extend over onto the bottom of my foot. The smaller incision for my PF release was about an inch long and an inch away from the main incision (more towards my arch area) but again, did not extend onto the bottom of my foot. I cannot find the smaller one any more and the longer one is heeling ok according to my pod. Did your surgeon give you anything to put over your incision to help retard scar tissue? My pod told me that some patients can form so much scar tissue that they end up back where they started before the surgery because the scar tissue re-traps the nerve. My pod gave me a strip of a silicone rubber-like material which was pliable yet kept its shape and had me tape it over my incision and wear it all the time except for bathing. I wore it for over a month, and my scar has stayed nice and flat except for one small area. I have since learned from other postings on this board, that what he gave me may have been called Circ-Care or something similar. I am going to ask him when I see him in June.
I am assuming that your surgeon was an orthopedist and not a pod since you mentioned asking your pod lots of questions. Your pod should be able to give you some answers since the foot his his specialty. May I ask why you chose an orthopedist over a pod to do your surgery?
Please keep us informed as to how you progress with your therapy and what your pod has to say. Remember to take it slow at first - listen to your foot - it will tell you if you are over-doing it. We all heal differently, so do not get discouraged if you do not see results as quickly as others. My progress has been slower than some patients that I have talked with, but I am progressing and that is what is important. Please try to remain optimistic. Take care of yourself and us informed.
There are many of us out here - both pre and post surgery who need support from others who understand. Missy B.

Re: TTS 1 Month

Barbara S on 5/25/02 at 19:06 (085222)

Hi Missy B My Pod just told me to massage vitamin E gently on the incision.
My Pod is the one that referred me to the orthopedic surgeon as he himself had only done two Tarsel Tunnel Release and felt mine was too difficult to tackle. He said this surgeon has done alot more and is a foot and ankle specialist.
It is not so much pain that I have it's burning, swelling, and prickley feeling and gets worse when I don't have my foot elevated. It starts almost immediatley when I get out of my recliner,like just to go to the bathroom and back.
My other biggest downer is that it is my right foot so I have to depend on someone to take me where ever I have to go. I have a younger sister who has been really great. She is a LPN and she works for a pool so she tries to schedule her work around my Appts. She also suffered with PF 1- 1/2 yrs ago she took almost a year off only working 1 or 2 days a week if she could,another sister helped her financially.
Thanks very much for answering and I will keep everyone posted after my PT appt on Tue,which is at 1pm.
Have a Great Holiday Weekend and God Bless. Barbara S.

Re: TTS 1 Month

Missy B on 5/24/02 at 19:37 (085146)

Hi Barb - I am 17 weeks post PF/TT release surgery. I spent the first month of my recovery using a wheel chair, or my cam walker and a regular walker to get around. It was 5 weeks before I could get my foot into a shoe. I ended up buying a pair of New Balance athletic shoes in a man's size so my foot would be comfortable if it swelled a little. I wear a
ladies size 8 1/2 and I bought a man's size 8 - I found that the man's shoe also gave me more room for my toes. I am still wearing these shoes.
I was off from work 9 weeks and didn't start my physical therapy until 8 weeks post op, but it did help me to regain strength and flexibility in my foot. My therapy consisted mostly of walking on the treadmill, riding a stationary bike, balancing on one leg on a trampoline-like apparatus, various stretching exercises, and an iontophoresis (spell?) treatment with each session.
I am back to work full-time which means I stand on my feet almost all day. I am not pain-free, but consider myself at least 80% improved. The few people I could talk with personally about their foot surgery all told me to spend much of this year avoiding any physically stressful activities and to rest with my foot up as much as possible when at home. They each had different healing times, but all agreed on lots of 'off the foot' time, plenty of refreshing cold water soaks or icing, and some stretching to keep the foot limber (but don't overdo it).
Remember that we all heal at different rates, so hang in there. When I look back to one month post op, I wondered at that time if I would ever see improvement - but it has come slowly, so I am trying to learn to be patient - not one of my virtues.
I wish you a good recovery - pamper yourself when you can and give the foot time to heal. God Bless you and your family and God Bless America!

Re: TTS 1 Month

Barbara S on 5/25/02 at 08:16 (085178)

Hi Missy B Thanks for responding. WOW 8 wks before therapy I hope my Doc. is not rushing things I sure don't want anything to be messed up I,ve off is Dec and 4 of those months disability decided to not pay me, so I'm working with a lawyer for that.
My Therapy starts Tue. at 1pm I am not real sure what we are going to do,I know some whirlpool is involved.
I'm still not able to step down on my foot,my feels very thick and very numb and whn I try to stop down the whole ankle are aches. I've been wiggling my toes and moving my foot back and forth a little at a time. It seems the second I get out of my chair to go to bathroom or dinner or computer I can only last a few minutes before it starts swelling ,burning and feels prickly. Did you have and of these simptoms at 5 weeks?
My foot feels like it has three parts. My toes are prickly then the ball of my foot to the heal where in incisions starts feels like it is stuck on sticky paper,and my heal is thick and numb no feeling when touch with my finger. How long was you incision? mine starts under my foot almost clear across then up around my ankle bone and up my leg 1-2inches.
My 13yr old grandson thinks my flabby leg is funny looking. HE goes go grandma that is as soft as a pillow. I said well that is what will happen when you can't exercise.
After I go the my first therapy, Im asking about riding my semi-recumbent fitness cycle at home to see if I can start riding it. I use to have a tread mill, but when I couldn't walk anymore last Dec. I gave it to my sister to use.
I have also notice on my right foot(sugery foot) that I can't even put one of my socks on I have to use my husbands as my socks seems to make my foot start to swell up Is this strange? THe surgeon who did the surgery is not to talkative,but I see my Pod May 31 and I have been writing down things to ask him he is more talkative.
Thanks for answering my post, It was really great to hear from someone who has been going through the same things. Have a Great Memorial Week and GOd Bless. Barbara S

Re: TTS 1 Month

Missy B on 5/25/02 at 17:52 (085211)

Barb - I did not experience any of the symptoms at 5 weeks that you describe. If fact, I had very little pain after the day of my surgery. My foot did swell the first few weeks (still does a little from time to time); and my heel was numb for the first few months, but the feeling in my heel has come back slowly with time and nerve regeneration. Remember that nerves do not heal rapidly so give the feeling in your heel some time to come back.
I did buy some men's socks to wear in the men's size athletic shoes that I had to buy - at first my ladies socks were to constricting on my foot but did not make them swell.
I have 2 incisions - my main incision is approx. 3 inches long and runs from just below the knob on your ankle bone to the edge of my heel bottom, but does not extend over onto the bottom of my foot. The smaller incision for my PF release was about an inch long and an inch away from the main incision (more towards my arch area) but again, did not extend onto the bottom of my foot. I cannot find the smaller one any more and the longer one is heeling ok according to my pod. Did your surgeon give you anything to put over your incision to help retard scar tissue? My pod told me that some patients can form so much scar tissue that they end up back where they started before the surgery because the scar tissue re-traps the nerve. My pod gave me a strip of a silicone rubber-like material which was pliable yet kept its shape and had me tape it over my incision and wear it all the time except for bathing. I wore it for over a month, and my scar has stayed nice and flat except for one small area. I have since learned from other postings on this board, that what he gave me may have been called Circ-Care or something similar. I am going to ask him when I see him in June.
I am assuming that your surgeon was an orthopedist and not a pod since you mentioned asking your pod lots of questions. Your pod should be able to give you some answers since the foot his his specialty. May I ask why you chose an orthopedist over a pod to do your surgery?
Please keep us informed as to how you progress with your therapy and what your pod has to say. Remember to take it slow at first - listen to your foot - it will tell you if you are over-doing it. We all heal differently, so do not get discouraged if you do not see results as quickly as others. My progress has been slower than some patients that I have talked with, but I am progressing and that is what is important. Please try to remain optimistic. Take care of yourself and us informed.
There are many of us out here - both pre and post surgery who need support from others who understand. Missy B.

Re: TTS 1 Month

Barbara S on 5/25/02 at 19:06 (085222)

Hi Missy B My Pod just told me to massage vitamin E gently on the incision.
My Pod is the one that referred me to the orthopedic surgeon as he himself had only done two Tarsel Tunnel Release and felt mine was too difficult to tackle. He said this surgeon has done alot more and is a foot and ankle specialist.
It is not so much pain that I have it's burning, swelling, and prickley feeling and gets worse when I don't have my foot elevated. It starts almost immediatley when I get out of my recliner,like just to go to the bathroom and back.
My other biggest downer is that it is my right foot so I have to depend on someone to take me where ever I have to go. I have a younger sister who has been really great. She is a LPN and she works for a pool so she tries to schedule her work around my Appts. She also suffered with PF 1- 1/2 yrs ago she took almost a year off only working 1 or 2 days a week if she could,another sister helped her financially.
Thanks very much for answering and I will keep everyone posted after my PT appt on Tue,which is at 1pm.
Have a Great Holiday Weekend and God Bless. Barbara S.