Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoPosted by Denise on 10/07/03 at 13:54 (132618)
Does anyone know a good surgeon in Northern Virginia? I had a Tarsal Tunnel Release 5 months ago and know my foot is 3 times worse!! I didn't expect a miracle but know I can't wear any shoes with excruciating pain. My doctor does not seem willing to acknowledge that things are not getting better. Please help!
Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoDr. Z on 10/07/03 at 20:36 (132714)
Try Dr. Dellon in Baltimore. He is located at Johns Hopkins
Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoTerry D. on 10/08/03 at 09:16 (132783)
Like Dr. Z said try Dr. Dellon but he is at Union Memorial in Baltimore.
He did my surgery 5 months ago and I was pain free the very next day. My foot is still numb but no pain.
Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoRicky J. on 10/08/03 at 09:44 (132786)
Denise, you may have slipped into RSD. This happened to me after sugery. When you go into RSD your nerves fire wide open all the time. In order to get my nerves to calm down I had to have 6 sympathic nerve blocks in 9 days. This really help my nerve pain calm down in my feet. It's now nearly 10 months post op and I still have quite a bit of pain in my feet, but they are very slowly getting better.
Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoNasim on 10/08/03 at 13:08 (132816)
I have surgery done on July 2nd by Doctor James Michelson at George Washington University hospital center. I returned to work 8 days after surgery and I have no more pain and numbness.Some time long drive causes pain I take Voltaren for pain.
I check this web site regularly and appreciate that I don't have any major post-op problems so far. Keep in mind that recovery is slow but not impossible. Good LUCK.
Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoDenise on 10/09/03 at 09:53 (133056)
Thanks for your response. At my last doctor visit he thought I had RSD. Of course I didn't know anything about this before the surgery. Unfortunately I didn't find this site until after my surgery. I definitely didn't go into this thinking I would be cured in one day but my doctor doesn't want to acknowledge that my foot is getting worse. I was in PT for 3 months and I was able to get out of the boot. Know the pain is unbearable during the day and I'm unable to sleep most nights. I'm actually going back to my doctor today for a follow-up today.
Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoDenise on 10/09/03 at 09:54 (133058)
Wow I wish I had the same outcome. I'll call and see if he takes my insurance. Thanks! I'm glad your doing well.
Re: Please help! Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoDenise on 10/10/03 at 09:52 (133387)
Can anyone give me some advice? I went to my doctor yesterday for my follow-up. He said there's nothing more he can do. He told me to give him a call in a few weeks and referred me to another doc. This is really upsetting! I still can't wear shoes after 5 months and I'm in pain 100% of the time. I've had surgery on both of my knees so I know it takes time to recover. I'm a very active person w/ a 12-year-old son. Now there's not much I can do. Sorry if I sound like I'm whining, I just feel very alone right now.
Re: Please help! Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoSharon W on 10/10/03 at 10:27 (133393)
I understand you 100%.
Go to that other doctor as soon as you can! Your doctor doesn't know what to do, and has given up. Even though you have probably come to depend on him and trust him, you need to look for someone else who CAN and WILL continue to try to find a solution to your problem -- and the person that he referred you to is probably someone that he thinks might have some fresh ideas. So try to get an appointment with that new doc as soon as you can!!
Most of us know the kind of frustrations you are going through. I know that I personally can relate to feeling lost and abandoned when my pod did not want to treat me anymore for my nerve problems because she felt my condition needed to be followed by a neurologist. (I haven't been happy with how that turned out...)
(But I shouldn't discourage you from seeing neurologists. I know that SOME neurologists are very good, I've heard about them from other people who have been to good ones, I just haven't gotten lucky myself.)
Please do come back and let us know how it went with the new doc... and in the meantime, feel free to vent your frustration and/or anger and/or pain, or just to post and let us know how it's going and how you're doing.
Re: Please help! Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoDenise on 10/10/03 at 13:23 (133441)
Thank you so much for your response! It feels good to be able to talk to people that can relate. I never thought that after I had surgery things would be this bad. Then to have the doctor who performed my surgery to give up because 'he's never had a surgery fail.' I feel he has a responsibility to me. Now I have to focus on being positive and getting better J
Re: Please help! Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoSharon W on 10/10/03 at 14:02 (133447)
My surgery wasn't even a failure, it was a success -- it's just that once the TTS got better it became apparent I had another problem.
You will not understand this now but it is actually a GOOD thing that your surgeon has 'released' you so that other doctors can treat you. Other doctors would have been limited in what they could do to help you, if he had NOT done that... just because of the rules of ethics that all doctors go by. It's actually much BETTER this way, even though I know it doesn't feel that way to you right now.
Good luck to you, and please do come back and let us know how it goes...
Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agostella on 10/10/03 at 14:35 (133462)
wow sounds like me! I also thought i might had rsd i had an mri and they dont think i have that they ruled it out. I am back in a plaster cast for 3 weeks. I have lots of tendons swelling and that is a big problem. So i have to keep staying off of it. It is frustrating when the dr wont help you. That happened to me the one who did my surgery was lost for all ideas so he sent me to another dr which she recommend physical therapy which i had wanted for a few months and the mri. I still am taking meds and am in lots of pain. I wish u the best of luck i had my surgery in may too its been 5 months for me as well. All u can do is take it one day at a time. Doesnt pillows help? I find while i sleep to put about 3 pillows under my foot and that helps with the pain a bit.
Re: Please help! Re: Tarsal Tunnel Surgery 5 months agoDonna Z. on 10/14/03 at 13:56 (133975)
The best advice I can give you is DON'T WAIT. I had a bunion removed and then they fixed my TTS along with cutting the nerve to the top of my foot. I developed RSD and it is very painful. My pods tried to get me to go to a pain specialist and I really didn't want to get into the whole 'drug thing' and finally that was my last option of 2 1/2 yrs of constant pain. The pain specialist does different treatments not just 'drugs' which I am not into. I had the spinal injections and everything in between. Not that everyone has to to go as far as I did but I had a nerve stimulator implanted in my back. This blocks out the pain to my brain and it doesn't hurt quite as bad. RSD doesn't go away and it never will, but doctors can make it managable for you to do what you use to before the surgery. Good Luck and please don't wait like I did.