Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Foot Update

Monday I had my stitches taken out (before racing to be with Jeff and Chase at Chase's allergy testing appointment). I think the most exciting part about having the stitches out is that I can now take a real shower without worrying about my foot getting wet, which by the way, is impossible!!!!! Dr. M said my foot looks good, in fact, it looks so good that if it were any better it wouldn't look like I had surgery! As a result, I only have to wear my walking boot through next Monday and then I can go back to my tennis shoes until my follow-up on the 18th!!!! I am so excited! While my walking boot is highly fashionable, I'll be so glad to be out of it because fashionable does not equal comfortable! ;o)

Several of you posted about having the same issue with your foot and my heart goes out to you. If you are not experiencing, words really can't describe the pain this can cause. I'm talking debilitating, make you want to cry pain. I think I posted this, but I know I went too long without getting in to a podiatrist. I dealt with the pain for about a year and then went to my regular MD. She told me stretches and exercises to do, but to be honest, I should have immediately just gone to a specialist. I truly think that had I done that in the beginning, I would not have gotten to the point of doing surgery. However, I didn't and even after doing stretches, exercises, insoles, and cortisone shots (ouch!) mine did not get better. So, surgery was my last option. It has not been easy, but I don't regret my decision at all. If you are having issues, I strongly urge you to go to a podiatrist asap so you can hopefully avoid surgery.

Now for the graphic pictures, this is my foot 11 days after surgery:


Those are not the best pics because they were taken with my phone in the dark (thank God for flash on the phone), but you get the picture. It's pretty tender because there is more pulling now that the stitches are out and it's not wrapped as well (basically just a bandaid at this point), but I can already tell it's better than it was before surgery. Hopefully I'll be back to 100% very soon!!!

****I am grateful for
1) a great recovery
2) not much longer in my walking boot
3) healing
4) beautiful weather
5) little moments that make lasting impressions

2 comments:

Stacy E. said...

I'm so glad that your foot is healing so well and so quickly. It looks alot better already! Praying that everything continues to go as well so you can get back into a "real" shoe again soon. And that there is no more pain!

Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

Okay I'm finding a podiatrist pronto! I don't think I can handle this anymore, especially with gaining weight with pregnancy. *SIGH*