Left Foot Surgery – 7 weeks/Right Foot – 14 weeks

I survived San Francisco….just!!!! I probably walked 4 or more miles a day. I stayed 4 days and the last day was spent walking hills (even walked up Lombard Street!) The first day was probably the worst. By the 2nd mile or so I was starting to limp with the deep heel pain. The problem is I’m a big walker, especially in cities I’ve never been to, so my brain wanted to keep going but my feet wanted to rest. My brain won!!!!!!

My main concern was the implant moving – yes, I know…..I still have that paranoia!! HAHAHA!!!! Or that my arch was going to flatten from all the pressure I was putting on it. My feet aren’t used to walking – I live in LA! They’re used to walking from the house to the car and then sitting in traffic!!! So this was a big test for them.

Before I left I had spent a week rubbing arnica into my feet and along my achilles, which really helped with the bruising. By the time I got to SF all the purple/green external bruises had gone.

I’m back in LA now and I’m actually glad I walked that much. I think it really helped to build up scar tissue. I don’t have a doctors appointment until April 7th so I’ll get x-rays then and see if anything has shifted. I’m hoping (and praying!) that it hasn’t. I have been really good about wearing orthotics and I think that probably saved me in SF.

Now that the swelling has gone down I thought it was time to take some “after” pics of my left foot:

New left foot!

From the top

Finally my achilles are straight!

My arch isn’t huge but I didn’t think it would be. But my feet just look better. In shoes, barefoot, standing in the shower…..they just look like “normal” feet. I’m actually pretty surprised to see that my right foot is more corrected than my left. I thought because the right foot was so much flatter it wouldn’t look as corrected. Unless the left still has a little bit of swelling? I’ll keep an eye on it. I have noticed that since my left foot has been in a regular shoe my right foot has been hurting more. Actually not really the foot more the ankle. I’m not really sure why this is, I’m guessing it’s because my right is my dominant foot and therefore I have been favoring it to take some of the pressure off my left while I get used to walking. I guess only time will tell.

In the morning I jump out of bed without thinking about my feet. The only time they cause pain is if I stretch in bed and put my feet in a “funny” angle. While I’m shopping they still get sore and tired (but no heel pain!) along the outside of my foot but that comes from the fact that I’ve never used that part of my foot before for walking!!!! I never had any problem going up or down stairs which pretty much everyone has mentioned in their blogs. I don’t know if it’s because I was in a cast and boot for so long or if I don’t really think about it. But yesterday I was running up and down the stairs like normal and have been since I’ve been in regular shoes.

I also get weird aches and pains in my hips and spine which I like to think is because my body is adjusting to it’s correct posture. Once I start back at yoga and pilates (next month) and start seeing a chiropractor, I think everything will start straightening out much faster.

It will be a year of discovery I think. Things will hurt. Things might even pop or crack(!) Shoes will be bought. Wardrobe will need to change (!) but it’s so worth it.

Good Luck to anyone out there reading this who is thinking about getting this surgery done. I can suggest a great doctor if you’re in the LA area. Also, make sure you have someone at home to help you, buy the waterproof boot (if you’re getting a cast put on – which I suggest!) and make sure you have a comfy couch/chair/chaise in your house in which to sit for 2 weeks πŸ™‚ And if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer to the best of my abilities!! πŸ™‚

Take care xoxo


4 responses to this post.

  1. I know exactly what you’re talking about when you mention the morning stretching pain πŸ˜€


  2. Posted by jessica on December 14, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Thanks so much for this detailed blog! Very happy to hear you’re doing well. πŸ™‚


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