About my feet!

They were flat but they don’t smell! 🙂

40 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jordann on January 6, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    When I started reading this I didn’t realize that you had this surgery just recently. I too had a procedure but it was left foot being that is was the worse of the two. I have the hyprocure stent and the Doc is expecting me to walk on it already. I had the procedure done on the 29th so unlike you I have only been post-op for 8 days. It hurts soooo much to put any weight in that foot and by the 11th of January I am expected to have retired my crutches….After reading that you would have to wait about three weeks to start walking I wondered if you had had some extra procedure done but I looked back and it seems you didn’t. Do you think you can ask your doc (you know a kind of second opinion) if the hyprocure is the same for post op procedure? It is nice to see that you are coming along nicely and I totally know all the pain you’re talking about prior to the operation. I am only 19 but my weight speed things up significantly as well as my attempts to lose the weight. I hope that the end result for both of us is more than we could dream for.

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    • Hi Jordann,

      Thanks for your comment. Quick question – how did you find my blog????

      I’m only 3 weeks post op on my right foot. I did a lot of research before getting this procedure done regarding post-op recovery. It all depends on the doctor you choose, some have you walking right after surgery, some have you in a cast for 8 days then walking and mine prefers to have a cast on for two weeks and then walking in the aircast for another 2 weeks – it’s just what he prefers and his plan works (he’s had over 50 patients and never had a problem) I couldn’t imagine walking right after surgery!!! I didn’t have any extra procedures done.

      Good luck with your recovery. Stay in touch and let me know how it’s going! I’m planning on getting my left foot done in a couple of months. The recovery is nothing compared to the pain I was dealing with before. Just think, by this time next year you and I could be pain free! 🙂

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    • Posted by Barb on September 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Can you give me an update on how you made out as I’m 4 weeks postop & not able to put any weight on my foot.

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  2. Posted by Jordann on January 9, 2011 at 8:11 PM

    I am so glad you replied. I can’t remember how I found your blog. I am always looking around for other peoples experiences with procedures like yours and mine. Anyways, it is nice to hear you’re getting out of the house. yesterday I kinda fell on my foot when my mother and I were out to lunch.I had some really bad swelling last night but it went down and today it is just stiff. I am unsure if I dislodged the stent but I think I am overreacting as always. If anything I probably pulled or sprained something. I am dreading my appointment on Monday as I am still heavily dependent on the crutches. The bright side is that I get the stitches in my toes out on Tuesday (I had my ingrown toenails removed at the same time I had the surgery. I am really looking forward to that because they are begging to get a bit itchy. Anyway, hope I didn’t ramble for too long. I hope everything keeps coming along nicely for you. =)

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    • Posted by Barb on June 30, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      I’m thinking about getting this done. Can you update me on your recovery? Can you give me an idea how much this cost as it might be out of my price range.

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      • HI, I still get a little “twinge” in my left foot if I step down badly or on a very uneven surface but I believe scar tissue formed around one of my nerves which is causing the sharp pain every so often.

        However life is pretty much normal with the implants. I actually took up running last year and am now running 5K (3.1 miles) about 4 times a week and having the implants hasn’t affected it!!!! On a side note I didn’t run before I had the implants so I don’t know if my feet feel different running with or without the implants! Not sure how much it cost as I had it done through my insurance. I THINK it’s about $5000 a foot in California.

  3. Hey nice blog. I’m at week 1 of my surgery. I had no cast and started hobbling around the 5th day. Right now i’m in shoes. I just have a limp and the pain really isn’t that bad for me. You can check out my blog here… hackmodford.wordpress.com

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  4. Hey great blog! I really want to get the procedure done this year but my job requires me to work 3 sports during the year and I like to live an active lifestyle. I am fortunate that my lifestyle will follow my teaching style (many breaks). At the same time, I do not want to get the surgery until December 2012 because I want to secure my teaching contract for the following year.

    I found your blog through google. Your blog is very informative and I hope that this surgery will provide me with relief from my feet. I have a few questions to ask you and your help is much appreciate. Thus, my questions are:

    1. How long did it take for your body to fully recover from surgery?
    2. Do you feel any discomfort from your right foot now?
    3. Did you height change from the surgery?

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    • Hi! Thanks for reading my blog. It’s a little lengthy but I wanted to make sure I gave people an idea of what the surgery entails. As far as recovery goes I’m still not 100%. they say it takes a year to be fully recovered. I still get the occasional twinge in my left foot. I actually stepped on an uneven surface the other day with my left foot and 4 days later I still have some pain 😦 Before that incident though I was walking fine and going to the gym. I wouldn’t recommend running though.
      As far as height change – I haven’t noticed it. I do stand taller and straighter however which probably makes me seem taller 🙂
      It does take a while to recover and I don’t suggest pushing yourself too much as there’s a higher chance of the implant causing problems or shifting. If you had a desk job I’d say go for it!! But if you work in the sports field it might be quite difficult to do that during your recovery. I wish you good luck though. I’m extremey happy that I did the surgeries.
      Could u have a surgery done during the summer seeing as school would be out for a longer period.

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  5. Posted by Caroline on August 3, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Hi I am so pleased to find your blog it is very helpful. I am 5 weeks post-op of the procedure on my left foot. Can I ask did you get pain in the deep areas at the front of your ankle at all and how long did you have to continue taking pain killers for?
    I really want to start doing some rehabilitation exercises but really don’t know what I can safely do can you Help at all?
    Many thanks.

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    • Hi Caroline, thanks for reading my blog! Hope the healing is going well. Do u have a cast on or did you just start walking after the surgery? I wore a cast for 2 weeks after my surgery and got horrible pain on the front of my foot/ankle but it stemmed from the fact that the cast was too tight. Once the cast was taken off the pain instantly vanished.

      As far as exercises, I didn’t do any rehab on either foot. Although I think it was about 5 weeks after left foot surgery I ended up walking A LOT in San Francisco. At first I thought this wouldn’t be an issue but 6 months later I do notice that my left foot seems weaker and has more pain than my right. All that to say don’t push yourself too much and give yourself time to recover.

      Keep me updated on your recovery. Not many people have had this surgery so it’s always good to see how other people are doing 🙂

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  6. Posted by Caroline on August 7, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Hi, Great to hear from you, I have found it difficult as there is so little information available to guide people both before and after surgery. Normally one is given written instructions after surgery as to what the expectations are around movement and what rehabilitation exercises to perform.

    I had an Aircast boot but couldn’t get on with it, so I am not using it. I used crutches for the first 3 weeks and was non weight-bearing but now I am walking just without support. I am taking strong painkillers because I need them, unfortunately. It is good that you haven’t needed the strong painkillers but you have said you are still experiencing pain at 6 months. Is it frequent pain and does it stop you doing things. Also, how far can you walk now?

    I was doing very well but yesterday I went a bit mad entertaining and cooking for friends and today I am in excruciating pain and I can hardly weight bear. I hope I haven’t done any damage. Is it possible to email you directly?
    Regards

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    • The doctor I went with had performed a bunch of these operations so I could only go by what he had experienced with his patients. The pain I’m experiencing is in my left foot. The other week I took a step onto an uneven surface and rolled my foot. Bloody painful!!!! It was still hurting after about 4 days but the pain eventually went. However, I seem to have a few twinges in my left foot every so often. I think when I twisted my foot I caused a lot of bruising deep inside around the implant. I have to go in and see the doctor soon to help with the morton’s neuroma so I’ll ask his opinion.

      The pain isn’t frequent and definitely doesn’t stop me from doing things. I walk a lot and ride my bike. I try and stay away from hiking on uneven surfaces though. When I was in San Francisco I was walking about 6-8 miles a day. That was about 5/6 weeks after surgery. The first few days were really painful but then it became tolerable. I walked 3 miles yesterday and it was fine. My left foot did ache a little and was tender if I stepped off the curb forcefully.

      Make sure you ice the area LOTS. There’s so much swelling and bruising in that area. You may not even be able to see it from the outside but believe me it’s there. If you can see bruising try and use arnica cream – that will help. But my advice is ICE, ICE, ICE!!!!!!!! And don’t push yourself too much yet. It’s still too soon. I pushed myself in San Francisco and I do believe I’m paying for it 6 months later with a weaker left foot.

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  7. Posted by Caroline on August 8, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    Thanks for your reply it is very good to hear someone else’s experiences. I had some mishaps at the beginning of all this which I won’t go into here, but it has caused me to loose confidence in the procedure a bit. It is good to hear you can now walk 3 miles without too many problems. I find today I am still in pain from my activities on Saturday but hopefully the pain will resolve.
    Thanks for your encouragement.

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  8. Posted by Emily on August 28, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    hey, i’m having the hyprocure surgery, and i’m on the 3 year waiting list, but if there is an opening, i’m going straight there. I’m really scared, n i wanna kno EVERYTHING about it for reassurance. I’m not being put to sleep, i’m just having my foot numbed wen i have it done. Please help! this is stressing me out!!!

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    • I personally wouldn’t just have my foot numbed because being awake during most surgeries is pretty daunting! That’s just my opinion. If you watch the video of the surgery (can be found on hyprocure’s website) you’ll see that they really do yank your foot around. I’d rather be asleep when they do that!! I didn’t go completely under just “twilight”

      As far as knowing everything, you need to speak with your doctor once you get a date for the surgery. Also reading other people’s blogs helps (thanks for reading mine!) I tried to make my blog as in-depth as possible so it should answer MOST of your questions (obviously it’s better to ask the doctor) But it does give you my view point as a patient that has gone through the surgery.

      Getting stressed out? Don’t. Why bother living in stress for what could conceivably be 3 years?!?!? You’ll give yourself an ulcer. As long as your doctor has done these before and you listen to his/her instructions there’s nothing to be stressed about.

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  9. Posted by Goki on December 8, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    Hello, i’m from germany and im glad that everything is be alright with your feet 🙂
    have a question. i had a surgery before 10 days. and i always walk on the outside of my foot. i dont think that is a oversize of the stent, i have size 6 in my right foot. is this normal? today i was in the city and it hurts now on the outside of my foot. i try to walk on the ball of my foot but its difficult. is this normal???

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    • Hi,

      Thanks for reading my blog!!! I wore a cast for 2 weeks after surgery and then a surgical boot for another 2 weeks so I didn’t start “walking” on my corrected foot until a month after surgery. I did notice that for a couple weeks it FELT like I was walking on the outside of my foot but you’re not really. Having flat feet means that you never walk on the “right” part of your foot (because of the pronation) You’ll get used to the new way of walking and won’t even think about it soon. Also your foot will hurt for quite a while. Sorry to tell you but it’s true. My left foot was STILL hurting after 8 months and I eventually went back to see my doctor. He said that sometimes people get chronic inflammation around the stent. He injected corticosteroids into my foot right where the stent sits. It took a couple of weeks but now the pain has gone!!

      Give it time and take it easy. Your body will readjust to the new position of your foot! 🙂 Good luck!

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      • Posted by Goki on December 10, 2011 at 4:09 AM

        Thank you for the answer. It will help me with my paranoia. Yeah exactly ist feels like i am walking on the Outside of my Foot And when i wear shoes with thin soles it hurts much After walking an hour. But i am only in the 13th Day. But when i walk with AirMax everything is good 🙂 with the area of the stent i have no

  10. Posted by Goki on December 10, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    *no problems

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  11. Posted by Goki on December 10, 2011 at 5:05 AM

    but on me it only hurts on the outside of my foot when i walk. cause there is to much weight on the area of my little toe and the edge of my foot (outside). had u got this problem also?

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    • That sounds perfectly normal. Give it a little longer to heal and see where you are in a couple more weeks. Your foot has a LOT of swelling and bruising that you’re not even aware of. That takes a lot of time to heal. Also the outside/side of your foot hasn’t had to work this much before because of the overpronation! All the little bones and tendons are readjusting. This will take time and will hurt! Good luck.

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  12. Posted by Goki on December 10, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    yeah sounds logical. thank u so much 😉

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  13. No worries! Merry Christmas! 🙂

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  14. Posted by Goki on January 6, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    hello again, im now 8 weeks post op. i can walk the whole day with just a little bit pain. my worry is when i push off a little bit different it hurts so much. yesterday i was out and i didnt see a stair and i landed on my foot with the hyprocure stent and i think just a little bit more different. it was very painful, will this pain disappear someday? sorry for my bad english.

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  15. H Goki,

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you. Yes, the pain will eventually disappear but they do say it takes about a year to fully heal. I know it did for me. I also had to get a corticosteroid shot in my left foot where the implant was placed as I had chronic inflammation around the stent that was causing pain. I suggest if u still have pain after about 7 months to go back to the doctor and see what he thinks.

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  16. i am a week into recovery having had my surgery last week,have been gjven an air boot as i cant cope with crutches,no weight bearing,stitches out and reassessment may the eighth,at the moment slight pain,paracetamol copes,reading your blog has been great……..i am 66 and the thought of walking more than ahundred yards without pain sounds fantastic!it was sooo bad before surgery,,,watch this space

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  17. Posted by Julie on July 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Thanks for your descriptive blog. I am concerned because my surgery was three weeks ago & my foot is supinated (turned on the edge). I can’t put my foot down flat without placing it far away from my left foot. My knees come together when I put it down flat. I don’t see anything in your blog about this problem. I was not in a cast, and my doctor had me walking after the second week in a “boot”. I have experienced many problems including a sprained anke when I tried to walk with the boot. Your blog says you were in a cast, perhaps that is better for healing properly.Please let me know your thoughts.

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    • Posted by Tia on February 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Hello Julie,

      I am 7 weeks post op and I remember having the same problem you are describing about three weeks after my surgery.. It went away eventually, but I’m still in a lot of pain, and barely walking and when I do walk my right foot (the one I had the surgery on)is still pretty far from my right one. I wanted to know if this will be resolved eventually. Thanks

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      • Posted by Julie on May 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM

        No, my situation never resolved. I traveled to a specialist in Houston who said to remove the implant immediately, because it was crippling me. After a year of recovery, I am finally able to walk as well as I did prior to the original surgery.

      • Sorry to hear that. I’m glad this surgery is reversible just in case it doesn’t work….which it doesn’t for some people.

    • Posted by Tia on February 24, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      I am 7 weeks post op and I remember having the same problem you are describing about three weeks after my surgery.. It went away eventually, but I’m still in a lot of pain, and barely walking and when I do walk my right foot (the one I had the surgery on)is still pretty far from my right one. I wanted to know if this will be resolved eventually. Thanks!

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  18. Posted by Hyprocurious on July 31, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Thank you for this blog! Information on this procedure is still fairly difficult to find, and this is one of the most informative I have found.

    I had the procedure done 2 weeks ago and had the stitches removed yesterday. Following the procedure, I was put in a cam walker, told to stay off my feet as much as possible for the first few days, and then to go back to work while limiting my walking to just the necessary. I had almost no post-op pain and very little pain while walking around with the cam walker, so I was very pleased up until the stitches were removed yesterday.

    When I got home and took off my sneaker and orthotic and looked in the full length mirror, the over-pronation seemed almost as bad as before. It is that the surgeon placed too small of a stent in the sinus tarsi or am I over-pronating subconsciously to try to protect the surgical side?

    When I saw how little it had changed, I was positively crushed.

    I would be very grateful if anyone could let me know how there ankle appeared two weeks post-op and if the changes became more evident further into the healing process.

    Thanks!

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  19. Posted by Tom on February 15, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    It has been three weeks today since I had the implant in my left ankle. When the bandages were removed, I had the same reaction as Hyprocurious. I was disappointed in the lack of correction in my left ankle. It was improved over what it had been, but the degree of pronation is still pretty extreme. I also suspect that the stent was too small.

    So, seven months later, Hyprocurious, what has happened since then? Did you have to have a second surgery to implant a larger stent?

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  20. Posted by Elise on May 2, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    I had a second surgery in November of 2012. A larger stent was placed in the left foot and a the same size was placed in the right foot. Four weeks post op, I started walking 10,000+ steps per day. The tendons are still a little tight, since they are adjusting to their new position, but other than that, I have no pain at all. The over pronation is now almost mostly gone, along with all of foot and ankle pain I had in the past. I am very happy with the results. As an added bonus, the hip pain that I have had for years is resolving.

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  21. Posted by JohnJ on October 23, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Hi,
    I would like to share my experience.
    Monday – surgical procedure at 11:00 am
    immediately post-op I am laid in the hospital bed with feet up and in bandages. No pain at all, anesthesia is wearing off. After one hour i get some icing on my feet. Slight pain. I am giving some pain killers and told to lay in bed till next day. My feet are iced frequently and pain is almost non existent. I am also given antibiotics.

    Tuesday – in the morning the physioterapist comes in the room and tells me to stand up!!!! slowly i put both feet on the ground. Scary!!! Nevertheless I manage to stand up. He teaches me how to “walk like an elephant”, which means swinging your weight left to right and putting the feet flat down. It is painful, Marin helps me and I manage to walk to the bathroom to refresh. Then I go back to bed, feet elevated and icing. At 12:00 I get x-rays and doctor confirms both stents are in the correct position, size 7.

    Tuesday afternoon – I leave the hospital by myself. a Nurse escorts me to the car and holds my bag and me 🙂 great nurse, thanks so much! I manage into the car and drive 1 hour 30 minutes home. No pain, only after one hour the ankles turn a bit painful but I make it home. Wife escorts me from car to home and i lie on the couch, feet up and icing. Pain is ok. Later i “walk” elephant style to dinner table and have dinner sitting down.

    Tuesday night, i have taken no pain killers since leaving the hospital, During the night it gets a little painful, I ice it two times.

    Wedensday morning – I elephant style walk to to bathroom and then to couch. Pain is definitely there while “walking”. I make it to the couch, elevate feet and ice. At lunch I Elephant Style Walk (ESW) to the table. Pain is there, but bearable. If it goes up i will take pain killers. Keep you posted on progress. Up to now I am very happy, Doctor was very good since I have very little or no swelling at all.

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    • Quick recovery!!! Take it easy though – your body has been through quite a lot. I took it easy on my first surgery but then got “cocky” with my second one (left foot) and I think that has contributed to the slight “twinge” I still get in my left foot. Good Luck!

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