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Flip Flops!

So this post is for Evie who asked if I could post a pic of me in flip flops!!! I apologize in advance for not getting a pedicure but I’m still bruised from the cortisone shots and the thought of having to go thru a pedicure gives me chills!!!

 

 

 

The scar is still pretty dark (this one is actually much lighter than my left foot scar) I’m hoping they will eventually lighten (damn you olive skin!)

 

I haven’t actually gone out in flip flops yet. I’m still wearing my orthotics until the end of August. That’s not to say I couldn’t go out in them if I wanted to but I’ve never been a big fan of flip flops (no support!) If I go to the beach this summer though I will definitely wear them…..with pride!!! Obviously after I get a much needed pedicure!!! HAHAHA!

As you can see from the pics, there is no pronation, my ankle is perfectly placed over my foot and from the side there is no weird flappy bit of foot spilling over the flip flop! Hurrah! Success!!!! My arch isn’t huge but I’m very happy with it 🙂

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Mortons Neuroma :(

So I met with the doctor today because I still can’t wear heels without horrible pain in the ball of my foot. Turns out my initial feeling of having a neuroma was correct. By looking at my xrays it was clear that my toes were super close to each other (there should be a gap between each toe) In my case the bones are so close that the nerves that run between are getting pinched by the bones 😦

There are a few things that can be done to treat it (thankfully!) Today I got cortisone injections between my toes (painful!!!) and was given some ball of foot pads to wear when I’m in heels. I’m really hoping it works!

Update – 13 weeks/20 weeks

Just wanted to write a quick note about how things are progressing. When I get out of bed in the morning or if I’ve been sitting for a long time I notice that the outside of my feet hurt when I start to walk (not the arch side but along the little toe side) The pain goes after a few minutes of walking but it’s definitely a new pain so I felt I should mention it. Not quite sure how long this is going to last. I guess I’ll find out! Other than that everything seems to be progressing OK. Haven’t started yoga or pilates yet. I’m hoping to start back at the gym next week.

Left foot surgery – 9 weeks/16 weeks – right foot

Had my final post-op meeting with the doc yesterday. He took x-rays of both feet and everything is great! The stent is in the right position and the feet look good!!! So that’s it. No more check-ups, no more doctors visits, no more x-rays!

It’s been a long 4 months but so worth it. After 34 years though, 4 months is nothing! And really the recovery was easy. The hardest part was wearing the cast but even that was fine (she says now that the cast isn’t on!!! ;))

I’ll revisit this blog in a years time. They say it takes up to a year to fully heal. Should be an interesting 12 months!!! 🙂

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 🙂 And if you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer to the best of my abilities!! 🙂

Take care xoxo

Left foot surgery – 5 weeks

Actually it’s a little over five weeks but I wanted to write about my healing. I seem to have hit a wall I think. The bruising, even though it’s gone down, is still very much hanging around my left foot. If I’m on my feet for too long (over 2 hours) I still get that horrible deep pain in my heel. I also noticed that when I press on the inside of my heel bone it still feels very bruised.

I leave for San Francisco on thursday. I booked the trip to hit two weeks after I was in regular shoes. I thought I would be fine because my right foot was fine at the two week point. My right foot didn’t have this much bruising though! I just pray that between now and thursday my bruising goes down. It’s my first time in San Francisco and I had planned on doing a lot of walking 😦

 

Left Foot surgery – Day 28

A whole month has passed and today the boot is off!

Took x-rays of both feet (I was worried that the right foot stent may have shifted because of all the extra pressure I’ve been putting it under while the left foot heals) but everything seems fine 🙂 Good to hear. The doc wants me to keep wearing my orthodics for the next 6 months to help with healing. Also I can’t run or jump for at least 4 months which is fine by me! He wants to see me again in a month to see how I’m progressing.

I mentioned the deep heel pain I’ve been getting on my left foot but we both think it has something to do with the amount of bruising. Once the bruising goes down the pain should subside. It’s been a month since the surgery and the bruising is still pretty bad, I’m actually pretty shocked but he didn’t seem worried.

Tomorrow I go shopping with a friend which means a lot of walking on my “new foot” – but I’ll take it slow and will probably have to ice when I get home!

I still have up to a year before I’m fully healed but this part of the journey is finally over. It’s seems so long ago that I took the first step on my path to better feet but it’s actually only been 10 weeks or so. Every day my foot gets stronger and I hope from that my body gets straighter! Any updates I do from now on will be at month intervals.

I hope this blog has helped anyone who was thinking about getting this surgery done. So far I’m soooooo glad I did.

Good Luck! 🙂 x