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

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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ x

Left Foot Surgery – Day 22

Back to auditioning! Yay!! Although I still have to wear the boot which, as you can imagine, gets a lot of interest. I’ve been telling everyone I had a pole-dancing accident!!!

Went to Target with a friend yesterday and ended up walking a lot. By the end of the shopping trip I did get pain deep in my heel (almost like Plantar fasciitis) so when I got home I took a mobic andΒ Β iced my foot. Today it was still a little tender but I think the pain is coming from all the bruising that I’m sure is inside my foot. Talking of bruising, the inside of my heel looks better but the outside looks the same. There isn’t too much swelling this time as opposed to my right foot. I wonder why?

Left Foot Surgery – Day 19

Just wanted to post some pics of the bruising. It’s definitely worse than my right foot was, which means that my foot is a bit more painful – especially when I’m sleeping and my foot gets caught on the sheets! 😦

Bruising and scar on my left foot

Left foot inner heel bruise

This time the bruising goes all the way to my toes – crazy!

Yesterday I went to a film festival and ended up waiting in lines a lot – I probably stood more than I have in the past month. As you can imagine, by the time I got home I had to ice my foot. I did drive myself there though and I haven’t driven for over 2 weeks so that was fun. Other than that everything is moving along nicely! πŸ™‚

Left Foot Surgery – Day 17

Ended up showering by myself yesterday, one week ahead of schedule from the last surgery,! yay! I was going to wait until today but decided to just go for it. Β I also took off the sticky sutures on the scar. The scar seemed a little open to me so I didn’t scrub it too hard in the shower and then put some antibiotic ointment and a band-aid over it afterwards. By the time I went to bed the site had healed up! Had to go to a birthday party yesterday and ended up walking around quite a bit without crutches. As you can imagine, today my foot is pretty bloody sore 😦 Taking it easy today.

Left Foot surgery – Day 16

It has been so much easier getting around in the boot this time. I can actually walk without the use of crutches however I’m using one crutch for the next couple of days just to take it easy. By Monday I’ll start walking around “crutch-less”!!! My left foot seems to be progressing so much quicker than my right foot. I’m not sure if that’s because I knew what to expect or because it’s not my dominant foot – either way I’m just very happy with it! Tomorrow I can shower without the waterproof boot which I’m very happy about that. Right now my foot is wrapped so I can’t see the extent of the correction. Guess I’ll find out tomorrow!