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Driving?

I’m a little over 12 weeks from surgery. I had two tendons repaired: Achilles and peroneous brevis. My dorsiflexion is almost back to normal. However, my eversion/inversion sideward motion still very weak. I still have burning up my peroneous nerve on the outside of my calf. I’ve been told to start walking around the house barefooted because when I stand on my naked foot it feels like I’m being stung by a million red ants on the bottom and outside ankle. I’ve been desensitizing my 4 incisions, but because my big toe tendon was rerouted backward to become my new Achilles, the bottom of my foot is over sensitive. I asked about when I could drive. My therapist said that I should try driving in a place without traffic to see if I felt confident that my foot was strong enough to be safe. I haven’t done it yet, but am really excited to feel freedom again after three very long months. When has anyone else started driving again?
Any time I stand or walk very long I still have swelling both on the bottom of my foot and around the incisions on the inside and outside of my ankle bones. So my Kodiak cold therapy machine is still my best friend.

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Balance

I used to be able to do the dancer pose -a variation of tree, a balance pose only left leg. However when I tried to do “tipping bird” balancing on my good leg , I almost fell on the ground. Clearly I’ve lost balance on both sides. So I am doing a variety of balance exercises. I was told to start walking around the block three times a week. I’m starting to resume my normal activities, though a little more slowly. The foot is still extremely stiff but I’ve found that support hose helps get me through the day. I found that when I’m learning something new I forget about my foot, at least for a short while.

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Toe lifts advice

I’m finally walking without any additional support at 11 weeks. But the foot still feels really stiff. So my Physical therapist has started me on toe lifts. She asked me to put my good foot on the heel of my damaged foot and while standing supported at an angle lift up on my toes. No can do- totally impossible. So now I’m to use both feet on the floor and lift up while supported at an angle. OK - I can do that without too much difficulty. So I tried to do it with less of an angle- OUCH! it felt like my toes were breaking off. Now the ball of my foot is throbbing. Guess I should keep with the two foot toe lifts with an incline.

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Finally ice results

At 10 weeks from my FHL transfer to replace my shredding Achilles, I have been constantly rolling the sole of my foot over a frozen water bottle to reduce the large swollen lumps. I had been getting discouraged because I couldn’t tell any difference until today. It always felt like I was walking on big wooden pegs. Bit today my foot feels like it’s actually touching the inside of my shoe. Still unbelievably stiff. I still feel the tendons pulling between my toes, but was pleasantly surprised at the reduction in swelling. I’m now asked to balance on my injured foot on a foam pad which really strains all the foot and leg muscles. So thrilled to finally feel a noticeable change.

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Progress is painful

Today I graduated to single foot balances on a foam pad and increased the resistance bands. Ouch, burning calf and foot. I’m supposed to rub my incisions with rough fabrics and roll my foot over a tennis balls to help desensitize and break up scar tissue. How long will it be so sensitive?

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10 weeks progress

I went back to deep water aerobics today. The bottom of my foot still has swollen lumps on it and I have been told not to walk barefooted yet. So I was a little worried about how to get from the dressing room to the pool. But I remembered I had some tie up water shoes. So with an elastic ankle brace and the tie up water shoes, I did fine. I didn’t do a flutter kick and the shoes kept my foot and ankle protected so it was really successful. Feeling my gastrocnemius calf flap was sort of strange but enjoyed the stretch.

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FWB in shoes

I’ve been released from my heavy armored boot. But the base of my heel burns when I put weight on it and my foot is still too swollen to fit into any of my before surgery shoes. So I’m currently wearing a Croc but was told by my PT it isn’t supportive enough and sound use a cane to prevent limping. I’ve ordered a couple pairs of shoes in a full size larger in wide width. My question is how long it will take to get back into my former shoes and for my arch not to feel so wooden and stiff and painful?

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Improvement

Today at PT my dorsiflexion was 8° Whoo hoo! I needed to be at 7° to be ready for two shoes. I have a post surgical doctor appointment tomorrow afternoon. I started resistant band exercises today and balancing on one leg in my boot. My sole is still very swollen and tender and all the incisions still purple. So don’t know if I’m ready to give up my boot yet but feel encouraged that every direction has improved at least 10°. Today is 9 weeks from surgery.

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Peroneal brevis tear

In 2009 I tore my peroneal brevis while hiking. Unfortunately it didn’t show up in the MRI so I was NWB for 6 weeks and told I had RA. However, it never healed and stayed painfully inflamed. So I finally found an ankle orthopedic specialist who found the tear and said my Achilles was shredding. So on April 23 I had a huge surgery to correct both tendons. It has been a long painful journey but am slowly improving.

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Dorsiflexion

I was thinking that my achilles was becoming more flexible. However, yesterday my therapist told me it was at zero and need to get to 7° to walk in a shoe. Bummer! Guess that was why she was trying to manipulate the bones in my arch. Ouch! Doc said I should be in two shoes by Wednesday. So I need to figure out how to stretch both the heel and arch.

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