4 months post op

I am 4 months post op. I had a hysterectomy a month ago and ended up with an infection that resulted in another surgery two weeks ago. I have not been able to do much the last month because I have been so weak. I thought the rest would have been great for my foot. I have been doing lots of stretches and range of motion. I went to work this evening fr a few hours and I am in so mch pain. My achilles does not feel too bad, but my foot and my incision (insertion) area are hurting quite a bit. I bought great shoes with very good support. Any suggestions? I am going to call my doctor tomorrow. I have missed some appointments because of my other health issues. How long did you have pain after surgery?

Almost 3 months post op

I haven’t updated in a while, so here it goes! I am feeling pretty good. I am wearing shoes. I am supposed to be wearing a brace, but I hate it and it hurts more than helps. I have good supportive shoes, so I feel pretty good. I feel pretty strong. Still no PT, but my friend is a PT, so she is helping me with stretches and checking my range. I am trying to stay on top of scar tissue. My swelling is not so bad. I am on my feet a lot, and days that I work noth jobs it is pretty swollen. I am off for seven weeks because I am getting ready to have another surgery (not on my foot), so I can take it a little easy. I am having pain at my incision site. Does anyone have recommendations on how to sooth this?

Week 10

Went to the dr. and got a brace. He says things are looking good. He wants me to wear my boot at work, and my brace with shoes the rest of the time. Feelng pretty good. Still swelling a lot and pain when I am on my feet a lot. I am having another surgery (not on my foot) in a few weeks. Hoping to build up strength before I am down again!

Week 8

Some days I feel like I could dance, and some days I feel like crying. I have been in my boot for 2 1/2 weeks. I had pain for a while, but it is getting much better. I am on my feet all day. I try and take some breaks and take off my boot and put my foot up, but with little kids around it isn’t for long. I got a great pair of shoes that I would highly recommend. I bought them on Zappos.com. They are Alegria brand and have great support and the sole is thick enough that it is even with my boot. I feel like I am walking perfectly normal, and no more back pain. I am looking forward to when I can wear both of them! My doctor told me to bring shoes with me for my next visit in two weeks. It makes me a little nervous thinking about my foot being unprotected at work, but I will get over it. I am trying to break up the scar tissue around my incision area, but it is not going so well. My doctor still won’t recommend PT. I am trying to push for it, but don’t know if he will go for it. I am very lucky to work with a PT and she printed out lots of exercises, gave me theraband for stretching, and showed me how to massage to break up the scar tissue. She said I should be receiving PT. I know she will keep helping me if the doc won’t refer me. I am so thankful to be on the road to recovery. I have really gotten so out of shape (well…I haven’t been in good shape in years, but I did enjoy exercising and going to BodyPump classes). I am hoping to be able to get back to Bodypump and chasing the kids around in my classom soon!

Boot

I have been in my boot for three days. I think I looked like a baby taking her first steps when I started out! I am used to it and have been pushing myself to walk more. I am in a crunch to get my classroom ready. I get my even up on Monday. I am looking forward to that. I am wearing my New Balance shoes that are pretty “tall”, so I am almost even. With the even up, I am sure it will be perfect and my hip/back won’t hate me so much! I am wearing a thick sock with my boot and had to bandage my incision area because I have a small wound where one of my staples was. My heel hurts quite a bit as I am walking. I was not given anything in the way of lifts that I have seen so many bloggers have. Should I ask for this or will a heel cup work? I don’t go back to the doctor for two weeks. I am sure it is typical to have this pain, but I am not going to have the luxury of being off my feet after next week. I am going to use my scooter at school for the long trecks to the cafeteria and specials, but I really want to walk as much as possible to build up muscle and strength. I am not so patient with this!!

Six Weeks Post Op

Six week apointment today. I got my cast off (eww…I think you can braid the leg hair!). I can’t wait to soak my foot and shave my leg! I got my boot, and it is very comfortable. My dr. Told me I won’t need PT. He just told me to do ROM and walking will strengthen my leg. I work with a PT, so I am still going to check with her to make sure I am getting what I need. I am looking forward to a nice sleep tonight with nothing banging on my other leg! What is the best way to get the dry, rough skin off? I am going to soak my foot and hopefully that will do it, but it is very bad. Hoping I won’t overdo things with my newfound freedom!

Cast off and shoes

I am so excited that I am finally getting my cast off tomorrow! It almost feels like Christmas!!!  The time has actually gone by pretty quickly. Other than the one incident of cast anxiety I had due to a too tight cast, it hasn’t been too bad. I am hoping I won’t have to sleep in my boot. If so, I will ask for a night splint. I have not been sleeping too well lately due to the banging around of my cast every time I move (I toss and turn a lot).  Do you recommend an even up? If so, where is the best place to buy one. I want to buy a good pair of shoes. I have tennis shoes, but I need casual shoes for work. I am a teacher and am on my feet all day. I teach full time during the day and twice a week in the evening.  I will need shoes that are orthotic friendly and are extra wide. Any recommendations will be welcome. Thanks!

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Doing too much on NWB

Putting this out there to those who are still NWB. I am four weeks out and have been feeling great. I have virtually no pain and get around geat with my scooter. Surgery was on my left foot, so I am able to drive with my cast. I have been going stir crazy sitting around. I am a teacher and start back to school in three weeks, so I decided to go work in my room to get it organized. Well, stupid me just keeps going and moving furniture, rugs, toys, etc. I foolishly have been putting some weight on my left foot (just to pivot or when I am going down the step to the garage). Now my achilles is aching and I am very swollen under my cast. I should have known better. I am sure I have not done any damage, but it has turned into a Percocet and leg way up in the air night. I don’t plan on doing anything tomorrow. So, my advice to anyone who is still NWB, don’t be stubborn like me!!

Help!

I had my staples removed today and a new cast put on. The cast is too tight. It is not making me numb or Cutting off my circulation, but it is extremely uncomfortable. I think my foot is positioned wrong in there and by my ankle it is very tight. I feel like I am having a panic attack! I want it off NOW! The office is closed for the day. I left a message and I can go get a new cast tomorrow, but how can I get throuh until then? I have elevTed and iced, but it is not helping and my anxiety is growing. I do not normally have anxiety issues. Any advice would be very helpful.

Help!

I had my staples removed today and a new cast put on. The cast is too tight. It is not making me numb or Cutting off my circulation, but it is extremely uncomfortable. I think my foot is positioned wrong in there and by my ankle it is very tight. I feel like I am having a panic attack! I want it off NOW! The office is closed for the day. I left a message and I can go get a new cast tomorrow, but how can I get throuh until then? I have elevTed and iced, but it is not helping and my anxiety is growing. I do not normally have anxiety issues. Any advice would be very helpful.