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November 6, 2012

Week 4: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4 (NWB)

Filed under: Uncategorized — loneachillesoftexas @ 10:43 pm

Good week in boot (at 90 degrees since surgery, both in cast and now in boot).

Leg is feeling the best since the injury.  I can move my toes and am moving my foot slightly.

By the end of the week I can finally keep my foot down for extended periods of time (hours at a time).  I still elevate regularly because it is reduces the feeling of pressure in the foot.  I also keep my leg on a pillow while sleeping still and ice a few times a day.

It bugs me that I can’t curl my big toe, and this appears to be a result of the FHL transfer.  It would have been nice to have been given a head’s up from the Dr. that losing the ability to curl your big toe is a consequence of cutting the FHL.   I’m sure the value of the FHL transfer (greater blood flow and strength of repaired AT) outweighs the lack of ability to curl my big toe - but I would have liked to know that in advanced as the decision was made.  My ATR was “normal” and operated a week after rupture so I’m not totally convinced the FHL transfer was necessary.

The Dr. says that the lack of curling of my big toe (I can move it up and down, just can’t curl it down and inward) will not affect my walking, running, etc.  Can anyone here confirm this?

3 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I had an FHL graft as I re ruptured. Apparently, 10% of the population don’t even have an FHL tendon as we no longer need to hang from trees with our toes…assuming one believes in evolution that is….I can’t curl my big toe up much either but I’m 8 weeks now and it is coming back a bit. Don’t think you need it though…

    Comment by sheena — November 7, 2012 @ 7:41 am

  2. My doctor was also going to do the (FHL) graft, but then said there was enough healthy tendon tissue to not have to do the graft. He said he wanted to leave the tendon in tact in case of re-rupture. I remember the surgical consultation where he said, the graft wouldn’t affect anything unless less I was an Olympic gymnast or an Olympic sprinter and I’m neither.

    I think that your running, walking, etc. will be fine. Happy healing.

    Comment by kkirk — November 7, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

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