Are those MY feet??

April 8th, 2009

Well, it’s been a bit of a funny week really. I’ve been getting on with the moon boot really well, no longer scared of it and more than happy to see the wedges come out one by one on Wednesdays. Today out came wedge number two!!

Monday I had my ultrasound scan and discovered that there is still a one inch gap in the tendon, which I was quite surprised at since I’ve got some mobility back in my foot and it feels like it’s actually improving all the time. The guy doing the scan was not very helpful at all, in fact he was quite grumpy and almost pushed my husband aside, even though he (husband) had pushed my wheelchair into the scan room because the scan guy just stood in the door way and stared at me… I felt like saying ‘which part of non weight bearing don’t you understand?’ but for once managed to hold my tongue (it doesn’t happen often!) Anyway I left feeling unsure as to what the medics would make of it and really quite worried that they might start talking about surgery again!!

Skip to today (Wednesday) and back to the ortho clinic. Apparently it’s nothing to worry about and it will heal (indeed it IS healing) with time, they might just keep me in the boot for a couple of extra weeks. I’m now allowed to take it off at night (halleluia!) and if I’m just sat at home as long as it is elevated. And once the next wedge comes out in a weeks time I can start to put a bit of weight on it but only very slowly and carefully. And then I was given 4 weeks until I have to come back again. So all in all I’m a happy camper… I’m sat on the sofa with no boot on as I type this - it is sooo good to be able to see both feet.

2 Responses to “Are those MY feet??”

  1. tommo21 on May 19, 2009 7:59 am

    Hey Nikki,

    I just had my surgery a week ago and saw my foot for the first time yesterday. I am pretty sure they actually gave me a foot transplant with my new Achilles in there, because whatever they gave me is about twice the size of my other foot, bruised as hell and has a ginormous scar going up the back of it almost to the middle of my calf! I wonder if anybody else got a new foot with their Achilles surgery?

  2. Nikki on May 20, 2009 7:27 am

    Hi Tommo
    It’s horrible when you first see your foot again!! I didn’t have surgery, we went the conservative management route but it was 9 weeks before my foot looked like MY foot again. And even now (I’m 12 weeks and 1 day today) when I’ve just gone out of the boot and into shoes it still swells regularly and has the magical colour changing thing going on, some days it’s just a bit pink and others its more purple and others it looks totally normal.
    Given time it will start to look and feel more like how you remember, but you do need to be patient and rest it a lot. Remember that any surgery causes swelling and scarring and you are still very early in your recovery. Honestly, it will get better and you might be surprised at how quickly it starts to improve, just give it some time and talk to your medics if you’re worried about anything.
    Here’s wishing you well for a good recovery!

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