2 Weeks Post Op

February 18, 2019 | |

I had my splints/Ace bandage ‘cast’ removed and everything looked good. I really focused on elevation and ice and the doctor was pleased with how the swelling had gone down and the incisions were healing well. I also learned that it is common for other parts of the foot to hurt because of the swelling in the tight ‘cast’.

And what had helped A LOT was to ice the part of the foot that HURTS, not just only the surgical site! Duh!

So the new cast is a REAL cast, solid, made with wet fiberglass cloth wrapped around a long sock over my foot nearly up to the knee, that solidifies when it dries, in about 5 minutes.

They pushed, pointed my foot up to reduce the angle and make it closer to the normal. That really stretches the tendon, and I had a level of 2 and 3 out of 10 pain level. However, it calmed down within an hour and should be ok within a couple of days.

I upped my pain pills, at their recommendation, for a day or two.

But I was quite physiologically queasy of the idea of anyone touching and bending my new foot. It was small and naked and seemed so fragile. I lost a lot of my calf muscles already, and I have two more weeks with the new cast!

I did enjoy caressing my leg/foot and gently trying to rub some life back into it. I hated to say goodbye to it.

They thought the iWalk crutch would be fine, as long as I dont overdo it. But not to be working on the floors.

They said the recovery is one of crossing several mountain ranges. At each peak there is pain, and you cross a new boundary, then it wears off and you have more ability, and are ok, until the next mountain/milestone.

SUGGESTION: Bring pain pills with you to take immediately after the cast is put on.


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  1. oakmanii on February 18, 2019 9:47 pm

    And to ice the new cast, he suggested putting the ice gel pack under my knee at the top of the cast, and it would cool the blood. But I also used another one right over the cast. Seems to help. The cast is just a little heavier than the previous one

  2. sharkmok on February 21, 2019 2:23 am

    Yes, recovery is a roller coaster. Its has ups and downs. I’m just 2 months post op and I can tell you there are a lot of ups and down. One day it seems to be perfectly fine and the next day I cannot even get out of bed. Actually, bring over counter pain med everywhere you going.
    Good luck with your recovery.

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