I saw the surgeon doctor this week, the first time since the surgery. He was quite pleased by the healing. He had used the minimally invasive technique, so the incision was pretty small. I finally got the bandaide over it to dissolve a few days before, by running lots of hot/warm water over it. That way I could start my more intense therapy work which mostly included hard rubbing down my foot. So, first the incision:

(The dots in the top right was where the needle went in and out for the sutures using the jig that he had inserted. There are a few more pinholes on the other side and also below the incision.)

He said the break was clean, and there were no complications, like other damaged tissue. So it seems it was a classically simple break so I think I am on a fast track to recovery.

Note the vertical incision, not horizontal. He said he used to do the horizontal incision, but he did it one time at the wrong place! So he had to make another incision until it looked like a zig zag! So I’m glad he has learned to do it better!

Also note the red ends of the incision. He said that he had ‘knoted’ the sutures at the ends, and that the ends may become red, and then pussy like a pimple, and then pop. I may then see the knotted end and I should pull it out with tweezers. Of course, I asked if there was a danger of me unraveling the whole surgery! But he said ‘no’. (My friend had the same fear!)

Actually after a lot more warm water, I think the top one did pop, but I didnt see any knots. The water may have washed it out. The ends look more inflamed in the picture, perhaps because I had walked a bit yesterday, with my own shoe!

He said I could walk short distances in my shoe, and go to full weight bearing as I am comfortable. I am using only one crutch now, and it is a lot easier! For long walks, I should still use the orthopedic boot (long for me means 20 minutes.)

I do have build ups in the heels of both of my shoes, about 3/4 inch. The problem was getting the right height so the back of the shoe wouldn’t rub against the incision. I still would appreciate advice on that.

Others have said there are ups and downs in the recovery. The only downs I can anticipate is if I have an accident, like falling or slipping, or if I overdo exercises and stretching. Nothing else to be concerned about?


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    • oakmanii has completed the grueling 26.2 ATR miles to full recovery!
      Goal: 365 days from the surgery date.
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