I was excited to get to this day. Last week went fast, but the weekend dragged along as I waited for my office visit. Nothing dramatic to report, thankfully. The doctor and his PA took off my cast and checked everything out.
The surgical site looked good but the doc played it safe by having half the stitches taken out (every other stitch). I’ll get the rest taken out next week. I’d have preferred getting them all out but what can you do? Better safe than sorry, I guess. There was some discomfort as they tugged out the stitches. Nothing too terrible.
There was more bruising than when I saw my leg before surgery (I had very little bruising at all from the injury). My ankle was swollen but not terribly so. The entire area felt stiff and I was scared to move. Petrified, really, like my calf, ankle, and foot were made of very thin glass. Still, it felt good to see that everything is okay and that I can already move more than before the surgery. I’ve had some random burning/tingling sensations around my heel and I was worried that was a sign of infection. As it turns out, it was most likely just discomfort from the cast moving around a bit.
I’m back in a lighter cast and we’ll see how things look next week. I was slightly disappointed about the lack of a concrete plan. The doctor said he’d like to put me in a boot when I can tolerate my foot being in a neutral position, which sounds a little different than what I’ve read here. He pushed gently on my foot and it was uncomfortable but not painful. Still, I’m not quite ready to think about moving anything anywhere just yet.
I’m going to bring up the VacoCast at my next visit. It sure looks good to me, and maybe that can prompt more of a discussion about how things will go after the initial recovery from surgery. I’m learning quickly that I’ll really have to push for info and be ready to help steer this recovery if I want to feel 100% comfortable with the plan.
Here’s a link to a pic of my stitches before half were removed. I also have a photo from surgery if anyone wants to see it (I didn’t add it in automatically in case it’s too gross). Surprisingly, seeing the stitches was more of a shock than seeing the actual ruptured tendon. Something about how the skin gets squeezed together weirded me out!