Keloid Scar Remedies?

I have developed what my surgeon said is a keloid scar. Has anyone had this and are their any good home or over the counter remedies?

Dry Needle?

Has anyone heard of this term and or/have done it?  My PT asked if I was interested in doing it.  It sounds like its basically like acupuncture.

12 Week Report

Im about 12 weeks out from surgery.  For the first couple weeks once I started PT I was going every week.  My therapist now has be going every two weeks.  I feel with the past few weeks I haven’t progressed much.  She says I have but I just don’t see/feel it.  I do most of my home exercises every night.  Miss a few days here and there.  I still walk with pain.  My scar has also gotten much bigger– or protruding more I should say.  I put scar medicine on it every day but that doesn’t seem to change the appearance.

Its been a long few months- still have a lot go.

Front Ankle Problems

Has anyone had pain/tenderness in the front part of your ankle. When I go down the stairs that’s when its really sore.

Bootless!

My doctor cleared me to be boot free! Im about 7.5 weeks out. I have noticed this morning that my ankle is very swollen. Have others noticed that when they got out of the boot?

Other than that that everything seems to be going good. I walk with a slight limp but I am hoping after PT and just walking on it more and more that my walk will become more normal. Anyone else at this stage or have thoughts about what happened to them when they first got out of the boot?

7 weeks post op- Surgeon Appointment Tomorrow

Tomorrow will be my 7 weeks post op date. I cant believe its been weeks, honestly it feels much longer. I am currently still in the boot and walking freely with that and no crutches. I started PT a little over a week ago, so I go twice a week. The first two times were just showing me different movements I should be making.

I guess tomorrow the surgeon will see where we are at and if I can start walking without the boot. I have no pain. It just feels tight. If I do my PT exercises it feels pretty good afterwards.
I have slight swelling in my ankles but other than that it looks good. I also started using scar cream. Cant see a difference really yet. I think i’ve been using it for 2 or 3 weeks now and it says it takes 8 weeks for new scars.

This process has been very long and brutal, but Im very excited that I’m doing physical therapy and have the option in the near future to start walking without the boot. My PT told me that my next appointment with her will start to do actual excerices like walking on it and then progressing to a stationary bike. I never thought I would be excited for physical exercise! Before this I went to the gym usually 3 times a week. Ive probably gained a good 5-7 lbs so I cant wait to go to the gym again and actually NOT dread it, who would have thought!

Compression socks/sleeves?

Anyone use compression socks/sleeves that work well after a ruptured Achilles?!?!

Weight as tolerated starts today!

Today I start my weight as tolerated today! I am walking in the boot with crutches. I did notice one crutch is actually easier than two. I was using a knee scooter everywhere, which was really nice, but I’m so excited to be on the next step. No pain in my Achilles. My incision hurts a bit– I’m sure that’s normal because its being stretched more than normal. I have been trying to keep up with the surgery massage. I do that at least 2 times a day. I also have been doing minimal foot exercises.

I have an appointment on the 30th with my surgeon and then I don’t start physical therapy until the end of January. Looking forward to see my progress the next couple weeks. Any advise or words of wisdom for someone who is at this point in the recovery process?

Thanks!

2 Weeks Post Op

I had my 2 weeks post op appointment. I got in and they took of my splint/cast. Que the angelic sounds they the nurse took it off. My incision look pretty good, or at least thats what the doctor said. When I looked at it, I thought it was pretty gnarly looking. I asked what the next step was. She said it was either a cast or a boot– luckily I got the boot. She took out the stitches then after doing some sort of test to see that everything was healing well. I was shocked at how painless taking the stitches out were.

A week now has gone by and in another week I’ll be able to start putting weight on it. After that I slowly start putting more and more weight on it. I start physical therapy at the end of January which is crazy to me how long away that is– but they know best.

Besides all of that, my scar is scabbing and feels pretty good. I am swelling alot, especially in my toes, but the doctor said that was normal. I also have a little bit of bruising close to my heel. I guess you can have swelling for up to 6 months after surgery. I am trying to elevate my leg as much as possible but thats kind of hard.

I am showering “normal” now. Althought I have to sit, I dont have to have my leg out like I did with the split, thank god.

I have a long way to go but I’m glad the worse part is over.

Surgery and 2 weeks post Surgery

My injury happened on a Tuesday and my surgery was on that Friday, I got pretty lucky with getting in right away.

Never having surgery before I was a little scared. The whole process was pretty simple, I was surprised. I remember dozing out and then coming back and asking the nurses “do I have any boogers in my nose” and kept asking. Don’t ask me why I was so worried but I was. I woke up and didn’t feel any pain or naseau. Before the whole surgery the anathesiologist tech comes in and talked about the procedure. He also talked to me about what they called a “nerve block”. Let me tell you– this was heavent sent! Basically they do an ultrasound of your leg and find the nerves that lead to that area of your body where its injured. I didn’t feel pain for over 24 hours. That was amazing. My leg was numb all the way until Sunday. Once Sunday came I felt the pain but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

I work in Human Resources and my job requires me to sit at my desk for most of the day. So I was only out of work from that Monday and returned Thursday. Those couple days were a struggle. I kind of went through a bunch of different emotions, I was sad, and then I was mad, I was bored, and I also felt worthless. Sitting on the couch all day made me feel almost depressed. Getting back to work felt great.

Through my insurance I got a scooter, thank the lord. Crutches would have been the death of me. This knee scooter helps me get around so much, so I would definitely recommend this to anyone who has had this injury.

I have my 2 week post op on Monday. From all the reading I have been doing I will get my stitches out and then hopefully if everything looks okay I will get a walking boot. Stay tuned for my progress!