Is it okay to say Yay and Ew Ouch in the same sentence?

First the yay! It has now been seven weeks past my surgery and I am now finally knee walker free.  My doctor allowed me to start putting full weight on my foot last week, sleep without my boot and take a shower without putting anything on my leg.

Initially, the doctor told me to use either crutches, a walker or cane.  Then once I felt comfortable I could drop using them altogether.  The doctor said this would probably be in a week.  I used crutches for about a day and a half until I got too sore to continue to use them. Thank goodness I already had a walker at the house, so I switched to it.  Ah…much better.  But I’m one of those people who always try to push themselves, so on the fourth day I started to walk without anything.  I experience a unique feeling of not having to be on the knee walker or having to use any other type of assistance after six weeks.  I think wee came to mind.

Bedtime, oh the wonderful feelings.  Just being able to run my foot over the sheets felt so wonderful.  Okay, there are now spots on my heel that are hypersensitive since the surgery and that isn’t fun, but my goodness, sleep never felt so good.

The next decadent feeling I enjoyed was my shower without having anything covering my foot.  As I sat on the shower chair and the water began running over me I thought I had died and gone to heaven.  It was so wonderful.

Now the OUCH, and I do mean ouch part.  I started my pt this week.  I knew my foot would be stiff, but silly me it was really stiff.  First my PT measured my range of motion.  Then he started me off with a warm whirlpool bath and having me write the ABCs in the water by using my foot.  He said that I would be working different parts of the ankle while doing this.  Then he had me do some additional exercises that sure made me want to say words that I never say, but understand why people use them.  Finally he came in and started to massage the areas that are hypersensitive and a spot on the bottom of my heel that is extremely painful.  He gave instructions on how to massage my foot to desensitize the hypersensitive spots when I’m just sitting down at home.  I’m glad that I am going to the PT that I am going to.  He is very caring.  Of course I may be cursing him after I start more aggressive pt in a few weeks.  For now, I’m trying to figure out why the bottom of my foot hurts through.  I had Haglund’s deformity surgery and Achilles tendonitis/tendinosis with debridgement surgery, so why the bottom of the foot pain?  It is very painful while walking in the boot due to the pain at the bottom.  I’m hoping this will resolve itself soon.

I’ll see my OS in a month and was told to bring my shoes, no sandals, so that I can walk out with them on.  Yay…I think. I’m looking forward to getting some semblance of my life back.  I do hope that it is sooner than later.

2 Responses to “Is it okay to say Yay and Ew Ouch in the same sentence?”

  1. Many (most, both post-op and non-op)) of us experienced serious hypersensitivity on the bottom of the foot (especially the heel) going to FWB and especially to 2 shoes. Probably just a reaction to the long NWB period. Ice can help, squishier shoes (Crocs) or insoles can help, rolling your foot over a tennis ball or a frozen water bottle can help - and “tincture of time”!

  2. I had the same surgery, and the same bottom of foot pain the first few weeks FWB. Rolling it on a frozen water bottle after PT and any time it was sore was heavenly. The massage was also very important for my recovery; it broke up a lot of scar tissue that was causing pain and impeding my progress. The first 4 weeks of PT I would leave in a little more pain than I had when I came in, but on the flip side my strength and flexibility would improve by leaps and bounds after a rough PT day. It was always encouraging to wake up the next day a little stronger/more flexible than I’d been the day before, and in less pain than I’d been in for years. Stick with it, I can tell you the pain is worth it.

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