1st of two Haglunds Deformity Surgeries (Right Foot First)

Hi world. Hope you are doing well and wish you the best on your surgery and/or physical therapy.

I have Haglunds on both heels. I’m 41 (male) and decided it was time to take care of it. I’m a small 6′1″ 280 lb guy. Trying to do both feet in the same calendar year to make the most of my deductible and insurance. We’ll see if I can do it.

January 2nd, 2018 I had my first surgery on my right foot. After reading some of the blogs here, I see that some surgeries don’t fully detach the Achilles tendon to gain access to the back of the heel. I am unsure at this point how much was detached. I’ll find out from my doctor and let you know.

So more about the surgery: It resulted with 9 stitches up my leg near the back inside part of the heel/ankle/leg. The doctor also snipped part of my upper tendon on the inside part of the calf to relieve some tension on my Achilles by my heal. That resulted in 4 stitches and some additional soreness.

They put me in a cast/splint for 2 weeks. The first week I was on pain meds Tramadol and Norco. I slowly weened myself off of them because I know those are pretty volatile. My upper tendon surgery was throbbing and hurting more than my heel during the first couple of weeks. I also was taking 2 aspirin a day and ibuprofen and tylenol for inflammation and fevers. Strangely enough, I would get a low grade fever 2 or 3 times a day (along with the sweats) 101.7 F or so. I think the tramadol or norco caused it somehow.

I decided to take 2 weeks and 2 days off of work to give me time to keep my foot elevated. From reading from other blogs and from friends that had foot type surgeries, a key point I saw was to keep your foot elevated as much as possible to help with swelling and help positively to affect speed of recovery. After 2 weeks and 2 days, I had a post-op checkup and they removed my splint and then removed all my stitches. They put me in a walking boot but said I can but a VERY light weight bearing on it. Definitely not full weight bearing at this time. So I can stand and brush my teeth without sitting or using crutches. They put 3 wedges in my walking boot at my heel end. Doctor said I can pull 1 wedge out after 2 or 3 weeks. Then I can pull another wedge out the following week. I will have another post op appt in 4 weeks (3 weeks from tomorrow).

SIDE NOTE: I bought a pair of crutches at Goodwill for $1.75 and borrowed a knee scooter. Unfortunately my knee flared up and was more painful then my foot so have yet to use the scooter because my knee hurts too much. My knee is better but not good enough to put weight on it.

Honestly I’m completely off all pain meds and back to my 10mg Meloxicam to keep my other foot under control. I really have no pain in my right heel right now. I can take my walking off but have not trusted my sleeping habits to leave it off during the night while sleeping. I’m guessing there will be a bit of pain when I start trying to bend my ankle and/or put full weight bearing on it.

I’ll try and post some updates as I get more closer to my doc appt and any major changes. Probably rambled on too much here but if you have any questions or anything let me know. Hopefully something in this can encourage you through your surgery and recovery.