Shoe Modification

So in my rounds of youtube viewing and googling about Haglunds Deformity I came across a YouTube video…..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yZ8RF7vKlY&t=456s

They cut out the back part of the shoe to relieve the pressure on the AT/Spur. So I thought what the heck.. Ill try this on my work tennis shoes (old pair of running shoes) and see what happens. I have been walking/working/mowing grass/painting the last 3 days and literally have had ZERO pain in my non surgery foot. I seriously can not explain it. So I am seriously debating doing it to my actual running shoes… but the thought of cutting a $120-140.00 pair of shoes worries me.

Thoughts? Concerns? Comments? What y’all think?

Update - 6 months!

So I am at the 6 month mark. I went to the  Doctor for check up. He said things are looking great. I am having just a small discomfort on the outside part of my ankle but he said its normal. He said when you mess with that much of the AT and detach it just takes time to heal and harden around it.

So he released me to “jog” slowly. 10 minute segments at a time and increase 5 minutes each week for the next 6. I go back to him in 6 weeks and then it will be decided if I can run/train for a half marathon in the fall.

I went to the local high school track (of course it was being used for spring football and track practice) so I found a super flat part of the lot, laced up my shoes, and turned on my GPS watch…. it had been been 31 weeks and 3 days since my last run…. OFF I WENT.

I was pleasantly surprised I had a 10:14 mile. I was SUPER PUMPED! Best part was I woke up the next day with no pain. SO hopefully we are back on the right path!

Bad news: He X-RAYED my right foot and the same problem… Haglunds Deformity aka heel spur, bone spur, the devils point! is in the same spot as the other one…..

Cserpent….

Who is the guy that had surgery and posted an update each Week/Month on here? For some reason I can not find his page and he was VERY detailed and informative. I wanted to compare my 6 months to his how we related. I know he said months 5-8 were the toughest because you really don’t see big milestones and can become frustrated with everything.

Thanks in advance

SF

6 months…

Well this Friday will mark 6 months from surgery. Crazy to think of it that way. The biggest hurdle I feel now is mental.

I am still in PT ( 1 time a week). I do all the exercises that I can at the gym 3-4 times a week.

Yesterday I was able to do 4 sets of 25 with a jump rope! Felt really good and really weird. I walked on the Treadmill for 30 minutes and did about 2 miles at around 4.0 speed and 0%incline. I did 0.10 miles at a slow jog of 4.4 mph. SUPER weird feeling for sure. I followed up yesterday with swimming 40 laps in the pool. I wanted something VERY low impact after doing what I did yesterday.

I have been having some slight discomfort around the incision. I assume this is scar tissue breaking up bc it comes and goes. I feel GREAT and fresh in the morning and by mid day and late day I am really hurting. Been icing more and trying to sit more but my job requires constant on the feet and movement. (Hopefully nothing more)

I go back to the doctor Monday, April 16 for 6 month check up. We will see what he says. ROM and calf strength are very good at the moment. My birthday is April 17th so I am HOPING and PRAYING for a birthday gift he lets me go run outside. Would love to go to the local track and run just a mile… don’t care about the pace just want to get going again.

The worst thing the last couple weeks is my other foot is ABSOLUTELY killing me. They are going to XRAY again monday to see how much the spur has grown in 6 months, but unfortunately I know what lies ahead of me.

Update… 22 weeks POST OP

Sorry I have been slacking on the updates recently. Between work and family and foot I have been slammed.

SO yesterday was 22 weeks post op. I am GLAD I have been going to PT (I believe it was cserpenant who told me to go). It has helped out A TON. Yesterday was my best PT session yet. I made it thru with ZERO pain or discomfort. I had a session last week and was doing this square agility drill and the outside of my ankle on my surgery foot grabbed and I went down. We ended the session and went straight to icing.

I met with the foot doctor this week for my 5 month checkup. He can not believe that my calf is normal size, especially after this type of surgery. He said I will really see stronger results at the 6-9 month mark. He cleared me to start walking on a treadmill (more on that in a second). He said he wants 1 more month until we start talking about jogging.running on it.

PT has been ok. Balancing on this half dome ball, lunges, leg press machine, 4 square drill, step up and downs….. I have been leaving mentally deflated because of the discomfort in my ankle, but yesterday was REALLY uplifting. Afterwards I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 10 minutes (0.5 miles) and felt zero pain! Just have to keep taking it nice and slow.

Looking back so far its hard to believe its been 5 months! I completely underestimated the time it would for recovery. Just remember to hang tough and take it 1 day at a time.

PT

I have my first PT appointment on Wednesday. Hoping this will get me pointed in the right direction.

I am up to 30 minutes on the stationary bike and 30 laps in the pool.

What other kinds of things can I expect at PT?

Custom Inserts

Do you guys think its worth getting custom orthotics made? I know they are super expensive and insurance doesn’t cover it, but I thought I have spent all this money and time on surgery and rehab would they do anything for me?

17 Weeks…

Well today marks 17 weeks post surgery.

I went to the foot doctor yesterday. The strength is great. The ROM is great. But I am still limping and have some tenderness/slight pain on both sides of my ankle and underneath. Nothing on the back side. So the doctor is sending me to PT. The place he wanted to send me is not covered by my insurance (gotta love insurance these days), so I am waiting to hear about secondary PT place.

I asked the dreaded ? of ” Doc, when can I go back to running?” He said it would be at least another 2 months before we have that discussion (6 months post op). He said he may let me start walking on the treadmill next month depending on how the PT is going. I am currently up to 30 minutes on the stationary bike and 20 laps in the pool. Slowly building cardio back up. Amazing how quickly you can lose it!

2 questions:

1. When were you all allowed back to running?

2. I really try not to walk barefoot around the house (wear clean pair of crocs for one support). I noticed then I walk barefoot it feels really weird on the bottom of my heel. Like a squishy weird feeling (I know hard to describe in words) Thoughts?

Second Surgery? Thoughts? Opinions

Guys and Gals,

I have been going back and forth on whether to have my right foot done. I know I have a small bone spur on it and its literally the same pain I have like my left one (pre surgery). I been thinking about whether or not to have the surgery in the fall but that would put me out of running for like 2 years.

I have thought about getting fully healed from the left foot, start running and training for a half and see how it feels and put the surgery off until like the fall of 2019. I just don’t know what to do.

I miss running and competing. But having 3 kids, work and the impending 4-6 months of recovery weigh on my mentally.

Thoughts? Opinions? Lets hear them.

15 weeks Post-Op

Well today marks 15 weeks POST OP. I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks. I am up to 20 minutes on stationary bike and i did 16 laps in the pool (25m pool).

I have been feeling really good. Still walking with a limp. I feel like Im getting stronger everyday… little by little. Has anyone else dealt with the limp when they walk? When did they finally make the turn and walk normal?

I am still doing my exercises and the 2 feet calf raises. My cardio is coming back very slowly. I just have to get my DIET back on track. Its crazy how quickly you pack it on and how slow it comes off…. #babysteps