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6 weeks 3 days - Peroneal Tendon Surgery Recovery

Monday, March 28, 2016

Today I got my boot! That's the good news. I can practice standing on it and putting weight on it to balance... also good news. Got to wash my foot today! VERY GOOD NEWS! That thing was nasty!!!! I got all the stern strips off today and I must say that my surgeon is a artist. I wish he had done some of my abdominal surgeries. emoticon It is very thin and with some Mederma cream I don't think it will be all that noticeable in time. I start PT tomorrow to start rehabbing this puppy. Again, good news.

Healing is happening albeit very slowly. It feels great. I turned it to the outside for the first time today at the doctor's office and for the first time in YEARS, yes, I said years with an S, I didn't feel any pain at all. I nearly cried with joy.

Now for the not so good news...

Still can't walk on the thing for two weeks. I'm so ready to ditch the scooter. It has been a godsend in many ways but I'm ready to shed my constant companion. I still can't ride my recumbent bike either. :( I was really hoping to get back on the cardio bandwagon this week.

Also, I am still experiencing nerve pain. It's not near as intense as it once was, it really only bothers me when I try to go to sleep. I feel it most of the time though.

A good bit of my foot on the outside is numb. I can't feel my pinky toe or the bottom of my foot on that side. The incision is also numb, which I expected, the other numbness I did not expect. The doctor said because of the extent of the damage and the reconstruction that I may or may not get all that feeling back. I can still move my pinky toe it's just numb, so it doesn't really affect my balance that I can tell yet.

So, there's a lot of good news, and so much to be thankful for despite the not so good things. I would still do it again for the relief from pain I have gotten from it. I go back to the doctor in 6 weeks to see where we are. I will continue PT all that time. By the end of May, I should be out of the boot and into a shoe again. It has definitely been a journey. I hope the record of my experience will help someone who might be facing a similar surgery.
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    Good to hear about how you are doing, Kimmy.
    Sounds pretty awesome, considering how damaged your tendons were.
    A little more patience and you will have a lot more freedom... 2 weeks. It must be very boring and frustrating.
    I think you will get much more feeling back. I base that on 2 experiences:
    • I had 2 knee replacements and had numbness on the outside of the incisions for many months, but when I stopped paying attention, feeling came back after a while.
    • My mother had pain nerves cauterized (destroyed) in her neck to temporarily "cure" neck pain, and those nerves regenerated in about 6 months (it would have been faster in a younger person.)
    ...so I think it might take a few months, not weeks, but nerves will probably grow back even if they have been cut.
    emoticon emoticon Hugs, prayers and best wishes
    1394 days ago
    Great news on the boot and rehab! Incision scars are weird... it's awesome that yours is so thin. I had the same surgeon for both of my knee replacements, but totally different looking scars. Oh well!

    I have nerve issues after both of my knees beyond the incisions. After several years the feeling hasn't come back completely, but I've gotten used to it over time. I do sometimes also have issues when I'm trying to sleep. My rheumatologist put me on Lyrica and that has really helped. Fingers crossed that you get all the feeling back!!

    Here's to being back on the bike sooner than later!

    1395 days ago
    Speedy recovery!
    1395 days ago
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