12 weeks post op

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Just had clinic appt with surgeon. Healing and x-rays looking good but said I should not be in any pain! Been walking, exercising my foot and esp big toe for last 6 weeks to get it moving. Suffering pain, swelling, shooting pains and burning at rest. Now he says the joint needs to rest to reduce the pain. To see orthotics to gef an insole with bar under big toe. If this works he "might" fuse the joint. Can't bear to go back to square one. Anyone had this done ? The insole might get me back to work, questions being asked now about return. Not getting paid anyway!

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    Hi can I ask you how long you could not weight bear after the op? I am more than likely to need to op soon, but to date the specialist has advised me orthotics which I collect next week, and said an op wont make much difference.But I really think I need the op and then use the insoles after it. i dont want an op really as cannot even think of having weeks without walking, and everyday activities and how long the whole healing process takes.
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      After the op you wear a special shoe which is non weight bearing for 6 weeks. On no account to put weight through the joint so showering etc difficult. After that I was told to get trainers on and get moving but the swelling and stiffness meant I could not get into anything, even bigger and wider than normal. Got a low cut, velcro dolly type shoe in Brantano eventually. Every body is different and you have to go at your own pace and be a patient patient!
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      Hi

      so in a nutshell for 6 weeks after the Op, you are sitting down and resting/elevating feet and certainly no working/driving or any type of house work, shopping etc. Just want to be fullyn prepared and ready for when I do have the dreaded operation!

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      You get used to the walking boot and can get out and about, you will get crutches or walking sticks at first. You have to get used to putting the boot on before your foot hits the floor at all times and the heel walking is slow. Def. no driving but nothing to stop you attempting walking, housework etc. Swelling and pain will have you elevating your foot, high, whenever you sit down and this helps. So, not too miserable, just slow progress.
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    What f orthotics have a bar under the foot. Not sure if I get that?

    I just got my boot off today after 9.5wks of no weightberring and for now I'm suppose to walk with boot for 1wk (get ft use to it) then next wks ease myself into a training shoe. I must say already I'm having swelling and pain. And that burning fire feeling your talking about. I know all about that! I've been suffering feeling most of my recovery. It still comes and goes. It seemed when had my foot being pressed on one spot for too long this would happen. Also from what I understand its the nerves adjusting to the surgery. I found that relieving the pressure certainly helped. Just take your time. Don't push self too much. You'll find yourself hurting yourself and you'll have to repeat to fix the damage. I can't wait to back to work. My Dr seems to be talking his time with me, but I'm sure for great reason. If you Have y more questions, don't hesitate to ask. Wishing Well,

    Jen

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      Not sure myself Jennifer but I understand it is an insole with a firm bar under my big toe which will prevent the large joint from flexing. As would happen if the joint was fused. The insole has also to be made so that it throws the weight of my foot onto the innner, big toe joint. I have walked for so many years on the outer edge of my foot to avoid the pain so now it is complicating my recovery. All very mechanical but surgeon said it takes a year for your brain to catch up that your 'footprint' has altered.Good luck with trying your trainers!
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    I'm 12 weeks post still got pain ! ­čś×swelling and as I decribe as foot on fire all the time !! I returned to work on phase return yesterday really found it hard !!
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      Hi Gill, how is your foot today after working yesterday? Looking at the forum I do think pain at only 12 weeks is common but surgeon adamant there should be none! I hope your work are being kinder to you than the reaction I'm getting. My GP even said they are being "rather harsh" considering other patients he has with less trauma than I have had. Stress is not what I need just now.........
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    I am 14 weeks and still have pain. Not loads but achy big toe joint stiffness and ocassional shooting pains. Still slight limp too. Physio is trying to get flexibility back in my very stiff foot.
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