3 weeks post op and so far so good

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PRE-OP AND POST-OP X-RAYS OF MY LEFT FOOT - The surgeon did the best job he could, considering I had a cyst from arthritis in my big toe, that prevented him from making my big toe straighter. He also cut into the back of my leg to help the Achilles come down further...I was basically walking front of foot down and not heel down first. I feel the surgeon did the best job he could with my foot, where it stood. In my case, I went 10 years with the conservative way: orthotics and roomy orthopedic shoes; in my case I waited too long...This will improve my life, because he also cut and pinned my 2nd toe which was a hammer toe - the longer I waited, the more problems he would have had to fix. He actually used some power tools, like saws, a sander, etc...Glad I was asleep. Nothing like an X-Ray to illustrate the problem and the fix. If you wonder why I waited, I really did not have pain until 6 months ago, my foot doctor's practice was bought out, AND, they destroyed all the records (unbeknownst to me); I guess I was waiting for my doctor to call me - BIG MISTAKE. 5 YEARS went by BUT - I could have had an easier surgery and recovery and result if I had been more proactive...IMO, the surgeon was GOOD - he did about 8 different small procedures - like I have said before, I have a "guardian angel" who recommended this doc & she also recommended my physical therapist...She has not let me down once in my life with providing excellent surgeons for me...BUT I do not want to get cocky or brag about this - you never know how things will progress, but I have no pain.  The back of my leg is stiff.  Once the swelling went down, my foot looks amazingly better than before...I played piano for church yesterday 3 weeks post op with my leg up on a bench.  I am going on a trip tomorrow with a travel wheelchair 

ONE QUESTION - I have not opened up the box yet of my new "rollaround" - I am in a surgical sandal (ditched the huge cam walking boot) and am walking on my foot a little more each day.  Would this kind of walker be good to get me out for a littlle shopping and to sit if I need to?  Thanks. Susan

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    Hi Susan, pleased to here you have results and reasons.  In the end you have to trust your surgeon.  I bet you were pleased to rid yourself of that boot!

    i can only tell you my experience, and that is I've only just this weekend (nearing 7 weeks) walked around a supermarket for food with my walking stick!  And I was exhausted with my foot.  Up till now I have used the mobile Goffer at my supermarket, which they hire free.  We did once use my own wheelchair with trolley attached.  

    The walker you show is good, I know because my mother uses one, and it's handy to sit down, but I can imagine you wanting to sit down frequently and not getting very far.   It might be better to leave it for a while before you go walking out for longer than 10-15 mins on your feet.  but then maybe yiu didn't have the scarf surgery, and so yiu can walk less painful than I can?

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      Thanks, Barbara - for the trip then we will take the travel wheelchair and maybe my kneewalker (to give me a little independence).  We borrowed a big wheelchair from my church and returned it because my husband could hardly lift it out of the trunk.    
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      Yes the hired ones are made of iron, the one I bought is aluminium and quite light.  Still a bit of a struggle because of it size but ok.  Did you get a special foot attachment to keep your leg raise.  I was very lucky to find an ex display model.  It's good to get out I'm so pleased I have an automatic car as I can now drive.
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      no, I have no leg raise - I'm going to have to bring a little bench to prop my leg on for the soccer games - for meals, maybe we will eat in the motel room except one meal, when I hope I can get through an hour with my leg down...The pictured "rollaround" I will keep to use in a few weeks.  I think therapy 5.27 starting date will help, because the back of my leg where he cut and stapled is quite stiff and a little sore...
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      I cannot work the wheelchair myself - so I don't know if it is worth anything - well, I could push myself with my good leg...the big, heavy one from church, well my husband said "no" to it - I would have been able to wheel myself, but I would have not been able to lift that out of my car.  I'll also bring just a plain walker with no wheels because the knee walker is too big to take on this trip...
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      May I suggest that when you go for meals you use the walker as shown in your photo.  That way you have somewhere to rest your leg if you need to.  I think this walker with wheels would be better than one without, because of the wheels.  
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      okay, I'll have Jim open the box & get it ready - that makes sense to have the "seat" for my bad leg...I love the kneewalker for at home to whiz around in, but I think I am set now on what to take...LOL...we are going to need a whole area of our basement for our medical equipment.  I think I will go for the right foot maybe in late July - not sure, but possibly...oh, and the BIG BOOT that hurts & does not fit me - they will not take it back, so I am thinking my husband can use it for his 90 degree Achilles therapy, where he needs to splint his foot up like that...
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      Hee hee, let him feel how uncomfortable it is!  Yes hospitals don't want what they give you back, health and safety I think.  But I was pleased we'd kept my walker frame and crutches in the loft space, it'll be the wheelchair up there soon.  I couldn't wait to throw my wedge shoe though, whoever invented that needs to try it themselves! 

      How long are you away for?  Is it far.  We've visited East and West USA but never central, maybe one day when we both have our ops done and dustedbiggrin

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      it is only 3 .5 hours west in the car & we are covering .75 of an hour the first day - staying at a lake resort; then going on the other 2.75 hours to my relatives and the big soccer game.
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