6 days post op for talo-navicular fusion

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I am now 6days post op and had talo-navicular fusion. I am using the I-walk to get around. The question I have is, whenever I dont have my foot elevated which is most of the time I have been getting some aching around where I would imagine the fusion and plate to be. Is this normal?

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    Hello Shirley, So glad to hear that your iwalk helped you. I got one before going in for a total ankle replacement and found that it made a huge difference to my recovery. To be able to work around the home hands free was fantastic. I would have gone crazy depending on others especially as I live alone. My recovery has gone well so I will be selling my iwalk! As regards to your aching have you tried icing?

    All the best, Richard

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      Hi Richard

      Yes I love my I-Walk and like you live alone and wanted to be as independant as possible. With it I can even go out and hose my garden. No I havent tried icing but will give it a go. Its not painful and I only take some paracetamol maybe a couple of times a day. Looking forward to taking a a look at it on Thursday week when they change my half cast for a full one.

      Glad to hear your recovery has gone really well

      Shirley

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      Dear Shirley thanks I even walked down to my local shop to do some shopping on my iWalk totally hands free. So much better than crutches! Cheers Richard
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      Dear Richard, thats brilliant. Trust me that piece of equipment has already paid for itself twice over. I dont know how I would have managed without it! Shirley
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    Hi Shirley

    I no it is difficult to rest but honestly my advice is to seriously do as little as possible at this early stage.  It is normal for aching around the site at this stage but rest is a must.  Elevation as high as possible is key too.  I would put a really thick couple f cushions on my settee chari arm and get the leg up as far as possible.  Pain they say is a sign of healing....... Here if you need a chat and stay strong in the mind it is improving each day x

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      Thanks for your kind message Annabelle, I am resting most of the time apart from the obvious needs of food, loo etc. I purchased a large foot rest which my foot is on at all times when sat and also in bed. No pain just some aching but no requirement for anyhting other than the occasional paracetamol. Worst bit is this heat to be honest. Its draining enough getting around but in this heat its real bad. A week on today and I think I am doing well. Lets hope my consultant thinks so In a weeks time!
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    Wow that looks good rest to me.  I remember looking at my leg like that for hours on end and the days seem so long!  The hot weather makes us all feel like going outside...I suggest you dont.  The last thing we need is a burnt ankle, foot or toes sticking out from a pot!  Time passes and you will get better.  I joined Tesco Groceries and obtained a delivery pass for £6 per month.  That entitled me to a free delivery 7 days a week if I wanted it.  After a few days the drivers all knew I was in pot and brought the shopping in and put it away.  I kept all my toiletries wipes, creams etc in a table by my settee.....anything to eliminate walking unnecessarily!  I  hope you stay strong...remember there are thousands of us out here who know you will get better, because we sat like that too.  I broke my ankle on Friday 4th May the first bank holiday weekend and the first sign of sun for the year.  I lay in that hospital bed in blazing heat.............I felt ill in every way, mentally and physically and now I am here typing to you...walking around and even walking up the stairs.  HOLD on tight ......one day at a time my friend god bless

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      I forgot to add the first month delivery pass is FREE! so it costs you nothing.  Ready meals, fruit and yoghurts etc etc.....You should try it was a life saver to me in my desperate days!
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    Morrisons do a delivery pass too!   The other thing is then you get to see someone each day, who chats to you and makes you feel cared about in a funny way....One of my drivers told me how he broke hs leg as a child,,,,You also know you can have some boiled ham and salad and chicken and maybe cheese and crackers and that makes us feel good a good nibble x We need calories for wound and bone healing x hope this helps you x oh and order some ice cream cones there nice too and strawberries god bless x  It also passes a few hours of the week choosing your shopping x
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      Thanks Annabelle, you are an inspiration! Thanks for all your ideas. My freezer is very well stocked and luckily I have a daughter and ex who can get me any fresh stuff I need, but there may well come a time when I need Morrisons or similar so I will bear that in mind.

      Like  you I have a table by the settee with most everyday things on it and have risers on my settee so that its easy to get up off as it was quite low before. The worst thing is the long hours without any company but I am filling the days with thingsI never seemed to have the time to sit down and do before!

      Lovely to have you as a friend Annabelle, take care xxx

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      I was told to waggle my toes as fast as I could each day by my consultant and hence I think this helped with the mobility!  I never once put weight on that injured leg,,,but boy it was tempting at times.  Personal hygiene consisted mainly of wipes, wipes and more wipes...... I arranged a hair dresser to come to my home that passed another day and I felt human again that day!  I went on amazon and bought myself some books to read.....I SLEPT FREQUENTLY that passed time!  I ordered things that I would need when that pot came off online...such as E45 cream, vaseline, foot scrub........flanenels, a new bowl to wash it in...anythign to pass the time.  I love baking and I looked at new rrecipes to try and I actually moved house too 5 days after surgery...well my mum did and the van men who moved us..........I told myself YOU CANNOT RUSH ANYMORE RUSHING IS OVER..... rushing is still over and you no what I now do not miss rushing........I ordered magazines from tesco... I sat for hours moisturising my good leg and my toes poking out the pot!  I used micellar water on my face and then moisturiser with face oil this helped me feel human,,,,as that ankle surgery makes us feel old ancient and i felt damn ugly with the suffering at times.........I told myself every morning that is another day over! and solwly those days add up yeah.............. god bless and dont be afraid to tell your family when you have a bad day.  If yu are like me i KEPT TELLING THEM I was fine, but it does build up at some point ,,,,,then we move on again recoupling that inner damn strength ...I GET IT X GOD BLESS X

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      You sound very much like me! Absolutely detrmined I am not going spoil things but put my foot down. the only time I do is when on the loo and I just rest my heel on the floor briefly but absolutely no weight. I want this to heal and work for me and doing as my consultant says is paramount. Luckily I bought the I-Walk which has paid for itself several times already. I really dont know what I would have done without it.

      I had a bit of a melt down yesterday beacuse my 29 yr old daughter was to my mind being a bit thoughtless. She has just moved into her first home and took the laundry basket from the loo and just dumped my stuff on the floor. I also asked her to mop my laminate floors for me and the answer was basically no I dont have time. I guess it made me feel a little alone and a tad vulnerable but I have bounced back. I have done washing this morning and hung 2 items I want dry straight away on the line. The rest I shall leave for my ex who I have to say has been wonderful, calling in every day. I was tearful to my dad on the phone but then as you do I pulled myself together!!

      As you say its a long haul but the first week has gone really quickly and hopefully theothers will do the same. Cant wait for next week when I get my replacement cast and can actually not be required to elevate any more. Another hurdle crossed!!

      I managed to stand over the bath and wash my hair the other day and boy does it make you feel great. Just a pity I cant have a shower! I am having strip washes and like you am using wipes too. Plenty lined up to do but waiting until I no longer have to elevate so it will all be much easier!

      Lots of love, stay strong

      Shirley xx

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      Hi again x

      It is ok to have a melt down I had a few and shouted a couple of times.......... It makes us as mums stop and think how selfish children can be at times.  The problem I think lays with the fact we still smile despite our terrible ankles...we wait long hours for that child or visitor to arrive and when they do they often pop in and out in a wirl wind and then we no we are alone again for another day struggling and battling and every single thing we do takes up 6 times longer now.  We all have bad days.  I would bet every single person does!  Fear of the unknow running round our heads.  will it heal...will the pain stop...will I walk again....Will I go to the shops again...will I be me again that care free person trotting around at 100 mile an hour as us ladies tend to.  I learnt to shout a bit at my kids LOL! THAT GETS ATTENTION........We are emotional following these surgeries and been unable to carry even our own weight!  i am sure you felt great after washing your hair.  I stood on one leg at the kitchen sink to do mine on one leg.  Some get in the shower with a bin bag...NOT for me I decided I was not going to skid in that shower and do more harm.  You no what the first bath I actually got when my pot came off wasn't as good as I thought it would be.  It hurts us when we think our kids dont see our pain and we dont understand how they just trot off and leave us alone............IT IS CRUEL AT TIMES...but that made me more determined to think I will be bludy strong....GOD BLESS I am here for you x Do not hink because you had a tear your weak your are not is is part of the journey I assure you... I treat myself to a glass of wine or 2 every night that helped me relax LOL X

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    Ok 2 weeks today and my first appt back at the hospital. half cast removed and foot looking quite good with neat scar. 2 plates and five screws in situ. New full fibreglass cast applied today. No stitches to come out as dissolvable.

    Foot a bit sore tonight and cast seems a lot tighter than my other one. I dont need to elevate now but just feel like foot is swelling every time I have it down. Hopefully it will settle down. Anyone else had this? Currently got it upso it doesnt get too swollen. It hasnt swelled before so a bit worried that maybe the cast is a little tight?

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