Before and after photos

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it's week three of my scarf and akin osteoctomy and k wire in hammer toe.  Today they removed the dressing and tidied the stitches, they were dissolvable but needed the nots off each end.  Thought I would share my photos.  The pair were take. On 29 March day before op.  The others as the dressing came off.  And the last at home after. Wonderful massage with E45.  Feels weird though but the surgeon said it would get better.  Still in wedge shoe, next week k wire our if middle toe then start to wear comfy shoes, I hope!biggrin

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    Great photos Barbara. Mine looked like that with the big toe standing away when it first came out of bandages but soon settled down.  

    Great to have a record of your progress.

     

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      It gradually comes back Barbara. Mine started to improve about 6-7 weeks post op and gradually better each week since then. You gradually try to wiggle it more and more and when it feels more robust you can start toe raises against the wall but I would check with your surgeon when this is advisable as everyone's procedures are different.

      massage is important to prevent stiffness and helps scars too.

      at 15 weeks my toe still doesn't bend much and I am having physio but consultant says I should expect to get 50 degree bend back so am working at it. I have a staple at base of toe and screw lower down.

      good luck.

       

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    Hi. Good photos! Here's a photo of my foot at the two-week appointment - toes wide apart and big toe stiff as a post! My toe still has only 50 degrees of flex even when forced and is likely to stay that way apparently. At least it is pointing forwards instead of sideways under the second toe though! It also felt weird at first but is gradually feeling more like it is MY toe! I can cycle (have been doing since six weeks) but running is still difficult even now at the eleven week point.
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    I find Asics gel trainers good too! My favourite footwear though is my Teva strap sandals. They are lovely and soft with adjustable width and just to make them even better my podiatrist has stuck some pieces of different density foam stuff to the sandal under the ball of my foot to help my foot roll forwards comfortably.
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    Great pictures, Barbara, but I will look more in about 5 days when I have gotten through the surgery...am anxious right now, but they will help me, I am sure in a few days.  Reminds me to take a before picture - why didn't the surgeon or someone do that, I wonder?
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    Hi. Sorry for the delay. The Tevas are "casual". They are Original Leather Diamond. on looking at the "active" range, those sandals look even better as the soles have some shape and maybe arch support rather than just being flat. By the way, no, they have no stalk between the first and second toes.
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      Thanks for the suggestion, went out looking today and thought I'd look in Blacks.  To my amazement they sold Teva sandals so I tried on the cloth minimal straps ones and they were soooooo comfortable, I could even walk on my op foot in them.   Width not too bad and as they are Velcro I'm going to had sew a bit more of the soft Velcro on toe width just in case needed.  Look good too.  As its summer wanted to keep my toes free from enclosed shoes.
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