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I had a Cartiva implant done 15 weeks ago on Feb. 27. Recovery had been a nightmare. So far have had, in this order: the big walking boot, the small walking boot, an "appropriate running shoe (wide), back to the small walking boot, back to the big walking boot today.
I have been on Norco and then an Rx for inflammation (28 days, 2x a day). Pain is getting worse. I had 12 PT sessions that are over with the PT saying "There is no more he can do for you." I have had an Xray and yesterday an MRI.
Results of MRI - perfectly normal healing. Translation - you are still swollen and that is what is causing your severe pain. So, back in the walking boot I go, but not before being administered a monster Cortisone shot today, directly in the big toe knuckle.
Apparently my body is not healing as quickly as ALL of the other doctor's patients. I am the only one who has EVER had "complications" and this much swelling.
I am 61, weigh 125 lbs, 5'4 and am in excellent physical shape. I eat well and take care of myself. So, I am having a really hard time understanding this recovery. Eight years ago I had a pin put in my other foot for the same issue - bunionectomy - and the recovery was done by now.
Oh, I am also wearing a toeless compression sock for at least nine month, every day.
Yesterday, I was so depressed and in pain I literally could not function. Because my gait is off, and I cannot walk properly, my back and upper neck are stiff and sore. The frustration post-surgery is hard. I expected a quicker recovery time and swelling for a while, but not pain.
I am in another forum on here about the Cartiva. Some of you reading this probably have heard my story, except for the MRI, which just happened.
Anyone else experience a recovery like this. I am a very positive person and put my trust in the doctor and I feel like I should be patient, but my intuition is telling me something is amiss. I will follow the directions about the boot for 2 more weeks, when I see her again. Would love to know your experience with Cartiva if it was for the same issue as I have. Second toes and other surgeries are not what I had. Just the big toe - bunionectomy (which I think I have spelled wrong) Thank you!
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