Paroneal tendon surgery

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Hey I recently had a surgery involving my paroneal tendons in my right ankle and was looking for answers to my questions. Thanks 😊

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    I had paroneal tendon subluxation surgery two weeks ago. I'm wondering what your experiences where. Did you get another fiberglass cast put on or were you transitioned to a boot? Were you still nwb with crutches or were you allowed to walk? When did you start pt? I had groove deepening,some tissue scooped out,part of my tendon cut because it was so stretched out and repair of some tears. I have extreme flexible,unstable ankles an will probably be having the same surgery as my other ankle has started to sublax as well. Any and all answers and advice are appreciated. Thanks 😊

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    13 months ago I had peroneal tendon repair on my left ankle.  I was in a cast for two week, then the stitches were removed and I was put in a boot.  I started PT the day after I got the boot.  I was NWB while in the cast, but as soon as I got the boot I could start walking, no crutches.  I also could take the boot off at night (yay!). And I could drive my car. I think I had the boot for 8 weeks, then I went into a soft brace for another 8 weeks.  While in the brace, I was to wear it full time (during the day) for the first 4 weeks then start tapering and wearing it less and less.  I had two rounds of PT, 8 weeks each time, so the PT lasted while I was in the boot and the brace.  I have 100% range of motion, no real pain at all (my ankle does get tired on really long days) but I do still have a little bit of swelling at times but my ortho surgeon assures me that is normal.  Hope your experience is as good as mine was and that you have great results.  Good luck!
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      Hey I was wondering what exactly you had done? My surgery sounds to be major as I am nwb for six weeks the partial weight bearing for four. ((As of now)) I was wondering if the stitches were normal as I was informed of no surgery there. I have the stitches on the peroneal tendons but on the otherside of the bone. Kinda freaking out 😂 Thanks.

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      I think your surgery was probably more serious than mine.  I had no subluxation, I shredded my peroneal tendon so my surgeon had to clean up the shredding and put it all back together.  I think the surgery took a few hours, but I was able to go home that evening.  I have to admit, when I saw my stitches for the first time I thought I would gag.  No one said my ankle was going to look like part of Frankenstein's ankle!  I have about a 4-5 inch scar right behind the ankle bone running up my heel and leg and another about the same running below the ankle bone down my foot towards my toes.  It looked hideous, but now, it has almost disappeared, I'm so relieved (I used lots of lotion on it!)  You may also experience numbness, the entire side of my foot was numb and my little toe plus the one next to it was numb. Most of the top of my foot was numb as was a little up my leg.  When that all started to come back to life it was an interesting feeling, lots of tingling.  Icing calmed it down for me.  I still have some spots of numbness, but they are going away, little by little. As I mentioned, I was able to put weight on my foot after the cast came off at two weeks.  You do not put on that boot and just waltz off, it's a process.  My first PT appointment was the day after getting the boot and I didn't try to walk until seeing the PT, I was very nervous.  She was great and taught me how to walk in the boot and helped me to understand the limitations of walking.  Don't skip the PT and do the exercises they give you, so helpful.  Your ankle is going to be weak and your leg muscles diminish even after just a few weeks.  You probably have more pain than I did because your surgery was more extensive.  Everybody on this website will tell you over and over to ice and elevate.  They are right, that helps a ton.  Even if you aren't in much pain but are swelling, ice and elevate.  Can't tell you that often enough.  And if you can get an extra set of sessions of PT out of your doctor, do it.  I begged and got 8 more sessions and it was great.  She helped me to walk correctly, balance evenly on each foot and regain my normal gait.  If you have to do this again on the other side, try hard now to get a really good PT near your home and develop a good relationship.  I had PT prior to my surgery, my primary care doc thought maybe strengthening the muscles around the injured area might help and maybe it did.  For you, knowing you have to do this again, maybe there is something you can do before the second surgery to make it easier.  And the last nugget I will offer is get the knee scooter.  I was so much happier using it instead of the crutches.  I wasn't so tired so I had a lot more energy to do my exercises.  Plus I was another accident waiting to happen on the crutches, what a total klutz.  The knee scooter made those first two weeks totally bearable.  So good luck to you, hope it's going well.  So sorry that you'll be doing this again, but you'll learn a lot from this experience and make the next one easier.  Hope my experiences help a little, but everyone is different.  Best wishes to you!

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