Post Ankle Surgery - Tennis shoes irritating incisions

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Does anyone have any suggestions about how to better cushion my incision scars or what types of tennis shoes may not irritate them so much? Right now my shoes that were comfortable before the surgery are rubbing my incision scars and causing a lot of discomfort. Thanks in advance!

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    For the record, I am 11 weeks post surgery and in therapy starting to walk again.

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      I had a Talo-Navicular fusion last June and weeeks ago went back into surgery to have the metalwork removed resulting in a tender scar on the top of my foot. I have been using a piece of very soft sponge over the scar line to cushion and protect where the laces fasten, and doing them up fairly loosely, enabling me to walk without shoes pressing on it.


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    Where is your incision?

    I had ORIF surgery 8 weeks ago for a fibula fracture, so my incision was on the side of my leg, from my ankle, up 12cm. I am wearing a compression tube over my foot still to manage swelling which is also stopping a lot of the rubbing - this might help - you can get them from the physio or a chemist. I am wearing nike's and they only rub when the ankle starts to swell up. I also have to do the laces looser than I used to.

    It has been rainy and very cold here so I wore lace up snow boots yesterday because they had much better traction for slippery ground. They were much more comfortable over the incision. However, the lacing did cause a bit of issues with swelling, because there is no give my leg was a little lumpy. It went back to normal after about 30mins of elevation. The same thing happened when I attempted to wear regular socks and not the super fluffy stretchy kind.

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      I have incisions on both sides of my leg, both starting just below my ankle. I did wear a compression sleeve today and that seemed to help a ton with the swelling and the rubbing, so that is probably what I'll do.

      Ugh, the though of snow, ice and slipping gives me anxiety. This is how I injured myself!

      Thank you for the feedback!! I'm super jealous you are walking 8 weeks post surgery! I wasn't even allowed to try it at 25% weight bearing until I was 8 weeks post!

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      I'm guessing your heading into summer if you did yours slipping on ice.

      I did mine missing last step at an ice rink after hockey training, but not on the ice itself (of course!). We are just starting winter here (Australia) but there should not be any ice or snow where I live, just a lot of rain and slippery grass/mud/leafs.

      I only fractured one bone, and tore a bunch of ligaments so I was non weight bearing for 'six weeks' - the outpatient orthopaedic clinic at the hospital only operates on thursdays and I did it on a monday so it was actually only 5 weeks and 3 days, and then I was cleared to start weight bearing as tolerated with the specialist wanting me to be completely weaned from boot and crutches by 3 weeks. Today is exactly 3 weeks and I have met that goal. I am still limpy and I need to take breaks when walking long distances.

      At first I thought it was going to be impossible as I could barely put any weight through it and I had lost so much muscle from my leg. I have been going to the local pool twice a week to do walking and standing excerises in the water, because this takes a lot of the pressure of the leg while building the muscles back up. And I have been doing physio twice a week to get the movement back into the joints (I also tore ligaments in the other ankle when I fell!). Its helps that I was seeing the physio prior to the fall so I know what my baselines where for movement and stability and where I need to get back too.

      The thing that annoys me the most right now is how much my toes hurt from the tight tendons in my foot. The whole thing is just so jammed up.

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      The pool! I didn't considering walking around in a pool. I must try that.

      Yes, I slipped on the ice on what was quite possibly the last day we had ice. Perfect.

      You're also very lucky you had your surgery quickly! I was in a temporary splint I received in the ER for two weeks before I had my surgery, so really I didn't move for ten weeks! Did you require surgery on your other ankle as well?

      I think my big pet peeve (other than my incisions) is my shin. My shin still feels like it has nerve block most of the time. It's getting better but it is weird and rubbery.

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      yes I was very lucky, and they operated on the fractured ankle the day after I did it. The public health system here works most of the time!

      The other ankle hasn't required surgery (so far!), I have been wearing a special brace on it because they didnt want me in a walking boot on it because the risk of fall would be too great with the other leg out of action. Hoping that 6 weeks of full weight bearing through it hasnt caused too much issues with the healing process.

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