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Hello. I just found out last month that the talonavicular joint in my left foot is bone-on-bone due to arthritis and bone spurs are being created. Surgery is my only option at this point but I'm worried about handling the post-op period. First, does "non-weight bearing" literally mean you can't put any weight on your foot ever? I'm thinking that I'll need to put weight on it momentarily for balance when standing from a sitting position. I've never been good with crutches so I anticipate using a knee scooter. Second, when driving, can the foot be on the floorboard? It seems that there would be some weight on it then. Finally, I've been reading these forums and many people have complained about losing leg strength. Is it ok to do leg exercises that don't involve weight bearing? I'm thinking about some of the ones that I did after my knee replacement where I was mostly moving the knees and legs while lying on the bed or sitting in a chair.
I understand that it will take about a year to fully heal, and that's ok. I've had heal spur removal w/tendon release in both feet and a knee replacement in the past so I'm used to slow recoveries. It's the immediate day-to-day things post-op that have me a little worried this time. I also keep my 2 and 4 year old grandsons quite often so I need to plan ahead. Any experience or advice that you can share would be welcome.
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