what kind of shoes and how to determine size?

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Hi all,

I am s/p bimalleolar surgery 10 weeks- had a cast on for 7 and now a boot for 7 more.  My foot is swelled and continues to swell more after I walk on it much and is still quite painful on the inside ankle side.  I can not imagine wearing shoes at all and was told to bring my shoe with  me at my next visit in a few weeks.  I am quite certain that none of my current shoes will fit.  Am wondering if anyone has advice on how much bigger the replacement shoe needs to be than the reg size.  I hate to buy 2 pairs, but if I have too- I only one to do this once until my foot is more normal.   I have thought about crocs but I know these are not very supportive for the feet- and the plastic seems kind of hard.  Right now, I cannot stand to have anything touching my inside ankle- (nerves I guess)- even the sheets at night so you can see that I am in a quandry (as I am sure everyone is at this stage).  Any advice wil be appreciated!  Thanks so much,

Jan

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    Hi Jan,

    I am wearing my regular tennis shoes at 14 weeks. My regular tennis shoes that I wore before surgery. These are Skechers and are comfy and roomy to begin with. When in boot, I bought a shoe with a stacked heel to even out to the height of the walking boot. I was lucky to comfortably fit right back into my regular tennis shoes. Good luck Jan!

    Yvonne

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    Hi Jan what is the surgery you have had, not sure what it is. Thanks
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      Hi wendy- I had a bimalleolar fx and had ORIF surgery.  The outside ankle incision is nonhealing so I have not been able to wear the boot- it has been frustrating as I cannot go outside w/out some type of shoe, so wore a huge slipper when I went to get my hair cut yesterday.  I only wore the boot for a few days before we notice the wound looking so bad- that was 3 weeks ago.  I have been told not to wear it (wound is finally showing some scabbing but will be weeks before it is healed)- So am just wondering what I may need to consider when that day comes.  My foot was super swelled in the cast too- I think I may just be one that tends to have a lot of swelling for awhile.  After I am up on it for just a few moments- it about doubles in size.  The inside incision healed fine but have some awful nerve pain on that one and I can hardly stand to have anything touch it.... the thought of having a shoe hit it- aauuugggghhhhh!!
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    Nerve pain in feet are miserable. I wear shoes from a medical supply store for feet with nerve issues. I have MORTENS NERVE SYNDROME in both feet and even the sheet so others them.

    since its been so soon after surgery wait for heeling then decide what shoes to get or wear. Most of my shoes are stretchy and soft inside. Great arch support is important.

    im sure your doctor will have good suggestions for your particular needs.

    good Luck ,

    peace & heeling 

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      Hope4Cure,

      thx!  I will have to look that nerve syndrome up.  I feel for you- cannot imagine what it must be like- esp. in both feet.

      You would think the MD would give suggestions, but all I was told was to bring in my shoe at my next visit (that is 14 weeks post op!).  And I go to a world renowned hospital- w/ a top notch foot/ ankle specialist- go figure!

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      Soon you will heel and shoes will be sorted out. Not to worry this will all be worked out for you. There are so many shoes to research that could be a good start for you while waiting to see your doc at the next appt. 

      arch support and and good padding is the secret to good fit.

       

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    I am 12 weeks post trimalleor fracture. I went to a running store and was fitted my bad foot was 1 1/2 sizes longer then my good one. They recommended brooks running shoes and they help. I also used croc at home and in and out bed they were ok but not for long walks.
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    Hi, jan30278. I am still NWB after having trimalleoar fracture 8/14, antibiotics then surgery 8/25. I have nerve pain in inner ankle (still in cast). My friend that was a nurse suggested I ask the dr about gabapentin for nerve pain at my next appointment (having xrays and hoping to get the boot). I don't know if that is an option for you. As far as shoes, there are walking stores that can help you find something. Sometimes you can find suggested shoes by podiatrists online. Hoid luck!

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      Thx Lisa- I m on gabapentin and it definitely helps but not sure about the inner ankle pain- am hoping it is not from the screws😡😡.

      Gabapentin is great for the nerve pain!

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    I did get a pair of Crocs and still wear them. I am 8 mos out from surgery and have only been able to get back into my tennis shoes about a month ago.  I did have some supportive Clark sandals I wore a little this summer. One of my brand new pairs of boots from the last winter (right before my break) I can get into... the other one no way yet.  My doc said to wear whatever was comfortable. I did get a pair of slip on clogs that work pretty good.  It will get better it just takes time, but being cheap I just have a hard time buying 2 pairs of the same shoe... 
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