Wednesday, February 8, 2012

3 Months After Surgery

Wow, so far I am about 70% happy w/ my decision.  The unhappy 30% has to do with the soreness, tightness, painful (2-3 times a week/when wearing narrow shoes/when it rains/when it is cold), and of course the scars which continue to improve; however, very slowly.  This has definitely been way more extensive than what I anticipated.  I thought that by month three I would be feeling pretty normal and the scars would be almost transparent but oh boy, was I wrong.  Improvement is definitely evident week after week but not as fast as I'll like to. My 3 toe is my biggest concern because of the folding skin.  I saw the doctor 2 weeks ago and he assured me the skin will reabsorb since it has nowhere  else to go.  However, I remember reading a post on Dr. Silverberg's blog( ishttp://www.bestpodiatristnyc.com/common-misconceptions-about-foot-surgery/) stating that extra skin doesn't reabsorb.  He said, extra skin remains extra skin.  However, he did mention that there is a small exemption if hammertoe and corn removal where both performed on the same toe.  I really hope this is my case!  My toes are definitely shorter and I found out I am a size 8 and 8 1/2 (I always wore 7 1/2, what was I thinking), however, I've gone to buy shoes and 8 1/2's are way to big and most 8's causes my foot to slip right out of the shoe.  I'm so confused, has this happened to anyone?

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  1. So I've done some research and found a product called "Scar Away", that I'm now using. Instead of trying to keep up with the constant rubbing of creams 3xs a day, I like this better....so far. My scars are hypertrophic (raised above the skin)and very dark in some places while pink in others. Anyway, they're silicone sheets that you can cut down to size and apply them to your feet. I've been using them for a day and a half and I already see a difference! I bought it at Walgreens. Hope this helps!
    www.myscaraway.com
    -Shereese

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  2. How does the scarring look now? did the skin heal.....also did the skin reabsorb?.....do you have pictures?

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  3. Hey there,

    The skin is still healing. The scars appereance has minimize but only very little. They have also started to flatten which I was so scared about. I use pure shea butter and maderma twice a day. The skin has not reabsorb but they don't look bad. I will post pictures soon.

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  4. Are your feet still shrinking? It could be the swelling that's not letting you fit Into your normal size shoe for now.

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  5. Hello Michelle, I believe that my foot has stop shrinking and the scars have definitely flatten. I've realized that in open sandals I am a 7 1/2 and an 8 in closed shoes, sneakers, and boots.

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  6. Oh ok thanks. I just had my surgery on Friday on both feet. Thanks for writing this blog. Your blog has been a good point of reference for me.

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    1. I'm getting both of my feet too, sometime in September. How immobile were you first two weeks? what about first four weeks? How are you feeling now?

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    2. I am happy to be able to provide some insight. Kudos to you for getting both feet done at the same time n during the Summertime when we tend to swell most! I am planning on getting my left foot done this winter.

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  7. How did you feel 4 months post op? 5 months post op? When did you start wearing flip flops and tennis shoes with socks?
    I'm just worried because I plan on getting toe shortening surgery in September, and after 4.5 months, I plan on traveling... and I don't want my feet to swell, especially since I'll be on a plane for like 13 hours. Were you able to do normal things such as driving and walking after 2 weeks?

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  8. Hi Zoey,

    I stop wearing the ugly big sneaker (8 1/2 W) at around three months post. Expect swelling for about 3 months. I traveled at 4 n 3 weeks post n wore my first peep toe flat sandals and aerosles wedges (2 1/2 inches) then. I felt fine, no complications and at 5 months I felt pretty normal. My only concern at this point were my scars. It took about 6-8 months for the scars to be completely flatten.

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  9. Hi there, I just stumbled upon this, as I was looking up 8 weeks post hammertoe surgery. I had three toes done on both feet on 11-1-2012. The pain was the worst that night, but still not as bad as I was anticipating. I had k-wires in two of the three toes on both feet. After two weeks, the stiches came out, I was able to drive myself to that appointment. One of the pins worked it's way out during week three, on a Friday night, it hurt so bad I pulled it out the rest of the way, and felt so much better. I was so happy when all the pins came out at the 4 week mark, and could not believe that it did not hurt!
    It is now 8 weeks post op, and I have not yet returned to work because my toes swell so much. I can fit into my sneakers first thing in the morning and I go out with the dogs for 2 or 3 miles, but once the sneaks come off for the day, they will not fit again. I had bought a pair of Crocs, one size too big and wear them all the time, they are fake fur lined so good for the winter. The pain from this whole thing was really not as bad as I expected, except when the dog steps on them! The biggst thing for me is the swelling.

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    1. I forgot to add that I have no feeling in the pinky toe of my right foot, I think a nerve was cut...it feels like your lip does after the dentist.

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  10. Hi Alexloki,

    I am so sorry to hear about the pin situation...Ooch, I could not even imagine what that will feel like. And kudos to you for getting both feet done at the same time. There was no way I could do both of them at the same time. I just had my left foot done w/o pins on 12/6/12 and for some reason this one is healing muchhhhh better than my right foot. I guess is due to the NuMedLife therapy machine that the doctor prescribed me which, he did not do for my right foot. When I did my right foot, I experienced swelling for about 4 months especially at the end of day. I soaked with epsom salt and that helped a lot (Hot water soaks are not recommended because hot water will cause your toes to swell. Mild warm water will do the trick). Expect discomfort for about 6 months. I felt completely normal around 8 months post. Around 4 1/2 months post, I was able to wear 2 1/2 inch wedges. I have not worn anything above that yet. I will wait until the fall to wear any higher. Now, six weeks post I am back into a regular shoe (Naturalizer). I have feeling in all of my toes on the left foot. However, I had no feeling on my pinky in my right foot for about 4 months so I think is normal since your are only 8 weeks post. I have tried to uploads pictures of both my feet but for some reason I cannot. I will continue to try. Good Luck and thank you for visiting my blog! Hope it has been helpful!

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  11. I want to drive to my stitch removal appointment (week 3 post op), but not sure I should drive with the frankenstein shoes. Any thoughts?

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  12. Hi Michele, I didn't drive when I got my right foot done. I was afraid since my foot was swollen and was scared to use pressure pressung the gas n brake. However, I returned to work 3 wks post and took a taxi the entire week. This time around with my left foot I drove 10 days post. The doctor did tell me it would of been OK to drive right after surgery if I wasn't under the influence of anesthesia. If its your right foot I don't recommend it. However, that will depend on how good you're recovering. My right foot was a long and painful recovery. With my left it was a breeze, I didn't need pain meds and I was out and about shopping 2 weeks post, with a cane of course. My right foot was a nightmare I couldn't do much until 4 weeks post n I used to wake up crying with pain for those 4 weeks. I'm curious to know why are you getting your stitches removed at 3 weeks? To my understanding is between 10-14 days? Keep me posted and wish you a speedy recovery!

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  13. hi, I had hammertoe surgery 5 weeks ago. The worse foot surgery yet. I had bunion surgery 3 times. The last two years ago with the screws removed 7 months later. That surgery was easy compared to this. I had three toes done, the Doctor said he was concerned that this surgery was taking so long. My stitches were in also for 3 weeks. I still have burning, swelling, and shooting pain. I had bones cut screwed and a scar 3 inches with the bunion. I was on my feet more with that also. It just proves that we don't always heal the same. I would have bought different shoes if I knew this would have happened. I to cry from the pain at night. I'm hoping it will get better. I drive , left foot from hell drags into truck and I send my kids into store to do shopping. LOL my daughter wheeled me into Walmart with one of their seated carts with the bunion surgery. I got into the store and walked it.That was the funniest time of that surgery. I wouldn't even try now with this hammertoe from hell surgery. My foot Doctor told me it was a "minor" surgery. I gave him an ear full.

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  14. Hi so I got hammertoe surgery done about a month ago and just got the pin removed last monday and I was wondering when could I start soaking it to get the swelling to come down?

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    1. I done them the day I got the pins taken out

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  15. Mine are still swollen painfull and floppy don't think they are meant to be had pins removed 4 August. Think I might have to show my doctor them

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