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Foot Surgery

Thursday, June 20, 2013

To start at the beginning...I have been having pain in my MTP (big toe) joint for several years. I had gone to an orthopedic twice in 2 years where they shot me full of cortisone and sent me on my way, never really telling me WHY I had arthritis in my joint.

Cut to them not taking my insurance anymore and my husband having a good experience w/ a podiatrist for his plantar fasciitis, I went and got a 2nd opinion w/ said Dr. He explained to me that my 1st metatarsal was elevated (I was born this way) and this was causing impingement in the joint, giving me a bone spur and arthritis. He wanted to give me an orthotic to correct it. I was not a fan of this idea since insurance didn't cover it and I would be paying several hundred $s for something that may not work , could only be worn in certain shoes, and didn't really FIX the problem.

After speaking with a coworker who had a similar problem, I decided to go to a foot & ankle specialist for a 3rd opinion. Yes, we all know surgeons love to cut. Well, he suggested that I have the Youngswick procedure done. This is similar to bunion surgery (except that I do not have a bunion). They cut your foot bone and remove a piece so that it can drop down in proper alignment. They then put a screw in to hold it in place. This prevents and further degeneration of the joint. As much as I didn't want to get cut open and go through the healing process (especially w/ a 20 month old underfoot and not being able to drive for 6 wks!) I decided this was the best option for my active self.

So here I am 3 days post-op and feeling way better than I expected. I have to thank my mom, sister and especially my husband who have been helping me take it easy. Because they have been helping me I have been able to elevate & ice almost constantly and my pain is now (after the first 24 hrs) manageable w/ only Alleve!

Next week I am planning on trying to lift some free weights/do some form of exercise in the basement. I refuse to use this as an excuse to sit on my @$$. The Dr said it will be 8-10 weeks before I am back to normal so for now I am going to do what I can!!
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  • GFMAMA888
    I am doing pretty well. I am not working out my upper body as much as planned bc of a chronic neck/shoulder issue. Hoping to get back to it once I get a massage Sat to break up the knots. As far as my foot...I still have some mild swelling around the ball of my foot. I do not have complete range of motion of my big toe yet (especially plantar flexion). This past Mon was 6 wks post-op and I could finally drive! YEAH! There are definitely time when it hurts more (if I overdo it or bump it etc.) but I have to remember I'm not 100% healed yet. Dr. said closer to 8-10 wks. My advice to HELPMELOSE15 was to REST as much as you can, especially in the beginning. Hopefully you have a good support system that can help you take it easy (people that can run errands, clean, etc.) Good luck! :)
    2834 days ago
    How is your recovery going??? I'm also in line for Bunion/Toe surgery this October... Would love to learn any special advice you have that helped you!

    2835 days ago
    I am searching for people who have had foot surgery....I am having bunion surgery in a month, and a restructured arch as mine has collapsed (I don't remember ever having an arch at all...) I am super worried about recovery because I need to have both feet done this year and it will depend upon my healing on the first foot.
    I am looking for any information regarding improving my healing ability, as I must be able to bear full weight on my foot to continue with the surgery on the other....oh boy!
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  • GFMAMA888
    Thanks so much for the encouragement :)
    2876 days ago

    I had the joint on my big toe replaced on both feet. One at a time of course so I know what it is like having to sit with ice on your foot while life goes on around you. You are doing great if you are already thinking of ways to work out YOU ROCK!!!
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