Whether you’re interested or not, I come with photos of feet, shoes and a quick update on my foot. You’ll remember (for those who read my non-crafting posts) I discovered, in March this year that I have “abnormal” feet, with the metatarse being too long. Something I had never suspected, since I’ve only ever walked with this pair of feet, and didn’t realise other peoples’ feet were different. Anyway, with age, feet were beginning to cause pain and the only option was to operate. So on 13th April, surgeon literally shortened the metatarse of my 3 middle toes.
Today I had my 12 week post-op visit. Surgeon was very pleased with his handiwork.
Okay, so it’s a foot, and not a very lady-like foot at that BUT scar is pretty, toes are all very mathematically aligned (seriously, I measured on the x-ray and I now have mathematical toes with the new toes measuring 12cm, 11cm and 10cm respectively from a certain joint!). Surgeon is therefore very pleased, and said he could not have hoped for a better result.
Problem is, though . . .
it’s still very swollen and looks extremely podgy compared to the other foot. So . . . the clumpy post-op shoes I was wearing, which looked like this
have now been replaced by a pair of medical shoes which look like this
A big improvement, but still, not the best footwear for the summer when I’d love to be wearing sandals.
Anyway, before the op, surgeon had filled me in on what to expect with convalescence, so I knew beforehand that it was going to be a long healing process. However he didn’t explain exactly how long it would be. I learned this morning that, while op results are excellent, I am going to need to be fitted for orthopedic insoles and foot could take as long as 12 months before it gets back to normal size.
Which then brought us to the subject of my left foot . . . and had I made a decision as to when I want to schedule op for that? Surgeon was all for “not leaving it too long” whereas I had been hoping to postpone it until next year. However, realising I’ll have to continue wearing medical shoes for a full 12 months, just for the right foot, it would mean wearing medical shoes well into 2020, for the left foot, if I procrastinate. I’m not someone who has shelves and shelves of glamourous shoes . . . I usually just alternate between a couple of pairs . . . but it would be nice to be able to wear my normal shoes again one day. Preferably before 2020.
So . . . I have to go back for another check-up early October and we’ve all but agreed that the second op will be scheduled for late October/early November. Husband said he’s happy to wait on me hand & foot again for the initial 3 days bed-rest, followed by the 3 weeks when I’ll be lounging around with my feet up. Something not to look foward to, but since it needs to be done, I might as well get it over and done with.