what’s afoot?

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. 

foot 05 07

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have now been replaced by a pair of medical shoes which look like this

medical shoe

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.


24 thoughts on “what’s afoot?

    • yep, my thoughts exactly. Surgeon doesn’t want to operate during the hot summer months, because I’ll have foot heavily banadaged for 6 weeks, but mid to late autumn should be good.

  1. If it has to be done, might as well get it over with I suppose but, if it were me, I do have shelves and shelves of lovely shoes and would miss them muchly. At least you have a bit of glam going on there with the metallic snakeskin

    • feet feel as if they’re poaching some days, in this heat with shoes on but I’m not allowed to wear sandals yet, even if I had a pair that fitted.

    • yup. Didn’t want it done in the summer months, want to keep Sept free so we can do a quick nip to UK and meet Baby Viking – end of Oct sounds good.

    • oh I will. I’ll be taking over the “guest room” for 3 weeks, like I did last time, probably with crochet, and a whole pile of my favourite DVDs (like “House”, “Call the Midwife” and “ER” lol).

      • exactly.
        Before my visit on Thursday I had been saying to hubby that I wasn’t keen to have second foot done, as I’m getting rather fed up with my “fat” foot and medical shoes . . . it was learning that I’ve still got 12 months ahead with orthopedic soles (therefore medical shoes to fit them in) which made me realise it’s going to be ages until right foot is back to normal. And how depressing (not to mention silly) it would be to wait all that time for right foot to be “normal” and then have to go back to medical shoes for the left one. Hopefully, by 2020 I’ll have matching feet, and will be back in normal shoes. It seems ages away, but we all know how time flies.

  2. Very interesting to see the ‘before and after’; your new toes are so straight and nicely graduated! My sympathies on the elegant footwear; I assume you’re allowed to take them off to have a nice cool footbath from time to time? And I do think you’re wise to get the nasty stuff out of the way as quickly as possible, especially with the inducement of sofa time with your favourite episodes!

  3. Glad to see you’re foot is healing well. I learned something new about feet today, thanks for sharing about your metatarse . I wish you a successful rest of your healing.

    • surgeon also believe my foot problem is possibly partly responsible for my continued sciatic pain. I’m not walking properly on my left foot (because of the too long metatarse) which means posture isn’t good, and we all know how important it is to have healthy feet.

  4. A little English teacher humor: A student might ask “What’s a foot?” instead of “What’s afoot?” in which case the answer would be 12 inches. As far as all this surgery goes, I’m sorry. I totally identify with your comment about not being Imelda Marcos but preferring some “normal and respectable” footwear. The upside is that the line on your foot resembles backstitching. Your feet are turning into some very fine examples of stitching up!

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