If you’ve been checking out the blog in the past few weeks you’ve probably seen my updates following surgery for Plantar Fasciitis. On January 13th I went in for two outpatient surgical procedures (which turned into an overnight stay in the hospital), a Medial Instep Plantar Fasciotomy and a Gastrocnemius Recession.
Plantar Fasciitis–Looking for Relief
What I’m Doing to Prepare for Surgery
Recovering from Surgery–Plantar Fasciotomy and Gastrocnemius Recession
How to Make Surgery Recovery an Easier Process
Plantar Fasciotomy Surgery–Week 2 Update
Last Saturday marked one month since I had surgery and yesterday I went back to the doctor for my 4 week post-op follow-up. One of the first things they did during yesterday’s appointment, and the thing that I was looking forward to the most was to remove my cast. Yay!! I had also hoped to get my stitches out but unfortunately that did not happen.
According to my doctor, the incision on the bottom of my heel was not healed enough. He was afraid that if he removed all of the stitches the incision would split open.
So what does that mean? It means that I’m not able to walk yet. My foot is still very sore and tender so I wasn’t looking forward to walking on it anyways. I did leave the doctor’s office with a short walking boot which even though it doesn’t help me right now, it will help once I’m able to start walking.
The last two weeks of my recovery have been better than my first two weeks! The pain has diminished drastically. I was still needing to take pain medication but I was able to cut down my doses. The majority of the time during this recovery period the pain was mostly in my foot. However in the past week my pain has been more in the calf muscle than in my foot. Because I still had the cast on, I was unable to actually look at my leg to make sure everything was ok. I was concerned that it could be a possible blood clot due to the fact that I have a clotting disorder called Factor V Leiden which makes me more likely to develop blood clots.
During my appointment yesterday I mentioned my concerns to the doctor. He felt like the pain around the incision could have been due possibly to an infection so I am back on an antibiotic for 2 more weeks.
Here are pictures documenting my recovery process.
The past two weeks I’ve been able to get around a lot easier thanks to this handy dandy knee scooter that I rented from the local home health company. Before renting the scooter I was hobbling around on crutches or a walker and let me tell you that was hard! My whole body would hurt when I had to use the walker or crutches. I basically only got out of my chair long enough to go to the bathroom because it was just to difficult and exhausting to go anywhere else in my house!
Today I went back to work for the first time in a month. I actually did better than I was expecting. I did have some pain around lunch time but overall it wasn’t too bad. The worst part was getting comfortable and finding a way to elevate my foot and leg. I had a box under my desk that I tried to prop my foot up on, but that didn’t get it elevated high enough, so by the time I came home my calf and foot was swollen a lot! This evening I’ve been taking it easy in the recliner with an ice pack on my foot and leg.
3 Tips For Dealing With Health Issues
If you are planning on having surgery in the future I recommend finding forums online or groups on Facebook where you can interact with others who may have already been thru the same procedure or illness. Prior to my surgery I joined two groups on Facebook for those with Plantar Fasciitis. This group has been a great resource and support system throughout this whole ordeal. If you are facing medical issues find a support system of people who can empathize with you, whether its a group online or a local group.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I consider myself a pretty independent woman but I have had to learn in the past month that it’s okay to ask for help! Whether it’s help with laundry, cooking, or even grocery shopping sometimes we have to realize that we can’t do it all on our own!
The main thing to remember when facing health issues is to keep a positive attitude! It’s so easy to let yourself get down and depressed but don’t throw yourself a pity party! Find things to do to keep your mind active and keep a positive attitude!
Have you had a health issue that you’ve had to deal with? How did you cope with it? Leave us a comment below! We love hearing from our readers.