Arthritis bunion ,hammer toe and heel spur

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lavendar
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   Posted 4/18/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
    
    On April 1st I had surgery on bunion, hammer toe and heel spur. All are Arthritis related. Has any one had these surgeries?. Within two days I was able to walk with out crutches. The bunion looks good , the pain on my heal is completely gone, but the hammer toe feels like a wet noodle. My question is if you have had these surgeries, does the toe need to be exercised before it feels normal. The heel spur I had done on my other foot years ago and is just fine. As I said the bunion looks ok and all have healed really fast. It's just the toe?  I will be seeing the Dr. again on monday . Stitches have already been removed. He just needs to check on my progress. Plus I am scheduled to have surgery on bunion and hammer toe on my left foot in two weeks but am concerned about the toe. 
     Since it is arthritis related will the bones deform again.    june
 
 PS. I was not supposed to see the foot till my next appointment. But I got the bandages wet in the shower and had to re bandage it again. nono

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   Posted 4/24/2008 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   

What did your doc say? My BIL had the hammer toe surgery years ago, I'll see if I can reach him and find out about exercising. Said gettign the surgery was one of the best thing he ever did.

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lavendar
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   Posted 4/25/2008 12:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Dr. did'nt say much . Just to do the alphabet with my toes. ???? (upper case, lower case, print, long hand, short hand) just kidding. He did say that though. He said I had healed remarkably well. So I asked when I could have the other foot done. He said I was getting , a little ahead of myself. Went following week , doing well, so have scheduled surgery on the other foot for Monday the 28th. Hope it goes as well. june

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   Posted 4/27/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   

Hmm, never heard of THAT exercise! But it sounds like it would be a good stretch (albeit probably painful after surgery!?)

Have not heard from sis or BIL, I apologize for taking so long to write back.

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deb in indiana
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   Posted 4/28/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor i had years ago waited to take my toe off shave the bunion off and i told him heck no so ijust live with it as long as i wear wide shoes iam ok .Glad you are doing well .That doctor didn't stay in town to long .Deb

lavendar
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   Posted 4/28/2008 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I asked the attending nurse after surgery today. How it was done. I already knew via. internet. Just curious, she said they saw the bone on the side with a small saw, break the metatarcil bone , straighten it out with a pin then stitch the inner layers of skin, and butterfly tape the outer. Then on the hammer toe, they remove a small portion of bone, cut some of the tendons under to loosten the toe and stitch it closed.

When I went on the 1st of april I was unaware of what went on . Today I had a different anesthesiologis who just semi kept me awake. They numbed the foot. I felt the first incition sp. and told them local anest. doesn't usually work , so they numbed it some more. I was awake for the whole thing.

Could be because I was totally out of it the first time. I don't remember much pain. Now I am really in pain , and they gave me a different pain med. that isn't working. Fortunately I have some left from the 1st. I'll give the first two a couple more hours to get out of my system and switch to the old ones. Dr. will be calling tomorrow to check in on me so if I have problems tonight I can tell him then.

I'm sure I will be fine. It's just the first two or three days that are painful. My other foot is still a little swollen. I am not in pain from that one, still am unable to wear sneakers or any shoe besides my wide air walks ( generic crocks). Thanks for responding . It helps to talk things over with someone. My husband is the only one around and he's already heard my story and helped me get on with it. Next step is ortho. for my knees, degenerative arthrits on both, have had it for many years just getting to it now. Wish me luck.

june

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   Posted 5/4/2008 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
are you feeling any better yet?

 


lavendar
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   Posted 5/7/2008 12:33 AM (GMT -7)   
CaMama; feeling a little achy on both feet the first one is still a little swollen, The second one has not had stitches removed and is still quite swollen and painful, Will be seeing Dr. tomorrow , probably will remove the hammer toe stitches, but the ones on the bunion are butterfly stitches and look a little infected, Even though they gave me and antibiotic infusion during surgery and pills after which I just finished on Sunday, Noting is easy , but I will hope for the best, so I can go on to the knees and back. Then I may be able to get some exersise in order to be healthy enough for a transplant, Thanks for responsel june

CaMama
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   Posted 5/25/2008 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hoping you are doing better! :)

 


lavendar
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   Posted 5/26/2008 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
CaMama: Thanks for asking. I'm doing fine. Was sent to therapy for my swollen feet. Couldn't handle it after three sessions. They had me work out on all my body. My back and knees were so bad I could barely get around. I got the idea about the foot exercises, can do those at home Stretching feet with a huge sort of rubber band. They had given me instructions on all exercises . So I bought some marbles. To pick up with my toes. What fun huu?? How are you doing? Hope you are well. june

pr glo
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   Posted 5/28/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sooo Sorry for all your feet pain. I also have always had pain with my feet I have heel spurs and displasia which is pain in between my toes and on top of my toes ans I was always told by my podiatrist that its because I have Flat feet I need to wear inserts in my shoes and shoes and sneakers with support and since January of this year come to find out I have Psoratic Arthritis which consists of other symtoms also. did the surgeries help with your feet or not because I have pain in different parts of my body but the worst pain is in my feet where its hard to get out of bed and walk lots of the time. Can you give me any advise regarding my feet let me know. I hope you feel better faster. Keep your head up!!!!! 

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   Posted 5/28/2008 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
pr glo - I have psoriatic arthritis as well. I don't have the hammer toes, though, but I have always had trouble with my feet growing up. In my mid 20s alll heck broke loose with them. I can pretty much ONLY wear sneakers and have to stretch my feet and calves a lot just to get by. I have problems also with the metarsil (?) area of my feet and wear inserts as well.
 
June, i know what stretches you are talkign about, they had me using the rubber band, a golf ball, dish rags, and a few other things as well. They really can hurt in the beginning, but it gets better over time. ***
 


lavendar
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   Posted 5/30/2008 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
pr glo: I know for sure the surgery on the heel spurs worked really well for me. I had one heel done about 10 years ago, only had one at the time. It is the simplest surgery I know of. The incision is about one half inch on both sides of the heel they do it orrthoscopically. A couple of bandaids, no stitches, and you can walk right out. Now this one seems a little more sensitive than I remember. Could be because of the bunion , hammer toe, and having both feet done within such a short period of time. I had orthotics made about 15 years ago I now have three pair, because of all my foot pain. This podiotrist told me I will have to continue to wear them.

My feet feel a little better every day. I'v read it sometimes takes up to six months to fully recover. So I can't expect to run the marathon this year. JUST KIDDING. I'll be happy just to be able to walk around the block a couple of times without much pain. I really should still be icing my feet and not being on them so long. This is the first time today I have actually sat down. I had so many things back up on me , everthing was starting to make me nervous. My husband is always there for me. But you know there are some things you just can't expect from others. The bunions feel fine and are hardly brused or swollen . Considering they cut down the top of your toe abou 4 inches sclice the bone brake another bone and stick a pin in it. The hammer toes had similar incisions and they remove some bone and cut ligaments. They are both swollen and stiff. Really aren't to bad. I have an appointment on Monday. Hope I don't get scolded for not continuing the therapy. I still have alot of back pain and knee pain from the exercises the had me doing.

CaMama : Ya the rag scrunch, rubber band and the marbles. My grandson joins in on the marbles , he thinks it's a game. He's 3 going on 19 when the know everything and are invinsable. (they think). I would have been fine with those but when they threw in the exercise bike, situps , leg bends NO WAY. My body cant take that.

Havent heard of psoriatic arthritis . I'll have to look that one up . You never know with arthritis how many types youll get, the severity, or how many. Ain't life grand. Hoping the best for both of you. june

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   Posted 5/30/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember the first day I could stop in my tracks and pivot a little. Boy that was a glorious day.

 

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