Thursday, December 27, 2012
Five days ago I had surgery on my right foot. I knew that I would have a tendon repair but the doctor wasn't 100% sure of what he was going to find. As it turned out, both tendons needed repair. The longus was torn and could be stitched but the brevis has a 2-1/2 inch segment that was totally frayed. The doctor cut that segment out and attached the ends of the brevis to the longus. I am in a non-weightbearing cast for six weeks. That won't be the end of it but that'll be the point at which I can bear weight.
Yesterday I went to the doctor to have the dressing changed. They removed the cast and all the dressing and...it looked so great!! I am a bit swollen and quite bruised. The incision was 5-1/2 inches long and I have lots of stitches. The pain is minimal but I do need a pain med from time to time.
The doctor tells me this is an old injury. I am glad to hear that because there were many people in my life telling me that all the walking I was doing caused the injury. Perhaps it made surgery necessary earlier but we think the original tear in the tendon happened back in 2006 when I fell on ice and sprained (I thought) my foot. I didn't go to the doctor and attributed my slow healing rate to my age.
I have a very hard time sitting around the house all day. I am just not that kind of person and I really, really miss walking the dogs. Still, this might be easier than that time when I will be able to walk but not very much. Ultimately the doctor says I should be able to walk an hour at a brisk pace on level ground. I can live with that and who knows, it might be more!