One year ago, my foot looked like this:
(I refer to it as my “franken-foot”!)
I had surgery to correct Hallux Rigidus and although it was a very painful and long recovery, I am happy to report that my foot feels great now! I get a lot of emails from people asking if I am happy with the results and I can honestly say that yes, I am. My doctor was not the greatest and my follow up care was lacking, but my foot feels good now so that is all that matters.
Here are some tips for those who are considering the surgery for themselves:
- Research your doctor and his/her track record with performing this procedure. Is his/her goal just to get your foot repaired or do they understand that you want and need to live an active lifestyle?
- Plan to NOT walk on your foot for at least 4 or 5 days. I was told I should walk on it right away, which certainly did not help the healing process. Plan for being couch-bound and just enjoy it!
- Getting back to running or intense activity will take time. Let your foot heal and do not push through any pain during your recovery.
- Treat your feet like gold! Change your shoes often, get orthotics, do whatever it takes to keep them healthy.
Here are the links to my other posts about my surgery for Hallux Rigidus repair:
Now I’m getting up to be active gang—are you ready to join me? 🙂