- Jul 31, 2021
- United States
How are you doing? Has your pain subsided to where it is manageable?
Hoping all is well
Hoping all is well
I'm sorry to hear about your foot drop! What a terrible side effect. I also had valgus deformity corrected. My surgeon did not go into any detail about possible complications. Does this mean you will have to walk with a shoe/slipper to have normal gait distribution? Praying you have a quick resolution to this and the numbness/tingling. I find when I touch/scratch the left side of my incision, I feel it on the right side tingling...our nerves are so odd!@Gingerbread, thanks for asking! I should post an update. There’s a lot to type and I guess I’ve been putting it off. I’ve been keeping up with your progress though!
So, I quit taking Percocet 5 days after surgery, just to see if there was any difference in pain levels. Guess what? No difference. I used Tylenol and an occasional ibuprofen until I saw the OS at 10 days to get my staples out. He gave me a prescription for for lortab to try. I’m just taking it at bed time though as the pain has diminished quite a bit. I’m at 3 weeks today.
I have a PT coming to the house twice/week. I do his exercises when he’s here but (just between us), I don’t do them much otherwise. He hasn’t hurt me or asked me to do anything too painful. The other day I did six inch steps. It was hard and I was exhausted after that, but happy I was able to do it.
The foot drop continues to be a problem. I’m getting an orthotic brace made- it will be a few more weeks until I get it. I’m wearing a little ankle brace for now. When I lift my foot, it just dangles. I can’t flex it to be parallel to the ground. No way to have a normal gait while I have this problem. I have lots of tingling in the numb areas (front of shin and top of foot) and I hope that means nerves are trying to reconnect.
My OS said that, when one has a valgus (?) knee, the peroneal nerve can shorten. When he did the tkr and straightened my leg, it stretched the nerve too much and it quit working. It’s rare, but it happens.