The osteotomy I had on my right foot two years ago was a fair success. Not a smashing success—but it did change my walking and made everything in general hurt less. The hard callouses I’ve on the bottom of my big toe for my whole life are gone, which would imply that I’m rolling my foot more like a normal hallux rigidus–less person.
Anyway, the point is, it went well enough for me to do the second foot this year. I called for this one earlier in the school year which had the added advantage of it not being cold out, so walking around in a sandal for six weeks was not as much of a problem.
But I gotta say, this recovery has been really slow, possibly slower than the first one. The two post-surgery days at the hospital were quite a bit more painful and the morphine drip didn’t seem to do much this time. In fact they offered to take it out much earlier and I agreed (also because of this post-surgical problem that medical sites on the interwebs suggested might be aggravated by an IV). I did figure out I could wear my top-closing Naot sandals on my left foot while wearing a normal shoe on my right foot which made going out a little easier since it allowed me to ditch the post-surgical shoe sooner.
Still, it’s been almost seven weeks and my mobility is discouraging. I didn’t think the torn ACL in my right knee would bother me since it was truly not giving me any more pain, but that has been a big hindrance to my mobility post-surgery. The knee has hurt often and inconsistently with the extra weight being put on it.
Also, I didn’t realize how much harder we push on a clutch pedal than an accelerator, or even the brakes. Driving is still not too much fun, since I have to be careful not to use my big toe on the clutch—OUCH. I am going back to work on Monday but mostly because I can’t stand sitting around at the house anymore, not really because I think the foot is ready. I still can’t put too much weight on the forefoot really, so I walk very slowly and with a limp. I’ll be doing some stationary teaching (eugh), lots of sending students to do things that I would normally do, and avoiding stairs. I still hate taking off and putting on my shoes. My feet are both still really sore after any prolonged walking, like grocery shopping.
Lesson to take away from this: when they say you’ll be back on your feet after six weeks, interpret “back on your feet” with a grain of salt!
For those curious about the first surgery, I wrote about recovery here.