Yes, Bryanna, I do have some research I have to do. the first part of surgery is a given, have to do it. Torn archilles tendon, torn post tibial tendon, this pushed my heel (left foot) outward, which colapsed the foot. The foot structure has to be re-built.
Second part of the surgery was to be origionally a joint replacement for the big toe, or ball of foot joint. He won't do that, as the failure rate is way too high. Instead he wants to fuse this joint solid, so it doesn't move at all.
I have a problem with this. This joint hurts terrible even when I don't move it. I need the ball of my foot for balance, and I am not sure fusing it will take care of the pain that is in this joint. I am still going to have to walk on it. Across the whole pad of the foot hurts, and I also have PN and buring already on the toe joint. How will fusion stop this kind of pain when I have to use the toe anyway? I need to find out the purpose of doing it in the first place, and if it will solve any of the issues I have with this joint. he was going to do this three weeks after the ankle re-build, then after I am out of the walking cast to do therapy on the whole foot with PT.
The other foot he hopes is not having the same problems in the joints. My pain in that ankle will have to be addressed after I heal from this first surgery. The pain may be due to the way I have walked these past 7 years, and not do to tears in the tendons. Will find that out later.
Any and all information will be appreciated. The last person I knew to have a fusion on part of the foot regretted it terribly. I have to justify what I do to it. It won't be reversable.
Thanks Bryanna, I have a little time now to get things figured out instead of rushing around like crazy.
The big toe joint is destroyed pretty good, either from degenerative joint disease or from severe arthritis, which I have all over. Can't take celebrex or any other kind of anti inflamatory as I have barretts esophagus.
Thanks Bryanna, take your time in looking stuff up, I have a month to figure it all out now...
Surgery is now on June 19th. Could not do a 5 a.m. schedule so it had to be put to a later date. I have time now to research this.