My incision if finally starting to heal. But my foot remains discolored with faint blue and red tones especially when not elevated.
Both sides of my ankle remain swollen, but the bruising is entirely gone. The black, yellow and green tones have disappeared.
I celebrated my 6 week milestone today by having lunch with a girlfriend at one of my favorite restaurants. It was fabulous being able to navigate the stairs in our home, use crutches to get to her car and not be afraid of either the pain or re-injury. It is a beautiful day and we were able to sit outside at a table by the lake. I was able to prop my foot up on the chair next to me and quite astonishing, there were times I completely forgot about my foot!!! I felt almost “normal.” Pain free times have been few and far between and to experience pain free moments while celebrating this day was a true blessing!!
|2 weeks post lisfranc surgery|
You may experience:
Big toe pain
Big toe numbness
Feeling needle like pain in the bottom of your foot
uncontrolled muscle spasms of your leg
bruising on all areas of your foot
burning, itching, aching of your incision
swelling of your entire foot
ankle pain, swelling and bruising
4th and 5th metatarsal pain and tenderness
discoloration of foot when taking a shower or when it isn’t elevated
diminished sensation on the top of incision
not being able to move toes as freely as before
painful moving toes
different kinds of pain on different days
Standing with equal weight on both feet
This has been an exciting, exhilarating and painful week! I have spent 5 weeks dreaming of the day when I would be able to start putting weight on my foot. I knew it would be a painful transition, but I never thought about how much it would hurt! My foot definitely has enjoyed it’s “vacation” and does NOT want to be called into service again!
5 weeks post lisfranc surgery
My foot and incision at 5 weeks
Swelling has started to go down and the bruising is almost gone
The right side is still swollen, but not as painful as last week.
My surgeon cleared me to start partial weight bearing which is a week ahead of schedule. He said I could put on a sneaker and try walking around my living area with a walker! It was tough getting the sneaker on my right foot as it is still a little swollen, but I did it with the laces tied loosely.
My first time standing with the help of a walker
The first few moments felt like I was standing on sharp shards of glass! That still didn’t take away the moment of exhilaration of being able to stand on 2 feet once again!! I was able to walk a few clumsy steps but found it was still two painful. (level 7)
I called my physicians office to see if I was supposed to push through the pain or listen to the pain. I was told following lisfranc surgery to always listen to my foot and the phrase “no pain, no gain” does not apply.
So now I am experimenting with taking careful steps wearing my cast/boot with the aid of either my walker or my crutches. I still have to use my scooter for longer distances.
Partial weight bearing also means I can now navigate the stairs in our house with the help of our railings!! I have a backpack that I can fill up so I can even manage doing some of my own laundry.
It feels like my life is slowly starting back up again, after being shut down for weeks……Re-hab starts in 7 days!!!!!