Today marks another milestone in my lisfranc recovery journey!  While shopping at the grocery store, perusing isle after isle of items, I suddenly became aware that I hadn’t thought about my foot since I walked into the store!  The realization hit me after walking halfway through the entire store without one ounce of pain or stiffness.

 

26 weeks post lisfranc surgery scar

 I couldn’t stop smiling at feeling so “normal” and greeted everyone I saw with a huge grin.  I did resist the urge to tell complete strangers to notice that I was just a normal walking shopper, once again.

 

  After checking out, another shopper bumped into me and I didn’t fall apart in a panic worrying she would step on my recovering foot.  In fact, my first reflex was no longer to pick up my right foot and hide it behind my left for protection.  Instead I managed to smile and say, “hello.”  WOW!!!!!

 

I am now able to walk about 3/4 the speed of other people and I can keep that gait without a limp!

26 weeks post lisfranc surgery wardrobe

 

I still am much more comfortable in sneakers and decided to buy matching jackets.  I girl needs choices of what to wear in  the cold Minnesota fall weather!!!

Finally, after 25 weeks of healing from lisfranc surgery, I am able to do 2 full hours of regular housework, including being able to vacuum!!  I never thought I would say I enjoyed doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, picking up, getting out Thanksgiving decorations etc!!!  My foot told me I need to stop, but that’s OK. I can honestly say, I am thrilled to be able to take back another part of my life!!! 

I also decided to move up my hardware removal surgery to Nov 20th.  This decision was based on my insurance, who will pay for the entire surgery if I have it done by the end of 2013.

I traded a couple of e-mails with my physical therapist (whose wife has still not had their baby boy yet) and he wants to come and observe my operation! (My surgeon and my PT have a good relationship.) I am absolutely thrilled!!!!!  How cool is it that he wants to follow my case even after I have graduated from PT!!!!

plates and screws after lisfranc surgery
24 weeks post op

So, in a few weeks I will be saying “good-bye” to the plates and screws that were imperative to my healing bones!!

 
 

Fantastic news!

 
Today I had my 24 week surgical follow up and my surgeon’s exact words were:

“The bones in your foot are completely healed and fused together, exactly like they should be.”

x-ray showing complete healing 24 weeks after lisfranc surgery

All of my fractures are healed, my joints are aligned and my lisfranc joint is fused.  I couldn’t be happier with my healing and progress!!!

lisfranc healing 24 weeks after surgery

He went on to review with me my x-rays from before my surgery, at my 2 week check, 6 week check, 12 week check and today’s 24 week check. 

 
Lisfranc injury before surgery
lisfranc joint completely healed 24 weeks after surgery

 

My surgeon noted that my foot still has some slight swelling and discoloration and I filled him in on my continued pain when walking, especially when I try to walk fast.  I also told him I was unable to run, jog or jump and he said that was normal at this stage, and realistically it would take another 6 months to fully and completely recover. 

He also said that if I was an athlete it was time to have the discussion about hardware removal, and I laughed and told him my goal has always been to walk down our steep driveway and get the mail, and I can do that now!   He smiled, and continued to say that a lot of women want the hardware removed in order to be able to wear cute shoes again.  Of course that got my attention, especially after wearing neon green and pink sneakers for the last couple of months! 

I showed him the top of my foot and traced the area with my finger where I thought the hardware was and he affirmed that it was indeed the plates I was feeling under my skin.  I also asked if hardware removal would help with the itching in that same area and he said it definitely would stop the irritation.  Removing the plates and screws may even help with the cramping I have been getting in the arch of my foot.  (Although the cramping most likely is related to my muscles re-building.)

Removing the plates and screws is a simple procedure, and the incision would be along the same line as my lisfranc incision.  I would be full weight bearing right after the surgery with stitches removed at 2 weeks and full recovery at 3 weeks.  So, I decided to have my plates and screws removed and scheduled surgery for Jan 8th 2014.  (Hardware removal should be done within 1 year of original surgery.)

I am not at all discouraged, though, since I know my bones are healed, my muscles are continuing to develop properly  and my lisfranc recovery journey is on the right path.

After healing for 24 weeks from lisfranc surgery, I am finally able to walk DOWN the steep hill of our driveway!!!!!!




For weeks my ultimate goal has been to be able to walk both up and DOWN our driveway to get our mail which  not only emcompasses a very steep hill, it is 2/10 of a mile round trip!

Today I accomplished my goal!!!!!!!  My recovering foot ached a little going down, but I have to say it was more tender than painful.  Going up was not too hard at all!

With the help of my husband, I also planted 90 tulips, and did several other outside tasks.  When my foot said it was time to quit, I happily elevated and iced, knowing I am now doing things I haven’t been able to do in over 7 months!!!!!

There is a pot of gold at the end of lisfranc recovery and today I took back a few more missing pieces of my life…..


 
 

 Today I officially “graduated” from physical therapy!!!  Plus, my therapist said it was time to retire my cane permanently!!!! I am absolutely ready to start my “real life” and slowly begin my “normal” activities once again.

 
 
Good – Bye cane!  (24 weeks post lisfranc surgery)

My PT measured my range of motion and compared it to my non injured foot and announced that I now have my full range of motion once again.  When he measured my foot strength, I almost pushed him off his chair!!  He actually laughed and said my foot is now full strength.  No more atrophy!!!

 
24 weeks after lisfranc surgery image

 
My actual recovery test score came in at a disappointing 70% but that is because I cannot run, jog or walk very far yet.  That will take more time. But I can walk slowly, and I am absolutely thrilled with my progress!
 
 
24 weeks after lisfranc surgery picture
right side view
 
My instructions moving forward are pretty simple.  “Listen to my foot.”   I can resume going to the club and use the stationery bike, the elliptical machine and also the leg press, (In addition to my treadmill at home.) He also said to go ahead and do the balancing exercises and stretches to keep my range of motion and flexibility.
 
24 weeks post lisfranc surgery
left side view
 
 
 
When it came time to actually say “good-bye” it was much harder than I ever imagined.  How do you say “good-bye” to the man who taught you to walk again?  There are not the right words to express the depth of my gratitude for what he helped me accomplish.  He gave me my life back! So, after a huge hug and a few tears (on my part), I rushed to my car consoling myself with the fact that today is most likely his last day before he goes out on paternity leave.  His wife is due to have their baby boy any minute, so I wouldn’t have had him for another PT session anyway.
 
24 weeks post lisfranc surgery scar

The next milestone for me will be my 24 week post surgical follow up which is next Tuesday.  Hopefully that will result in good news as well!!!!!

 
 

 

 

The first snowflakes of the season are falling today in the Twin Cities and not the pretty fluffy kind. This snow is more like ice pellets.

 

I cannot believe my lisfranc recovery summer is over and winter is edging near.  My lisfranc injury occurred on March 9th 2013 and my lisfranc surgery took place on May 10th, 2013.  At that time, I never dreamed I would still be thinking constantly about my foot and my ability to walk as the Minnesota snow season officially starts once again.

 

 

 

 

23 weeks post lisfranc surgery image

 

 

I now have the ability to stop quickly and even maneuver at a moments notice to get out of someone’s way. Even though I cannot do quick actions pain free, this new ability has come in handy in crowded situations.

 

Not every step I take is painless, but I have worked hard to reach my goal of “normal walking” and celebrate each step that is pain free  as I march towards the finish line.

 

23 weeks post lisfranc surgery scar image

 

I still measure how many steps it takes to get from one place to another, but the scope has greatly increased!  For example, instead of judging the actual step count from my chair to the kitchen, I now measure how long I will be on my feet happily walking around Nordstroms or the grocery store.  I know I have a limited amount of pain free steps, so I try to space out my errands so I can accomplish a little pain free walking each day.

 

 

23 weeks lisfranc surgery image right side view

 

I am really looking forward to my 24 week surgical follow up with my surgeon next week. I am hoping my x-rays will show a full recovery.

 

 

23 weeks after lisfranc surgery image left side view

 Friday, I will have my 28th and final physical therapy appointment and hope to hear I am 90% recovered!

 

After 23 weeks of healing after my lisfranc surgery, I am finally able to wear “real shoes.”

OK, so their not “cute shoes,” but they are not ugly!!!

 

23 weeks after lisfranc surgery and finally wearing real shoes

 


For weeks I  have been searching for comfortable flats that wouldn’t put pressure along my incision or press on the big toe area that is still numb.  In other words, I was looking for a shoe that fit like a sneaker, but looked like a real shoe.


I was just about to give up when I found out that I would need to attend a funeral of a dear friend.  I just couldn’t imagine wearing either pair of my neon sneakers to such a somber and formal affair.  So off to Nordstroms I went.  The salesman I had was fantastic and after explaining my situation, brought out these shoes:



Comfortable shoes after lisfranc surgery

 

 

 These shoes have a zipper on both sides for an easy, painless entry.  The leather is soft and flexible, virtually putting little to no pressure on the top of my foot when I take a step.

 

Double zippers make these shoes comfortable after lisfranc surgery

 

 The inside of the shoe has a nice arch support with removable soles in case my surgeon decides I will need to have orthotics.


When I wore my new shoes to church today, I was bubbling over with happiness.  I had to resist the urge to tell everyone, including  complete strangers, that I was wearing real shoes for the first time since March 9th, 2013!!! 


Instead I settled with smiling widely as I proudly walked down the isle to my seat. I felt my heart racing and it was hard to contain my elation at this momentous occasion. 


My friends, who asked me how my foot was doing,  were met with me excitedly pointing at my feet and announcing that I was wearing my first pair of real shoes. I received more than my share of hugs today!!!!!

A comfortable shoe brand to wear after lisfranc surgery

 

In case you want to check out my shoes, the brand name is Munro. They are not cheap, but not nearly as expensive as Manalo Blahik’s.

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