Eight Week Update

I just got back from a trip to Rome where I did 80 miles of walking in 8 days.  Both of my feet were a bit sore after the longer days (12 miles).  Some days the ‘bad’ foot was a bit more sore than the ‘good’ one.  However, they both felt great the next morning.  It’s the first time I’ve had similar sensation (soreness) in both feet after a long day of walking.
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So, I’m ready to say that the PF release procedure was a success.  If things continue to go well, I’m going to cautiously start running again.
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My Doctor

My doctor has agreed to let me post his info.  His name is Dr. Shannon Rush, DPM.  He does a lot of PF release procedures, and his success rate is very high.  He is highly respected in my daughter’s Podiatry school (Samuel Merrit University in Oakland, CA).  My daughter asked many of the faculty members and they all recommended Dr. Rush for someone in my situation.

2 Week Follow-up Appt

Went in this morning for a two week follow-up.  They said I’m doing well and cleared me to transition to a regular shoe.  They referred me for physical therapy but said it is optional.  I think I’m going to pass.  Today I can walk normally, at least for short stretches of 10-20 paces.  Need to get back to the gym, I haven’t really worked out (except for dancing) since the procedure.

Day 13 update

Last night was my daughter’s birthday.  Since last year we’ve been celebrating by going to this great club in San Francisco called the “Cat Club“.  Once per month they have a 70’s / 80’s music night.  Very fun, and I couldn’t miss it.  I ended up dancing 6-7 songs.  My foot was a bit sore this morning, but not too bad.  My wife Kathy (right) and daughter Jessie (left) hammed it up with a David Bowie lookalike.  This activity would have caused a lot more pain before the procedure.

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Tomorrow is my two week follow-up appointment.  I may get scolded for removing the bandage and dancing, but I don’t think there has been any harm done.

Day 8 Update

Today I changed the bandage.  I was advised to leave the bandage on for the full two weeks.  However, my foot is feeling great and I’m tired of taking a bath with one foot out of the tub.  Like most people, I prefer showering.

As you can see, the incision was very small, I think only ~3-5 mm.

Some of the gauze was embedded in the glue, so I had to carefully cut it away.  I added some CA glue on top and around the wound to make sure the area was well supported and had a waterproof seal.  Then I took a shower.  Ahhhhh…..   🙂  CA (cyanoacrylate) glue (aka Crazy Glue) is great for small cuts and scrapes.  It keeps the wound clean and makes it heal faster.  The medical grade is not much different.  It usually needs to be re-applied every day or two.

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This morning (Day 9) I can walk normally.  I can put my full weight on my left foot without any pain.  Whoopee!!!

I’m still going to take it easy until the pain is gone completely.  I can still feel it if I move a certain way.

Day 5 Update

This weekend we’re taking a family weekend trip to Mendocino, CA.  I took it easy for a few days prior since I knew that seeing the place properly would involve a lot of walking.  This place is amazing!  Has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

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We walked all over Mendocino.  The town, the trails along the cliffs, the Botanical Gardens.  Five miles all together.  My foot was a little sore toward the end, but not bad.

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We stopped at a pub for lunch.  Patterson’s Pub, great food and atmosphere.  Loved the moose 🙂

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If I had walked like this before the procedure, and sat for a while like we did for lunch, I could expect the first few steps to be quite painful.  That didn’t happen.  Felt the same as before lunch, a little sore but not bad.

I was talking to my daughter (who is studying to become a Podiatrist) as we were walking and she said it is very important to choose people carefully for this procedure.  She thinks the bad outcomes are mostly people who really shouldn’t have had the procedure in the first place.  People who are overweight, sedentary and/or have multiple other issues do not make good candidates.  Many doctors will do the procedure on them anyway, and the chances of success are probably much lower.  People like me (average weight, active and good overall health) are the best candidates.  Something to consider.

I’m finally starting to feel like I’m over the hump with this thing!  Woohoo!!!