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Northwind, Have a close look at your Danskos. They have almost a two inch heel if you are wearing the Professional model. My doctor (male) wears them for surgery. They were the first shoes I tried to get in to. I was a bit discouraged at first until I found out they ACTUALLY HAVE a heel height. I checked the actual Dansko site and it lists the heel as two inches. They have a platform at the rocker front so it actually ends up being just over one inch (I think) and that is why I say I can wear 1-1 1/2 inches. Sensible shoes, yes, but they have a heel. You are too!

Chubster, I am 52. I can run, jump, skip rope, walk, swim etc. I do not run for exercise. I walk and swim. But if I had to run to catch a bus, I could. I cannot do some yoga moves that require the forefoot to be bent. I have a hard time doing what I think is called plank and/or push ups with knees not bent. I just bend my knees and rest on those. Just remember that it takes time.
[QUOTE=hopalong_too;4254939]Northwind, Have a close look at your Danskos. They have almost a two inch heel if you are wearing the Professional model. My doctor (male) wears them for surgery. They were the first shoes I tried to get in to. I was a bit discouraged at first until I found out they ACTUALLY HAVE a heel height. I checked the actual Dansko site and it lists the heel as two inches. They have a platform at the rocker front so it actually ends up being just over one inch (I think) and that is why I say I can wear 1-1 1/2 inches. Sensible shoes, yes, but they have a heel. You are too!

Chubster, I am 52. I can run, jump, skip rope, walk, swim etc. I do not run for exercise. I walk and swim. But if I had to run to catch a bus, I could. I cannot do some yoga moves that require the forefoot to be bent. I have a hard time doing what I think is called plank and/or push ups with knees not bent. I just bend my knees and rest on those. Just remember that it takes time.[/QUOTE]

My shoes are the professional model, and I do know they have a heel.....it was pretty exciting when I could get my foot into them. They were part of the reason I decided to pursue surgery....when your Dansko clogs are uncomfortable, you KNOW you have a problem! I could wear them if I were a nurse or something where I had to be on my feet all day. In fact, when I had my surgery the person who was there to help do my spinal was wearing Danskos........I told her I looked forward to being able to wear them again.

I am almost 53 (June 4) and can do most things I would want to do. I can actually do the plank pose better now than before I could do the surgery. I could run for the bus, but it is my fitness level that slows me more than my foot at this point I think. :(
I had my big toe fused, and it took several months of using a walker, crutches, a orthopedic boot. I had to complain to my doc, because the boot was throwing my back out something fierce. So, he put me in an orthopedic shoe, what a difference! Ask your doc abot the shoe. Good luck! You are so right, once you start having surgeries on your feet, they continue to have more problems. After having two toes fused, one a Hammer toe, now I have to go have a Neuroma (pinched nerve) cut. I am also over weight by 50 lbs., but it hurts to do anything , much less exercise. I have been using a recumbent bike & cutting portions. That really helps to take 3 lbs. off a week. Good Luck!
Let's just say I'm looking forward to the day when it doesn't even cross my mind that I had toe fusion surgery performed! For so many of us, we worry that something isn't quite right with our "new foot" after surgery due to how long it takes for normalcy to return.

I had my surgery on Dec. 28th, 2009. My big toe joint had no cartilage left, arthritis had done its dastardly deed, and I had bone spurs as well. For years, I had been walking on the outside edge of my right foot to avoid pain on the joint. I'm a klutz, and had jammed my big toe several times over my life time! Finally, I just couldn't take the constant pain in my toe anymore, plus the inability to walk as my main form of exercise. I had waited to the point that the only option, in the eyes of my podiatrist, was fusion. He made it sound like such a simple procedure, and that I'd be driving in 6 weeks. Right! Only if I wanted to kill somebody because of my inability to put any pressure on my right foot!

I am now 6 months out, and have experienced depression, anxiety that I totally made the wrong decision, and fear that my foot would never function properly again. I even fell down the stairs one week after surgery and banged myself up pretty darn good (thankfully, toe did not suffer from the fall!).

Talk about baby steps. I am seeing incremental improvements. I asked the nurse at my podiatrist's office to just tell it to me straight: how long will it take for me to forget that I even had surgery on my right big toe? She told me 12-18 months. More like 18 months since I have to stand on my feet the whole time while I'm at work. Swelling is a big problem. I have discovered that wearing support knee socks (made by Futuro) definitely helps. Right now, the mild support is the best. I don't know how I would function without my Dansko clogs. For me, athletic shoes just don't provide the level of sole support I need. A less flexible, rocker style bottom is definitely the way to go. Also just bought a pair of Ecco sandals. These would not have worked for me a month ago, but they do now. Yea!!!

Guess I'm just getting used to the fact that my foot is going to hurt, though thankfully, not as much as it did for the first 5 months. I did get a second opinion from an orthopedist to reassure myself that the surgery was done correctly due to how long it was taking me to recover. He said that it was done right, and that it really is like having a whole new foot (which is why I also went for months with tendon pain in my foot). Eventually, everything will all come together, and I should expect a complete recovery.

For the life of me, I don't know why all this info is held from us when we meet with our doctor to discuss the surgery. (Maybe because we wouldn't do it knowing that it can take at least a year for full recovery???).

I will remain hopeful, and will re-post in a year. I am praying that by then I will not have to plan my activities, and my life around my foot. Who would have ever imagined that your toe could cause so many difficult issues to deal with? Depression had to be one of the most difficult things for me to work through, and the fear that I had totally screwed up my foot.

My prayers go out to all of you who are experiencing similar struggles.





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