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Hey Gmac, it's so good to hear from you again...sounds like you're really doing great and I'm so happy for you...


Right now I feel as if the decompression surgery has been an incredible success, and I'm so happy. My ankle is able to move inwards, outwards, and downwards fully, and it can move a little more than halfway upwards...and it also feels a lot stronger as well...not bad considering where I was last November. AND...I'm driving now!!!! I have to lift my leg a little when going between the pedals, but I think I also did this before the foot drop??? I can't remember... Anyway, I can drive without the help of my left foot, so I feel as if I've just been released from prison...actually, I would have driven any way I could have...left footed, right footed, both feet, but driving with only my right foot was a lofty goal I had set for myself. I can also walk around without any brace at all for a day, but I have to "think" about my foot too much at this point...hopefully by this time next year, I will be even further along and not using any brace at all...

So that's where I am right now...I've not been so athletic as you have, but hopefully that will come back with time...swimming would be great exercise, but an indoor pool is quite far away, and it's getting cold here now...looks like nice long walks in the woods (or shopping malls) will have to do for now...I know how difficult it is to "come back" from injuries like this, but I was really so fortunate to find my doctor before things became permanent...hope to hear again from you soon, and I'm glad you were able to find my bread crumb trail over here to this new message board...

Best of health to the two of us...

Tanya
[QUOTE=Tanya8;4026242]Hi Graeme,

I'm so glad that you have sort of a fixable mechanical problem and that your drop foot is not returning! ---sorry to hear that you'll need another surgery, but this one will only make your improved situation better, so I hope it won't be that bad after all.
As for myself, things are pretty much the same, except that the function I've regained is becoming more natural, and I don't think about "the foot" as much anymore. Although I can't say that my drop foot side is as normal as my unaffected foot, I've regained enough function to stop thinking about it so much---which is a really great thing. Remember how worried I was that I would never be able to drive again? Thanks for keeping me going with your unique brand of GMAC encouragement!
I still try to exercise my foot and ankle by always stepping and walking and doing more difficult movements with the drop foot side in my own home-made efforts to regain maximum function. Right now I'm working on the nuances of balance by forcing the right side to get with the program---I think it helps, and who knows---maybe it does.
Take care :D and let me know how you're doing and when you're going in for your surgery--Tanya[LIST]
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Hi pal,

Thanks for the nice words. My situation is ok I guess. The op I need will be pretty minor and will only need a local anasthaetic (sp?!). Not sure what difference it will make but it wont do any harm.

My biggest problem now is my Achilles. It gets really tight quite easily and when it's like that it's a bit harder to walk. I have to confess to being a bit lax with my exercises so it's pretty much my own fault :D The drop foot doesnt seem too much of a problem (touch wood) but I remember you talking about SAFOs so decided to send away to them for some brochure just in case - so thanks for that!

The best thing is still not having to wear the AFO. It's really warm over here right now and I decided to wear shorts to work last night - just because I could! Before I used to dread summer as I hated showing the AFO so now the opposite seems to apply.

Your progress has been phenomenal. Is there still more to come do you think? Or are you happy now with what you've got? Thanks also to you for all your encouragement and advice - a virtual high five coming your way ;) x
[QUOTE=gmac1975;4028221]Hi pal,

Thanks for the nice words. My situation is ok I guess. The op I need will be pretty minor and will only need a local anasthaetic (sp?!). Not sure what difference it will make but it wont do any harm.

My biggest problem now is my Achilles. It gets really tight quite easily and when it's like that it's a bit harder to walk. I have to confess to being a bit lax with my exercises so it's pretty much my own fault :D The drop foot doesnt seem too much of a problem (touch wood) but I remember you talking about SAFOs so decided to send away to them for some brochure just in case - so thanks for that!

The best thing is still not having to wear the AFO. It's really warm over here right now and I decided to wear shorts to work last night - just because I could! Before I used to dread summer as I hated showing the AFO so now the opposite seems to apply.

Your progress has been phenomenal. Is there still more to come do you think? Or are you happy now with what you've got? Thanks also to you for all your encouragement and advice - a virtual high five coming your way ;) x[/QUOTE]

Hi friend! :wave:

So good to hear from you, and I'm glad you're enjoying your summer. This summer is great for me to, since this year I'm not wearing an AFO as well. As for the SAFO's and AFO's, and all such things, they are great when you need them, but I'd rather not need them at all. In addition to the SAFO that I told you about, there is also a small little brace called a Foot UP by Ossur (don't know if the website will block this info.) I used this one for a few months and it was quite helpful, and not nearly as expensive as the SAFO type. Sometimes less is more, and if you just need a little assist, it can be very helpful. Also, I could drive quite well with this brace. The only disadvantage is that you have to wear lace up shoes to wear it, but since I'm always in sneakers anyway, this was not problem. Actually, I'm really hoping that you don't need anything at all, but it's always better to have the info just in case.

As for myself, I am happy with the progress I've made so far, but I think there is still more to come. I go through periods of pretty good function, and minimal discomfort, and then all of a sudden, "the nerve" can get really annoying and nasty (like now)---after a couple of days of this, the discomfort goes away, and I always notice some sort of improvement after these spells. Right now I'm 1 year out from surgery, and I think that after 2 years the nerve will be finished with whatever healing it wants to do. Mostly in the past 3 months I've noticed a lot of strength returning to the foot and driving has become much more natural.

Also, I'm getting really lazy with the exercise too--this is just human nature, but I'll get back to it again. I definitely feel better when I do the exercises---take care and a big virtual high five right back at you! Please let me know when you have your surgery and how you are doing. Usually when you only need a local anesthetic, the surgery is not too involved (hope so.) Good Luck with this and keep in touch.

Tanya





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