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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;3830244][B]Hey GMAC[/B]...it's been a while since I've been here, and I'm glad to hear you're doing so well...I'm coming along, as they say, and don't have too much more to report except that I'm only wearing my elastic ankle support about half the time now...I must be getting better, since I'm not tripping all over the place... I still have a squeezing feeling around the ankle, and I don't think that will ever go away. But I don't care, as long as the foot continues to work...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you GMAC...you've been a real pal over the last year and have helped me so much! :D[/QUOTE]

Hey Tanya, thanks for the nice message. You've been a big help, just wish other folk here in Scotland over the past 14 years had given me as much information. :mad: Anyway.... :)

Got a bit of an update on my situation. Went to see a podiatrist just for a check-up on my foot and ended up seeing a bio-mechanic. Just as well as she thought my foot might be starting to drop a bit again. :eek:

She was surprised that I wasnt getting any physio and has referred me to go and see one as she thinks the lack of exercises (my fault...) could be affecting the leg, especially the tendon which was stretched as part of my operation. She says if it gets worse might need to go back to wearing a splint again or having another op - not sure which scenario would be worse. :(

So I guess the morale of the story is 1) dont always assume doctors are right and 2) always do your exercises!!

Hope you're keeping well, you seem to be making good progress which is great. :cool:
[QUOTE=gmac1975;3845304]Hey Tanya, thanks for the nice message. You've been a big help, just wish other folk here in Scotland over the past 14 years had given me as much information. :mad: Anyway.... :)

Got a bit of an update on my situation. Went to see a podiatrist just for a check-up on my foot and ended up seeing a bio-mechanic. Just as well as she thought my foot might be starting to drop a bit again. :eek:

She was surprised that I wasnt getting any physio and has referred me to go and see one as she thinks the lack of exercises (my fault...) could be affecting the leg, especially the tendon which was stretched as part of my operation. She says if it gets worse might need to go back to wearing a splint again or having another op - not sure which scenario would be worse. :(

So I guess the morale of the story is 1) dont always assume doctors are right and 2) always do your exercises!!

Hope you're keeping well, you seem to be making good progress which is great. :cool:[/QUOTE]


Hi GMAC...

Thanks for your kind words about my helping you...actually I think we're all helping each other in this foot drop situation...it's real pain to treat and to live with... After reading your message, I'm surprised that your podiatrist and [I]bio-mechanic[/I] (what is that GMAC...don't think we have those in the US) were the first ones to notice that your foot might be dropping a little. How do you feel when you're walking around? It sounds as if you were doing quite well, and I think that's the most important thing...

From my experience here, the orthopedists, neurosurgeons, and even the physiotherapists concentrate on the ultimate functioning of the foot and how you can walk, even though the therapists do take measurements from time to time. For example, even though my affected foot cannot dorsiflex as much as my normal foot, it can dorsiflex enough to clear the ground when I walk. I've stopped wearing a foot brace and am still able to walk OK :)...and I'm really surprised :D. It was pointed out to me by my various doctors that when we walk, we don't fully keep our foot at a 90 degree angle, and that's why I can go without the brace. I have about an inch to go for my semi-dropped foot to be equal to the other foot. I'm thrilled about all of this, and the reason I'm telling you about this is because perhaps this is where you are too.

In any event, doing exercise can only help your situation, and perhaps where you are now is the final outcome of your surgery and where you're supposed to be. I really think it's premature to start talking about braces and more surgery at this point...I do exercises too, but I must admit that I could better job in this department ...Please let me know how you're doing and what your doctors have to say...and take care!

Tanya
Hey Tanya

Thanks again for replying, you've been a real rock. I guess I was naiive to think that once the op was done and I'd finished seeing the surgeon, physios etc that that would be it. Not for one moment did I envisage having further problems down the line. After my initial shock (as you could probably tell in my last message :D) I'm not too despondent now. I have physio on Tuesday and that can only be a good thing. Hopefully she will also be able to tell me how she thinks my leg is doing. And I'll need to ask her about not crossing my legs - I had no idea!

Also, my apologies. I was so caught up in my own situation last time I wrote I didnt ask how you were getting on (sorry...). Do you still feel positive overall? Are you happy with the improvements so far? Is there much further for you to go?

Finally, I just want to say how much your support has meant to me. Given we dont know anything about each others lives apart from our common problem, the compassion and care you have shown is really out of this world. I have people here I can talk to but none of them are going thru what I am. So to have the backing and advice from someone who is in the same boat means so much. :)

Graeme
[B]Hi Elandre[/B]...it's so good to hear from you---

Thanks for sharing your experiences of the past 7 months. If you notice, the name of this message board is Peroneal Nerve Damage ~ Dropped Foot! 3. Ive been posting since the first message board, Peroneal Nerve Damage ~ Dropped Foot!, and my first posts were anything but encouraging and positive---It has been a hard road the entire time, and only now in the past few months have I noticed positive dorsiflexion and movement. This is a condition that can really try even the most patient person, so hang in there.

From your post, I see that you are under the care of an orthopaedist, and I was too when I fractured my leg...BUT...the problems you are experiencing with dropped foot are caused by nerve damage, which probably occurred during your accident, along with your broken pelvis and hip socket. I'm not qualified to give medical advice in your situation, but from my own experience, the most important doctor that I saw was one super neurosurgeon. He diagnosed my particular problem and offered a surgical solution if I didn't heal on my own. As you probably know from previous posts, I had nerve decompression surgery, which really helped in my situation. I don't know if you've been evaluated by a neurosurgeon yet, but I would strongly recommend that you see one [B]soon[/B]. With nerve injuries like dropped foot, there is a window of opportunity to treat such injuries. If you wait too long, the nerve kind of quits and the doctors are unable to help you anymore. Also, please be aware that there is a world of difference between a neurologist and a neurosurgeon for this condition--- a neurologist basically monitors and tests and treats with medication. A neurosurgeon, however, is the doctor to see in order to assess you condition and suggest a surgical intervention that could really help eliminate the dropped foot. In my case, I can now walk with out a brace. I'm not perfect, and yes, I could even be better, but I'm a heck of a lot better than I was before. I'm really lucky to have found the proper treatment in time.

Although I am much improved in the pain department, I think this is something that I will always feel. Interestingly, my leg seems particularly sensitive before a snow storm, or when the weather is going to change. I took Lyrica for a while, but unfortunately for me, the side effects from this medication were worse than the nerve pain. I've found that certain exercises that I learned in physical therapy really relieve the pulling and strangling sensations that I feel in my lower leg, so I do 15 minutes of exercise every other day at home---not a big price to pay for such pain relief. The exercises involve an inexpensive slant board which you've probably already seen in physiotherapy, and if you're interested, just let me know, and I'll try to describe them in another post. Also, a comfortable AFO could really do a lot to relieve your discomfort... I used a carbon brace from [B][I]Otto Bock[/I][/B] which really helped when I needed it. I walked more, got more exercise, and that really made such a big difference. If you're not able to lift your toes and foot at all, walking must be exhausting for you.

Please take care and let me know how you are doing... Tanya





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