foot surgery

By soldierswife Latest Reply 2010-06-27 13:34:11 -0500
Started 2010-06-25 11:01:44 -0500

I had a bone lifted off a pressure point about a year ago in my right foot. Well today I found out that it has happened again and it is damaging the nerves in my toes leaving the tingling feeling that my doctor told me was diabetes. The podiatrist said I should have been to see him months ago. My problem is not the foot surgery, It went great before. No problems, healed nicely and recovered fast. I was not diabetic then. Now I am. Is this going to make surgery more dangerous? Am I more prone to infection? Circulation problems? I am scared to death. My podiatrist says there are always risk with surgeries but they are also putting in a screw to hold the bone up this time and they did not do that before. What if my body rejects the object placed in there? am i just over analyzing the bad possibilities?

25 replies

gregsteele 2010-06-26 19:31:16 -0500 Report

26 yrs ago i broke my left leg in 9 places between the knee and the ankle in a motorcycle wreck they used a steele plate and10 screws and ive never had any problems with my body rejecting it so i hope that eases your fears( on thatpoint)anyway love to all GREG

soldierswife 2010-06-27 08:27:25 -0500 Report

wow! That crazy! Does it give you problems now? My mom has a pin in her right foot. Believe it or not she had this same surgery 10 years ago. I had it a year ago, but he went from the bottom and shaved the bone some. Now he is going from the top and cutting a small wedge of bone out and putting in the pin to keep the bone from being able to touch my pressure point! My mom has a lot of health issues, she was diagnosed with osteoperosis (sp?) and is losing bone in that foot and they may have to remove the pin now. at any rate, Do you have any pain where those pins/plates are? I am not really concerned about much more than the meds that put you to sleep now. i hate being sedated!

gregsteele 2010-06-27 09:20:15 -0500 Report

First dont stress to much about the meds by having previous surgerys your body has shown it will tolerate the meds ,if you didnt have problems with it before ,you shouldnt now ,as for my plate the only time i have pain is if it gets extremely cold (10 or less) or if my prosthetic on otherleg is off and im crutchin it for some reason ,remember the stress will cause you more issues than the surgery good luck love to all GREG

soldierswife 2010-06-27 13:34:11 -0500 Report

yea. i am sure i am causing uneeded stress to myself over it. i just have always been a worrier… thanks for your assurance though!

RAYT721 2010-06-26 00:40:35 -0500 Report

Any type of surgery is an emotional experience so I totally understand what you're thinking, fearing, guessing, and everything else. I don't think you are over analyzing but you should be aware of the pros and cons of any surgery. It's important to have trust and a positive attitude. Keep us posted. You have to do what you have to do. To answer your questions you should turn to google, support groups, and prayer. Some things are out of our hands.

soldierswife 2010-06-26 07:28:10 -0500 Report

Thank you Ray! I talked to my doctor this morning and he said from my A1c that he was not concerned about diabetes. It is 5.4 so that is in the pre diabetic range. He said that if I continue to control my numbers so well that I should have no more problems than someone without diabetes would have but he would take the same precautions that he would with a type I diabetic. So, I am trusting God will take care of it, and I will be scared to death the day of, but im sure once i come out from under the meds i will be fine! Thats what scares me most is my body having a bad reaction to the sedation! The good thing is I have c-sections and the surgery on my foot before and never any problems so i am hoping this is all just in my head!

Harlen 2010-06-25 22:13:28 -0500 Report

I went thrue something like that too and all was well You may just to keep a close watch on it as it heals and at the first sine of infection call the doc
best wishes

soldierswife 2010-06-25 22:37:55 -0500 Report

its the same doctor that done it before and he kept it wrapped well and he took it off and cleaned the stitches or whatever and told me not to unwrap it unless it swelled to the point of cutting off circulation, so it went well. im hoping he will just do the same this time. it will be on the top of my foot and not the bottom, should be easier to keep clean. i can walk this time as i could not before. he said just the first few days i will need the crutches but after that i should walk to keep it from letting the tissue and muscles set themselves to the pin rather than teaching it to adjust to the pin. i still have to do pre op with him and the hospital so i am sure we have a lot to cover. i am so tired my vision is blurry will let you all know when i know something more concrete from him. the good thing is he said 80 percent of his patients were diabetic! so i fully trust him!!

Roy531 2010-06-25 14:37:36 -0500 Report

The type of material they use to make the screws is not recongnized by your body as a foreign object. A man at work had a heart valve replaced with one made of titanium he has had no problem with his body trying to reject it. People have screws and plates put in their bodies all the time to hold bones together but the body does not reject them. I believe as long as your diabetes is in control you should not have any problems. If you stay in the hospital afterwards, ask the nurse daily to check your feet.

soldierswife 2010-06-25 16:00:59 -0500 Report

yea, i think i am just stressing a little much. i just cant not be scared. i am afraid of something going wrong with my heart all kinds of things. i have a phobia of having a heart attack. i saw my grand daddy have one and it was the scariest thing to ever happen to me! so now if my heart beats a little different im a nervous wreck. i wont take pain meds because they slow my heart rate down and i dont like that…im just paranoid and weird i guess.

Roy531 2010-06-25 16:09:17 -0500 Report

I have had 3 knee surgeries and before I had my first one they had a program, I think it was The Learning Channel, they showed a knee surgery on there and I watched what they did and how they did it. I might be weird but that kind of relaxed me some on having my surgery. Everybody is somewhat paranoid about things like that, I think it is only natural, somebody cutting on you and you don't know what they are doing in there. Have Faith. God is always there with us


soldierswife 2010-06-25 16:12:40 -0500 Report

you are right! i just said that to someone! I should have just prayed about it and let it go! I know he will see me through! i dont know his plans for my life but i know he gave me the most amazing children he could find and i cant see him not letting me be ok at least for them! i am so glad he is the almighty physician!!! thank you Roy! oh, and your knee…is it better now?

Roy531 2010-06-25 16:17:22 -0500 Report

Not yet but got tired of them cutting on me and not fixing the problem, so I have learned to live with the pain. Hard to get on my knees and Pray then get back up, but He suffered more than I ever will.

soldierswife 2010-06-25 16:39:00 -0500 Report

that is deep!!! how i love meeting people who have such a passion for Christ! God bless you and im so happy to know there will come a day when none of these crisis' in life can bother our bodies anymore! this will be the second time they done this to my foot. i wont let them do it again after this one. it was not caused by diabetes but im sure its not helping any.

soldierswife 2010-06-25 16:07:16 -0500 Report

oh, and it is outpatient surgery! it was before too! he didnt say he was keeping me so i just assume it will be the one day.

ccritch 2010-06-25 14:14:33 -0500 Report

I would be fearful also, just hearing all the things that is going to take place. However, whether a diabetic or not there are always risks to consider especially infections. I believe if you talked with your doctor you will be fine.

When will you have the surgery?

I had an exploratory done and I was fine until one of the staples came out and caused infection was not that bad I healed pretty quick from it. I believe you will too, your health over is healthy besides being a diabetic. I will keep you in my daily prayers. I know that you will be fine.

soldierswife 2010-06-25 16:06:25 -0500 Report

he wanted to do it July 2nd but i cant because i am going on vacation for the 4th and my anniversary is the 8th so it will be after the 8th. he had to see when he would be able to get an operating room at the hospital closest to his office. I had it done there before, only they shaved some bone off and that was it. however i was not able to walk for 8 weeks. now i am going to be able to walk after just a week or two because he is going from the top of my foot this time and cutting a piece of bone out and placing the pin. so this all scares me because i am afraid of the bone cutting and what not. before he just shaved it and closed it up and it was on the bottom of my foot. the top of your foot is so tender, i cant imagine it being sliced open ya know. i will let you know as soon as i have a set date. I will let you all know within a day or two after surgery how it went! i may let my daughter post it on here for me!

petals 2010-06-25 12:53:48 -0500 Report

My prayers are with you. I don't know about anything that you wanted know, just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts. I would like to know the answers to these as well.

soldierswife 2010-06-25 13:21:44 -0500 Report

thank you! I will keep you updated as these are questions I will ask monday when i go for my pre op and find out exactly what date the surgery is! i will make sure to let you know!

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