WARNING: PICTURES WITH BLOOD IN POST!
Since the last time I wrote my left foot has taken some steps backwards. I would say I am a relatively positive and optomistic person, but I am feeling more frustrated and discouraged as of late. I decided I needed something to help create a positive association with my feet so I decided to get cute socks. Anyone that knows me personally knows that I love pandas and I needed some great panda socks!
My pain level has increased to a 5/10 most days, but can reach up to an 8/10. I went to one physical therapy appointment and did some basic exercises. The one exercise that triggered a significant amount of pain was the prostretch. After the appointment I was not able to do much walking (under 3000 steps daily). I also had to sit down while showering again due to the extra strain on my foot from standing for an extended period of time.
I went back and saw my surgeon to address an ingrown toenail that I had on my right foot. It was important to address the ingrown toenail before it got infected which could spread to the bone. If the bone becomes infected my previous foot reconstruction would be in jeopardy. The procedure is relatively straight forward and performed with a local anesthetic. Essentially, the toenail that has grown into the skin is removed and a chemical called phenol is used to prevent future nail growth.
Here are some pictures on my ingrown toenail surgery. It is a common procedure in the podiatry office.
While I was at my appointment I had the surgeon look at the left foot. He was not exactly sure what was going on, but he told me to discontinue physical therapy until I could come in again. He is thinking that it might be best to get a CT scan to see what exactly is going on with my foot.
I noticed that the pain in my left foot drastically increased after getting my ingrown toenail surgery. I realized after a few days that I was compensating for the pain I had in the right big toe. The one positive about the pain is that it is presenting differently than the pain I experienced before the latest operation. The pain I am experiencing is around the implant and the peroneal tendons, the calcaneal (heel) bone, the plantar fascia and below the hallux (big toe).
I was able to reschedule my appointment with my surgeon to get my left foot addressed sooner than later. With the uncertainty my mind races to what could be wrong, but nothing has been determined yet. I am also going to get my feet re-evaluated by a certified pedorthist to get new custom orthotics. I will be curious to see if getting new orthotics and sneakers will lower my pain level.