Approximately four months after the surgery. As you can see the great toe has slipped back towards the other toes a bit. While not as severe as the original (click on the PHOTOS page to see the entire progression) but still quite disappointing. You go through something like this and you hope for the best. You certainly don’t expect that this would happen in 4 months. My last hope is that further movement will be restrained by the fiber that was inserted to shore up the medial capsule (the extra fiber I referred to in the x-ray that goes through the first phalanx and around the joint and back into the metatarsal). I really don’t want to end up back at square one.
Aside from the crooked look of the toe. I am still experiencing soreness in the joint, especially after doing something like the elliptical machine or a long walk. It seems to be improving a little each week, but I feel like it’s a little more sore with this foot vs. the other. (That said, the first foot still has some soreness too, but comparatively, is barely noticeable.) I am not yet able to run or play tennis. (Doctor’s orders, which I am following!) He said March or so. That will be 6 months from surgery. Keep this in mind if you are a runner and are thinking about this surgery!
As for shoes. I’m still most comfortable in those Sketchers I talked about in week 7. Sometimes wearing my regular shoes the joint gets particularly sore. I need to update my footwear for sure. New sneakers are the second most comfortable shoes. The Dansko type clogs cause some joint soreness because they are so hard.
As for the rectangular indentation around the scar: That’s just from the Cica care gel which is worn for 2-4 months after prescribed. I am only 6 weeks in on that, so have a while to go. I pulled the gel off immediately before the photo. The indentation goes away in 5 minutes.