A month later and things are progressing. I have less pain but there is still discomfort and soreness if I am on my feet alot, even in ‘comfortable’ shoes. (I even get discomfort in the right foot still, but in a different way than before. It’s right at the ball of the foot now, on the bottom of the foot, whereas before there was achiness in the second toe.) I’m coming up on the six month mark, though the doctor said it could take up to a year. Flexibility is good. Not as good as the right foot, but that is already at month 9 1/2. I’m optimistic about regaining flexibility. (I stopped Physical Therapy at the end of December.)
It seems like the big toe has “stabilized” (for lack of a better word) and is not slipping anymore to the left. I do feel it rubbing on my second toe sometimes, and it’s quite an odd sensation as it only happens on the ‘lift’ of my foot when I’m taking a step. Stepping down, the toes spread apart, but lifting up the big toe hits the second toe. At first it felt like the cica-care gel was flapping around, but then I realized it was the toes touching!
I will stop using cica-care gel on Feb. 29. That will have been 3 months. (Package says 2-4 months for best results.) Scar is flat, but very red.
The second toe is stiff too. Working that manually when I’m sitting around, but it seems not to bend as far as the others. I have to admit though, that I don’t really remember what kind of flexibility I had in that toe prior to the surgery. I guess I took that little guy for granted!
Doctor said I could start running again in March. I’m anxious and nervous. I believe there will still be pain, but I hope it’s tolerable. I hope I can play tennis this summer.