Another update. A week ago things felt really good, then it started to hurt again. Oddly, it hurt when I woke up, as if I'd done something to it in my sleep. Maybe I was turning my foot the the wrong way in my sleep or something. After a couple of days of that, it's been better again. But it seemed like it was time to check in with a doctor, so I went to see an orthopedic surgeon today.
Finding a doctor took a while. I asked around for recommendations and then looked to see who accepts my insurance. Called one place for an appointment but they only do knees and shoulders. They referred me to a foot and ankle practice, and I got an appointment with one of the two doctors there, the junior one in the practice. Then I found out that one of my co-workers was a patient of the other doctor there, and she hated him and everyone else who worked there, the PA, front-desk people, etc. Great. Asked around some more, found that a neighbor went to the guy that my co-worker hated but she described him as "a genius." What? Poked around online and read some reviews, and found that every doctor who is highly recommended has some haters, too. So I decided to keep the appointment I had but had names of other doctors to see if I didn't like the first one.
One thing that I thought was potentially good about the doctor I had the appointment with -- according to his bio on their website, he played rugby until an injury ended his career. My hope was that someone with a serious athletic background would be a good fit.
So, this morning I had the appointment. Overall things were fine. An assistant took x-rays and I gave her copies of the operative report from the original surgery. The doctor read the report, recognized the name of my old surgeon, who publishes a lot of research. I thought this was a good sign.
He said everything looked good on the x-rays -- the arch of the foot has held up well, he could see where things were done during the surgery and those areas looked okay. Then he examined the foot and ankle. Based on the the site of the pain, he thinks I just strained the tendon. He recommended that I rest it by wearing a boot for 4 weeks. I asked if I could do other activities, e.g., upper body weight training, stretching upper legs and hips, and he said that would be okay. But no cycling, and wear the boot all the time except when I'm in bed or driving.
So I'm not loving the boot. My toes are cold despite wearing two wool socks on my foot. It will be a huge pain trying to run errands, like getting the maintenance done on my car which I've been putting off for several weeks already. I expect my other leg or my back will start to complain from the weird way I have to walk in the boot. But all in all this could be much worse!
After the four weeks, he recommends custom orthotics to wear going forward. If it continues to hurt, he'll probably order an MRI. Needless to say I'm hoping that won't be necessary.
p.s. re: the cold toes. I do have neoprene toe covers for my bike shoes. I wonder if I could wear one on my foot with this boot... will have to try that out when I get home...
Last edited by ny biker; 03-03-2017 at 10:21 AM.
- Gray Trek Madone 4.7 road bike, mystery crack in top tube repaired by Calfee, Bontrager Affinity RXL saddle
- Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
Gone but not forgotten:
- Silver Trek 2000 road bike
- Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles