Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Toe Update

I went back to the doctor today because, well, the toe is still not lifting. It wouldn't really be a problem because I have figured out that I don't use it very much, but it hangs down and gets in the way.

It really hasn't caused me any problems, but I have been slightly worried. I did everything the PT told me to do. I yelled at the toe to lift. I moved my other toes back and forth and strained to flex my little toe to no avail. Eventually I stopped going to PT because there was no point.

The doctor and I determined that the tendon is no longer attached. It was not just "sleeping". He said I could either leave it how it is, or have surgery again. Leaving it this way would require me to tape it every day for the rest of my life. So I chose surgery.

But the good news is that I can pick when my surgery will be. I told the doctor about the Soggy Bottom and he said it's fine if I wait until after then. Then he proceed to drill me with questions about the race, not because he was worried about my toe, but because he has ridden the resurrection trail from Hope to Cooper and back and was intrigued. I may have just recruited a new racer!

I'm going to have the surgery about 10 days after the Soggy Bottom. Then I have to wear a big boot for 4 weeks. I won't be able to run or bike during that time, but to be honest I think I'm going to be all trained out. I had scheduled a month of recovery before starting to think about any more races, so this will work out well.

The only big inconvenience is that I won't be able to do any hard hiking. And I'll probably lose much of the fitness I gained from training. I will be fully recovered by mid-September though and be ready to go to Moab in October. Woohoo!

That's all for now.

3 comments:

Jeff said...

good luck with surgery... I had mine on my pinkie toe tendon a week ago yesterday... crossing my fingers ...

by the way.. you do have a pretty cool blog...

Julie said...

Hey Jeff, I meant to reply to you before. Did you also drop a knife on your toe? I haven't had any pain, only when they were sewing it back together the first time.

Do they have you in a boot? I think that's where they went wrong the first time, it wasn't immobilized.

Anyway, good luck with your toe!

Jeff said...

I didn't drop a knife. I had an even stupider accident... Closed a metal sliding pole barn door on my flip flop covered feet after working on a boat all day... Yea I know stupid... lol Mine didn't hurt at all when it happened either... but there was some pain after the surgery... I'm assuming just from having surgery... Yea I"m reading that immobilization is the key... but it does suck... mine is on my right foot.. so no driving... damn damn damn... but see doc today for first post op... hopefully can start using it a little...
Keep in mind that after mine happened you were my hero.. lol climbing mountains white water rafting racing bikes.. and all the while I was hobbling on crutches... lol hope yours gets better as soon as well...
If you haven't check it out yet go to myfootshop.com and check out the discussion boards.. a lot of good info... and the Doctor that has the board always responds...