This is my actual foot. I have had pain in my left heel since I was very young. In fact I have a distinct memory around the age of 12 at the doctors office where he told my mom it was just fluid build up and he could use a needle to remove it. I of course refused and since my mother doesn’t like to argue in public, that was that. In fact I never brought it up again because all I could see what a giant needle coming at me. No x-ray was taken so there is not way to know whether this had started growing way back then but it has definitely been with me for years. I just lived with the bump on my foot. I felt very little discomfort from it and would go long periods of time without even thinking about it. Forward to 2013. That little bump had now become the source of pain. Sometimes it would flash like fire, other times it would throb and sometimes it would feel like I was being stabbed with an ice pick. I finally went to a specialist who took x-rays only to reveal the alien on my foot. Not only was this alien active now but it had calcified itself onto my Achilles tendon. I was also dealing with what is referred to as Haglund’s deformity which is a bony enlargement on the back of the heal. This was the real complication.
Bone spurs are removed all the time but now we had to access how much of the tendon was affected and how much would have to be cut out. It was possible that they would need to harvest the tendon leading to my big toe in order to repair the Achilles. I was in North Dakota at the time and the doctor told us straight up that he was not confident that the local hospital was adequately equipped. Ultimately when we headed back to Vegas we decided that it was time to fix this. The doctor that we ultimately settled on has made us very happy. He is very competent and has made this journey a bit easier, if that’s possible. I’ll discuss the insurance part of this later.
The first step was an MRI and basic pre-surgery requirements like blood work, a complete physical, EKG and chest x-rays. Once it was determined that I was a low risk for surgery, we moved forward. I’ll talk in detail about that in another post but I am curious about others who have dealt with this similar situation. How long did it actually take to walk without the aid of either family or a medical device. Are you completely pain free or did you trade one pain for another? Can you wear heels again? Did it grow back? So many questions.