Sunday, November 13, 2011

16 Days Post Op

On Friday, October 28 I had surgery to excise a Morton's neuroma.  The first week about killed me, as I could do very little.  But this past week, I have been back on the bike, slowly building up time in the saddle and assessing how my foot performed afterwards.

No foot model future for me.

I started off with an easy 45 minute spin 7 days post op.  No problems.  Then on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week, I rode for  2, 4 1/2, and 3 1/2 hours.  I had no issues while on the bike.  I was even able to stand and pedal up some of the more steeper climbs; no pain whatsoever. 

I did experience a weird feeling immediately off the bike on the two longer rides.  With each placement of my foot on a hard surface, I had a mild electrical jolt shoot through my surgical area.  Not really painful, but not pleasant either.

Today, I was planning on riding for 2 1/2 hours, but after the first hour, I began to feel a slight bit of pain in the foot on the down stroke.  So I decided to end it early at 1:45.  Upon walking after this ride, there was no electrical jolt or pain ... small victories.

This week while off the bike, I still have a small limp.  The surgical site is tender and thickened = inflammation still present.  Walking barefoot on hard surfaces is still uncomfortable.  I wear my Keen sandals a lot; they keep my foot happy. 

But with almost 12 hours in the saddle, I feel confident that my recovery is going as expected.  Now I know that this is the experience of only one person.  I tend to push the envelope when it comes to proper recovery.  But I am hopeful that my surgical outcome will be as I wanted ... to ride for hours on end, pain free.  And to be able to run down my daughter ... while I still have the chance!

1 comment:

Blackdog said...

Um Ouch. That looks painful. There is something about the incision between the toes that makes me cringe.

Hope the duck Hunting is good. I bet a nice pair of waders would not cause you any pain at all.