Following surgery for removal of an inflamed nerve caused by Morton's Neuroma, I've been keeping a journal of the recovery. I hope it will help anyone else considering surgery for this not uncommon foot complaint.
Day 2 Tuesday
Well I had a good night's sleep, thank goodness. I folded a pillow in half and was able to prop my foot up comfortably, and I was even able to keep it that way while I slept on my side. Slept through from half ten to seven. When I woke up it felt fine, but after a while I was aware of some pain, I think from the stitches, so the codeine etc were very welcome and definitely helped. I've spent today on the sofa with my foot propped up on a large cushion, which is very comfy. The pain throughout the day has been okay …. After about three hours I can feel the painkillers wear off but it doesn't get unbearable, just a bit stingy at the moment. The insides of the two toes where the nerve was removed are completely numb, which feels very odd! Not sure if that's the permanent numbness or if it's partly the local anaesthetic that was injected in during surgery. Guess we'll have to wait and see. I haven't moved around too much, but it's definitely less painful using the surgical shoe than walking barefoot, and if I catch the front of my foot on the floor it's very painful, so I won't be doing that too often!
Day 3 Wednesday
Feeling very drowsy today. Slept well but then struggled to stay awake, and spent half the day in bed. Feel very disorientated, dizzy, spaced out. Not sure if it's a hangover from the general anaesthetic, or the combination of painkillers (paracetomol, codeine, diclofenac), or both. Dozed and slept all morning, but got up at lunchtime and had a good wash. However, spending 5-10 minutes on my foot made it really painful, a hot burning pain, so I won't be doing that again for a while!
Day 4 – Thursday
Feeling much better today. In fact it wasn't till today that I realised just how awful I felt yesterday! Pain is minimal, I'm pleased to report … I've only taken painkillers twice so far (8am and 3pm) and apart from the occasional sharp stinging pain from the stitches if I move a bit quickly, I've had no pain. Of course I'm still keeping off my foot completely, and when I do go to the loo etc I'm walking on the heel or side of my foot. If I catch the bottom it hurts! I was expecting my toes to swell but they don't seem to have done so far … But when I put both feet next to each other my left foot is actually very swollen. Bored of sitting down … Looking forward to being more mobile.
Day 5 – Friday
Today I felt absolutely fine in myself, definitely over the anaesthetic, and very little pain from my foot too – still the odd sharp pain from the stitches but other than that I feel like I want to get up and get going! Frustrating when I do, though, because though I can put a little weight on my foot I can't move anywhere at more than snail's pace. This evening we went to the pub – I thought the change of scenery would do me good – but we only lasted half an hour. The pub was busy and I had a seat but was only able to raise my foot about six inches off the floor and very soon it was throbbing and pulsing in a very alarming manner. I kept it up all evening and it felt okay by bedtime but I think having it up above hip height all week and then having it down for half an hour was too much too soon. I've been avoiding the codeine for the last couple of days as I think it was bunging me up a little inside (constipation is a common side effect) but I did take two this evening.
Day 6 – Saturday
Decided I need to get my foot used to being down by doing it in small bits rather than all at once, so today I've spent at least part of each hour with my foot on the floor. Doesn't feel too bad, just a bit hot and heavy at times.
Day 7 – Sunday
Feeling much more energetic today, did a few small jobs in the kitchen (buttering bread, making tea), pushed the Hoover round the hall, that kind of thing. The swelling seems top be going down nicely and there's still no bruising on my toes. Went to the pub again this afternoon and watched the football, had my foot on a chair and it was fine. Nice to get out of the house for a couple of hours! I can move reasonably ok on it, so long as I can go at my own pace (slowly) but we did stop at a shop on the way home and I walked in, round and out, and discovered that was probably too much. Still keeping most of the weight on the heel, though I'm gradually starting to put a little pressure on the front and it doesn't feel too bad. Worst problem is thst as it heals the stitches are starting to pull, and especially in the evening I am experiencing some sharp stinging pain – but nothing a couple of paracetomol can't fix.