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Tendon Problem

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Infomaniac | 10:33 Sat 31st May 2014 | Body & Soul
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On Good Friday I had surgery to repair a severed tendon, and last Tuesday I had the cast off, but I still cannot move my big toe. The consultant said I needed an urgent ultrasound scan to find out what was wrong, and he even took it upon himself to visit the relevant hospital that afternoon to ensure an appointment this week. Meanwhile my leg was put in an orthotic boot. Had the scan Friday but when I rang he hospital for an appointment to see the doctor, next available date is 17 June. Tried my surgery but next date to see GP is 19 June. The doctor who performed the scan said the repair was structurally sound, but the tendon could not move because it was stick to some underlying tissue, and I will need treatment to free up the tendon. I now have nearly three weeks to wait before any treatment after my "urgent" scan. As I can't get to speak to a medic, could any of the medics on here advise me as to whether I can safely stop wearing the orthotic boot because the tendon repair is OK? I still,won't be able to drive but at least I might be more comfortable moving around without it. I am already stir crazy from six weeks of enforced inactivity.

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From what you have said, the tendon repair was successful, but because of adhesions, the result was unacceptable. Until those adhesions are divided, one cannot see that any further damage can be done by "jettisoning the boot."
10:38 Sat 31st May 2014
From what you have said, the tendon repair was successful, but because of adhesions, the result was unacceptable.

Until those adhesions are divided, one cannot see that any further damage can be done by "jettisoning the boot."
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Thanks Squad. Do you have any opinion as to whether I could manipulate my foot myself in the meantime in an effort to release it, or do you think I might do more harm than good? It is such a long time to wait and I know from past experience that the sooner physio commences the better the result.
LOL......If it were me, i would do exactly as you have suggested and if that breaks down the adhesions, then all well and good.
Give it a go, you are extremely unlikely to do further damage.......gently at first though.
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Thank you again - it is reassuring that you feel I can't do any more damage this way.

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