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Dec. 17 I had plantar plate repair and bunionectomy surgery. Had an ankle block anesthesia. During procedure a fire alarm went off at outpatient surgery center, and I woke up in parking lot. Surgeon said he had to do emergency closure of 2nd toe and I had to be resedated to finish surgery. My healing since has not been normal. Had short bout of cellulitis. Foot has remained feeling partially anesthetized from ball of foot to tips of toes....lots of swelling, skin color changes (will turn splotchy purple if down too long, esp. in shower), very stiff big toe and 2nd metatarsal. Feels like I am walking on rocks when weight bearing and whole forefoot feels as if its full of chicken wire. Big toe and metatarsal are still floating off the ground. 2nd MRI showed some retearing of plantar plate so am being very careful with walking only in wide running shoes or ortho shoe. Am doing big toe ROM exercises at home. I wear a little eyebrow shaped pad under 2nd and 3rd toe. I am very frustrated as I am an avid athlete - distance runner and tennis player - and this has tried not only my patience but has made it difficult to do much of anything. I have most symptoms of CRPS but no real pain. Doctor keeps reassuring me that I'll get back to pre-surgery activities within a year, but am just wondering what else, if anything, I should
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....I have been told that it is not hard enough to be cut off. Please help, I am not sure what to do now! THANKS FOR A WONDERFUL AND VERY HELPFUL SITE!
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Mansfield Ctr, CT
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Pacific Grove, CA
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