severe continue foot pain
I had a spur removal surgery on my foot last December. It was small grow near the big toe on my right foot. It bothered me when I used some shoes but I was able to walk long distance without pain. I was told it was simple surgery and I could used all my shoes and will not have pain for at least 10 years. Now, It has been about 4 months and I have not be able to walk without severe continued pain around the articulation. Every step I take hurts like the toe / join is broke. I cannot use any shoes beside the ugly orthopedic shoe, I cannot wear a dress and I feel embarrassed at work without dressy shoes. It hurts even when I am in bed. It seems the space in the join is narrower now than before the surgery. I do not understand what happened. I used to walk for three hours in the mountains without any problem, now I cannot walk at all without severe pain. The podiatrist that did the surgery does not want to explain what happen and he said I probably have arthritis. He did not tell me that before the surgery. I have pain from the first week after the surgery.
I feel frustrated, depressed, crippled and like my life is on hold. My big toe is froze or have stiffness and it is swollen. I want to know if this is treatable or have any solution. Thank you
Rule number one, never use a doctor who will not talk to you and answer your questions. There probably is a solution to your problem. I am in a difficult position because I cannot examine you, but in general terms you should certainly consider physical therapy as a means to reduce the inflammation and perhaps improve motion. If you have "arthritis", you certainly had it before the surgery, it did not occur in four months, and that should have been addressed in the surgical planning.
If physical therapy and "tincture of time" (maybe another 3-4 months) do not alleviate your pain, you should request your preoperative and postoperative x-rays and seek another opinion. The solution, unfortunately, may be further surgery.
Marc Mitnick DPM