It's me again. I'm glad to say I've seen SOME improvement with my sesamoid fracture. I'm finally able to put my the whole surface of my foot on the floor. I've been very hesitant to put all my weight on my foot but I have been testing slightly, solely for reference purposes.
I'm still using the boot for when I do a lot of walking outside of my house. At home, however, I usually don't use it just so I can see how well I'm doing (plus I don't walk that much at home).
- I'm noticing that I still don't have mobility in my toe as far as bending, it's very slight.
- The swelling in the ball of foot area is still there. When I touch it, it feels pretty solid. Not squishy like the natural padding in a foot. This makes me wonder if it's actually swollen or if it's something else?
- I've continued to ice it and was doing the contrast baths like you recommended. However, I can't tell if they're working or not since the swelling seems the same.
As for my podiatrist. I saw him after 4 weeks, he checked the pain in ball of foot area. He kind of put some force and asked if it still hurt, I said yes but not as much as my previous visit 4 weeks ago. He didn't really say much, he just said to come back in another two weeks.
He also gave me some spenco insoles. I think he mentioned that if I felt it improving I could try seeing how it felt with the insoles, if not just stick to the boot.
Anyways, the point of this email is just to see if everything I mentioned is normal. I know you mentioned it was going to take at LEAST 3 months if not more for it to heal.
I'm trying to keep track of my progress but sometimes it's hard to know if there's been actual improvement or not since this whole thing is slow and frustrating.
Also, the actual ball of my foot doesn't LOOK like it's improved because it still seems to look swollen. I'm mostly concerned with this since it makes it seem like it's not improving. My podiatrist isn't very reassuring with the whole healing process, he doesn't communicate very well with me. I'm actually debating whether I should switch to a different one. Any recommendations for the Monterey Bay area?
Dr Blake's comment: 2 of the Podiatrists I know in the area are Bobbie Yee and Gordon Hamblin. I know that they have the skill level to help you along this path. Good luck. Rich
Deidre (name changed for privacy)