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When can you get a shoe on and walk?
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07/14/2014 12:10
Lisa617 
07/14/2014 12:10
Lisa617 
When can you get a shoe on and walk?

After I first had my surgery, my doctor acted like in 4 weeks I would be back to work pounding my foot in cement for 7 1/2 house a day. I thought he was crazy and after going back to get my stitches out he said he didn't want me to put any weight on my foot for another 4 weeks. I go back to the doctor today and this is my 7th week out of work and I still can't put weight on my foot, I have tried and my foot swells so bad. I am hoping he will tell me I can submerge my foot now so I can take a bath instead of just showers. I did get an infection in my foot a week ago but started taking antibiotics and I also put antibiotic cream on it and it got better.

I just want to get back to some king of normal. I am going to lose my job over this surgery.My company will not allow you to be out of work long than 12 weeks and you must be able to return without any restrictions....I can't walk, there is no way I can go back to my job walking (practically running) for 7 1/2 hours a day on cement in steel toe shoes. I also need surgery on my right foot, it was the worst and I was having trouble walking before I had surgery on my left foot, but the doctor wanted to do the left one first....now I am being hung out to dry. I can't walk and I can't work. I also need really both my hands done ( I have Dupuytren's too) I've already had my left hand operated on and it needs it again, but my right hand is really bad. I need to have something done before I lose my insurance.....

My dad had Dupuytren's, my brother has it and I have two Uncles and an Aunt that also have it, but I am the only lucky one that has Ledderhose. I am only a 49 year old female.

11/14/2014 20:18
Littlepaw 
11/14/2014 20:18
Littlepaw 
Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

hi Lisa,

How are you doing? Better I hope. I just joined the forum. I had surgery 4.5 months ago. My LD came back with utter fury after surgery and had to be redone within 3 months due to aggressive growth. RT after the redo has really knocked it down.
I am 47 and was super active.

I can walk short distances now but my foot still swells and overheats. I can't leave it down for any period. Things are slowly improving though. Let me know how it's going.

Tanya

11/15/2014 03:38
Lisa617 
11/15/2014 03:38
Lisa617 
Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

I am doing fair. I still am not walking great, but I can get from point A to point B, sometimes with a scooter. My doctor mentioned about going back in my foot that I had surgery on back in June. No more surgeries. My right foot is bad too, but it will just stay bad. Since my surgery on my left foot, my Dupuytren's in my right hand has fired up and knots popping out like popcorn.

It's a never ending fight.

Lisa

11/15/2014 07:48
spanishbuddha 

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11/15/2014 07:48
spanishbuddha 

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Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

Is RT an option for you to consider?

11/15/2014 18:50
Littlepaw 
11/15/2014 18:50
Littlepaw 
Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

Hi Lisa,

I feel you girl and know all about the scooter. It sure gets old though. I'm with Spanishbuddha, if RT is an option it is well worth considering. I wish I had known about it before surgery, which obviously made things much worse for me. So far RT is the only thing to have helped. I can wear shoes I couldn't have thought about a few months ago and flex my foot like a ballerina again. Pray it holds!

I was afraid RT would be out of pocket but insurance actually paid. I don't think they want me to have any more surgeries. The contracted price is not nearly so high per session as I have seen some people say, so I could not have justified going to Germany.

Take care! Tanya

11/16/2014 01:52
Lisa617 
11/16/2014 01:52
Lisa617 
Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

I don't think RT is an option here in the states. Some places may offer it, but it's probably far and few between.

11/16/2014 10:20
spanishbuddha 

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11/16/2014 10:20
spanishbuddha 

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Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

Lisa617:
I don't think RT is an option here in the states. Some places may offer it, but it's probably far and few between.
RT certainly is available in the states, check the many forum posts from US people. The difficulties are usually associated with insurance and experience. You may have to do some work (phoning, collating, interviewing, chasing) yourself. Another option gaining momentum and stories of success is cryotherapy for LD.

Whereabouts in the US are you?

11/16/2014 10:47
wach 

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11/16/2014 10:47
wach 

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List of clinics offering RT in the USA

Hi Lisa,

a list of clinics offering RT in the USA is on this website on http://www.dupuytren-online.info/radiotherapy_clinics.html. As Henry wrote, additional clinics are mentioned in forum posts. Our website is listing clinics only when the clinic approves being listed.

Wolfgang

Lisa617:
I don't think RT is an option here in the states. Some places may offer it, but it's probably far and few between.


Edited 11/16/14 12:49

11/16/2014 19:45
Lisa617 
11/16/2014 19:45
Lisa617 
Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

I am in southwest Virginia, but at this time I have no insurance, but the insurance that I did have wouldn't even pay for orthotics. I am out now on long term disability.

11/16/2014 20:29
spanishbuddha 

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11/16/2014 20:29
spanishbuddha 

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Re: When can you get a shoe on and walk?

Lisa617:
I am in southwest Virginia, but at this time I have no insurance, but the insurance that I did have wouldn't even pay for orthotics. I am out now on long term disability.
OK, in case your circumstances change there is an RT clinic in Virginia listed on the link Wolfgang, and also there are two further doctors (Weiss and Crimaldi) referred to in this thread who might be close too http://www.dupuytren-online.info/Forum_E...-rt-0_1445.html.

I don't know how the U.S. health system works, maybe others can offer suggestions that will help you find a path to getting the help you need.

Best wishes ...

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