Surgery for Overlapping Toes Caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis
This is Becky, she’s got rheumatoid arthritis, and last year we fixed all of the toe deformities. Tell us how you’re doing and what it was like when you had these bad feet. Rheumatoid arthritis, I think, basically the connective tissue just goes south, so when Dr. Powers first did the x-ray of both my feet, it looked like a skeleton had fallen down and the bones had just fallen at will, all askew. Many of my toes were overlapping.
I don’t know just exactly how I was walking. I think I was doing a lot of compensating by walking on the sides of my feet or however I could achieve mobility. I wasn’t sure that anything could be done when I came here. It was sort of a last resort because when I had gone to other orthopedists, usually they were happy about working on rheumatoid patients, and almost all of them said they wouldn’t do it. So, I was not particularly optimistic when I came, but Dr.
Powers just said, ‘Oh yes, I can fix that.’ So, I had the first foot done about two years ago, and then the left foot done about a year ago. My toes are straight, I can wear real shoes now, as opposed to buying my shoes two sizes too large to accommodate my toes. I found that I am walking much better.
I can actually get around in an airport without commandeering a wheelchair. Best of all, I’m a woman and I can buy new shoes, and I love it. One other thing I would say is that when I was talking to my family doctor about my surgery and I said, ‘You know, it was really great because I took one pain pill one night, woke up eight hours later and thought, I’m not really doing too badly, and I ended up with the rest of my recovery just on the occasional Tylenol,’ and he said, ‘That’s the hallmark of a really good surgery.’ Thank you very much!.
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