Friday, March 11, 2016

Road to Recovery Post Surgery

Hello cupcakes,

Today I want to share my road to recovery after my foot surgery. I know others may be going through the same thing whether that is from an injury, surgery, etc. I personally know it can be tough to deal with, so I want to share my experience with you.

I had surgery on my left foot about a year and a half ago to remove an extra bone from the inside of my foot. I was born with an accessory navicular bone which is on top of the bone everyone else has called the navicular bone. The extra bone caused pain and hurt worse due to my activity level. Fast forward to December 2015... I had surgery to remove the extra bone in my right foot. I knew going into this surgery that I was going to have a long recovery ahead of me (7 weeks in a cast and on crutches followed by a walking boot and physical therapy). My goals of going into this surgery was to continue to lift weights focusing more on my triceps, biceps, shoulder, back, and abs.

The first week post surgery is always rough. The picture below was taken a week post surgery. 

This was two weeks post surgery when I was having my stitches taken out.

 The stitches are out... the swelling was worse this week & I barley had an ankle.

This was the day I got my cast off. Don't mind the hairy leg haha!

Here is a comparison of my two legs. You can see the muscle loss on my right leg.

So one of the hardest things for me about the recovery process was being okay with my body. The picture below was taken four weeks into the BBG guides. I was in great shape and I had some definition in my abs. While I was recovering, I was not able to workout to the extent I was before surgery. I was getting so down on myself because my abs were disappearing. My self-esteem, self-confidence, and self love should not be based on the appearance of my abs. One of my best friends told me something that stands out to me now. She said, "You should be proud of yourself. You are doing way more than most people would be doing post surgery." Looking back now, she was so right. Most people would probably not even workout while they are on crutches, but I continued to go to the gym and do the most I could. What I am trying to say is that I was being so negative, shaming myself, and feeling guilty for losing my fitness level. I should have been celebrating for overcoming challenges. 

I also managed to keep more muscle in my leg than I did during the previous surgery. The picture on the left was taken when I got the cast off my left leg/foot. The right picture was the most recent surgery. 

This week was my first week of pre-BBG workouts. If you have never experienced death by kayla, you won't understand how sore my legs were the day after leg day! 

Basically what I want you all to take away from this blog post is to appreciate the body you are given. When I was getting sad about not being able to workout to the extent I wanted to, I was being selfish. Some people cannot workout. Some people have to deal with these types of things on a daily basis. I should have been thankful that I could still workout. I should have been proud of myself for going to the gym and lifting weights while I was on crutches or in my walking boot. All of those things helped me progress through physical therapy super fast! The physical therapist was blown away by my progress each time. I actually got released two weeks early! 

The picture above is my right foot today, about 3 months post surgery. The picture below is my left foot about a year and a half post surgery on that foot. The scar on my left foot is barely noticeable. 

Some tips if you have an injury or surgery:

1. Find 1-3 positive things about yourself each morning
2. Focus on what you can do, not what you can't do
3. Don't be so hard on yourself
4. Follow the doctor of physical therapist orders
5. Surround yourself with positive and uplifting people
6. Work on increasing strength in other body areas besides the recovering spot on your body
7. Learn to let your body heal and recover
8. Learn to listen to your body
9. Continue to eat healthy foods, this could also help you heal faster
10. Be patient

Right now my plans are to continue BBG pre-training for the full four weeks and then start the BBG and complete that in 12 weeks! I cannot wait to push and challenge myself along the way. It is truly amazing what our bodies are capable of :)

And to share a tid bit of my California Adventures this week...

This was one of my breakfasts I made. This is gluten free oats, 1 whole egg, and 3 egg whites cooked in coconut oil.

This is an awesome spot called Torrey Pines. 

I will share more pictures once I get back to Indiana. I have so many beautiful pictures on my camera. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, and comment below if you would like me to explain anything further.

Has anyone ever experiences an injury or surgery? 

Later Taters

"It's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."


  1. What a wonderful post! I am so happy to know you are healing quickly!

    P.S. Isn't California grand?!?!

    1. Thank you so much Alyssa! I am happy I am healing quickly too! California is so amazing! This is my first time visiting and I am so excited to be living here in five months! It's crazy!

  2. I have been thete a few times and it really does make my soul happy!! I am excited for you!!! Eeeek, so jealous

  3. Hi! Firstly, THANK YOU for this awesome blog! I've suffered with ANS pain in my right foot for about 7 years now. I first treated it with a cast, rest and physio which actually helped for 6 years. Then 3 months ago it went again and I did the whole cast thing plus physio and Orthotic insoles only for it to flare up again a few weeks ago.

    Now I'm opting for the surgery but I'm petrified I might not be able to do any distance running or play soccer again as I used to (a lot!).

    Can you share how your recovery is going and please give me some hope?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hello Riyaz,

      Thanks for commenting on my blog! I'm sorry that you have had pain in your foot for 7 years. I had surgery actually on both feet and the recovery part stinks, but I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to run or play soccer. I would say as long as you let your foot heal properly, follow doctor's orders, and do physical therapy you should be able to do everything you used to do. I am not a doctor, so you could ask them if you are worried. Currently, I am working out 6 days a week! When I wrote this post, I had been released from physical therapy and was allowed to start working out again. I couldn't do everything I wanted to do, but I started a progressive workout program and now I am back to normal. My most recent foot surgery was making my foot ache for the past couple months. I realized it was because I was due for new tennis shoes. I recently bought new tennis shoes and the pain has stopped. I think it is important to be in tune with your body and realize when things do not feel right. I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other specific questions. Post physical therapy I also iced my foot after exercise and that seemed to help.



  4. I’ve never heard of someone having an extra bone in their foot. I thought we all had the same amount of bones, lesson learned. One thing I noticed was where the incision was. Fortunately, I think that will heal fast and it is in a location that will not be too obvious if there is a little scar.

    1. Hello Freddie. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I guess it is a more common thing than I thought to be born with an accessory navicular bone. It is healing pretty fast. I try to apply lotion each day to keep the scar moisturized. It is in a place where a shoe covers it pretty well, so I'm pretty lucky in that aspect. I hope you have a fantastic weekend. :)

  5. Hi Tori,

    Not sure if you still respond to comments but wanted to find out more specifics about your recovery. My 14 year old daughter had surgery to remove her AN on March 16th this year. We are 7 weeks out. Her surgeon says bc it f her age and fitness (she's a jump roper) she would heal quickly. She was casted 6 weeks non weight bearing. Then boot for 3 (we are 9 days in boot as of today) and then normal shoes and slowly get back to sports. The Dr said she should be able to walk in boot right away after cast and she should only feel tightness and soreness no pain. I told him we had vacation planned 11 weeks after surgery and would she be able to walk in beach and ride a bike. "Shouldn't be a problem" he said. I said I could change it and he said as long as nothing strenuous...walking and biking would be fine. Now it's to late to change our vacation! Wish he would have Recomended pushing it out to be safe but he seemed totally confident it would be fine!

    So far his prediction of what she. And I have been off. It took her a week to not use crutches to support weight in boot. She still gets throbbing and pain if she's up too much on it in the boot. We started PT yesterday. Vacation is in 4 weeks...and my daughter is super depressed she won't be comfortable to walk on beach or ride a bike. How long post surgery was it before you could walk a fair amount without pain? What about riding a bike?

    My daughter will do PT exercises but has been hit or miss with working otherwise ...which we have found many great strength trading exercise that are non or low weight bearing. She's just unmotivated and really down. We tried conservative therapy since September (a sprained ankle set off pain in AN) and so she's been dealing with this since then, She was only able to turn long ropes in jump rope all year and mentally it's just been rough) It sounds like overall fitness really helped you? Any other suggestions that you feel helped you for a quick recovery? Hoping you would have been able to walk on beach 11 weeks post surgery to give my daughter hope...she'd pretty depressed that we weren't given an accurate view of pain and recovery time possible surgery.


    1. Hello Melanie,

      Thanks for commenting! I do still respond to comments. I'm sorry that your daughter is having such a hard time with her recovery. I was really hard on myself during my first foot surgery since I was so active prior to the surgery. During my recovery from the surgery on the other foot (roughly a year and a half after the first foot) I knew the process a little better. I knew what to expect. My recovery time was longer than your daughters. I think I was in the boot longer than what you said your daughter will be. It took me a good week to transition from the crutches to the walking boot. By that I mean I used my crutches completely the first day. The second day less pressure, then eventually switched to using only one crutch and then no crutches. It also takes a week or two to transition and get used to putting pressure on your foot once the boot is removed. I definitely think fitness helped me recover faster. I was super active before surgery so physical therapy took less time than expected. It also helped me to stay active during my recovery. I Lifted weights while I was recovering, I just modified things. For example, push ups on my knees and lifted back, biceps, triceps, shoulders, quads, and hamstrings. Also while I was going to physical therapy I asked the therapist if I could ride the stationary bike extra and she said yes. As far as vacation, I know that can be hard. I went on vacation with my family to a beach a week after surgery and had to be carried to the beach. All I did was sit in a beach chair. Perspective is everything though. At least she can still go on vacation! I would try to stay positive and keep telling her things she CAN do and be grateful that this is only temporary. I hope this helped to answer some questions. Feel free to ask more follow up questions if you have any!


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