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 waslike when you had these bad feet. Rheumatoid arthritis, I think, basically theconnective tissue just goes south, so when Powers first did the xray of both myfeet, 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'tknow just exactly how I was walking. I think I was doing a lot of compensating by walkingon the sides of my feet or however I could achieve mobility. I wasn't sure that anythingcould be done when I came here. It was sort
of a last resort because when I had gone toother orthopedists, usually they were happy about working on rheumatoid patients, andalmost all of them said they wouldn't do it. So, I was not particularly optimisticwhen I came, but Powers just said, â€˜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 yearago. My toes are straight, I can wear real shoes now, as opposed to buying my shoes twosizes too large to accommodate my toes. I found that I am walking much better. I canactually get around in an airport without commandeering a wheelchair. Best of all, I'ma woman and I can buy new shoes, and I love
it. One other thing I would say is that when Iwas talking to my family about my surgery and I said, â€˜You know, it was really greatbecause I took one pain pill one night, woke up eight hours later and thought, I'm notreally doing too badly, and I ended up with the rest of my recovery just on the occasionalTylenol,' and he said, â€˜That's the hallmark of a really good surgery.' Thank you very much!.