Back in 2005, I developed an ulcer on my foot from what started as dry cracked skin. I did what I was supposed to do and called my doctor on day one, but it still got infected & turned into osteomyelitis. I also picked up MRSA while in the hospital. In 2006, I started traveling to a larger city (Pittsburgh) to see better doctors. They removed part of my heel bone & did a bone graft with AlloMatrix. I also underwent hyperbaric oxygen treatments to get it closed. The whole ordeal from start to finish was 2 years.
I have a lot of pain in my foot from the bone graft. The doctor that did the surgery said that normally, he would open it up & shave the bone done - I have a big lump in the bottom of my foot that he called a “prominent boney mass.” He said he did not want to do that surgery on me because of what it took to get it closed. The doctor I see now says that I should get it fixed. I am really frustrated with the pain, but not sure I want to put myself thru that again to get it fixed. This doctor has cut a hole in my orthotics to help relieve some of the pressure on the bone and that helps, but I still have some pretty bad days with it.
If I went thru with the surgery, would that necessarily make the pain go away? The AlloMatrix will still be there, they would only remove the part that shifted.