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Walking to prepare for surgery and just broke my little toe this am

I read several articles and postings that encouraged me to start taking short walks before surgery. I walk w/a cane and have gait and balance issues along w/general pain from neck and L arm. I'm planning a 2-level ACDF at C5-7 in July. How can I keep moving until toe pain decreases? (my first reaction when my bathroom door frame attacked me - "You've got to be kidding me!").

Still smiling,

PLIF L1-3 6/13
ACDF (C5-7) 8/12
PLIF (L2-5) 2003/05/08


  • Well the good news is there is not much they can do for a broken toe. Actually I think the best thing for it is to keep walking on it. Your doing the right thing by walking, and it is a definite must do post surgery. Remember to ice following your walks on both your neck and little toe. Are you walking with a cane do to your neck issues, or another condition? I take if you have gait issues from your neck you have myelopathy? If so please read up on the condition and understand surgery is only done to stop the progression but not make it better. Good luck on surgery and keep us posted on how you get along.

    But it is a bummer about the broken toe. I will tell you from someone whom has had many of them for this reason, that it is best to always have some type of shoe on to stop those injuries in the future.
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