It looks like I’m not done with bone infections after all. After the wrapping came off of my last partially amputated toe (toe number 2 on my left foot), we noticed a dark spot on the toenail on the adjacent middle toe. I was told to watch it, and I watched it erupt into another infection just like toe number 2 did.
Earlier this month, I had a bone scan run on my left foot. The results were positive for osteomyelitis, the same bone infection that cost me two bones out of toe number 2. However, it also showed a possible infection of the middle metatarsal that leads to the middle toe. Now, this would explain much, because I’ve had pain on the top of my foot behind my middle toe since before the amputation operation last December.
So, this time around we’re skipping the six useless weeks of IV antibiotics and going straight after partial amputation. This coming Friday (26th April), I’ll have at least one, possibly two bones from the middle toe of my left foot. At the same time, my foot doctor is going to perform a bone biopsy on the middle metatarsal in the area near where it meets the toe. We’ll discuss what to do about that at my operation follow-up appointment.
As much as I want the doctor to find out why my metatarsal hurts, I really hope it’s not because of a bone infection. That’d mean another amputation, and that would be nasty in the extreme since it may affect my gait. Not something I’m looking forward to at all.
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