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I had my 8 week appointment today, and everything looks good! The bone is healing well, the scar is fading nicely, and the doctor gave me clearance to resume my normal activities and shoes as tolerated. He said to continue with the therapy and call with any problems, wished me well and sent me on my way.

I've been quietly freaking out for the past couple of weeks because my big toe is once again coming into contact with the next toe over, especially after a day in sneakers. The bump is less pronounced than before the surgery, but I do still have a curve, and it seems to be getting more pronounced as the swelling goes down. My doctor told me (as others here have reassured me :) ) that lining things up ruler-straight would be unnatural and would cause problems with shoes. He also said that my big toe itself is slightly crooked, something I had never noticed before but was beginning to suspect, because it just didn't seem possible that the metatarsal could be drifting when two screws were holding it in place! But he said fixing the toe would have required breaking that bone too (phalange?) I'm happy with the way my foot looks, and can definitely live with my crooked toe, just so it doesn't mean the bunion is returning!

The joint is still a bit painful at times. I also get a jolt when I instinctively stomp the snow off my shoes upon entering a building - yikes! The nurse asked if I was having any pain, but when I said I wasn't taking anything for it she didn't pursue it further. So I guess that's normal, and will fade in time? Maybe I'm just doing a little more than I should be at this point? Advice, anyone?

It's also still swollen, especially at the end of the day. My sneakers are comfortable, but yesterday I tried wearing flat Mary Jane type shoes (yeah, without the doctor's blessing just yet, but I was sure it was coming!) I got my foot into it, but it looked like a stuffed sausage, and after walking about ten steps I decided to just wear my sneakers to church one more time.

But other than a little pain and swelling, I really don't think much about my foot any more. It seems almost impossible that less than 2 months ago I was hobbling around, using crutches and icebags, trying to keep blankets off it at night, dealing with a Steri-strip reaction, showering with a plastic bag - wow. How did I do all that? I guess I've gone right back to taking "able-bodied" for granted. Anyway, for those of you who have just started the recovery process - there is hope! Hang in there! :)
Hi Hoppy - glad to hear you are doing so well. I'm a little surprised that your doctor doesn't want to see you again. I'm 12+ weeks out and I have an appt to see my dr on Feb 1st (I had a Lapidus procedure) don't know if that makes a difference or if doctors are just different.

I can wear sneakers all day without a problem (although my ankle still swells a little at night). I'm trying to wear loafer type (expensive) shoes during the day for work and I make it until about 2pm and then my instep starts to swell and I have to switch back to the sneakers. I guess this all just takes time.

I know what you mean about (how did I do all that before). When you are going through the recovery you don't think it will ever end (the cast, shower boot, shower bench, rolling chair, rocker boot and all!) and then one day it is all behind you!! There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Good luck to all the "recoveries" and Hoppy keep in touch as you use your "new and improved" foot!

mary
Hi and congratulations! I'm glad to hear you're on the mend and resuming activities. I was told that the swelling can last a long time...I'm 5 mos post-op and still have some residual swelling.
Listen to your feet...they'll tell you when you've had enough.
Good luck.
hi hoppy, you are very lucky. you must have folllowed drs orders and it seems like you are recovering well. try not to look at your foot, but go by the way it feels. dont wear shoes that are tight because that could bring the bunion back. i am so happy for you. i am still so swollwn, wearing a compression sock, wearing gym shoes that are too big and still have pain. mine was big toe fusion, but i was cut in 4 places on my foot and its 14 weeks. this was after 2 failed bunion surgeries. be happy hoppy! debbie g
Glad to hear that things do get better - I'm at 6 weeks myself, and though the pain is minimal (some nerve twinges when I step on it wrong, which means I'm still hobbling fairly carefully), I'm concerned because my toe won't bend downward at all - it goes straight, but when I step on the foot, the toes still don't touch the ground, and there's a strong pulling sensation in the skin (flesh?) on top of the toe. Have any of you had that, and if so, did it go away on its own? I'm nervous that my skin is stuck to the flesh or bone in the wrong place and that I'll have to have surgery again if I want to move my toe normally...
my toes dont go down either. i think you should get pt as soon as possible. debbie g
[QUOTE=Zardtoe;2868218]Glad to hear that things do get better - I'm at 6 weeks myself, and though the pain is minimal (some nerve twinges when I step on it wrong, which means I'm still hobbling fairly carefully), I'm concerned because my toe won't bend downward at all - it goes straight, but when I step on the foot, the toes still don't touch the ground, and there's a strong pulling sensation in the skin (flesh?) on top of the toe. Have any of you had that, and if so, did it go away on its own? I'm nervous that my skin is stuck to the flesh or bone in the wrong place and that I'll have to have surgery again if I want to move my toe normally...[/QUOTE]

I am almost 8 weeks post-op and I am experiencing the exact same thing, sort of like you have a golf ball under your foot! I also feel like there's a rubber band around my big toe when I stretch it forward. I have been doing active ROM exercises since about week 3 and going to physio twice a week since week 4 where the therapist works the joint and I have 5 minutes of ultrasound to help reduce the scar tissue each time as well. Because I can bend the toe back as well as forward pretty well when I manually exercise it, I'm thinking it must be due to the swelling as well as the scar tissue that it will not lay flat. So I'm hoping that when the swelling settles down, that will make a big difference. I too, am wondering when this sensation goes away.





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