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I am scheduling bunion surgery and the podiatrist say he can do both feet - but no weight on them for at least 2 weeks.... I am not sure if I can stand being down and out completely and think I may need to do one at a time. I have someone to take good care of me - and most friends say get it over with.....what do some of you think that have had this surgery?

My bunions are pretty bad, I am 53 and have had them 30 years - would need to have 2 breaks to re-align each foot. Honestly, the bunion itself does not hurt, but I get blisters, cracks on my heels and sides of the foot that hang over shoes and mostly the ball of my foot hurts if I wear any type of heel at all.

I like to walk and bike and be out and about with friends. I can work from my desk at the office, but only have 2 weeks paid leave - is this enough to be able to go back at least 5 hours a day?

One or two? Or should I back out until the pain is much worse - I am not sure the results will be worth it.
I have to agree that 2 weeks is really close. It seems that most people who opted to have both done at once are glad they did. I'm really glad that I only did one as I relied so heavy on the "good" non-surgery foot. I was back to work (desk job) in 2 weeks but there is absolutely no way I could have done that had I had both feet done.

You really don't know how you will heal afterwards. You could be up and about in a flash or you could be down and out for weeks/months. In my opinion, one at a time is the safer way to go. :D
[QUOTE=Judy22;2952198]I am scheduling bunion surgery and the podiatrist say he can do both feet - but no weight on them for at least 2 weeks.... I am not sure if I can stand being down and out completely and think I may need to do one at a time. I have someone to take good care of me - and most friends say get it over with.....what do some of you think that have had this surgery?

My bunions are pretty bad, I am 53 and have had them 30 years - would need to have 2 breaks to re-align each foot. Honestly, the bunion itself does not hurt, but I get blisters, cracks on my heels and sides of the foot that hang over shoes and mostly the ball of my foot hurts if I wear any type of heel at all.

I like to walk and bike and be out and about with friends. I can work from my desk at the office, but only have 2 weeks paid leave - is this enough to be able to go back at least 5 hours a day?

One or two? Or should I back out until the pain is much worse - I am not sure the results will be worth it.[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=carole allen;3223503]hi there i also have very servere bunions both need removing i have 2 children and my husband works long hours how will i cope please reply im scared[/QUOTE]

Hi, Carole~ As I stated in an earlier post, I don't think anyone should have surgery on even one foot if they don't have sufficient support. Because of the need to care for your children, I would wait until you could have a family member or friend come to stay with you for at LEAST a week and/or you could get help with the children during the hours your husband is at work. (How old/independent are they?) If your doctor will allow it, having a bilateral bunionectomy would mean that you would only need to arrange this support one time. Any chance your husband can take some vacation or Family Leave time? Pay a health aid? (It would not need to be a nurse.) Maybe wait to do it during the summer when you could hire a 12-18 yr. old as Mother's Helper? I was able to start being active soon after my surgery and hopefully you would too, but being able to let your [I]feet[/I], not your [I]family[/I], determine how much you have to stand and walk is very important for a good recovery. Best wishes!





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