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I had double bunionectomy 2.5 weeks ago, I am able to sleep on both sides with elevated feet. It will feel weird when I quit elevating them. Anyway
good luck on your upcoming surgery. What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger.
Hi,

All of your posts are really helpful. I am a dancer, a salsa dancer , meaning I dance in heels and it is essential sometimes to performance. Some dancers have bunions and others do not, which leads me to believe what most podiatrists say--bunions are not caused by heels, but exacerbated by heels, with the origin of the bunion coming from faulty mechanics of the foot.

My x-ray showed that I have only two phalanges, instead of three, on my last two toes. That is apparently rare. Some people have biphalangeal joint on the last toe only. My podiatrist said I also have very flexible joints on the first metatarsal ? -- so I can really flex and dorsiflex? my toes, causing awe amongst some of my dance students, esp. when I lead them through toe and foot warmups.

But I had a bunion on my left foot which ached at the joint no matter what shoes I wore, even when I was laying in bed. I decided to get bunion surgery in LA with Dr. Joshua Kaye (you can ****** him) .

I had bunion surgery on Dec. 21st 2007. It has been three weeks. The swelling has gone down and there isn't any extreme pain. My foot just feels a bit bruised and there is a bit of swelling around the bunion so I keep walking on my heels even in my post-op shoe. But my doctor said to put full weight on it, and I did yesterday for the first time, and it was okay. I have tried to do toe exercises and I found no problem bending my foot up, but I feel restriction bending it down, kind of like a string has been pulled taught and will not release. Again, it has only been three weeks so I am hopeful I can gain more flexibility.

My doc said I could wear tennis shoes in two weeks, but I usually double the rehabilitation time the doctor says. I will wear my post-op shoe for 6 weeks and stay off of it as much as possible.

I have a bunion on my right foot, and in a year, after my left foot heals, I will decide if it is worth it or not. I do like the look of my new foot, and most importantly, the pain in the joint is gone. I asked my doctor to give me the bone he scraped off, and I have it in a little container that is protected with formaldehyde. It sounds a bit freaky, but I marvel at it like an extracted tooth when you were a kid. It is amazing that it is gone because it was once a part of me, albeit a painful part.

I would like to keep my experiences posted since my surgery and post-surgery was not so painful. It has been a positive experience and would like to share it for those who are hesitant whether to get the surgery, or live with the pain, especially if your work, like mine, is physical and you need your feet back up to par as soon as possible.

Keep you posted!

Bunion Dancer
RE: “I keep walking on my heels even in my post-op shoe. But my doctor said to put full weight on it… My doc said I could wear tennis shoes in two weeks, but I usually double the rehabilitation time the doctor says. I will wear my post-op shoe for 6 weeks and stay off of it as much as possible.” Bunion Dancer, you know your body and history of rehab better than anyone, but I would talk to your doctor about this decision— My doctor told me that I not only COULD wear gym shoes after two weeks, but that I SHOULD— and that I should totally cease wearing the post-op shoes that didn’t allow my toes to bend. He said it was important so that my feet didn’t get stiff, and for me, it was obviously the right way to go. I was and am very satisfied with my rate of recovery, as well as my ultimate healing and flexibility.





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