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Hi Rosal, I had the same op but without the taylors bunion, I was in a walking shoe from day one and also had bad swelling, at my 6 week check up I was told that the swelling an last for up to a year, I kept my foot elevated as much as I could to give the healing a chance, I now am another 8 weeks with only partial weight bearing but consider it a small price to pay for being able to wear nice sandals in the summer.

I am now 9 weeks on and the swelling has greatly subsided and I can get some of my own shoes on again instead of the 2 sizes bigger that I had to buy. I dont need to elevate much at all now.

Good luck and I hope that the swelling subsides soon.
Hi Solsmour, did you have an Austin bunion surgery (chervon cut) or another form of cutting?

I had the austin cut and had 1 pin in my foot for about 4 weeks. The doc decided to let me have the pin to secure the new cut instead of a screw. As my bonds are pretty slim, so the screw would pose more tramua if she has to enlarge the hole and place the thicker screw in. The pin worked well. Once the pin was out, I was allow to wear runners occasionally for the 2 weeks followed when I go out. It was such a wonderful feeling to be able to walk a bit (like normal) every day to get the foot going again. I remember my healing progressed faster from then on, and was able to wear runners back to work (for my admin job) at the week 7 post-op as expected by my doc. My company was happy that I am back all good as full time and no need to progress my work day gradually. My first week back was still tired and my coworkers were nice and went easy on me for my workload. The 2nd week back, partially I returned to my full workload but still full time that week. By the 3rd week, I noticed I was able to take back the full workload and walking was even better for me day to day. My coworkers were amazed how fast and smooth I was healing.

Did the Govt covered your surgery for both foot?

My sick leave off was fully paid by my company's health insurance as it was under 4 months. But the foot surgery I have to pay my own $. Reason is that in Canada, only those who are severely in pain or have foot deformation due to bunions are in line faster for an operation covered by Medical plan. My situation was bad but not severely bad compare to many others waiting in line. I was in pain but I also been told there are others who have badly 'deformed' feet ahead of me. So, my family doc referred me to a foot doctor and she is a private doctor. She has good reputation and specializes in foot injury, corrective surgery and sport injuries. She started seeing me for one year and have some professionals insoles done to my shoes. It helped a bit but my R foot was in pain still, more so each month. I then discussed the possiblity of surgery with her since Summer of last year 2010. We decided to have it done in March 2011 when I can give my company more time for notice, arrange sick leave paperwork and I have 7 months to save up the $. It was nice to have it done in March so this Summer I can wear relaxing scandals. Believe me, back then, even wearing sandals my R foot was in pain, reason is the bunion was sitting on some foot nerves and was pressing on them hard, that was painful to my R foot! I know I cannot get away from it for much longer due to this situation. Now, my R foot is all good, no pain, just need to fully heal for the last 10% or so. My L foot's bunion is here but is not pressing on any nerves (not yet). So, I am waiting to see if I can operate on that one in early 2013.

Hugs,
Virginia



[QUOTE=solusmor;4819327]Well done Hotdog Girl, sounds like its all good for you also and by 6 - 8 months you will probably be fully healed.

We take our feet for granted when we are younger and squeeze them in tight fitting fashionable shoes and dont realise what damage we are doing to them.
My mothers side of the family all had this problem and it seems that I inherited it instead of the family silver. My father was a chiropodist and warned me from the age of 16 that I would end up with deformed feet.

I suppose there is never a good time to have surgery especially when you are working and have to use up sick leave. I waited until I retired before getting corrective surgery that way it doesn't matter how long I need to wear my trainers. I bought the shape, tone, burn ones so Its also good for my back and may improve the muscles in my legs.

I never used to look after my feet properly and only in the summer woud I pamper them to look good in sandals but now I do it daily and they look a lot better. At the start of the year I was hopeful that one foot would be done but having both of them done within 5 months of each other has been the best thing I have done as there is no point having new shoes and the one looking good and the other one stretched to cover the bunion. My right one wasn't as bad but did hurt a lot after i got the first one done. I still gt a bit of swelling if I have shoes on all day but each day it gets better. I love walking around barefoot and feel that it helps the foot relax.

I am still working on my big toe to get it moving better when I bend and it seems to be coming along nicely. Hopefully the scars will fade with time.

Best Wishes x[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=Hotdog girl;4819390]Hi Solsmour, did you have an Austin bunion surgery (chervon cut) or another form of cutting?

I had the austin cut and had 1 pin in my foot for about 4 weeks. The doc decided to let me have the pin to secure the new cut instead of a screw. As my bonds are pretty slim, so the screw would pose more tramua if she has to enlarge the hole and place the thicker screw in. The pin worked well. Once the pin was out, I was allow to wear runners occasionally for the 2 weeks followed when I go out. It was such a wonderful feeling to be able to walk a bit (like normal) every day to get the foot going again. I remember my healing progressed faster from then on, and was able to wear runners back to work (for my admin job) at the week 7 post-op as expected by my doc. My company was happy that I am back all good as full time and no need to progress my work day gradually. My first week back was still tired and my coworkers were nice and went easy on me for my workload. The 2nd week back, partially I returned to my full workload but still full time that week. By the 3rd week, I noticed I was able to take back the full workload and walking was even better for me day to day. My coworkers were amazed how fast and smooth I was healing.

Did the Govt covered your surgery for both foot?

My sick leave off was fully paid by my company's health insurance as it was under 4 months. But the foot surgery I have to pay my own $. Reason is that in Canada, only those who are severely in pain or have foot deformation due to bunions are in line faster for an operation covered by Medical plan. My situation was bad but not severely bad compare to many others waiting in line. I was in pain but I also been told there are others who have badly 'deformed' feet ahead of me. So, my family doc referred me to a foot doctor and she is a private doctor. She has good reputation and specializes in foot injury, corrective surgery and sport injuries. She started seeing me for one year and have some professionals insoles done to my shoes. It helped a bit but my R foot was in pain still, more so each month. I then discussed the possiblity of surgery with her since Summer of last year 2010. We decided to have it done in March 2011 when I can give my company more time for notice, arrange sick leave paperwork and I have 7 months to save up the $. It was nice to have it done in March so this Summer I can wear relaxing scandals. Believe me, back then, even wearing sandals my R foot was in pain, reason is the bunion was sitting on some foot nerves and was pressing on them hard, that was painful to my R foot! I know I cannot get away from it for much longer due to this situation. Now, my R foot is all good, no pain, just need to fully heal for the last 10% or so. My L foot's bunion is here but is not pressing on any nerves (not yet). So, I am waiting to see if I can operate on that one in early 2013.

Hugs,
Virginia[/QUOTE]

I had a Wilsons Osteotomy, bone cut staright accross and screw put in at an angle to hold both part of bone together, screw will stay in permanently but I have one that is protruding and surgeon said that if it bothers me when I am wearing an ordinary shoe that he will remove it at one of his clinics. I also had the nerve pain before hand and it was awful, second foot not so bad but it was starting to get that way. I had to wear an non weight bearing sandal with a big sole that stopped me putting any weight on the front of my foot and as to wear it for 6 weeks but at my check up the week before they found that the bone was solid so that I could walk properly again. The first time at my 6 week check up they said that the bone hadn't knitted properly so had to non weight bear for another 8 weeks and that was a real drag as it put pressure on my back.

I was lucky that I was able to get both ops done on the National Health Service (national insurance contributions are deducted from our pay but you dont have to pay anything when you retire) and that my employer paid me sick leave 6 months full and 6 months half pay although I only used a few months and then retired I have only been retired about 7 weeks so looking forward to nice long walks with the dogs and wearing pretty sandals, the right foot has a bit to go yet. I will wear my trainers when in new york as there will be plenty of walking to do.

I saw my Doctor in September 2010 and had my fist visit with surgeon at the beginning of December and surgery was schedued for January 2011 and when I was 3 months post surgery we discussed doing the other.

Its good to compare and know that others are going through the same in a different part of the world. At least you will be able to wear pretty shoes for the office xmas party!

Hugs to you also
Linda x
Hi Linda, so glad to hear that your feet are coming along well and that your company paid for the operations, you have worked hard for them so you deserved this. For me, I had to pay my own $ as there was no other options. But again, I can save up the $ for the operation, but health is really important, it is priceless. I am thinking I should start saving next week for 12 months for the next foot, as I want the same great lady foot doc to do my L foot, she knows my health condition and was wonderful to me :)

I am SO happy - this afternoon, I went for a 3.5 hours of nature trail walk (first time in 3 years!!!!!!!!) painless, with husband. The air was fresh, the sunshine was mild, and lots of teenagers and families also walked along the trail with us. We walked far enough to reach a small lake, it was beautiful being there beyond words. Most of all, I missed hiking, I had to give it up for almost 3 years due to my progressing foot pain at my R foot. Now, looking back when I was sitting at the side of the lake with hubby, I told him I have never regret to spend the $ to have my foot done. Poor hubby had to stop hiking too as I was in a lot of pain, he wanted so badly to hike with me for a long time. He told me that once my foot is better and I am healither, he will hike with me. That is why this afternoon's short hike was so special. I feel that I am blessed with good health and cherish it while I have it. As much as we could not afford an out of town vacation this Summer due to my expense for my foot, but it is really worth it.

It was a nice feeling to be able to wear my hiking shoes, walk till I am tired and sweated a little. I feel great in spirit!!

Linda, I wish you all the blessings in your healing, and ENJOY your retirement! How I wish I can retire now :)
Oh, I still have many years to go being in my early 40's......

Keep my posted if you can on your healing, as I am very interested to know how your second foot heal while the first one was just done the operation. I hope to know how long it take for others to have their foot (or feet) heal 100%....some told me 6 months, some told me 8 months, some even told me a year. Now, I am almost 5 months (4.5 months to be exact) and I can go for a 3.5 hours nature hike, I am already very very happy with my progress!!! :)

Lots of hugs,
Virginia


[QUOTE=solusmor;4819442]I had a Wilsons Osteotomy, bone cut staright accross and screw put in at an angle to hold both part of bone together, screw will stay in permanently but I have one that is protruding and surgeon said that if it bothers me when I am wearing an ordinary shoe that he will remove it at one of his clinics. I also had the nerve pain before hand and it was awful, second foot not so bad but it was starting to get that way. I had to wear an non weight bearing sandal with a big sole that stopped me putting any weight on the front of my foot and as to wear it for 6 weeks but at my check up the week before they found that the bone was solid so that I could walk properly again. The first time at my 6 week check up they said that the bone hadn't knitted properly so had to non weight bear for another 8 weeks and that was a real drag as it put pressure on my back.

I was lucky that I was able to get both ops done on the National Health Service (national insurance contributions are deducted from our pay but you dont have to pay anything when you retire) and that my employer paid me sick leave 6 months full and 6 months half pay although I only used a few months and then retired I have only been retired about 7 weeks so looking forward to nice long walks with the dogs and wearing pretty sandals, the right foot has a bit to go yet. I will wear my trainers when in new york as there will be plenty of walking to do.

I saw my Doctor in September 2010 and had my fist visit with surgeon at the beginning of December and surgery was schedued for January 2011 and when I was 3 months post surgery we discussed doing the other.

Its good to compare and know that others are going through the same in a different part of the world. At least you will be able to wear pretty shoes for the office xmas party!

Hugs to you also
Linda x[/QUOTE]





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