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Hi jodeew71,
I went back to work in my 4th week and I tried to work a 6hr shift but there was no way I could do it. I sit at desk for long periods of time,periodically standing and walking but since I'm sitting, my foot swelled up quite a bit.
I'm now working 6 hrs a day and standing and walking more but it's still very uncomfortable and all this activity contributes to my foot swelling which caused my incision to crack open a bit. Ouch! So, I told my boss I won't work longer than 6 hrs till my incision completely heals.
I also started wearing a compression sock today and it made so much of a difference.
Good luck to you on your return to work.
Iwa, how are things going for you with your foot and the swelling? Still wearing the compression sock?

I went back to work on June 20th and worked for 5 days straight. My shifts were 5 - 6.5 hours but it's retail so add another 30 minutes on each day. I was ready to cut my feet off on day 5 but after a few days off things went back to "normal".

I'm in southern Ontario and like much of the US, it's been a lot more hot & humid than normal so no matter what I do I can't get the swelling in my foot to decrease - I wrap it in a tensor bandage, foot baths, icing and elevating. Before I went back to work I was going to buy a compression sock but as soon as I got it over my foot I had to take it right off because of the pressure it was putting on my big toe. I settled for an open toe ankle sock which worked great for the first 2 days. By the third day of work my foot was swelling up before my shift was over and since the sock seam stopped on my incision it wasn't comfortable. :(

Anyway, I saw my dr on the 28th of June (7 weeks post op) and he said that my bone was healing nicely but I'd have to continue to wear the toe splint each night for the next 7 weeks as the tendon will want to pull the toe back over. I told him that I have no movement in my toe and the top and side are still numb - he said it all comes back in time. Not the answer I wanted and I guess it showed in my dumbstruck facial expression. So, his PT advice is for me to grab my toe and move it up/down until the point I feel pain. And do it multiple times a day. Great.... I guess I'm a wimp when putting myself through pain but I can deal with it when someone else makes me do it. lol

He also told me that I should be wearing my running shoe now and don't need to wear the velcro shoe. I tried. :( After 2 hours at work I had to take my runner off and put on the velcro shoe. Even with my orthotics I couldn't handle the pain in my toe/bottom of my foot & back. Not to mention the swelling.

So in a nutshell, I'm now just over 8 weeks post op and I think things are going good with the healing of my toe anyway. It's just the swelling that I have a problem with and as long as we have these high temperatures there's nothing I can do about it. Unfortunately when my foot is swollen I walk on the outside of my foot and since I have very little padding on my feet, the bottoms hurt.

What is everyone else doing to keep the swelling down? Do you have any suggestions for lotions/creams that help soothe feet? Anything at all. lol
Hi jodew71. I'm a little over 9-weeks post op and my toe is getting better. There is still a bit of bruising and swelling around the big toe area (where the bunion was). I'm an active person and currently I am in the process of moving so I've been really putting some stress on my foot. NO PAIN! though and that is great. However, at the end of the day, my foot is like a balloon. The great weather that we've been having in Portland doesn't help with the swelling but I am not complaining. It probably doesn't compare to the tempts your getting.
Normally what I do when my foot swells is I use an ice pack on it for about 30 to 45 minutes, and then I massage my toe area using an anti-inflammatory cream called Topricin. You can get this at Sports Supplements. This is wonderful because it goes directly to the tissue rather than through your blood stream. I think the gentle massage that I give myself around toe has help in preventing scar tissue so when I'm on my tip toes, it doesn't hurt as much. I use this cream before I put on my bike shoes and use a compression sock and it helps keep the swelling down. Yoga is a good exercise too.
My doc told me after my last visit (6-week post op)that the swelling will eventually disappear in 4 to 6 weeks. So, I'm hoping the swelling goes away by the end of this month because I'll will be driving cross country on August 1st and I don't want to have to deal with the idea of swelled up foot.





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