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Well, I am 8 weeks post bunion surgery... And was wondering if others are still having horrible pain when trying to wear a shoe?? I'm supposed to go back to work beginning Thursday, but am seriously wondering how in the world I'm going to make it thru an 8-10 hr shifts

My foot feels fine, I can walk on it no problem wearing either "the boot" or a very loose sandal... The only sandal I can wear right now is a 3 year old, very stretched out sandal... Anything else rubs/pressure on the incision and is very painful. Now with going back to work I will have to wear a regular sneaker allllll day long:( I've seen some people post about switching halfway thru the day to the boot, but unfortunately I am a bakery supervisor at Costco... 8-10 hr days on a cement floor with slip resistant shoes on... There is no option to switch to the boot nor to sit whenever I need... It's just not happening:( I've been trying baby steps this past week.. Wearing a regular shoe and doing some walking for a few hrs a day hoping I could work thru it, however within an hour or so the incision is on fire and throbbing!!! I purchased extra wide shoes and loosened the laces as much as possible but still no relief. After taking the shoe off the induction still continues to be extra sensitive to ANYTHING touching it and is slightly red/irritated looking:(

I'm just feeling a little discouraged, doesn't seem like anyone has had this much trouble after the 8th week. Am I the only one? Am I just a big wimp? I'm ready to go back to work, but need to be able to do my job well and set a high standard for my employees... Is it possible I'm just not recovering as quickly as most people???

I'd appreciate a little insight on others opinions.. Thank You:)
If I recall correctly my incisions were very sore / tender for quite some time. I had to buy new tennis shoes, not because of the swelling, but because the lace location went right on top of my incisions and I couldn't handle it. I found some shoes that had the laces more centered in the shoe. Are you able to wear clog type shoes perhaps some Merrells? It may help to wear thick band-aids on top of the incision or wrap your foot with some gauze.

Hang in there and try not to get discouraged....it does take time. In the big picture, eight weeks isn't a long time in your recovery. :)
I bought wide tennis shoes, I think they were Nike brand. Made a big difference in the first months.
Yes I had pain/swelling for several months. Bunions ( had both feet done separately) was by far the most painful surgery I've ever had and I just had spinal fusion on my neck 2 wks ago. So far the neck surgery hasn't been nearly as bad as the bunions.

I remember my first foot was done in January and I went on a vacation to Mexico 4 months later. I was so frustrated because I still couldn't get my foot into certain shoes without pain. The swelling seemed to take forever to go away. I followed the doctor's orders with icing and keeping my foot elevated, too, but it didn't seem to matter. Also the area around the incision stayed very tender and sensitive for quite a long time.

Certainly not trying to discourage you but just wanted to let you know my experience. I'm glad I had the surgery because I was in a lot of pain prior but I never dreamed the recovery would be so long and difficult.

Best of luck to you and please take it easy.
Something else I remember along with buying wide tennis shoes, I also wore an ace bandage around the center of my foot for the first year. The Dr. had me wearing the elastic ace bandage that you just pull on to keep the swelling down as soon as I could walk. It about 2 or 3 inches wide and you pull it on like a sock. I pull it on far enough that all my toes would show so it stopped halfway under my arch. That way I didn't feel rubbing because the ace bandage was tight enough to stayed in one place. It was layer of protection.





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