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I had a bunionectomy on my left foot December 2nd. Not sure of the exact name of the procedure, but I have a 4-inch long incision on top of my foot, two permanent titanium screws and had a pin the width of my foot for 3-4 weeks. Was non-weightbearing on crutches for six weeks, then one week weightbearing in CAM boot, then two weeks in sturdy tennis shoes. Now I theoretically can wear anything that is comfortable, but the thickness of my foot from the sole to the instep is considerably bigger than it was and is much bigger than my non-operated right foot. I can't begin to put on a "regular" shoe, even my Birkenstocks. I can only wear something with laces or Velcro in order to compensate for the thick left foot. The top of my foot is hard, not the usual puffy swelling. There is some puffy edema around my ankle, but that's not the problem.

Is there such a thing as bone swelling? Will it ever subside? Will I ever be able to wear dress pumps again or will I be stuck in lace-up or Velcro shoes forever? Has anybody else had a similar experience and can give me a timetable?

Thanks for any info you can give me.

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