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I had my surgery on April 4 so on Wednesday I will be 10 post-op. Everyone's body is different and, as such, everyone's surgery will be different. So while, we can tell you our experiences, yours may or may not be similar.

I'm 33 and have had bad bunions since at least 1984. I remember tracing my foot at 10 years old and quite the bump being there. I am a Kindergarten teacher, am very active and workout regularly. I would typically run 2-4 miles on the treadmill 4-5 times a week. I am very reliant on physical activity and exercise, too, as I want to keep off the 65 pounds I've lost. I was terrified of not being active enough and re-gaining.

So, I had surgery. I was in the walking/cam boot immediately after. I was supposed to use crutches for long jaunts but around the house I was fine to use only the boot. I think after about 3-4 weeks she said I could just use the boot, no crutches. I hobbled in the boot until 6 weeks, when she said I could start transitioning into the surgical shoe. Once I was comfortable in that, I could slowly start transitioning into a gym shoe. When I went last week for my 9 week appt, she was impressed that I was getting around so well in the gym shoe. After checking my xrays, she said my big toe bone is healed (had to break it to straighten it) but the lower part of the metatarsal still has a small crack from the osteotomy. Still, she said I could do a regular shoe now, without the velcro bunoin splint (which I'd been wearing since week 2, I think) as long as I was comfortable. With the bunion spint, the only pair of shoes I could get my foot in was a pair of Ryka gym shoes a half size bigger than my original size. Ryka makes women's shoes only and their shoes always have a wider toe box. I bought them before the surgery hoping they'd work and they did perfectly.

Well, as I said, I'm 10 weeks out and I JUST got permission to WALK on the treadmill. No incline, no fast. I can only start with 5-10 minutes at a time and slowly increase it. Something is better than nothing, I suppose. My doctor also said that I can go back to the gym and do the recumbant bike and weight machines but no elliptical or cardio type classes. Absolutely nothing high impact on my foot at all.

Also, I was only off work for two weeks before going back to teach. That is very fast in the scheme of things but I seemed to have some good luck with the whole thing and had no complications (knock on wood) and no bad pain. Not everyone is so fortunate. I had to rely on my family, friends, and kids in my class A LOT (which can be very difficult for me to do) but it's part of the drill. I only started driving again last weekend but, after 2+ months of relying on others, it is very freeing to be able to do again. Plus, my foot is healing beautifully (knock on wood again!). I'll have to deal with two different sized feet until next spring when the other foot is done. Thanks to the osteotomy the right is about a half size shorter than the still-bunioned foot but I can handle that.

I've rambled a lot here. It may or may not be helpful to you guys going in to it. But, you need to keep in mind- EveryBODY is different. Every DOCTOR is different. Every EXPERIENCE is different. Your process will not be like anyone else's. You will just need to hope for the best and follow the doctor's orders EXACTLY. While that does not guarantee a good experience but is the best thing you can do to help yourself and your foot. Please keep up posted and best of luck to you both!
[QUOTE=carole allen;3284464]hi there i also have very severe bunions you say you had both done at the same time how are you manageing to get around carole[/QUOTE]

Hi! I had my bunion surgeries in June and mid-August, and I am doing great now! The biggest problem in recovering from this type of surgery is that the big toe joint gets stiff after surgery and it takes work to restore its normal motion. As it heals it gets easier to move the toe joint. Prior to the surgery, I was a runner and was very active. Although I have been able to work out on the elliptical machine, I have to wait a couple more weeks before I can run again. I was able to start walking on my feet in normal shoes at around eight weeks post operation. The foot still felt swollen at first but the swelling has gradually gone down and is now nearly all of the way gone. My feet look great now too, except for the scars but they will fade I hope. Good luck to you!

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