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Hi q,

I did not have the Lapidus procedure but I did have a very similar procedure called a base wedge osteotomy. The recovery period is pretty much the same as the recovery period of a Lapidus procedure. I was on crutches for a total of 6 weeks but I only took 6 or 7 days off work (and spent that entire time on the couch with my foot elevated). I think that as long as you are sitting down the majority of the time, you will be okay.

When I returned to work I kept my foot elevated either on my desk, or on a foot rest that I had placed underneath my desk (luckily my company is laid back and didn't care that I had my foot in a cast on top of my desk when I needed to elevate it). I got back and forth to work using crutches and taking a cab to my office. It can be very tiresome to crutch long distances and to stand on your good foot with the crutches. If you don't have to travel very far in between classes you should be fine. Just keep in mind that even though the Doctor only says the recovery time takes 8 weeks, it usually takes longer than that, i.e. your foot will be sore and swollen for the next couple of months but you will be able to get around just fine. Also, I remember my foot would throb every now and then for the first 4-6 weeks, after that it didn't bother me much. After 6 weeks my Dr gave me the OK to bear weight on my foot. At first it felt weird and was a little uncomfortable but after a few days I got used to walking again. My leg muscles completely atrophied so it took a while to build up that strength again. My leg muscles got sore after walking long distances but it was by no means debilitating.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!


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