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Hi, Black Kat~ A week after surgery, I was still off my feet, elevating (and icing) 24 hours a day except for short trips around the house. Swelling at that point is very normal. I only had adjustable velcro sandle-type shoes-- Is your boot also adjustable?-- And if not, could it be too tight?

I'm all for the idea of getting back on one's feet and regaining flexibility as soon as possible, but three days post-surgery seems like an extremely short amount of time for resting and elevating them. Would you consider spending a day or two on the couch with your foot up (and icing at least occasionally) and see if you still need the Vicodin? Do you have to wear the boot when you're not on your feet?

Going back to work just a week after a bunionectomy would be pretty ambitious for most people. (Actually, to be honest, for just about everyone I've ever known of!) It seems like almost everyone who has bunion surgery needs at least two weeks before doing a significant amount of weight bearing and walking. (I have to say there was a huge difference between the 7th day post-surgery and the 14th for me-- I started really walking at the two week point.) My guess is that you're doing too much, but obviously you should clarify with your doctor. Perhaps there was a misunderstanding and his/her idea of starting to walk might mean taking ten steps one day and a twelve the next? If there was no confusion, I'd consider getting a second opinion.

Best wishes!

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