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I also am 57 years old and am 10 1/2 weeks post op from bunion surgery. I had it done on my right foot five years ago and am very glad I did. I have no pain and my foot looks great. On May 1 I had it done on my left foot. The recovery is taking longer for whatever reason. I had 10 therapy sessions which helped me get my range of motion back. I am in wide sneakers now and some sandals. I am a dancer (line dancing and swing) and am able to do most of that now. I have been told 6 months to a year for full recovery. I was out with this surgery for 10 days (off my foot for 1 week) and in an air cast for 4 weeks. After the air cast came off, I had to train myself to walk again. Funny how your body adjusts to whatever strangeness it's involved in. I will have swelling for another 6 months and I have to be careful how long I'm on my feet. I ice it down every night and it seems to be doing what it should be doing at this point.

I can't tell you whether or not to have surgery. My doctor told me when it hurts enough, you'll come see me. Obviously, it did and I had the surgery. I think one of the biggest reasons is because it was starting to hurt when I danced, and that was causing me more grief than the actual pain. I kept having spasms in my foot and the pain would go up my leg into my knee. So I guess it was a good idea I went ahead and had the surgery.

Good luck in whatever you decide.

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