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I had bunion surgery 9 weeks ago. Although I think I'm healing well, I've had issues with swelling and numbness around the big toe and right side of my foot.

I've have followed my doctors orders and have done my physical therapy exercises religiously, iced and elevated my foot, (at least 3x a day) have taken ibuprofen, have had full body massages, have personally massaged my foot (20 minute minimum 2x a day) and have done Epsom salt soaks to ease the swelling (2x a day, once in the morning once before bed)

Any other ideas out there? I know for some people it may take up to 6 months to a year to fully recover, but I'm feeling frustrated and wondered if there is any thing more I can be doing and have wondered if I'm doing too much.

I'm 50 and in good health and really thought I'd be back to my old routines by now. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
Hi, I'm 15 weeks post bilateral bunionectomy. I still have some swelling, not in my big toe but in the joints where the bunions were. I still have some numbness in the one foot that was worse. My incisions are on top of my feet but I'm numb more towards the side of my foot (where the bunion was). My understanding is that it can take up to a year to fully heal as well. Sometimes, my feet just feel sore in various places if I've been on them a lot. I wouldn't worry much about it at this point in your recovery, but if it concerns you, call your doctor and ask if you should be concerned.
I had bunion surgery on my left foot on April 1 2013 and have been stunned by the amount of painful post op swelling. I am also doing anything and everything! Well, I can't believe my lucky miracle. I went to Sports Chalet and was fitted with lightweight shoes for everyday use AND inserts. The salesperson said the inserts would support the foot so that the foot wouldn't move,irritate and swell. I have gone from hobbling from place to place and spending hours each night elevating my foot to being "normal" again. I went from walking in a very slow, painful gait to being cured all in 4 days. I am feeling brave enough to try high heels soon.
I am just under four weeks post bunion surgery. My main issue is the sweling that prevents me from wearing dress shoes.

I take one Aleve every twelve hours for pain and inflammation.

The numbness and tingling has decreased a lot. I think that is because I am not as swollen and the area is healing.

I am doing quite well with my range of motion exercises and I am icing the foot at least three times a day. I can also walk well with my Teva sandals and my athletic shoes. I had a massage yesterday and I think it helped improve circulation and break down scar tissue. I am going to include massaging my foot in my daily routine.

One thing that has helped me a lot is the compression bandage across my foot that keeps the surgical area in correct alignment. I recently started using athletic tape. My surgeon told me this controls the edema.

I am going to try a foot bath with epsom salt and let you know the results.
pdxamw, you are doing everything right, but you should ice more often during the day and prop the foot more often, any time the foot is on the floor, it will swell... This too shall pass. Things take time and patients.

I had my chevron osteotomy 8/22 on my left big toe, when the doctor said for me to put weight on my heal, I know my foot will not stand (no pun intended) for that, I feel I should take it easy for several weeks and then try to walk with my heal using a cane. I am excited I'll be getting my stitches out next Tuesday 9/4, at last my foot can breath.

I get encourage reading everyones' posts and what they went through, so I pretty much know what to expect... Thanks everyone.
I an now 12 weeks post op today. I tried the Epsom salts in a foot bath and it did not help. I have been back to all my activities and I am OK as long as I wear a good supportive and cushioned athletic shoe. Dress shoes are still a problem since I still have swelling. Now my dress shoes feel tight because the swelling is on top of my foot instead of where the bunion was. Since I live in Florida, I love to wear thong sandals but I can do so for only a short time. Ice, massage, elevation and my athletic shoes continue to be my best allies. If I had to do this again, I would do so in the winter so that by summer, I would be ready for dress sandals.
Hi there,
I have scheduled my surgery for October because I live in Seattle and the summer months are not a time you want to stay indoors. We live for the summer months up here and I'm planning on being ready for it when it comes around again.

I think we all recover in slightly different ways and time. When I had my bunionectomy and dislocated toe repaired it was about a full year before my foot looked just like the other one and all the minor remaining swelling was gone. Even the slight swelling I got after a long day of walking finally disappeared then, too.

The red line of the scar on my Modified bunionectomy was the first to fully blend in and is now nearly impossible to see. The scar from the dislocated toe took longer but in now only seen when I look for it, all the redness is gone, all the pain is gone.

Take care and I hope you can wear those sandals soon!

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