2 weeks after bunion surgery

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Hello people,

I had a moderate bunion removed and big toe straightend on my right foot 2 weeks ago. Today I have had my stitches taken out and dressing completely removed. My foot is still quite swollen and bruised however not as bad as this time last week. I'm still using crutches to get around, I have been advised by the nurse to wait until I see my surgeon next week to seek his advise on weight bearing. I've tried a few steps, using most of my weight in my heel( which isn't comfortable) I'm relying on my crutches still. Is this normal ? Could people please tell me there experiences on when they were able to walk/ drive etc.

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    My foot is still swollen and bruised at just over 4 weeks so I think this is to be expected.

    Im still wearing a shoe and on crutches and I think I will be until my 6 week checkup as I havent been advised otherwise.

    Ive been trying to bear weight on my foot and it seems to be getting easier over time but wouldnt be able to without still using my crutches. In terms of driving I have been advised 6-8 weeks but I think everyones different.

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    Hi Louise I had my right foot done in May 16 bunion removal and straightened and 2nd toe pip fusion ( hammer toe straightened) and left foot done in 31st Nov 16 the latter one I was on crutches until 11January but I did have 2nd toe pip fusion too , 2 weeks after surgery dressing removed then back 4 weeks after returned to have pining if toe ... it is expected to not weight bear for at least 5-6 weeks, I still have swelling now but not as bad and just about weight bearing without the surgical boot now, the thing is not to try do too much at once " little steps at a time xxx

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    It is normal i had my surgery nov10th toe straighten bunion removed i had bandaids on for 6 weeks going every week for changing beginning of January l thought oh this feeling better out side of foot hurt and had a limp middle of January waa doing really good until I tripped bent my toes up now almost like starting over good luck don't push it

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    I think each surgeon has his own way of doing things. My first operation was last july ( no crutches, told to heal walk , bandage on for 4 weeks and soluble stitches). The op didnt work so i had to be reoperated on in jan ( surgeon being doing the same op for 12 years and i was the first person that he has had to reoperate on). This time much the same apart from i had a cast on for the first two weeks and then bandages for another 4 weeks. I was allowed to drive 6 weeks post op ( just let your insurance company know youve had an op).

    Your foot may be swollen for months. From what ive read, everyone is different! Good luck!

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    Thank you so much for all your responses. I guess I just need to keep resting. I hadn't really done much research on the recovery period beforehand, I'm just getting very bored and fed up at home lol.

    Now I have had my stitches out I was told by the nurse I can get my foot wet. Would it help soaking my foot in the bath or using a flannel to gently bathe it. I don't want to interfere with the healing wound. Also any advice on oil/ creams to use my foot to help with healing process. I've got bio oil which is good for scars. Any other suggestions??

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    Hi Louise,

    I'm also 2 weeks into my recovery although I had both feet done and they were severe bunions I'd had since childhood (now 31) so I had the full surgery.

    I had my bandages removed yesterday. My wounds were 95% healed, there was also no bruising or swelling.

    In terms of walking I too am using crutches and can only hobble on my heels for at least another two weeks (wearing special sandals provided by the hospital). This isn't painful however and I'm planning to return to work next week.

    I'm also due to start physio soon and the aim is to be walking properly, in trainers, two weeks from now.

    Everyone heals at different rates but its good to hear others' experiences to have something to compare to.

    Good luck!

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