9 days post op... severe pain in the morning when standing?

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On December 13th I had a bunionectomy osteotomy with kissloc plates as well as a gastroc recession and hammertoe correction on my 3rd toe. Ever since the 3rd day of surgery, I've had severe pain after getting up to use the restroom or from my room. It throbs and feels like pressure and is usually relieve by resting again. I am in a boot and crutches and always use them for steps.

Within the first week my doctor said I could partially weight bear with my boot/crutches, so I did and did go some places such as the movies or out of eat as the pain would improve when up through the day.

I called my doctor yesterday because the pain was still so severe in the mornings and was hurting worse when i was up. He started me on antibiotics because I came in for an extra visit due to the pain and there was a red and tender area on my left lateral foot.

Today the pain was so severe when I went to the bathroom, I am still having to take the narcotics just to handle it. Anyone else have this issue? Could it be just from overuse that first week?

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    I think that your doctor and you both were overconfident as to your ability to walk, bear weight. I had a simple bunionectomy and hammer toe repair on the second toe and my doctor absolutely forbade me from putting any weight on the operated foot for 6 full weeks. So, other than hopping to the bathroom and back, I did not leave my room and my bed. Other than for the scheduled visits to see the surgeon. When I did go to see the doctor, I used my bottom to go down the stairs, including on the outside stairs which were wet,icy, snowy. I had my surgery on Halloween and I only recently started to walk, only inside the house, and wearing some ridiculously large and wide soft shoes that open all the way and then close with velcro. Even now I have pain and the bunion site is not completely healed. And my foot is swollen and red. So yes, don't be too ambitious about walking, going out. This is a very long, slow process and you need to have lots and lots of patience. I know, from experience, that it is very very hard but overdoing it may have unpleasant consequences that might extend the recovery time. Good luck!

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      Thank you for your reply and insight. I think you may be right... because my whole foot is so bruised and tender and it hurts when i stand.

      I'm just confused because he's been performing these surgeries for 25 years and he told me it was OK to put about 30-40% weight with my boot and crutches the week after surgery. I'm confused why he would say this. He said it could help the healing. I guess my foot just didn't respond to this.

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    i had a joint replacement on L foot and gad to wait 4 months for a lapidus on the other .. joint replacement was just okay to walk on by the time I had the Lapidus .. this has ern very challenging as i was told NOT to weight bear for 8 weeks or i coukd damage the metal and screws as well as the bone graft.. my surgeon and physio were very strict about that ! remember any swelling has no where to track to as its already at the lowest point!! so you will get swelling and bruising if your on it too long.. elevate elevate as high as you can ... look after it and listen to your body.. its letting you know !

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    To early for useing foot,( pain )would be when having foot down ,blood rushes to foot, rest as much as you can if you have to go out try seeing about a scooter it has a padded seat indented for your leg that way you can scoot around and your leg is up.

    I hope antibiotics sort out the infection Good luck

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