After bunion surgery

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I am new to this discussion but would appreciate some help, I had a scarf osteotomy and akin on June 16th and 9 days post op, I was a bit concerned I had done too much walking around the house, even with crutches and the very glamorous boot.

What duration and for how long each day must you elevate you foot for, all I did was walk around my flat a bit, prepared dinner, but a bit worried now.

Appreciate any help.

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    Hi Susie,

    I think you are fine - at that stage I was encouraged to walk around for 40 mins of each hour & had same as you plus Mortons neuroma removed & knuckle removed from 2nd toe. The walking each hour will help recovery as long as gentle walking & rest foot up for plenty of periods in between. Your foot will swell after being up and about but will soon go down with ice pack on back of heel for 10 mins. All the sharp pains and aches are normal & become less & less over the weeks following op. I wore a large trainer from 2 weeks & this also helps keep swelling down & make you feel more normal! Now 8 weeks in recovery & can fit into some of my shoes already although foot gets tired after about hour walking still. Try and treat the foot as normal as possible as quickly as possible - say from 4 weeks on & you will be fine but remember to do the exercises given by hospital to get mobility back quicker, good luck 

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      Hi Joyce. I was never given a crutch or cane to use but I heel walked from the start & turned my foot out to the side which made walking a whole lot easier &'the surgeon said was correct way. I think from 4 weeks I was walking quite well but yes still with a limp - I am now 9'weeks post op & almost walk normally with trainers or simple wide fit shoes!! Try to concentrate on walking as normal as possible just at a slower pace from 4-6 weeks & you will gradually stop the limping. I think the secret is to find comfy fit trainers or shoes & walk each day a little further - obviously still resting each hour for 10 mins with foot  up but regain your confidence & think positive - my surgeon said it is good to walk to help healing process. Good luck & speedy recovery!!
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    Susie, I understand your fear, I went through something similar in that the day after the operation I did more than I should. I guess your foot is now red and swollen, that is normal, The message though is to keep foot elevated, I found I got instant relief by raising the foot to 45 degrees, ie well above horizontal for a few seconds. Redness goes then you can just sit and watch wimbledon with your feet up (good timing). Im one of those people who tend to push things, I advise you not to do much for several weeks, give the tissues time to heal and repair the circulation. Kevin
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