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I had surgery on my left foot 16 months ago (bunion removed and second toe straightened with K-wire). Post-surgery, I wore a Darco heel-walking shoe for the next 7 weeks and, as time went on, found that the front of my ankle became increasingly painful because of the angle at which it was in from heel-walking and having the other foot at a different height altogether; not great for the lower back either. The pain from that far outweighed the pain from the bunion and it took quite a few weeks beyond the time in the Darco shoe before the pain and stiffness went. Roll forward to January 2016 when I had some bone growth removed from the left foot at the same time as having bunion removal and second toe straightened on the right foot, so I'm wearing a matching pair of the delightful black Darco shoes ... and it is actually so much easier to balance and get about and less painful on the ankle and also on the back that I wish I'd had the option of wearing a matching pair when I just had surgery on the left foot. I'll put the question/make the suggestion to my consultant when I go back in a couple of weeks and also ask physio. In the meantime, has anyone out there worn a pair of heel-walking shoes even though surgery was on just one foot? It may be that there are very good reasons for not doing so.
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