Big toe fusion help!

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So I'm going to have a big toe fusion soon, possibly in a month so Oct. The issue is both of my toes are hammered and not flexible at all and I have flat feet. The doctor never said which tie will be done first or both done at the same time.

The major issue is I'm only 16, 17 in December (I have stopped growing) and starting A-Levels on the 9th Sept. This may cause a big issue as I don't know when I will be able to go back to school, so any advice or help would be great.

Unfortunately, I cannot get out of this surgery as I also have flat feet. Because of my toe I have to wear a bigger size show which causes issues for my flat feet as they then spread out completely. Because of this I'm getting issues with my knees and hips. I have to have my toes done so that I can have insoles, as they wont fit them with my toes like that.

Any information on when I can get back to school, recovery time etc. Would be appreciated. I also ride horses and if I move my stirrup to under the arch of my foot my toe will not bear weight at all, so would anyone have an idea to when I can get back to riding, I can't give it up as I compete nationally and it's just not an option.

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    Wow, you are active! Young people heal fast but I would still say 2 to 3 months before riding. I also ride but am 67. Do you ride English? Good luck!! You will be fine!!
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      Yes, I do dressage and eventing. I used to do tennis and rounders teams at school but had to stop because of my flat feet causing so much knee pain. Thank god it's not too long as if it was longer it would give my dad an excuse to get rid of my horse 😂 Do you have any idea on how long I'll be off school? as its not an ideal time to miss too much. I will have to catch up but I'm sure I'll end up missing something. Thanks!

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    hopefully, only a week. If you do both at once, you will be in a wheel chair though. hum, ask more questions. Wow, dressage and eventing. I live outside Richmond, VA. where eventing is hot now. In my time, I rode the Jumpers and so did my daughter. What fun. You will be back to normal in a few months.  When is your surgery? Guess you have riders for your horse? 
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      1 weeks isn't too long. I live in Staffordshire in England in the UK, so because of all the countryside eventing is very popular. They haven't specified a date just October/November time. Yes, my mum can ride him, even though she doesn't like riding him as she's 6ft2 and her horse is 17.2hh and mines only 16hh. I do have my sister who was going to help me ride him anyway while I'm in year 12 and 13 doing ALevels.

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    I had my big toe fused seven weeks in UK (Berkshire). I was off work for 7 weeks and just went back today. I only do an admin job but mobility is the biggest issue. We hired a wheelchair from the British Red Cross so i could get about when required. Getting to work was a no go tho' as you can only bear weight on the heal. I had my foot in plaster for 6 weeks and was given a velcro shoe to wear. You will need to get a plastic cover for your foot/leg from a store that sells stuff for disabilities as you will not be able to let it get wet! It is not good for me to say when you can start back doing things as each person is different and it depends on what the surgeon actually does come the time. I am sure the school can email you work though to keep you going whilst you are at home. Please do let us know how you get on and good luck. 

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