Bunion surgery recovery questions

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Hello, I'm getting surgery on my right foot in two weeks time to remove a bunion and bunionette / to straighten out my big toe and fifth toe. I have a couple of questions about recovery:

1) How much time do people normally take off work? 

I have a sedentary desk job and have said I'll likely be off for two weeks at the moment but my consultant basically said it's normally six weeks but a minimum of two at least.

Also, should I try and keep my foot elevated at work when I go back?

2) What sort of shoes are best to wear once the support shoe comes off?

I will be in the shoe for six weeks. Not sure what I'll be able to wear after that. I'm worried about getting this wrong and damaging the work the surgeon has done. I currently wear a women's wide 8 or a 9 and struggle to find shoes.

Thanks in advance! ??

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    I'm just coming up to 3 weeks post op on my left foot and 6 months on my right. Both bunion removal with permanent pin and staple in each. Everybody's recovery is different but in my case i stayed in bed with my foot raised and a blanket sleeve on for 3 weeks then using my crutches and boot until 6 weeks. I've just started pottering on my crutches now with my boot on. My other foot, at 8 weeks I saw my consultant who said I didn't need the boot any more and the only thing I could get on my foot for weeks after was my sheepskin Uggs which are old and worn in so perfect.....soft and loose. After that I went to a memory foam trainer as the foot needs a long time to settle into its new shape. My metatarsals were individually very painful until about 3 1/2 months....that was my turning point. I'm looking at 12 months post op until each foot is completely settled. If youre back at work after 3 weeks i would say keep your foot up but also i got obsessed with icing the foot when the dressing was finally removed which really really helped the swelling. I used frozen peas! patience is very important it's a long recovery. In my opinion the op is a no brainer as my right foot feels fantastic....no bunion pain anymore. Its amazing what pain you live with and dont realize how bad it is until its gone. Good luck!

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    I had my surgery on 7/24/17 and returned back to work on 7/31/17. I have an office job where I am sitting 90% of the time. They gave me a stool to prop my foot up on under my desk and I also iced my for every hour the entire first week I was back to work. I only had a bunionette removed off of my right foot, and I was able to get back into my wide gym shoes on 8/9/17. My foot is a little sore still and I have a large bad aid covering the incision so my sock does not rub it. They won't allow men to where flip flops at my job, otherwise I would just where those.

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    Good luck with your upcoming surgery!  Everyone's experiences will vary but I think two weeks off should be fine. Technically it will take 6 weeks before you are back in a sneaker. The thing you want to be mindful of is trying to keep your foot elevated as much as possible. I work from home and was able to keep a chair nearby to rest my foot. Not ideal because the foot should be raised above the herat but it helps. Also your doctor will tell you what type of shoe you can wear but I think they say a sneaker and after 3 months you can wear regular shoes. Hope this helps. 


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    Thanks for the replies, very helpful!
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