Chevron Osteotomy & lapidus bunionectomy & 2nd toe hammertoe correction!!

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I had chevron osteotomy lapidus bunionectomy and 2nd toe hammertoe correction on Monday. Stitches to be removed in 2 weeks (27th) screw inserted in 1st metataral and pin that is hanging out my second toe removed after 6 weeks. Was given a heel raised shoe and told to heel walk, was ok leaving hospital heel walking as ankle block and anaesthetic still active, now on day 5 post op and still cant heel walk due to the pain which is excrutiating. Next day pain was bad but bearable. 3rd day would say was my most agonising, had to call doctor get stronger pain killers as the codeine ibuprofen did no pain relief for me. My foot is raised all the time unless toilet visit, which is dreaded because as soon as i remove my foot from the raised position i can actually feel the blood going into my foot and feels as though my foot is going to explode like a balloon. After it has been down and then raised again, takes a good 40 mins for pain to subside and become bearable. Anyone else had this procedure please? im more concerned about the pain im still in and also the fact that i still cant heel walk. Any input or advice would be great. Thanks. 

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    Omg I just feel for you did you have the opp due to pain or deformity
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    pain when walking and deformity, my toe was shifting over my second toe.
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      Great answer from bohemia it will take time it a a lot of time so enjoy the rest

      if you told someone my arm was cut this and that way then my hand like this plus pins and metal you'd have them rushing g to assist but because bunions are regarded by so m any as a cosmetic shoe choice opp the oops are also regarded as minor

      ask gp for pain relief raise leg rest and soon you'll be loads better

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    Hi Zara, many on this forum have had a similar procedure to you. Mine was like yours, 4 weeks ago but I didn't have pins outside the foot, but I do have a metal plate in. I had my stitches out after 10 days. To be honest as it's only a few days since your surgery, don't push yourself too hard. If you have the chance at to get your feet up, do just that and kepp the heel walking for bathroom etc. Your whole foot will feel so very sensitive, don't forget how major the surgery was and together with painful bones and flesh, you will have some pretty sore nerve endings too. I guess that all of our home circumstances are different and I've had to be on the go all the time but I tried to do my best with the heel walking when I needed to be up and about. I was on 2 tramadol, four times a day plus parecetomol when I needed it, for at least the first 2 weeks and then after the stitches came out I tried to reduce the tramadol a bit. I over-did things a bit so my pain has been a bit more prolonged I think. But saying that we are all different and recovery differs from person to person. You can always ask your GP about pain relief and maybe they might suggest some gentle excercise for your foot and the heel walking might then get a bit better. Good luck and read some of our posts on here, I've had lots of support and advice. smile
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    Hi, and thank you for your reply.

    I am managing to rest and raise my foot quite a lot its just the wait of the wedge ortopedic shoe which i have been told not to remove, not even at night, so its night as well im not getting sleep as im not getting comfy.mad The doctor gave me new tabs as i had to call him out other day as my temperature rose quite high, ended up being a side effect of the general anaesthetic, i was prescribed codeine 30/500mg, naproxen 500mg and solpadol 30/500mg, was told to mix and match the pills daily and only take naproxen after breakfast and dinner.

    I am finding it completely impossible to heel walk at all due to the pain as i have the external pin sticking out and also the screw in the side of my foot.

    I will have a read at other threads too. Thank you so much for replying. Im just glad its not just me lol

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      Hi Zara, I do understand what you're going through. Just as Gill said, if it was your arm that had surgery you may be in a cast for a few weeks and people would also visually see that you had just had surgery or were recovering from a break ! Remember the shoe or boot is similar support to a plaster cast on your arm. The shoe is giving the bones, joints, skin, nerves etc a chance to get back functioning to support your body. We forget that bit, our feet support us and when we've had this surgery we need to give our feet the chance to fully recover by resting them up and as in my case if other people around me can't deal with the time it's taking for me to recover then we have to say tough s--t and just try and take things easy, without expecting too much too soon.
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    It is very early days yet Zara and it is most uncomfortable heel walking after the op.  It makes your calf, and groin hurt never mind your foot that you have just had an op on. Keep taking the pain killers and rest as much as you can.  X
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    Hi Zara

    I rented a wheel chair and used it at home for the first two weeks.  I did not put much weight on the heel (even though I was straight away in a heel walking boot) for at least 3 weeks.  I slept without the boot for the first time after 5 weeks post surgery.  So take it easy Zara,  it does take many weeks andin fact if you read more posts on this site you will find that it takes several months but it does gradualy get better.  Rest as much as you can Zara,  it is not worth suffering unnecesarily.

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    Thank you all very much for your replies, i will rest as much as i can. I read through other posts also and see that everything im going through is the norm so made me feel better.

    Thank you all so much and i will keep you all updated. xxx

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    Hi again, day 13 post cheveron, lapidus osteotomy with 2nd toe correction. Just looking for some advice, as said before i have been heavily bandaged since the op and am now able to heal walk although still very uncomfortable. I have had my 10 check and dressings changed but have to go back in 3 days for stiches and staples to be removed and also pin thats in my 2nd toe has to be turned, i have also been advised that after this rather than have my foot heavily bandaged again i will be getting a cast and crutches, and the heal walking to stop.

    If anyone else has been in this situation please let me know your experience, if you have also been changed from heavy bandaging to cast with crutches and why and also if you have experienced pins being turned? Thanks

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    * 10 day check and dressing sorry
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