CLAW TOES AFTER SURGERY???

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I am worried how my toes look, Can anyone tell me if my foot is normal 18 days post op as it is really worrying me

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    It is normal for the big toe to point up more early on, it is because the tendons over the toe joint are moved back into place as part of the operation (so I was told). However I have no idea as to why the rest of your toes are curled up. The ones over the big toe stretch over time so the toe is flat again .. Eventually.
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    I seriously don't think they are right, I have two hammer toes but it's like someone has pulled my toes to the side they lookk awful and they are clawed up not straight like normal. This is my foot pre op
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    Woops....sorry....didn't see the pic  I think that your hammertoes look more obvious now because the angle of the big toe has changed.  I have a similar situation with the 3rd toe after bunion and 2nd toe hammertoe surgery.  I never noticed that the 3rd toe was clawing until after my surgery.  As the big toe settles in and all foot swelling goes down this will become less obvious.
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    Maybe Rena is right. Try not to worry so much but I can understand how you might be feeling because I still feel like asking about the bumps I still have after 3 weeks. Have you tried asking the nurse or doctor what they think?
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    Hello Beanie65.

    Am I imagining things? I am sure that you are the same person who showed photos of your feet a few day ago and asked about your curled toes.

    If you are, I responded to you and suggested your curled toes are in fact hammertoes.

    Have you not investgated this?

    It definitely looks to me like you have hammertoes and they can be straightened.

    Why don't you contact your GP and/or your surgeon who did your bunion operation for advi?

    Your toes need serious attentioned right under under.

    Gillian

     

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      Yes I do have hammer ties but the usually sit fairly flat I am relieved to say my toes are straightening now the dressing has been changed. X
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    Oh I'm so glad to hear you're toes are straightening up now. Just try and stay positive.

    You'll get there slowlywink

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    Hi beanie been meaning to reply sooner but had problems with this site. My foot looked very strange 2 weeks post op still had bump round site of bunion toe curled in too much for my liking and the big toe looked bulbous. Also my fourth toe sticking up and quite red and sore. I am now 3 weeks post op and things are settling down though still not fully back to normal. I had every toe but my third toe operated on and I think alot of the appearance was due to the tight dressing and the swelling. I am wearing a bunion brace help keep the alignment of my big toe. I had pins for my first op 20 yrs ago and do not remember this amount of swelling. I spoke with my surgeon and he said he was satisfied the surgery had gone well and I was able to ask mire detailed advice on aftercare ad I dont think the post op care instructions was very good actually.
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    However I was reassured and as I am becoming mire mobile my toes are settling into a more natural shape. They did not do the akins but i discussed this and asked abt the possibility if it being done later if I was not happy and was told it could be done if necessary. I think with this type of surgery we need to wait till the tissues settle. I do agree u look like you have hammer ties both pre op and post op but your bunion repair appears to be perfectly straight. And once u weight bear again your toes may realign to some extent. I have a hammer tie on my left foot I recall post surgery being concerned and it did settle down and stretch out eventually. It dies take a full yr to fully recover. Just be careful no one stands on you someone stood on my foot abt 3 month after my first op and was agony. I find I tend to wear comfy shoes and boots now with wide toe space or fitflops. And leave hugh heels fir very shirt periods it us great ti bd abke Ti show pretty feet in sandals.
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    Hi beanie,

    Just wanted to know how you were getting on now. I don't exactly know how I feel right now because as you mentioned I think when my first cast was taken off my left foot actually looked narrower than it does now. I was just 10 days post op then now I'm almost 6 weeks. Hope everything's ok with you and good luck to all.

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      Hi

      Strange you should say that abt foot looking wider at 6 weeks. I had pin out on Friday and my foot is quite swollen and bigger looking at the moment however my toes are starting to settle to proper alignment. I will post my 5 week pics later as I think is important people see true pictures and how long this process actually takes. Definitely takes time for the aesthetics to improve. This forum does help allay the worries we have. I will be glad to get back to work so that my focus changes as all I do is obsess abt my feet...lol. Not healthy hey?

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    Hey Jazzy, my claw toes are claws no more, they have finally relaxed back but my big toe is still cocked up, I am assured this will go down when the swelling finally goes. Im experiencing a great deal of stinging on the scar, so using lots of bio oil and dry skin lotion to keep the area massaged and moisturised. I can finally throw away the dreaded shoe at the end of week 6 (29th) and hopefully drive again too, although at the moment that isn't seeable due to the swelling and my cocked toe. I did manage to do the house work today. took me double the time and my foot really swelled but I kept having little breaks as I knew it was too much too soon x
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      So happy for you beannie it does take time to improve doesn't it?

      My foot is looking better shape now as are my toes the swelling distorts things. We will continue to se improvement over next 12 months I am sure x

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