Double Bunionectomy

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I had a double bunionectomy four weeks ago. My toes weren't broken, only bone shaved from both toe joints at the top, more than the side. Things are going really well.  Bandages were removed a week ago.  I am still walking on the outsides of my feet, which are really sore - a consequence from the bunions all these years I guess.  How can I correct this or will I need to see a podiatrist?  I've had very little information from the hospital, so not sure what to do.  Also I am struggling to fit into any shoes and wonder if it is much too early.  My feet dont appear to be swollen, but I wonder if underneath they still are.  Any help would be much appreciated.  Kind regards, Laura x

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    I know what you mean about lack of info ! I had double done 14 weeks ago. Go check out the other threads in this section- one called Hello There is particularly good. Aslo a fair number of us joined a Facebook page called I Survived a Bunionectomy- go join- lots of stuff there!
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    Thanks so much.  I'll have a look.  How are you feeling after 14 weeks?  Hope its going well?  Are you now back in 'normal' shoes?  I'm feeling like a gnome and in my daughter's Crocs today.  The trouble is I have to wear a toe spacer for the next four weeks too.  Thanks so much for your reply.  Laura x
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    i too had a double bunionectomy on April,22 and everything was going along fine,until i thought i was well enough to work. I'm a cocktail waitress in a casino in Las Vegas and, spend 7 hours a day on my feet. i managed to work one day with a great deal of pain. On the next day both my feet were so swollen I could'nt get my work shoes on. I realized that I returned to work too soon. Its been 5 days my right foot has returned to normal but, my left foot is incredibly painful, red and REALLY swollen. I made an appointment to see my Doctor about it but, can't get in until June,19. I'm not sure if this is normal and I'm concerned that I did something caused an infection or something to my left foot since its so much worse than my right foot.I have been icing and elevating both feet but, it doesn't seem to help my left foot.

    I was wondering if this had happened to anyone else out there. I replied to laura007 because mine was also strictly a bunionectomy and, I'm unable to get answers from my Doctor and don't know where to turn.

    thanks

    shelly

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      Hi Shelly, sorry to hear of your problems. I have read that it takes months for the feet to heal completely. Perhaps you are doing too much too soon, especially bearing in mind the work that you do. It's not as if you are sitting at a desk all day.

      Apparently, infections are quite rare. To put your mind at rest, could you get a second opinion? Hopefully, the operation has been performed properly, only an x-ray could confirm this.

      All the best.

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      Hi Footsies,

      Thank you for the advice and, my other half has told me that I need to take it easier, and he feels I went back to work to early. I guess the only exuse I had was that I felt fine. I no longer had any pain and, was tired of watching t.v. and reading. After hearing from you that I may have done too much I realize your right.

      If it gets worse I am going to see another Doctor. I don't think its an infection, because I was completely healed up and I had been to rhe Doctor on Monday of the week I attempted to work.I had an exray taken again at that time and, it showed nothing.  I'm really starting to think its a huge blister on my bunion. My feet had swollen so bad that my shoes were rubbing and I had a smaller blister on the other foot.

      Thank you again for answering my post.

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly, thank you for your reply. I had a similar op to you, shortly after yours. I was given no advice so I have been looking on the internet, too. For instant relief, it could help if you laid on your back and raised your feet in the air. This may sound mad but I have found this works as it takes the pressure off almost instantly. I know a lot of people use ice but a ten minute dip in cold water is good, I think.

      I have also used tea tree oil if my feet have looked a bit red, although this shouldn't be used on broken skin of course. It's very good news that the x-rays seem ok, i.e. the bone have been correctly aligned presumably.

      I know what you mean about getting bored, but I am sure that your other half is right. Maybe it would not be possible but perhaps it might help if you could do a shorter shift to start with. But to be perfectly honest, I think with the demanding work that you do it's too much for your feet and they don't like it. You don't want to set your progress back and make the recovery process even longer.

      All the best.

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      Hi Footsies,

      I got my paperwork back froom the Doctorr today and, he has me off of work until July,16. I'm taking everyones adviice and I'm taking it a lot easier.I've been laying with my feet up watching Netflix I'm so glad i have that to watch I get to see all the old series I love with no commercials.

      So, I'm trying to find things to be grateful for I still have a few good books left to read and, I get to watch my favorite old and new shows.

      I wish I could work a shorter shift to start going back to work to but, I know thats not possible. Working in a casino is very regimented and, strict. We all have our soecific shifts and areas we work. We are all on our feet 7 hours a day, 5 days a week. I know its physically demanding and hard on my feet but, I honestly like my job. I graduated from UNLV to be a paralegal but,found both the job and, the money not enough to change careers for.

      Thank you so much for your input. Your doing good with your surgery?

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      Footsies,

      I wasn't quite through with my last post. Your right I don't want to set my progress back and I appreciate your reminding me of this. Thank you again.

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly, I was so pleased to hear that you have got more time off work to aid your recovery. I just don't know how you managed to do a seven hour shift after what was only really a relatively short time. I had to walk normally for the first time yesterday, for a fraction of that time, my feet swelled up and it was quite a relief to lie down and elevate them - despite usually being an 'always on the go' person.

      Thank you for asking, but, unfortunately, I am disappointed with the foot surgery I had last month. Someone actually asked me if I had had the worst foot done, despite the long scar. But this was understandable as the result seems very poor. I go back to the hospital next week for the routine six week check.

      Are your feet feeling any better now that you are resting them? Has the swelling gone down at all?

      All the best.

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      Hi Footsies,

      To answer your question no the swelling is bad on both my feet and, after icing and elevating its still pretty bad. My left foot is so bad my friends that saw me a two weeks after surgery said it looked much better then. Then it does now. It's also very painful actually both of them are but, my left foot is extremely painful. I'm going to the Doctor on Thursday. My friends that saw me before and after said it looks like my bunion is back.

      I'm so sorry that your not happy with the results of your surgery. Maybe in time you'll be glad that you had the surgery. I can't honestly say I'm happy with mine either. I'm also hoping that in time it'll be all worth it. Let me know how your six week check goes.

      Take Care

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly,

      I am very sorry to hear that your feet are so painful and swollen.  If the operation has been done properly the bunion should not come not come back - well not yet.  There are quite a lot of images of how a foot should look after bunion surgery on the internet.  If you could see the x-ray of your foot it would show what is happening.  I know it is a complex operation but most people could tell from their x-ray after  surgery whether the bones have been properly aligned , especially after looking at a few x-rays of how it should look.

      I have seen the surgeon, who basically said everything is fine.  I saw the x-ray and it does not look fine.  The bones have not been aligned very well.  Again, as previously, the surgeon said that the foot was swollen, etc. etc. and it would look better in time, when the swelling went down  and the foot had healed completely.  I can't see how the foot is going to be much better if the bones have not been aligned properly.  I will get another opinion, but as far as I am aware nothing further can be done at this stage.  I don't want to have further surgery but neither do I feel that I can leave it like it is.

      I have thought a lot things and I think that it is so essential to know exactly what procedures are going to be performed before going into foot surgery.  I hope that your feet will be much better soon.  It's good that you are going back to the doctor as your feet shouldn't be extremely painful at this stage. Please let me know how you get on.  I suppose all you can do at the moment is rest - and perhaps take pain medication.  Awful, really.

      All the best

      Footsies

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      Hi Footsies,

      I did get exrays of my feet after surgery and, they looked straight. I really thought it would be a very simple operation no breaking of any toes, no pins etc.. Just shaving the bones down sounded simple and, the Doctor said it was a very easy surgical procedure. He also said I'd be back to normal quicker then a lot of people because of not having to break any of my toes.

      I guess I thought that I'd be back to both work and the gym in a month. I guess sometimes things don't turn out quite like we planned. I don't think I'd do this surgery again if I had to do it all over. Then again hopefully it'll be worth it for both of us in time.

      I'll let you know what the Doctor says after I see him on Thursday.

      On a positive note the weather here is really hot and I'm getting a tan from resting in the pool.

      I'm so sorry that your bones aren't aligned and I think after. the swelling is gone getting another opinion from a different Doctor is the best thing you can do. I know it's what I'd do too. Have a nice day and I'll talk to you later.

      Take Care,

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly,

      Glad to hear you saw the x-rays and they looked straight but if you don't mind me asking, which procedure did you have done? If the bones were straight to start with there wouldn't have been a bunion presumably and if the bones weren't straight, causing a bunion, just shaving them wouldn't straighten the bones. Also, which part of the foot was shaved, perhaps the side of the first metatarsal? Sorry, I don't mean to be nosey, but I really felt the need to see my post op x-rays to understand was going on with my feet.

      It sounds lovely by the pool ! I hope you get on well tomorrow.

      All the best

      Footsies

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      Hi Footsies,

      I just had the bones shaved on the sides and a little on top. There was also a small pocket on the sides that he shaved away. My Mom had the same problem so, some of the problem was hereditary. She never had anything done with her bunions because, they never caused her any pain. That and, her physical activity was limited because she was blind.

      I guess thats why I thought my healing process would be faster and easier.

      What exactly did you have done? I thought you had just the bunionectomy, without any broken toes.Please don't worry about being nosey if theres anything I can do to help you I'd be happy to. Please let me know what you find on your exrays. I have a nosey question for you. What country are you in? Talk to you soon.

      Take Care,

      Shelly

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      Hi Footsies,,

      I went to the dooctor today and  they took new xrays. The doctor showed them to me and said yes they were really swollen snd yolu could see it in the xrays. My bones looked straight and you could see the area around the incision was really swollen on both my feet. He said he really didn't know why unless I did too much and, should have taken it easier for a longer length of time. Anyway, he put me on anti-inflammatorys and pain medicine.I guess that's about it just going to take it easy and still try to limit my walking.

      I hope your doing good and got to see your xrays. Let me know what you see and if your doing any better. Talk to you later

      Take Care,

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly,

      Thank you for your posts. Sorry I haven't replied earlier but I have been caught up with things. Bless your Mum, being blind. I note what you had done to your feet, ie the bones shaved, but were you told which procedure was used? Glad you saw the x-ray and the bones looked straight, but how could you see the swelling on the x-ray or perhaps it was a scan. Not that I know much about these things !

      I live in England. It's very kind of you to offer to help me. Thank you for that. I do need some help, actually. I need a bunion operation! I had a Scarf osteotomy last month, a procedure that is very popular with surgeons over here. The bone was cut and moved and pinned. I have just had another opinion. Basically, the operation hasn't been done properly and needs to be done again. The term they use to describe this, apparently, is 'under corrected'. I haven't got all the information yet, the surgeon is going to write to me with this. Unfortunately, he advised waiting a year, yes a year, before doing anything. He said even then, things will still be happening within the foot.

      I have got to get all the info and think things through. I hope some of your swelling will have gone down by now. I don't like to say this, but I think you must have really upset your feet by working so hard so soon. It was too much for them. But it's good to hear that the bones are straight. Presumably, the joints are good too. As was pointed out to me, these should be congruent, i.e. lined up and set properly and, ideally, sitting over the sesamoid bones, none of which is the case with my foot! There is nothing I can do to improve things other than have another op.

      Please have a dip in the pool for me, I love having a swim - especially in hot weather.

      All the best

      Footsies

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      Hi Footsies,

      I'm doing better I think. I went grocery shopping today n I wasn't dying when I got home. I have three weeks before I'm going to go back to work and the medications I'm on are seeming to help.

      To be honest I'm not sure what my procedure was called, the few things I do know is that my bones were shaved on the sides and I didn't need any toes broken or any pins put in. My paperwork says "Double Bunionectomy".

      From reading on here this surgery is a lot more advanced in your country than across the pond over here. lol. My doctor was recommended to me by my podiatrisr, he had performed the surgical procedure on a lot of  professional show people here. My scars are almost gone lol so they look good.

      I can't believe you have to have another surgery next year. What exactly did this doctor do? I know you told me the name but, what was done?

      It's 106 or going to be tomorrow but, thats typical weather for Vegas in the summer. Thats why we all live either in the pool or in an air conditioned places. What is the weather like over there? I've never been over there. To be honest I haven't been too many places outside of my country. I'm planning a trip with my girlfriends next year to go to Greece it'll be my first big trip.

      I will talk to you soon.

      Take Care,

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly,

      Glad to hear you are doing better. It's a good sign that your feet don't seem so painful. But, hopefully, you won't start to overdo things now. It sounds like the procedure was done very carefully for the scars to have almost gone. I just thought if you knew the procedure you would know exactly how and what had been done, ie you could look it up online. Having said that I did not know until after my op. I had a scarf osteotomy. As far as I know, the bone was broken, cut, moved and pinned.

      I think you will enjoy Greece. It may sound a corny thing to say but they are very friendly people and, unlike some places, they do not pester tourists. Is it the case in the US that the holiday entitlement is only two weeks paid holiday per year? If so, it doesn't give people much time. 106 is really hot! We are having some very nice sunny weather in England at the moment but temperatures don't tend to get too much above the 80s on the hottest days.

      All the best

      Footsies

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      Hi Footsies,

      We had diaster strike here the other night, our air conditioner went out on us Sunday. Luckily it wasn't as bad as it seems we live in a two story and, most houses out here have two air conditioner units which is what we have. They came out today and fixed it, fixing it was quick and painless money wise.

      I get four weekks holiday a year. They were until this year all paid for but, this year our new union contract we gave up two of the paid weeks. We are still entitled to all four weeks but, only two are paid.

      I'm really feeling better and next week I'm going tto go to the gym and, walk on the treadmill to see how I do. I'd like to go to the gym for two weeks before I go back to work. I need to see if I can handle the physical part of my job.

      I'm so sorry your surgery went so badly. Bunionectomy and, surgical procedures on the feet are more advanced over there. I think there becoming more popular and more doctors are doing them, then before.

      I hope you heal up quickly and, can get your surgery done to correct what the last doctor did. It probably is a smart thing to wait a year like your new doctor said before you have surgery.

      Take Care,

      Talk to you soon,

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly

      Two weeks paid holiday does not seem a great deal to be honest.  In England, employees get 28 days per year, including Bank Holidays (the days, usually Mondays, which are a public holiday).

      I am glad to hear you are feeling better.  I recently had to walk the longest distance so far, post op, and although I felt tired I think the exercise did my feet good.  They were more swollen yesterday when I was seated at a desk for most of the day.  It will be interesting to see how you get on at the gym. 

      I think the best thing is to do everything in moderation.  Can you bend your toes?  Are you in less pain?

      All the best

      Footsies

       

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      Hi Footsies,

      Are you supposed to be walking now? I'm glad you did good and were only tired when you got home. Your right about moderation thats what my Doctor told me and, to listen to my body. If I get tired or my feet start to get sore to stop and get off them.

      I've been doing good staying off my feet, Thank gosh for Netflix and watching my new shows on there. I think I'm going to take my dogs for a walk if it cools down or when it cools down this evening.

      I can't agree more with you about our a vacation time but, we're union and we had a rough time even coming to an agreement on our contract. We had to give up some things so, we agreed on that. The Casinos here always claim that they have no money and can't afford anything. Except, they always seem to have money to purchase another Casino. Funny how that works, when I don't have money I don't go out shopping lol. Anyway, it's kind of a mystery how these Casinos can't make money. Nine months out of the year we are really busy but, we still aren't making any money.

      Oh well, I'm just a worker bee lol and, I'd like to get back to work as soon as I can

      Take Care,

      Shelly 😎

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      Hi Shelly

      I think I am supposed to be walking, in fact I think it helps to keep the circulation going and the swelling down if I do walk.  I have looked online for advice and as I am now about eight weeks post op I want to avoid my joints becoming stiff.  They are not too bad, I keep moving my toes gently backwards and forwards.  They are still quite uncomfortable but I suppose it will get easier with time.

      That's a real shame about your holiday, it doesn't give you a lot of time, especially if you would like to travel out of the States but it's nice that you enjoy your work.  How are your feet now?

      All the best

      Footsies 

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      Hi Footsies,

      I'm going to go to the gym tomorrow and I'm feeling good. I think it's a good idea for me to go back to the gym at least a couple weeks before I go back to work. I've been taking it easy and I think it's time. Besides this sitting around doing nothing is driving me batty. Sitting around gives me too much time to think and, sometimes that's not such a good idea lol I've watched a lot of shows,movies and I've read a lot of books. Being physically busy keeps my mind and mood happier. I know it sounds kinda strange my Mom thought I was a nut, but working out at the worst times of my life has really saved me.

      Anyway, enoough of that work out talk. I'm going out to the lake tomorrow to do a little sun bathing. It's going to be 116 out there, one of my friends has a boat and a few of us girls are going out there for the day.

      I'm so surprised that your doctor didn't give you any specific things you were supposed to do or not do after your surgery. I'm glad your walking and it's not hurting you too bad.

      I'm off to bed I've got a big day planned for myself tomorrow. Take care of yourself.

      All the Best,

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly

      It was nice to hear you are feeling good.  How did the gym go?  Were your feet ok afterwards? Hopefully your feet were not painful afterwards and didn't swell up.  I know what you mean about keeping busy,  I'm like that myself.    In fact, I'm getting back into things a lot more now.

      My feet still ache a bit and become more swollen by the end of the day sometimes, but from what I have read this is normal.

      I hope you enjoyed the boat trip.  It must have been lovely in the hot weather.

      All the best

      Footsies

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      Hi Footsies,

      I'm doing really good. I've been to the gym three times this week and, my feet are doing good. I went yesterday and walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes I was sweating and, my legs were sore but no pain in my feet. Yahoo 😄. I also lifted weights and, worked out my legs which meant that I used my feet for some of the exercises. Sitting leg press. It went fine and my feet were a little sore but, not bad at all. There also wasn't any swelling at all.

      I also tried on my work shoes and, they fit which is a far cry from last month. When I couldn't even get them on. All in all I think I'm back to normal. Or as normal as I can get lol.

      Hope your doing good I'm off to bed. My poor dogs have been going crazy because of the fireworks.So, I didn't get much sleep last night.

      Take care of yourself and I'll talk to you soon.

      All the best,

      Shelly

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      Hi Shelly

      It's great to hear how well you are doing, especially compared to how things were.  It's amazing how quickly the body can recover - you must be very fit.  To think there is no swelling and you can get your work shoes on is marvellous.  Do you think you will be ok to go back to work on the 16th July? 

      All the best

      Footsies

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