Having 2 feet operated on.

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At the end of January I had my bunion together with straightening of 2 toes done. Unfortunately my big toe is lifting and I will have to go in to have another operation to the toe remove the screws and replace them with clips (i.e. if I understood the surgeon). I had intended doing the other foot i.e. bunion and straightening of one toe next year. However I now feel I should go through both procedures together. Would appreciate your comments. I am 69 years of age and am worried that I will not be able to cope with both feet bandaged and using crutches and wearing the surgical boots.

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    unless you are in excellent shape I'd say do not do both. I needed a new big toe joint with my bunion surgery. Still not full weight. I'm in early 60s. It's almost 6 weeks. you'll be sorry.

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      Tks lovelynancie for your prompt reply. I have had surgery in February and because of my big toe I still cannot wear shoes. I can only wear Sketchers....? Material. My surgeon feels that I might as well have them both and suffer all the pain in one go. Really do not know what to do..... I feel so lost.

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    I just went through my surgery on my right foot 6 weeks ago. I am 49, worked out 6 days a week and was very fit before my surgery. I asked the doctor to do both feet and he said absolutely not. I'm glad I listened to him because I realize how much I relied on that one good foot to get around (with crutches, scooting up stairs, with the knee scooter, etc). I have my next surgery for my left foot coming up in four weeks and I am concerned about my right foot not being ready to support my left. Your muscles atrophy quickly after inactivity also, so having both feet done would mean a lot more rehab later on. But I do understand what you are saying as well. If you have someone who can stay home and take care of you for the full non-weight bearing period, then you may be able to handle it. Good luck!

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      Thank you so much for your advice. I guess I should really go and speak to my surgeon again as I am getting worried.

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    Did you get sorted, Marie? I had both feet operated on 3 weeks ago and so far it's been fine. I have Darco shoes and crutches and can potter about the house now, though I tried to get up only for the bathroom for the first 2 weeks. I actually thought that having both feet in the Darco shoes kept my pelvis level and helped prevent back problems. I do get myself down onto the floor each day and do some non-weight-bearing exercises to try to keep myself strong through this recuperation period. It definitely helps that I have my husband here most of the time, though after the first few days (week!) I could have managed on my own.

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