How long did people wait before “going for a walk” after bunion surgery?

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HI all. i had the bunion on my right foot removed and tendon cut 3 weeks ago today. I had all the big bandages removed last week and light dressing put on. At this appointment my surgeon told me to do what i felt comfortable with walking wise. I am off the crutches and obviously wearing my lovely shoe that they gave me still. I am moving around the house/using stairs pretty much normally now and have ventured round Asda a couple if times. The only pain/discomfort i have had is in the outside edge of my foot but im assuming this is due to the way i'm walking and the fact i have a bunionette there too.

So....my big question is how long did people leave it before they went for a longer walk? I need to go to the post office which is about 1mile away and would be pushing a pram. I feel like i would be ok doing it but friends and family are concerned. I have to wait another 5 weeks before i see my surgeon again which seems an incredibly long time to wait before trying to walk properly again.

ANY experience and advice would be great!

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    Hi Raeshell

    I think you would be ok, it would just be about how comfortable you are. I found it very uncomfortable walking in the boot even short distances so I didn't venture far, no more than five minutes. I think that you would need to maybe be prepared to maybe get a bus or taxi/uber back home if you found the walk there too much.

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      HI mrslewis. thank you for your reply on both my messages. i have decided to do some proper (much needed) housework today instead but may venture out later in the week.

      what type of shoe/boot did you have? mine is a wedge shaped black sandal type that velcros onto the foot. i think most of my pain is coming from wearing this as there is very little padding beneath your foot. after house work the whole sole of my foot is aching but no pain in my toe which is good.

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      Hi, I had the same shoe as you sounds like but with thick sole so quite high up. The difference in hight made me walk with a limp also.

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    Hi Raeshell, I m not sure I would recommend walking a mile any time soon. Walking is something you have to build up gradually. I had double bunionectomy last February. Luckily, I had only minimal discomfort and pain. Like you, I longed to walk again. I went on holiday to the US in April and wanted to see the sights up close etc. I did see a lot but I was so exhausted! It took approx 4 months before I was able to walk to the standard I had before the op. Walk a little further each day, and try not to rush your healing. I am aspiring to climb mountains again, in the spring. It is one of the reasons why I had surgery. Mountain climbing had become so painful, because of bunions and plantar fasciitis.

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      thanks for your reply audrey. your probably right that i should build up to it. in my mind i think "a mile is nothing" because i walked so much before but i wouldnt want to push it and set myself back. i have been on my feet most of the day today and once the kids were in bed i couldnt wait to sit down and take that shoe off! my foot aches like i have walked miles in the most uncomfortable shoes ever. the only bit that doenst ache is the bit they operated on! lol

      climbing mountains does sound amazing! good luck, spring will be here before we know it!

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