How to manage Post dressing

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Hello alll bunionless survivors,

I had a scarf akin bunionectomy almost 3 weeks ago on R foot. I am to remove the dressing tomorrow, and am as usual apprehensive about how to manage the wound after that. Of course, I dont know how the healing is doing, but my main concern is regarding the wedge shoe. I am fine about not having any protection whilst lounging on the sofa, but will it rub on the shoe?

What did those of you who havent had a cast, do? My foot was bandaged heavily until last Monday, whereupon that was removed and a dressing provided, which I was told I can remove after a week, and when I asked should I wear a sock was told that wouldnt be necessary.

Will I need any protection?

Look forward to hearing how you all coped

 

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    Hi Dot

    I had both my feet done and had plaster on for 12 days then a dressing for 2 days I don't find the shoes rub, but they do make your feet sweaty in this lovely weather 😁 I do wear little cotton socks, but I think you will know what feels more comfy for you. I do have to wear the shoes and straps on my toes till 13th Aug 😳 good luck x

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      Thank you Joanne, sounds most promising. Will let you all know the follow up. I have to wear the shoe until August 18th, but my goodness that is now only 3 weeks away. So I am halfway there, I hope....

      Mind you are not that far ahead on the other hand you did have both feet done, which I would have thought rather daunting, but it seems most of the folk on the Forum have had bilateral bunionectomies.

      And lots of luck to you too.

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    I shared your concerns. Was lovely getting dressing off and soaking and getting rid of horrible dead skin. Foot looked 100% better after that. But swollen and will apparently stay that way for many weeks. I managed to buy a pair of sandals with a slightly raised heel - just one step off flat! Necessary to have velcro fastening. I can wear without sock or ankle slip ons but if you walk any distance with them , these socks/slip ons might be more comfortable. I find my big toe is still rather inflexible eg can really only come come downstairs sideways. So to be honest I am going barefoot indoors or wearing slipper socks.

    Tried some ugh boots (?sp) but toe would not bend within them.

    Think wedges not a good idea yet cos I would think too much strain on toe as yet. Look at internet for toe-flexing exercises.

    Good luck!

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      Hi Susie,

      I am about 3 weeks away from the 'proper' shoe issue, but I do have some sandals with velcro fastening around ankle and toe, so am ahead of the game as it were!

      The wedge shoe I mentioned is the one they supplied me with from day 1 and I have been told to wear it whenever vertical until I go back in 3 weeks time.

      Will checkout the toe-flexing exercises, I have been wiggling them as best I can, and I think there is bit of movement in that big toe.

      Will post an update.

      Many thanks

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       I see - yes, the shoe they supplied you with is the wedge one you mean!  I think your body will tell you what it wants. I wore the boot outside, but frankly, I did walk around in bare or stockinged feet in the house from about week 2/3.  But go with what feels right. 

      I did find that the shoe I was supplied with was thicker on one side thn the other (presumably so you put less pressure on th wound side) but that in itself made my heel, instep and back sore - I was probably walking crooked. So the discomfort came from that rather than the wound. I ended up going out from about week 4 and a half with  a tightish cotton sock over the dressing and with two hikiing socks over that , then the wedge thing.   

      Good luck 

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      My surgeon advised me that at the end of week two, (foot will still be in a cast), I will  need to manually bend my big toe back and forth for about 15 minutes, 6 times a day to break up the scar tissue.  He said it would be really painful day 1, day two less so, etc... but that if I didn't do it religiously it would go back to day 1 stiffness.  So I'm planning to drug up that day and just bite the bullet.  But it does not sound fun at all.  Did your doctor give you similar advice? 
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      I havent seen my consultant since he did the op. I have seen his Registrar twice and he advised me to just wiggle my toes, but I have found I actually want to be moving the toes. The big toe is pretty rigid/fixed now, but I am flexing it when I think of it! 15 min, 6x a day seems very rigorous, that's an hour an a half, but if it stops adhesions, then definitely worth the effort.
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      I dont think I want to put any pressure on the foot yet. I have been standing on it a little bit when I get in and out of the shower, but favour the good foot as much as possible. I think my wedge shoe is different to yours, fortunately. Well will be able to comment more appropriately tomorrow.

      Thank you

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      Actually I got no advice at all!

      just used the internet. But the toe-flexing thing is ok. Just start off gently and you will find you can be more vigorous as time goes on.

      Good luck.

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    Hi Dot! I had my bandages & stitches removed last Wednesday 23 July 2 weeks after having both bunions removed & both hammer toes straighten leaving a few scars to heal. I was concerned about having the scars not covered up & the shoes rubbing. I did have a light dressing on for a day but I removed it & the shoes seem fine I just havn't been tightening them too much. I think fresh air & sunshine might aid recovery  but they were weeping a little yesterday & I put a small dressing over them as I was going out. Every time I sit down I take the shoes off so there is not so much walking in them. I think you will be fine just in the shoes (pretend they are this years summer fashionable footwear) Good luck karen x
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    Hello i had the same problem it did rub a little and made it itchy but didnt rub too much to make it bleed or any major discomfort just feels slighty strange and not a nice feeling.
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    As soon as my doctor took off my dressing hr put on these things called, "silopad bunioncare gel sleeve." Very helpful. The gel cusion covers where bunions use to be and the cloth part covers the incision. You can check it out on _____

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