Huge Gap

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i had surgery on 30 March. I had the dressing changed on the day and I noticed a huge gap between my big toe and the others. I had two toes shortened too. Is this okay? Not seeing the surgeon again until 18 May.

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    Hi

    What are you like on it now- can you walk? How does it look/feel, and is it the best solution?

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      Clare. I have been able to walk on my heel fro day one! I sent the picture to the surgeon who said he was not concerned and, as he operated on my other foot, I opted to trust him. I have had one session of physio and following her advice the exercises are closing the gap. I must also add I had some really reassuring responses on this site too which boosted my confidence. All is going really well. Thank you for your concern.
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    Hi, I'm 9 weeks post op and when my dressings were removed, my foot looked very similar - 7 weeks later and I'm delighted to say the gap is closing nicely as my other toes recover from being pushed sideways all those years. So don't loose heart, do any foot exercises you have been given, and hopefully given time, you'll be delighted with your 'new' foot 😊. I'm even enjoying being able to wear my Fitflops rather than being ashamed of my foot and keeping it covered.
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      Hi

      How long were you off your feet and weight bearing again?

      I have been advised to do alot of calve stretches ( although I do anyway and not making a difference at all) and then insoles which the specialist is making me but havent got them yet, takes him 3 months- no idea why so long??. But this wont resolve that fact that my feet are " deformed" and big toes pushing under 2nd toe causing them to hammer. I think an op best bet but do not want to be incapitated for up to 6 weeks. I would like to hope that I can still exercise upper body, non impact- rowing, bike etc cannot do nothing for 6 weeks! However if the insoles can prevent futher toe turning, then I would go with this and have the op when I am literally in pain? Not sure what to do?!

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    I too was shocked to see a large bap between big toe and next one following fusion surgery on right foot last October. It takes time but I'm delighted to say toes are now perfectly straight. Six weeks ago I had same procedure on left foot and hope for a similar recovery. 
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    I looked like that when I first came out of the dressing and as you can see from my pic it has settled.  Took a few days and once the swelling kicked in it righted itself. Hope all goes well for you.
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    Has it settled at all Anna.  Looks sore with that bruising.  Hope you are recovering well. Sue x

     

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    Hi Anna

    hope things are beginning to return to normal now. I had my surgery on 27th March and also had a big gap - my consultant 'buddy strapped' my big toe and my second toe together (just used a single piece of tap around them both). He did this on the day my stitches and bandages were removed. I had my worst night that night! I had to cut the tape about 4am as I couldn't take the pain any more but put the tape on again the next day. I now tape my toes at bedtime only (no more pain) and when the tape is off my toes remain pretty straight. He did say it was important to get them straight as the scar tissue was still forming around the (shortened) second toe. I don't know about you but I'm not seeing the consultant for another 3-4 weeks, so if you have any doubts I'd phone. My only real problem is that my foot is not starting to have peeling dry skin - yuk! just about to start a new thread - I was looking to see if it had come up before, which is how I came across your post. 

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    hi anna im not sure if you will read this now but i have just had surgery i think the same as yours and im devastated to have the same gap? ive been given no physio for it i just wondered of you could advise me ? image

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