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I am female and 36 years old. I had a bunionectomy and osteotomy on November 16th at Washington Hospital Center (washington, dc). The first 2 days postop were not that painful for me. Perhaps, I did not feel as much pain as others because I took my medication every 4 hours (1 tablet of Percocet) around the clock for the first 2 days. The doctor suggested 1 tablet every 6 hours as needed. After my first 2 days, there was no need for Percocet. I was using crutches for the first two weeks and kept my foot elevated (in a cast) the majority of time. My cast was taken off at 4 1/2 weeks postop. I was still using a surgical shoe for another 2 weeks and then I wore a soft tennis shoe that was a half size larger than what I normally wear. I am doing a massage on my scar and excercises for my toe. Initially, I was extremely concerned about the amount of joint stiffness but as time goes on it seems to be less stiff. Also, the range of motion has improved as well. It is now 10 weeks postop and I can run TWO MILES with comfort!!! I tried to run 3 miles but my foot started to really hurt. My doctor does see me once a week for some type of sonogram heat treatment. (sorry I don't know exactly what it is called at the moment). My doctor wants to see me once a week until I can run 3 miles without discomfort. Hopefully, that will happen soon. I still do my toe exercises several times during the day. I am a MARATHON RUNNER and would be very excited to get back to my 24 miles base running during the week and 10miles on Saturday. Currently, I can run only 6-8 miles for the entire week. My aunt who is age 52 is currently a RUNNER and she had the same procedure done on one foot in her late 30's. I will consider the surgery a success if I can get back to my usual running program. I seem to be slowly progressing towards my goal. I hope this message will give people a more positive outlook about this type of procedure. GOOD LUCK!!
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