Just had bunion surgery....

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Do i need to keep the boot on? its rather uncomfortable but im in pain atm n not sure what else to do to reduce the pain sad i need sleep, thank you

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    Hi im not sure what's causing your pain..but I felt just like you and come to find out my boot was not on correctly I would take it off and put it back on but make sure u bend your knee when you put it back on and put your straps on your foot on first it worked wonders for me.no more pain out maybe it's just to tight
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      Hiya thanks for the replky, i have took it off and now pain free smile i wasnt told to wear it all the time, i was just confused by seeing other ppl saying they wore theres all day n night, mights like a heavy shoe on my foot so i couldnt sleep with it on smile ill see how i get on i think, painkillers seem to help a little atm smile xx
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    Hi, I kept the boot on for a week, but when I called the hospital the nurse laughed and said you don't sleep with your shoes on, so I took it off, what a difference, keep your foot elevated above your heart as much as poss, ice packs over the foot and ankle to bring the swelling down and keep up with the painkillers. Good luck and swift recovery, I'm on my 12 day post op, and back to work Monday, I'm in retail so not sure how I'm going to do it yet,

    Jon

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      hiya thank you for the reply, im on day 4 now and im in no pain, just throbbing n twinging, ive had screw and staple in, good luck with going back to work, im off for 12 weeks smile i also work in retail 
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    I kept the boot on for six weeks after my bunionectomy eight years but not while sleeping in bed. Since then I had a Scarf and Akin Osteotomy done last June where the bunion was cut off, the bone along the side of my large tow was sliced and repositioned having two screws and one staple keeping it in place. After that operation I had to keep the boot on 24/7 for six weeks plus I was on crutches. It was a bit hard sleeping with it on because it got caught on the sheets but was well worth it. I kept the toe space between my large toe and the next one for eight weeks at all times keeping the large toe straight. Please keep your foot elevated when possible which benefits swelling going down and easing some of the pain. Pain killers are a must for at least 8 weeks. I wish you all the very best recovering from your operation.
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      Hiya thank you for the message, i am doing fine, im just taking paracetomal during the day and a stronger one at night as helps me sleep smile i was told ive had screw n staple but dont have to keep shoe on smile doing well, thank you
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    I just read after messages sent to you which were interesting. Maybe they had the bunion shaved instead of being cut off with the pain not being as bad when the cut is cut as mine was, having 12 stitches, screws and a staple. Keeping the weightbearing boot on for six weeks even to bed helped me a great deal.My swelling will take at least 8-12 months to go down. I'm very happy with the progress.
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      hey ive deffo have screw and staple as my bunion was causing my pain in my joint (well im hoping so as that is what the surgeon said i was having done at my pre op) smile x
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    Hi aimeekate

    when did you have your bunion surgery done? I had mine done 23rd september. I take my shoe off when i am in bed or sitting on sofa or have a stool with a couple of cushions so i can elevate my foot.  Have a couple of cushions or pillows in bed that you can put your foot on and you can sleep without the shoe as long as you remember to put it on when you walk. Hope this helps.

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    Hi aimeekate. I am now 7 weeks post op and still elevate my foot at night on 2 pillows. Ice packs are good and so are pain killers. Foot still very swollen and swells up more during the day. I had a special surgical sandal for the first 3 weeks but didn't wear it to bed. I had key hole surgery with general. I have good and bad days, you have to be SOOO patient, and ignore the housework and progressive mess around the house. I did far to much 2 days ago and am paying for it today.....back to pain killers and ice packs.
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