My feet don't look like mine

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I had my dressings removed for the first time today and was shocked to see my feet. I knew they would look different but I wasnt expecting that. Obviously they were swollen but just around the stitches. The rest of the feet were fine. The nurse said they were healing quite well so she just removed a couple of stitches from the top just like Kathryn's I think and the rest would just dissolve on their own. She redressed it and put a removable plaster cast on. On Saturday I can take bandages off and soak my feetlol .After they fully dry I can put socks on then put the U shaped plaster cast back on followed by another sock on top.  I forgot to ask what temperature to keep water. Most probably lukewarm. What do you think? Did anybody use salt in the water ? I just forgot to ask these questions. Anyway hoping bruising and swelling goes down soon to reveal my proper feetwink


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    Yes lukewarm water and salt. You will learn to lurrrrrrve foot soaks!

    My feet are just beautiful now, I was scared of them when they were first healing and sore but now just love showing them off on pretty sandals 


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      Thanks Fabulousfeet

      That makes me feel soooooo much betterbiggrin

      Can you start oiling them straight away as well or should I wait?

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      Yes get that moisture in!!! Oil is quite messy; I found body shop peppermint foot lotion to be absolutely amazing and a very relaxing soothing smell too. You will end up with lovely soft hands.

      Once your surgeon says to you need to start massaging deeply and gently flexing the toes with your hands to get a nice gentle motion in the joints. I read one person who was too scared to do this and didn't get full range of motion back.

      You will learn to love massaging your feet - everything just melts away.

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    That's great to hear! I do worry that the bad stories out way the positive ones, so it's nice to hear from you. I will do everything I'm told to ensure I heal quickly (op not until January). I do worry about getting movement back as I love running and wearing heels if I go out (a very rare occasion but still). I'm having one done at a time, so one will look like someone elses for a while! I'm really pleased for you x
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      hope everything goes well in January. I still can't believe I've actually gone through with it and had it done. So far so good. Hope it's so easy for you so you feel like getting the other one done quite quickly too.Good Luck!

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    Oh dear jazzym.

    I am sorry you were so shocked at seeing your feet for the first time.

    If it's any consolation to you I felt very faint when I saw my left foot ( on which I had surgery in November 2013 ) for the first time when I hadthe bandages changed2 weks afer the surgery.The nurse was very kind and allowed me plenty of time to come round. I, like you, didn't know what to expect and I think my reaction was a combination of shock and also as I am  bit squeemish, seeing the line of stitches etc

    You will be fine I am sure.

    If it's any help. I have had my other foot  operated on for bunion correction on 1st October and hd my bandages haned nd woundinspected on 16th October. can happily report that this time I did not faint and everything was fine even though it took the nurse quite a while to cut of the bandage as it was well and truly stuck to he stitches.

    The foot looks good and I don't have as much swelling ths time.

    My other foot was very swollen. But I did have a hammertoe corrected as well as the bunion on that foot.

    I'm glad that I've had both feet donenow and look forward to this recent surgery giving at least the same good outcome as my first foot.

    The salt water is just perfect and will cleanse the foot and wound but only use luke-warm water and then sit back and relax and et the solutiondo the rst.

    I find that a genrous application of Aqeous cream is ideal for putting on after gently drying the foot.

    You may find that the top layer of skin will die and peel off your foot in time given that the foot has been in a bandage/plaster and deprived of any air circulating around it. What you will end up with is a silky soft layer of new skin on your feet .

    Good Luck. Gillian

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      Hi gillian

      im glad youve had your second foot done as well. Hope it heals well and quickly just like the other one. I'm a bit nervous and anxious about taking my removable plaster cast off today and soaking them but hopefully it will be good. Let the feet have some fresh air too. Happy healing to all


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