Nine days post op from bunionectomy, for wants to stretch

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okay so it's been 9 days since my operation, this site has been tremendously helpful however I haven't heard anyone talk about the need to stretch their foot (muscles feel so tight). this keeps waking me up at night, my toes want to reach and stretch and my ankle needs to be released from the pressure but I can't stretch adequately or it hurts my toe and the top of my foot. I NEED to stretch (point and retract), does anyone have any stretch secrets?

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    I was told as well as elevate, elevate, elevate to do ankle circles, pointing & flexing foot & turning soles of feet towards one another then away from each other. Basically the excersises you would do on a flight to avoid DVT, which you need to do here. Hope that helps.
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    Hi Vanessa, I to always have the need to stretch when I first wake up.

    What I do is stretch the free leg first then bend my surgery leg and stretch it when my knee is bent, sound weird, but it works for me. Try it in the morning when you need to stretch. I hope that made sense and I hope it works for you.

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    I was told I could do circles with my ankles and point my foot down from the ankle and flex up. Also at the same time post op I would pump my legs, alternatively up and down as if cycling in the air for a count of ten. All good for the muscles and to help prevent deep vein thrombosis. After the first check back at the hospital at 2 weeks they told me I could begin to stretch gently my foot and begin to bend my toes a little. I am today at 11 weeks and walking (almost normally) in my flat walking shoes. I began walking and driving again at 7/8 weeks but everyone recovers at slightly different times. Tried my leather boots yesterday to wear with jeans but even though the heels are about 1.75 inches I found them really painfull to walk in. Some days my foot gets really sore and swollen so I have to have a lazy day on these occasions and elevate it. Most of the time though as long as I don't stay on it it is not too bad and with each week it's getting better and better. Have patience it does take time and everyone is different. Look out for nerve jumping pain as well as aching a lot. This will ease as time goes too although I have read that this can go on for maybe a year. Hey-ho, as long as I have a pretty foot again, at the end of the day, I'll be happy. Best wishes. LadyPink
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    You are all great to chime in. What is the concensus on pain meds, I just got a refill and wonder how long most people are taking narcotics to relieve the pain. Pros/cons?
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      I was taking every 4-5 hours for 3 days. Didn't like it, was throwing up, so didn't take it anymore. Suprisenly , no pain!
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