odd feeling under ball of toe

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Its 7 weeks since my metatarsalcuiform fusion on my right foot.

I came out of the aircast 12 days ago and currently weaning off crutches (as instructe). I have been starting to do a little at home without the crutches for the last 2 days. Nothing taxing, just whilst cooking so from fridge to stove, etc. I noticed yesterday an odd sensation under the ball of my toe. At first it felt like my sock had bunched up under my foot but it seems not. I did a comparison between my two feet and nothing looks out of order and they felt the same when I had a good prod around the joint, however, as soon as I put weight on it, it feels odd. Could this be due to the swelling and that I am starting to use it...and settle over time? Its all been smooth sailing until now. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    I had the same feeling of a sock bunched up after double scarf and  akin plus 2 nd toe mallet correction.  I think it was to do with 2nd toe correction and I was told it was swelling and that it would go.  I am 11 weeks post op and this feeling is greatly reduced so seems it is due to swelling.  Don't need a lot of swelling to have this feeling.  It should pass slowly but surely.

     

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    Glad u posted this I am 5 weeks post op and I also have the same feeling I had a bunion removed  and also had to have some pins on the top of my foot to straighten out my toes (metatarsal)  I did the exact same thing and compared my feet glad to hear it will go down
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      I have a plate and 4 screws on the top if my foot so sounds like we've had the same/similar procedure.  Will Keep you posted on how it progresses.

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    Do u happen to have some numbness on the to area where your screws are? I am in a boot idk if the boot is causing it or if it's normal.
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      Its a odd numb feeling that comes and goes.  Its been a bit more noticeable since I went out of the boot and into a trainer 12 days ago.  Makes sense as the laces (where they loop through the trainer) run along the scar.  I've been told it will settle over time.  It does calm down overnight while my foot is resting so looks to be 'heading the right way'.

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    Hi All,

    Now I can reply with some degree of knowledge, since it's been 4 months since my bunion surgery, and hammertoe surgery on my pinky toe. I should mention that I also have arthritis in the big toe joint.  I spent $1,000 on physical therapy and $50 copay for a second opinion with an orthopedic surgeon. Physical therapy helps a LOT, but if you don't have the money, I'll tell you what they did.

    First I will tell you, I felt like there was a golf ball under the ball of my foot; drove me crazy. I only had one pair of shoes I could wear with a big toe box; look like clown shoes. At 5 weeks, I started physical therapy, riding my bike around the block and at 6 weeks, I shoved my foot into my hiking boots, and hiked 1 1/2 miles. I eat super clean, no sugar, as that causes inflammation.

    For your own physical therapy, here's some tips. Check with your doctor or surgeon to be sure it's ok. I started this at 5 weeks. I did terrible at first and it hurt, but I gradually got better and better. Take a small towel and scrunch it up under your toes, for 5 minutes. Take a golf ball or a small spikey ball, and roll that around under your foot, up and down, side to side, for 5 minutes. Try to pick up marbles with your toes. Use an elastic band, like one from a gym or exercise class, and wrap it around all your toes. Pull to one side and resist with your ankle and pull it the other way. (your ankle and feet have been dormant for so long, everything needs to be worked.) Do all sides, front to back, back to front, and side to side. Get a bosu (from a gym) and balance on it, then holding onto something, rock forward and backwards 15 times, then side to side 15 times. Then do circles on the bosu. (this was really hard and painful for me in the beginning, but it gets better with time)  Stand on a 1/2 foam roller, the rounded side, and rock forward and backward. Stand partially on the foam roller, and stretch out your calf muscles. Slowly and carefully, try some toe raises on carpeting. Do 15 if you can. Hope this all helps!

    BTW, the orthopedic surgeon says I was too impatient and he said that it can take as long as a year to recover from bunion surgery! So, I guess I'm doing ok. It's been 4 weeks and I completed my first backpacking trip last weekend. I hiked about 18 miles in the high Sierras of central California. The only thing that hurt was my pinky toe that had hammertoe surgery, and it hurt the last 2 miles on my hike down the mountain. The bunion area is almost 100% except for the arthritis, but the toe that had hammertoe surgery is still a bugger. One of my friends had hammertoe surgery and she said it took a LONG time for that to heal. Jean

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    Definitely had the same discomfort due to internal swelling under ball of foot as well when I was getting used to  walking in trainers at about the 6-7 week mark.  As soon as the general foot swelling went down enough that I could fit off the shelf orthotics in the discomfort was greatly reduced.  Over time it gets to the point that it is rarely bothersome.  Your are still in early days yet....all the best !  smile  
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