OMG has anyone noticed their toe is numb...

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Hi it's one week since my operation, I have just noticed that although the tips of my toes are fine, the knuckle area beneath the toenail is not only purple but completly Numb... It is very shiny and has no feeling what so ever...

Has anyone else experienced the same ? 

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    its funny you should mention that, I was going to say something in my last post and forgot. The top of my foot is very numb and my toes are purple and numb as well, no bucking though. I am looking for an answer regarding that myself.
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      I'm sorry for the late response, I've been so busy trying to hostess the people that are coming to visit in my "down time" that I'm exhausted! Finally going back for a couple of days with foot up / boot off resting! Maybe some pain meds would be nice too! 😅 I know that everyone wants to come to visit but I can't just sit there and I find myself trying to get my house clean and myself presentable for company. I had a bunionectomy. Just big toe and top of foot pain but still not at all easy!
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      I know that feeling of wanting everything to look clean and neat for when guest come to visit. I too try too keep up on all the messes for myths people who want to visit. I have a 9 yr old who leaves messes everywhere she goes and takes her all day to clean up, so I am forced to step in. I'm still no weightberring for another 4 weeks and am on crutches. It's very exhausting just to do the simplest of things, like make coffee or pick something up off the floor. I am 4 wks today and am still having intense burning and numbness is my big toe has just started being a problem. However it does seem to be getting better. Something I felt like was so far away in my recovery.

      Best of luck to you.

      Xo

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      And to you! It does seem like simple things are not so simple. I was ready for the lecture about how the house doesn't matter and recovery is first priority, thank you for just understanding. We all know what's best but still have the need for order in our lives. Thank you! 😆 Did you get stitches removed yet, I'm 12 days out tomorrow and preparing for my follow up appointment, not sure what to expect or what activity level my doctor might expect of me?
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    Hi. I have noticed something slightly similar, Sue. The side of my big toe is completely numb (the side away from the other toes). I know a big nerve runs along there, more or less corresponding with the site of the incision, and numbness post-op is apparently common and lasts an indefinite period of time! I haven't noticed any numbness under the toenail though! I was alarmed when I came around from the anaesthetic to find that all my toes were purple and told a nurse straightaway (as my foot also felt as if someone was jumping up and down on it and it was going to explode). She told me it was fine and walked off and then I realised it was dyed purple from the liquid they use to sterilise the skin! I noticed at the 2-week appointment a large area of bruising on the underside of my foot before they wrapped it up again. I don't know what the shininess of your toe is due to though or the purpleness! Something else to ask about at the hospital? (-:
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    Hello,

    I am 4 wks this coming Tuesday and have had a bunionectomy w/ internal fixation w/ left lapitus procedure and in the first 2weeks I always felt this numb as feeling. Its just recently that I'm feeling it going away. It's the pain at night that is keeping me up. Fire and pressure that I can't stand. I can tell you that it does get better. I learned through this website that it was normal for me to have the numbness and I wish you all the best.

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      Good to know the numbness is going! All the best. I looked your op up and I see it involves the next bone back from the metatarsal so it must be harder to weightbear even just on the heel than it is for me with my scarf osteotomy!
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    Hi Vanessa and Nicola, seems it pretty normal then, it's that I got such a shock, the rest of my toe tip, side that I can see, is all normal and wiggles well, but the top ( above knuckle area) has never felt so soft to the touch, nor looked sooo shiny. It's brused and I could probably stick a pin in it or worse and feel nothing... My second toe however is normal in every way apart from the fact it flops downwards and I cannot move it at all.. Only by hand.. My third to fingers crossed seems ok ...The purple stuff with the nurse made me smile Nicola... That's the sort of thing I would do... Let's hope all out feet return to normal soon, early days though for us all...
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      Did your big toe cross over the top of your second toe, Sue? Is that why the second toe is flopping down? Mine crossed UNDER my second toe. At my two week appointment my surgeon and I were perturbed to see that my second toe was sticking UP in the air of its own accord but afterwards I realised that that toe has been pushed into that position for years by my big toe so it will take a while to come back down, I presume/hope! Yes, let's hope our feet return to normal soon!
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    Thanks Vanessa, everyone's comments only add to help us know what's normal, what to expect and share a friendly chat with others that understand our feelings and predicaments. I am so glad I found this site in what would have been a very difficult time.. Mentally as well as physically. X
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    Mine did not cross over nicola it was more of a claw toe, not a lot different than it is now. my bandage is very loose now and I have done my best to tighten it all up, but who knows what hidden treasures I will see when they take the dressings off on THursday. I am praying everying is still as it should be and the bandage loosening has not dislodged anything that should have been held in place 😦
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      Surely all the metalwork will hold the essential bits in place! I reckon the bandage is mainly for protection from knocks. I found what looked like a big lobster claw when they took my bandage off - a nice straight big toe and the others were pushed away as before and as how the dressing had held them in fact. I expect you would know if something was drastically wrong!
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      Thanks Nicola, have so much dried blood on my bandage, I am not sure if there is a small side cast or it's just layers of dried blood. If it moves even a tiny bit it's really uncomfortable. I shall be really glad to have it moved and changed for something a bit more comfortable.. Not long now three days after today then my appointment is 9 35 am Thursday, can't cait 😄

      Looks like my toes are all pretty bruised. Faint though not like the big toe.. It will be very interesting to see what's done on Thursday too lol 

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      Oh, I don't remember dried blood on mine but it still felt as if someone was digging needles into the side of my foot. As long as the blood is dried and has been there from the start it is OK I suppose! I await your update from the appointment. I found briefly looking at my nice straight toe very pleasing and looking at the x-ray very interesting! My foot didn't really feel as if it belonged to me though. I think this was because it was numb and stiff!
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      Hi. Same here with general anaesthetic and huge bandage. First saw whole foot at the 2-week point (apart from purple tips, which have always poked out of the end of the bandage). I was half-expecting the foot to not look much different from before for some reason but, thank God, it did! 
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      The dry blood is normal. I remember before leaving hospital I notice my bandage on the big toe had blood. The nurse said that was normal. I later noticed more dry blood on the bandaged even after a few days. So I called my Dr and he said as long as it's not new blood It pretty normal. I'm about half way there from being non weightberring. I can NOT wait for this to be over.

      Wishing youtube best.

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      I can't imagine what it must be like for you, I am going stir crazy as it is. I can honestly say I did not realise just how I would miss my walk with the dog. I forgot also how much all this sitting around made my back ache. Hope you will be able to walk soon xxx
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