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I have just had my second foot operated on for bunions and one hammer toe. My left foot was done last July 2015 and I had two hammer toes with a pin put in each. I was unlucky and one of the people who found the removal at 4 weeks from surgery of the pins very painful.
(Also unfortunatley my big toe is wanting to move back but the foot is 100% improved in how it was before. I was due to have the Lapidus procedure on both feet but my bones were slightly too 'soft' so other metal work used instead.)
On 26 April this year I have had my right foot done. (A different surgeon as the previous one because he had to reduce his work load through ill health.) The second toe was straightened (could give all the details) but this time the surgeon has stablised my toe with two K-wires. These would have been removed 4 weeks from surgery but it has been delayed (as no surgeon) until 5th week.
I am finding this one toe more painful than the last time with 'pins' . However, I was in an air cast boot last time and this time I am in one of the 'shoes' with velcro over. So I am wondering if the movement I can do with my foot causes the problems.
Anyone else had same experience as me?
My questions -
1. Out of interest how have any of you found having a K-wire removed? I am been silly enough to 'google' this and wished I had not. I am also wondering whether to take some pain relief about 20 mins before my appointment time.
2. I think the pain (knowing two wires are in there) I experience could be when I happen to lower my foot e.g. say if you have it up on a stool and you happen to let your foot dangle slightly over the edge. (I also wake up with pain even though I rest my foot on a pillow - I think then it may have 'flopped') Have any of you found this?
Of course when I was in a boot although I could walk putting my foot to the floor it could not bend inside the boot. Now I have a more flexible foot.
Any advice greatly appreciated to a 70 year old 'patient' lady.
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