Re: Care after bunion surgery

: Senior Lady,

: You are very brave to have this surgery done on both feet at the same time. I am 42 and had only one foot done and it was more difficult than I imagined getting around, bathing, etc. My husband was able to take two weeks off to help me around the house, and my two children (ages 9 and 12) were also very helpful. I had a gauze wrap, followed by an ace bandage and a surgical boot post-op. The doctor told me to get around on my heel of the boot, which I did when my foot was first numb, but by day three, it was painful. I then resorted to crutches, which I used for 10 days. After that, I got around on one crutch and finally 6 days later, on the heel of the boot. I had help getting in and out of the tub to bathe, and I had to keep my foot dry until my stitches came out 17 days post-op. This recovery is quite tiring, as I am in fairly good physical health and it has taken me nearly 4 weeks to feel some strength back. I will be going into the smaller "clog" later this week and will also start 8 weeks of physical therapy (something I was initially not aware of). So, please be sure and get plenty of help (esp. with two feet done at once!) and don't rush your recovery too fast. Best of luck and keep me posted. (P.S. - You probably will not be able to drive for at least 4-5 weeks.)

Posted By Patty T. on January 11, 2004 at 15:07:43:

In Reply to: Care after bunion surgery posted by To Senior Lady on January 11, 2004 at 15:06:25:

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