Re: bunionectomy recovery

: I am Shedualed to have a bilateral Bunionectomy Feb. 27 2004 I am mortified. I really don't know what to expect The Dr Has been great but has not experienced himself. Is there anyone that can help me to understand this!!??

: Jen
: hemi3781@aol.com

I had a bunionectomy (McBride and Chevron) in late December, 2003. My progress has been quite good. For the first week, I had the foot elevated and iced as much as humanly possible. I used a walker to go to the bathroom (I'm a klutz and wasn't good on crutches). I took Percocet and Bextra and experienced little pain. The second week, I made short trips to the kitchen and bathroom without the walker by balancing on either the heel of the casted foot or the outside edge. I made several trips to the outside world with the walker. During the second week, I only took over-the-counter Advil. Two weeks after surgery, the stitches were removed and I got a clumsy walking boot. The boot is awkward, but it lets other people know that you need some special consideration. At that time, I was able to resume most of my normal routine. Expect the foot to "talk back to you" as you walk on it. At week six, I had my final check-up and now have no restrictions. I'm back to brisk exercise walking. I have some remaining stiffness, swelling, and discomfort. This will likely continue for several months. My advice is to think positively and elevate and ice your foot as much as possible. This reduces swelling and pain. I had a good experience -- I'm looking forward to a lifetime of better walking!

Posted By chris on February 17, 2004 at 10:39:56:

In Reply to: bunionectomy recovery posted by Jen on February 05, 2004 at 18:11:30:

Worn daily for a few minutes to several hours, the night splint, over time has been clinically proven to reduce the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis and other overuse injuries of the lower leg.

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