Originally Posted by rileyroe
My feet are so stiff and achy!! It has been 4 weeks ago today that I had my double bunionectomy and they are more achy now!! It isn't really painful, just uncomfortable!! Has anyone tried soaking their feet in Epsom Salt??? I am wondering if that would help at all.....or does anyone else have any other suggestions??? I appreciate any advice!!! Mandy
I'm also a fan of a warm water footbath with Epsom salts. It's been two and a half months and I still soak my foot (the one that had the bunionectomy) almost every night before I do my toe exercises. You're right, it may be psychological, or it may warm up the muscles; frankly, I don't care which because I find it soothing and it makes the exercises much easier for me to do. My foot is stiff and achy, too, though less so as time goes by. I told my orthopedic surgeon today that I still have pain when I walk and that my toe is still much stiffer than it used to be. He assured me that the toe exercises have been working, I've made great strides (no pun intended) and says that my foot looks "perfect" for this stage of recovery, but acknowledged that the toe still doesn't have 100% mobility.
One thing he said today that may interest some of you: if your bunion was really advanced before the surgery (in other words, if your toe was badly turned towards the other toes) you likely won't get back 100% mobility again. I was, to say the least, a bit shocked. I still would have had the surgery--and will have it again on my other foot--but didn't realize that how long you wait before having the surgery determines how much mobility your toe will have after you're healed.
I've decided to do these exercises (as much as I hate them) faithfully and to get back as much toe mobility as humanly possible. I think we just need to be really patient with ourselves, and to keep working at it; many on this board have said it's been five and a half to six months before their foot/feet feel normal again. My doctor agrees. Six seems to be the magic number.