On November 19th (2004) I had an Austin's bunionectomy on my right foot. From reading the posts on this board, it seems I fared pretty well. Pain for me was minimal, I was in an Aircast within two weeks and in mid-January I was allowed to remove the cast and start wearing tennis shoes. I'm getting around pretty well, pain is minimal, and I'm doing my range of motion exercises daily per the doctor's instructions.
But, I have a question. Will my foot return to it's previous shoe size once it's "fully" healed? I'm a bit freaked out, because none of my pre-op shoes fit me at all! I'm especially interested in hearing other women's experiences with heels because truth is, I don't want to have to buy all new shoes again (I've got some darn nice shoes!!). From a looks perspective, it looks MUCH better than it did. My big toe was almost overlapping but not quite...and it looks much narrower. And, of course, I don't have the pain issues I once used to (the width of my foot made most shoes uncomfortable). But, for now, not a single pairs of shoes fit. In fact, I had to buy my tennis shoes almost a size and half larger for them to fit comfortably.
Thanks for the input!