To those who have had bunion surgery, minor/severe, I've been wandering if you are able to tighten your foot and then release it again. Can you stretch your toes like make a gap betwen the big toe and second toe. And are you able to crack your toes again? When were you able to jump? Lol, I'm curious!
Last edited by BunionPatient; 09-10-2007 at 10:02 PM.
Hi - my surgery was back in early Feb. '07, and I'm able to scrunch and release my toes (though the big toe doesn't scrunch as tight as it used to) and spread them a bit. My favorite thing, though, is that I don't HAVE to crack my toe anymore! With the bunion, I used to have to do it regularly, but now that everything's back in alignment, it hasn't cracked in months - yay!
It took about a good two weeks before I could scrunch my big toe, they tell you to do exercises like scrunching a towel under your toes. It is sore and stiff at first, but little by little it will loosen up. I haven't been stretching the toe to open a space between the big toe and second toe. I tried jogging a little the other day (12 weeks post op), but I wouldn't jump on it just yet.
I had a severe bunion so my range of motion isn't as good as it used to be. After a few months of PT I can scrunch and stretch my toes just fine but they are not quite as flexible as my non-surgical foot. I haven't tried cracking them but I never did that before surgery! I think I was able to jump after 3 or 4 months but that's because I was on crutches for 6 weeks and then in a walking boot for another 4 or so.
Hey thanks everyone for replying. It's funny about the response about the cracking the toe thing. Like Zardoe, my toes would crack regularly like by itself when I bend it without using my hands or anything. Now one toe cracks & one doesn't. I'm not sure if I have toe cramps or something but when it bends the unoperated one cracks. Oh Monsterbunion, for some reason I try to leave the crutches when I am practicing walking, but I haven't because I'm scared to put full weight on the operated foot. My surgery was on 7/23. Did it hurt when you put your full weight? I will not try jumping any time soon that might just ruin the fusion. Thanks again!
Yes, it did hurt when I put full weight on my foot, especially the heel and arch. So I would take about 10 steps full weight, then do partial weight, try this like four times a day, just to get your foot used to the idea of full weight. It might take a week or so, but gradually you will be able to put full weight on your foot. Good Luck!