2 years and toes still not flexible
I had both bunions done by an orthopedic surgeon in the summer of '05. Things have healed well, although I did have to have the plate and screws removed from one foot last month. My question involved flexibility in the big toes after the joint capsule was tightened--they are still quite stiff. I guess I am noticing this lately because I have been taking a weight lifting class, and one exercise is lunges, which requires REALLY bending that joint, and it's getting sore. I had to just stop the exercise last time because it hurt too much. Now both joints seem tender in shoes and when walking.
The doc specifically told me it was OK to do this exercise program, but am I pushing too hard? I didn't do any PT after the initial surgery because they said it wasn't needed, but I walked all over and did all the other things they told me to do. My sister, who also had both done, has almost totally normal flexibility. It restricts the shoes I wear--i can hardly wear even the slightest heel (and I never wear high ones anyway), but it's even harder to find comfortable shoes than it was before surgery! And it was pretty hard then. I at the point where I wonder if it was worth it. And the big toes are starting to turn out again, not too much but I can see it if I compare the X-rays. And I still have quite a bump on the joint, which is part of the problem with getting comfy shoes.
Sheesh. I'm disgusted with the whole thing. I'd be glad to hear others' experiences with healing and flexibility and how things are 2 years out.