I had my right big toe fusion done jan 3rd 09. Small amout of bone was taken from my heel and two screws put in. Arthritis had damaged my joint and also a big bone spur.
I am a healthy active 57 year old that stays very active with exercise and projects.
This limited my exercise and if I was on my feet for very long I would be in great pain.
The first two weeks after my surgery I was in quite a bit of pain and took pain script every four hours. I had a hard cast for 6 weeks with no weight bearing at all. I had a nifty knee walker that I rented and it was helpful.
After that I went into a removeable boot and started on crutches with weight bearing around 30-40% of my weight.
Today I am wearing a tennis shoe and still walking with crutches. I am experencing a great deal of nerve pain that moves from my heal to the top part of my foot. I still have some swelling and feeling discouraged about how long this process is taking.
I think that this is a lengthly process that I just wasn't emotionally ready for but I trust the doctor and I have faith in a good outcome.