Re: big toe fusion
I had my big toe fused on 24th June this year, due to arthritis and no cartilege left. I have a metal plate and 5 screws in my foot, which will stay there. It was very painful upon coming round from the anasthaetic, and I took painkillers for 3 days, the first night was the worst, I only got 2 hours sleep. I had a special shoe to wear to keep the weight off the joint, and crutches to get about on. I only moved when necessary for the first week. I had the bandaged changed 2 days after the operation by a nurse, and was given antibiotics as my foot looked a bit red and swollen. The stitches took about 3 weeks to heal and disappear.
It's now 6 weeks later and I'm able to take the shoe off today and wear normal shoes. I've managed to get my foot into a wide sandal that does up with velcro, and I've been told to build up the walking gradually. I imagine I'll be limping for a while yet, and I'm too scared to walk properly on it. It will take some getting used to walking with a stiff toe. I'm due to go back to work on 24th August.
I've been told the bone is healing nicely, but still has a little way to go yet. Good luck!