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Old 02-07-2010, 08:57 PM   #1
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This is 8 weeks after my bunion surgery and I have excrutiating pain in the ball of my foot under the big toe joint. I cannot put my foot completely down on the floor because of the pain. I can also feel something hard, almost like a bone when I touch the part where it pains. This is not normal, is it ???
Last time my doctor said, it must be pressure point, and it would settle down, but it has not, and is still as bad as day 1.

 
Old 02-08-2010, 05:40 AM   #2
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This is 8 weeks after my bunion surgery and I have excrutiating pain in the ball of my foot under the big toe joint. I cannot put my foot completely down on the floor because of the pain. I can also feel something hard, almost like a bone when I touch the part where it pains. This is not normal, is it ???
Last time my doctor said, it must be pressure point, and it would settle down, but it has not, and is still as bad as day 1.
Hello Lubihamid,

You might have sesemoiditis. The sesamoid bones are located right under your big toe joint near the ball of your foot.

I had the exact same thing about 3 months post-op. Just when I was getting better and into tennis shoes and doing some walking, I suddenly developed this excruiciating pain in the ball of my foot. Finally went back to the Podiatrist and he injected cortisone into the joint which helped for 2 days but it came back!
I stayed off the foot as much as possible and went into my walking boot AGAIN to reduce the pressure on the joint and it took maybe 4 weeks to heal.

Mine came from too much stretching post op. After 6 weeks, this time I will stop the stretching machine (DynaSplint) and just done some manual stretching while sitting in bed in the morning and before bed at night.

Hope this helps!

Francesca

 
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:51 AM   #3
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Re: Pain after bunion surgery

Sorry, I should have told you I had my second foot done 3 weeks ago Friday. Thus, I'm a lot wiser this time and will only use the DynaSplint machine for abut 6 weeks for this foot.

It was VERY discouraging to feel like I was going back in my recovery in the 3rd post op month. Also I got married and wore small heels and did some dancing which also contributed to the sesamoiditis I'm sure.

Also, I found that some thin orthotics made by my doc helped tremendously in the 4th month. They supported the arch so that the ball of my foot did not take all the stress of standing and walking.
VERY helpful indeed.

Write any time and ask me anything. I'm here to help in any way from my past experience.

I'm now 7 months (almost) post-op on my first (right foot) surgery and it's doing fantastic!!! I stayed in tennis shoes with that orthotic most of the time during the 7 months. I wore a very modified suede wedge for business dress when I had to for sales calls and such! I put my pride in my pocket and opted to support my recovery instead of looking fashionable and cool.
Guess what? Nobody really cares what you wear on your feet. It's your smile, your personality and your warmth that really matter to others!

I learned the hard way.

Francesca

 
Old 02-08-2010, 11:39 AM   #4
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Re: Pain after bunion surgery

Ask you doctor exactly what was done in surgery. I found out my doctor had removed one of the sesamoid bones. I guess it was to help the toe alignment.
I do have pain on occasion in the ball of my foot. Usually after partaking in high impact activities. It has been almost two years after surgery and I'm doing well, but certain activities can aggravate the ball of my foot.
Good luck.

 
Old 02-10-2010, 08:41 PM   #5
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Hello Lubihamid,

You might have sesemoiditis. The sesamoid bones are located right under your big toe joint near the ball of your foot.

I had the exact same thing about 3 months post-op. Just when I was getting better and into tennis shoes and doing some walking, I suddenly developed this excruiciating pain in the ball of my foot. Finally went back to the Podiatrist and he injected cortisone into the joint which helped for 2 days but it came back!
I stayed off the foot as much as possible and went into my walking boot AGAIN to reduce the pressure on the joint and it took maybe 4 weeks to heal.

Mine came from too much stretching post op. After 6 weeks, this time I will stop the stretching machine (DynaSplint) and just done some manual stretching while sitting in bed in the morning and before bed at night.

Hope this helps!

Francesca

 
Old 02-10-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
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Re: Pain after bunion surgery

Hi Francesca,

What does the scarring look like? I'm planning on having the Austin Bunionectomy done, but keep hearing horror storie on this post. Any words of wisdom, are you glad you did it? How long before you went back to work? My dr said he'd have me back to work in 2 weeks, riding a bike in 2 weeks, walking after a few days with an air cast. He said prop have pain meds for 2 weeks, some people milk thepain meds for a month, but after a few days I should betaking them1-2 a day.

Please let me know your thoughts. It seems like ther are a lot of "horror" stories posted.

Thanks for your insight...it was very positive and sounds realistic.

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