Good luck with your surgery, Kate! I didn't have the same procedures you're having (I had bunionectomies, etal), but I can give a few pointers:
* take the pain meds as soon as you can after surgery because you will want to stay ahead of the pain. You'll probably get a prescription on your way out of the hospital. Once the pain kicks in, it's harder to control. Are you staying overnight or going home the same day? I stayed one night and wondered how anyone could go home after just a few hours. I needed nursing help for 24 hours.
* Is the shoe you're talking about a surgical shoe or boot? I've had both. I moved from a splint cast to a boot and finally to the surgical shoe. If you can heel walk with the shoe and crutches, it won't be so bad. I had to be totally non-weight bearing for a month - that's enough to drive one mad!
I'll be thinking about you on Wednesday! Just think - on Thursday it'll be over! Well, at least the surgery part. ; )