Originally Posted by emmac25
Please please tell me if you've experienced this.
First few days after Bunionectomy I was pleasantly surprised at how little pain there was (there was pain but I guess I had been expecting a lot worse)
Then day 5 hits. I have never experienced anything like it, except it is only really when I am upright. Foot feels like it will explode. Pain makes me cry. I think it is just the blood rushing to foot upon standing (on good leg) but it is excruciating. Has anyone gone through this. Is it normal. And when does it go away. No way can I function at work like this and I was planning on going back next week (two weeks post op) as I have a desk job.
That happens to some people. I suspect you may have been a bit overzealous in your activities instead of nicely resting and elevating your foot up above your heart the entire time, and only put your foot down when necessary ie loo run.
Sound like the accumulation of blood and possibly prematurely stepping full on with your foot instead of wearing the heal wedge platform boot when moving about? If you haven't been elevating your foot, you need to do so at all times even when you sleep. You don't want the blood to be staying on your foot (from gravity) as it can create more scar tissues causing flexibility issue later on not to mention major discomfort with your foot throbbing.
Are you currently taking any anti inflammatory? Some doctors recommends NSAIDs and some don't. I took some Advils in the beginning not because of any pain or discomfort but because I wanted to reduce the inflammation.
It may be best to speak with your surgeon regarding this and see what he/she recommends. The best thing to do for now is to elevate your foot above your heart and ice it if you haven't done so already.
Hope you feel better soon! It will only get better if you are patient.