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Old 01-31-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Overlapping toe surgery

I am due to have surgery on the overlapping fifth toe of my left foot. It was born like that but I have found it more troublesome since I hit 40,especially in the summer when I can't wear my winter boots. The surgeon did say that I would have a pin in it and wouldn't be able to work for 6 weeks. However I am more concerned with how I will manage at home. Luckily my children will be at school and can get a lift home with freinds. I was wandering how long you have to have your foot elevated for and also how I would get washed(I am a bit OCD). I am presuming I won't be able to drive for the 6 weeks. I was also wandering how much pain was involved and what painkillers i would be given post op. Anyone who can put my mind at rest at all would be much apprectiated.

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Old 01-31-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: Overlapping toe surgery

Anho, I can address the bathing issue for you. I HAD to be able to bathe each day following ankle reconstruction surgery. The "bird baths" and "sponge baths" would do it for me!! I had to be NWB for 4 weeks with my foot elevated. I practiced with the bathing before surgery. Plan to sit in your tub with your surgical foot resting on the outside tub edge. Kneel on tub side with your surgical knee, use good leg to begin and out of tub. Place a chair in your bathroom to sit down to dress/undress. Good luck!

Old 02-01-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Re: Overlapping toe surgery

Hi Anho. I just had toe surgery in December, but not the same - bunion and hammertoe with pin. It wasn't too bad but definitely took longer than I thought to get back on my feet. As with most surgeries, the first two days were painful enough to need pain meds and after that it was swollen and an annoying kind of pain, not pain-pain.

Best thing you can do before is probably to get your house ready. You can't know exactly how you'll feel, but knowing you are all set up to be one-footed for a little while will definitely put your mind at ease. A shower chair might be extravagant / wasteful but it's oh so nice to let the water rain over you. And maybe stock up on personal things -- it's amazing what you'll need or get a craving for before you get to go shopping again. I found I wanted babywipes, the coffee creamer my husband won't buy, gentle soap and lotion for the incision…and more stuff to read! Your kids will help, too, running to get you pillows and drinks and the mail! Hope all goes well.

Old 02-05-2013, 07:14 AM   #4
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Re: Overlapping toe surgery

Thank you both of you for your replies and support. I will defo take your advice. I will stock up on goodies at m and s that my hubby won't buy and get the house ready.

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