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Posted by Elaine on July 11, 2000 at 11:44:26:

In Reply to: Re: Bunion for Elaine posted by BETTY on June 13, 2000 at 15:55:52:

: : On May 31 I had bunions corrected on both sides of the same foot. On each side the doctor removed the bunions and then cut, realigned, and pinned the bones. I have kept the foot elevated and iced as much as possible. Does anyone have any idea when I might walk again without the aid of crutches? I know it will be a while but I'd like to have some idea.

: hey Elaine,
: I walked without the aid of crutches two weeks after surgery (5/5). I had the stitches and pins taken out 5/18 and 5/22 respectively. Of course I had the big ugly shoe until 6/1. it was great to finally take a tub bath without having that foot hang over and to stand in the shower, yes! I have undergone electrical stimulation therapy 2x a week since 5/22 and I am doing great. Since 6/3 I have been wearing open toe sandals, sneakers. The sneakers are the best for support. I am heading back to work 6/19 after being out for six (6) weeks. I am doing quite well the surgical scar is healing nicely and I am rubbing cocoa butter on it often. The big toe is still slightly swollen but not painful. Good luck and speedy recovery.

Betty, Thanks for the reply. I am finally walking (Hooray!!), although it took a whole month. I am curious though, my doctor is leaving my bone screws in. Do you have any idea why some doctors take these out like yours, and while other doctors leave them in. I wonder if these will cause future discomfort. Any info welcomed. Thanks again. Elaine

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