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Old 08-08-2005, 11:37 AM   #1
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My story and a question (bunionectomy)

So... here I sit 9 weeks post Austin bunionectomy w/tailor's bunionectomy and osteotomy and my big toe (right foot) has definitely moved back the way it was when I had a bunion. Yes, the bunion is gone and I have a small bump still but it's more the angle of my toe that is a concern. What I learned is that I should've had a splint to keep my toe in place. I was in VT when my stitches came out and called my doctor about a dozen times asking all kinds of questions, his nurse told me to take the bandages off and I could shower again, etc... and I asked about rewrapping it but she said it wasn't necessary. In fact, she said, "put a sock on your foot, stick it in your walking cast and we'll see you in 4 weeks" so that's exactly what I did. Only now I find out (from the podiatrist himself!) that I was supposed to splint my toe. NO ONE told me that! GRRRR!!! I am so mad! He said it's still a good correction of my foot and not to worry. I'm just angry to have gone through all this and my foot isn't perfectly straight and I also worry that with my toe leaning again I might get another bunion. He doesn't think so. So, naturally I imagine when he does my left foot next Monday I will have a splint, to which he said, "Well, we'll have to wait and see how the bone heals"... what the heck? Wouldn't it seem that I should definitely have a splint so I don't have TWO bent feet??? Just wondering who's had splints and who hasn't and what your experience was.

Also, my foot that underwent the bunionectomy is pretty sore lately. It has been SO hot here (as it has everywhere I know!) and I've had my tevas on but my feet sweat horribly! and there must be some swelling going on too because it feels like I have blisters or something on my foot (it doesn't look like blisters at all, it actually looks normal) and it's a little painful to walk (I seem to be doing that hobbling thing again when I walk!)... Just a little gun-shy about next week. This foot that is now not 100% comfortable will have to be my dominant foot. Do you think what I'm experiencing is swelling and irritation due to the heat and/or being back in normal shoes again? Not sure what my next step should be or if I should cancel my 2nd bunionectomy? Just want to get it over with but I really need ONE good foot!

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Old 08-08-2005, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: My story and a question (bunionectomy)

I didn't have a splint, I wore a toe seperator 24/7 for 8 weeks. My toe angles toward second toe a bitand that is because for about 20 years due to bunion getting worse and worse my toe just permenantly went that way. As explained by doc (ortho) there is no way to put toe exactly perfect when it has spent so much time in that position. Some people with bunions don't have the degree of angle that I did so when they have their surgery their toe may look alot straighter. My xray before surgery, my big toe and bunion was literally a triangle, very severe angle of big toe. There is just so much "fixin" you can do for that.

Don't fret and take take of your foot, baby it and wear good shoes, stretch your feet, soak them, get massages, all these things have helped me.

Old 08-08-2005, 05:42 PM   #3
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Re: My story and a question (bunionectomy)

It's weird how different bunion surgeries can be. My feet were just tightly bandaged and I had surgical shoes from the start. Fully weight bearing. I still have pain. No bunions but the balls of my feet take the brunt of impact. My new podiatrist has come up with a solution, thank the Lord!

Old 08-08-2005, 06:18 PM   #4
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My first bunion surgery was unique, as I had more pain afterward, but like you, I asked the doctor (podiatrist) if I should be wearing a splint to hold that toe straight. He said, much to my surprise, that they really didn't make a difference either way. But he did tell me to really bend that toe back, quite forcibly, to break up the scar tissue in the sesamoid area. I think that's why I'm having the problems I'm having now. After constantly going to him complaining of the pain & being put on anti-inflammatories, my toe also started to "drift" back over. Five months after the first surgery he did a revision, said he'd never seen scar tissue like my body produced & re-cut the bone. After going back to work, I think for three weeks I was painfree, then one day, it came back. Long story short, after going to a specialist I found out I had severe arthritis in the joint & the sesamoid bones, had them removed & the bone fused, am now scheduled for my third try to successfully fuse the bone, last two haven't healed.

My mom had both her feet successfully done 20 years ago & she said they never told her to roughly move that toe back & forth to break up scar tissue. To this day, I think that's what caused my problems. I should have gone to an orthopedic specialist in the first place, but my primary physician said it was "no big deal", a simple, routine surgery, HA!

Old 08-09-2005, 02:51 AM   #5
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Re: My story and a question (bunionectomy)

Like you, ugatah, I am fully weight bearing in a surgical shoe and have a tightly bandaged foot. I had my bunion surgery 11 days ago and the pain is there daily. My foot and ankle also seem quite swollen. My podiatrist did mention that I also had a spur on the top of my toe joint that could have been the source of some of my pain. I am trying to control the pain with Advil right now, but sometimes, it just doesn't cut it! I go back Thursday to have stitches removed. I did have one minor little mishap and fell down a few stairs (missed a step and ended up tumbling down 5 stairs). I landed on my back and hit the heel of my foot on the floor. Scared the daylights out of me and I'm almost afraid to mention this to my podiatrist!
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Old 08-09-2005, 03:19 AM   #6
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roz, I hope your feet are OK after the tumble. That must be scary. I especially hope your surgery ends with a good result. Best wishes for your recovery. It takes a lot of patience and time.

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