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    Old 07-27-2007, 12:10 PM   #1
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    Bunion Surgery (honest opinions please)

    hello my name is Daniel and i am 18 years old currently living in california..I am going to be getting bunion surgery done on august the 2nd..i have been reading all these threads about bunion recovery time and they have been scaring the crap out of me..my biggest concern is RECOVERY TIME..i am a soccer athlete who is in danger of loosing my scholarship if i do not perform next season which starts in mid august..the real league starts on the 25th of septemeber..my doctor says the recovery time will be 6 weeks, but after reading all these threads saying it will take months..i dont know if i can go through with this bunion surgery. people have been telling me the younger you are the quicker you will recover but i dont know if that is really much of a difference..can anyone help me out on this?

    the way i got my bunion happened in march, i broke my toe playing soccer but never knew i did at the time, i went to the doctor 2 days after the injury, he said it was only swolen after taking x rays, and he told me just to wait it out and ice it..i waited 2 whole months, it still had a little pain and i noticed it was still bigger then the other toe, so then i went to go see a foot specialist, he said i had been walking on a broken toe for 2 months and now it is semi-fractured and a bunion has formed from it.

    i need an honest opinion, what should i do for my surgery? are there any alternate ways, like is there anything i can do to my toe, for example wrap it or tape it up to give myself some support while playing soccer so i can play from the beginnning of season and then wait til after season to get my surgery?? or should i gget the surgery now and hope that i recover in time?

     
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    Old 07-27-2007, 12:32 PM   #2
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    Re: Bunion Surgery (honest opinions please)

    Hi Daniel,

    What type of procedure will you be having? Will you be on crutches for 6 weeks or your Dr told you the entire recovery process will be 6 weeks?

    Just to give you an idea, I had surgery in April and was on crutches for 6 weeks. I am a dancer and have not been able to dance since then because I'm still going through physical therapy to rebuild my leg muscle and try and get my range of motion in my toes back to where it used to be. If you're having a simple procedure and will not need crutches at all than you may be back to normal after a few weeks.

    I would take these things into consideration as well as which foot you're having done. Is it your kicking foot? If so, you may want to wait until after your season ends to make sure you don't have any complications by pushing yourself too hard after surgery. No matter what the doctor tells you, the recovery time usually takes longer (at least from my experience and from what I've heard on these forums).

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    Old 07-27-2007, 12:35 PM   #3
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    Hi; sorry about your toe break and the timing... As for playing now, you'd have to ask your doctor, but I can tell you that you will most likely NOT want to be kicking anything with your foot for a couple of months after a bunion surgery, so if your doc. says you CAN play now, I would do that and then get your surgery after this soccer season. When people say you heal better the younger you are, we're talking differences of 10 years, not 10 months. If you can't play now, and you can't play after surgery, you may as well have the surgery now and then just see how quick you recover. I'd say your coach (in that case) should expect to have you on the disabled list, but if your recovery goes well, maybe you can play later in the fall. You don't want to wreck the recovery after surgery, because then you can get into unsavory complications (but that might happen in your current, broken, situation as well, depending on what your doc. thinks). Good luck!

     
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    hi daniel, you are in a tough situation. it usually takes 12 weeks to recover. i dont know how much pain you are in and i dont know what the dr said in terms of doing the surgery now or if you can wait until the season is over. you dont want to do any more damage to the toe whether you are an athlete or not. dont have the surgery if you are not going to wait for a full recovery. if you arent in pain and wont do anymore damage then i would wait. debbie g keep posting

     
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    ya thank you all for your opinions..but i went to go play today with some friends and i think i will do fine..it will be sore after playing but its a risk i am going to take..thank you all once again. i have decided to wait after season to get my surgery done.

     
    Old 07-27-2007, 06:08 PM   #6
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    hope your dr agrees and good luck to you!

     
    Old 07-31-2007, 07:26 PM   #7
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    Hey Daniel, I am also 18 years old and I think the decision you made to have your bunion surgery done after season is the best choice because if you did it before season it would not heal in time. I had my surgery done a week ago and I am going to be on crutches for awhile. My doctor told me it will take at least 6 weeks to heal. But, I already know it would take longer to participate in activities like sports, especially soccer because you have to use your feet a lot. Good luck with everything and I suggest you stick to your plan of having the surgery done after soccer season!

     
    Old 08-01-2007, 09:53 AM   #8
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    Re: Bunion Surgery (honest opinions please)

    i had one of the simplest bunion surgeries available, and the thought of kicking a soccer ball with that foot or even trying to run around on it makes me keel over in pain (i'm 6 weeks out). i would definitely NOT get this surgery done if i were you. six weeks is enough time to recover and go back to normal life, but it's not enough time to get back to sports and vigorous exercise.

     
    Old 08-01-2007, 01:12 PM   #9
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    Re: Bunion Surgery (honest opinions please)

    I agree. I'm 17 weeks post-op. I had an incredibly easy (well not easy, but not bad at all like so many others) recovery and progressed from boot to surgical shoe to regular shoe very quickly and easily and I JUST got fully released two days ago. Even if your recovery went better/smoother than mine, you will not be ready to be running full force and kicking anytime soon. And, honestly and realistically, after going through all of that, would you really WANT to risk doing that to your foot so soon. A further injury could full-on KILL your soccer career and your scholarship would certainly soon follow.

     
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