It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Foot & Ankle Problems Message Board

  • Exercise following double bunionectomy?

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 08-07-2007, 07:54 PM   #1
    NoFootNoHorse
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    NoFootNoHorse's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jul 2007
    Location: College Park, MD, USA
    Posts: 15
    NoFootNoHorse HB User
    Question Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    I'm scheduled for my first of two bunionectomies (two weeks apart) in ten days. I am a runner and am more than a little concerned about being sedentary as I recover from the surgeries. My pre-op appointment isn't until next Monday.

    What should I expect with regard to exercise after my surgeries? Is it safe to assume that I'll at least be able to swim? If so, at what point could I get in a pool? After the stitches are out, or would I have to wait longer than that?

    Are there any other exercises that worked for you?

     
    Sponsors Lightbulb
       
    Old 08-07-2007, 08:05 PM   #2
    monster bunion
    Senior Member
    (female)
     
    monster bunion's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jun 2007
    Location: San Francisco
    Posts: 212
    monster bunion HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    Do you know the names of your bunionectomies that you are going to have?
    I could be wrong, but after reading a lot of bunionectomy posts, in general,
    it is advised to stay in bed the first week at least with your foot iced and elevated. I had one of the more invasive bunionectomies and the less you move, the better for your foot. If you are going to have two bunionectomies two weeks apart, it sounds like the less invasive procedures. Even if you get your stitches out, the wound is still healing and chlorine from the pool would probably not be a good thing. I had a four inch scar that took about six weeks to heal completely. Good luck to you.

     
    Old 08-08-2007, 05:08 AM   #3
    NoFootNoHorse
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    NoFootNoHorse's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jul 2007
    Location: College Park, MD, USA
    Posts: 15
    NoFootNoHorse HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    Hi, I'm scheduled for "Chevron bunionectomies w/ t screw fixation and possible Aiken" so they would be rather invasive, no?

    I figure it will be some time before I can exercise, so rest, ice, and elevation will be important for the first month or so. But, I wonder how long one typically must wait before introducing some sort of exercise again. Any ideas?

     
    Old 08-08-2007, 05:51 AM   #4
    Zardtoe
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Zardtoe's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Mar 2007
    Location: Arlington, VA
    Posts: 43
    Zardtoe HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    Hi, I had a similar procedure, and my incision didn't heal up completely until about 4 weeks out. It was still pretty tender and swolled for another couple weeks, but I probably got in the pool about 6 weeks out, and I felt fine. For me one of the limiting factors was walking out from the locker room to the water! I sort of hobbled on my heel. It did feel good to get some exercise, and other people had said swimming was great after the surgery. You'll not want to flop your foot around a lot, but just moving the toe in the water will start your PT! Good luck!

     
    Old 08-08-2007, 02:52 PM   #5
    KathJack
    Senior Member
    (female)
     
    KathJack's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2006
    Location: Chicago, IL, USA
    Posts: 289
    KathJack HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    Just out of curiosity-- If your bunion surgeries are only going to be two weeks apart, why are you not having them done at the same time? I had a double bunionectomy last year and it worked very well for me. For two weeks I needed to keep my feet elevated and iced most of the time-- I was glad to get that over with; I would have hated to finally be able to start getting up and around just to start all over again with surgery, side effects, laying around, being dependent on family, etc. I was able to start walking at two weeks, but my stitches weren't totally dissolved or the incisions completely healed. I didn't try to swim because it wasn't convenient, but think that I probably could have at about a month. At that point I was pretty much pain free and able to walk around the block. By eight weeks, I could walk at least a mile and felt that life was pretty much back to normal. Best wishes for good surgeries and recovery!

     
    Old 08-08-2007, 03:06 PM   #6
    NoFootNoHorse
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    NoFootNoHorse's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jul 2007
    Location: College Park, MD, USA
    Posts: 15
    NoFootNoHorse HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    lol - oh, trust me, I batted my eyelashes at him and pretty much begged to have them done at the same time.

    The reason for staggering the surgeries two weeks is because he said that he wanted me to have the ability to put weight on at least one foot after the first surgery and said that two weeks apart seems to work well for his patients. Also said that the key to recovery is elevation and ice for several days after each surgery, so I guess I'm going to have to figure out how to sit still. I'm dreading that aspect of it.

     
    Old 08-08-2007, 07:46 PM   #7
    KathJack
    Senior Member
    (female)
     
    KathJack's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Apr 2006
    Location: Chicago, IL, USA
    Posts: 289
    KathJack HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    [QUOTE=NoFootNoHorse;3144345] Also said that the key to recovery is elevation and ice for several days after each surgery QUOTE]

    Several Days? -- My guess is more like a week minimum. Even if you can get around on one good foot, you most likely won't want to be standing or walking much anyway. I kept my feet elevated almost 100% of the first week (Just up to go to the bathroom) and about 75% the second week. I think the extensive elevation and icing was key to my relatively quick, and ultimately total, recovery. But it does seem like doctors don't like to do both feet in one surgery-- My guess is that it has as much to do with their own issues as the patient's. I would say that having a double bunionectomy shouldn't be attempted by anyone who does not have someone staying at home with them with them to assist if necessary. My need for help was kept to a minimum by having a small fridge (like in college dorm rooms-- mine had belonged to my son before he transfered to a school far away; it was the larger style so it had a good freezer section) right beside my bed. I could get my own fresh ice packs, drinks, snacks, etc. with no effort. Shoulda kept a microwave on it-- then maybe I could have been even more independent! Haha. Having a toilet close at hand also helps-- not that you can do much to arrange that if the bathroom is not nearby (unless you're willing to use a portapotty). One more thing-- if you're going to be elevating for weeks, I'd also suggest sitting in an innertube periodically-- Having your foot/feet up can put pressure on your tail bone; until I got the inner tube, my butt sometimes hurt more than my feet! Good luck.

     
    Old 08-09-2007, 06:53 PM   #8
    Mambito67
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    Mambito67's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jul 2004
    Posts: 26
    Mambito67 HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    I am 11 weeks post-op left austin bunionectomy with screw fixation. After 8 weeks, my doctor gave me the okay to do whatever I wanted and told me just to stop if it hurt. I usually exercise on an elliptical, but it hurts my foot too much to do that now. I just bought a recumbant bike, and that has been great! No impact on my foot, but I am still getting my exercise in. I would say to plan on at least 6-8 weeks before being able to resume exercising. Good luck!

     
    Old 08-17-2007, 07:05 PM   #9
    NoFootNoHorse
    Junior Member
    (female)
     
    NoFootNoHorse's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Jul 2007
    Location: College Park, MD, USA
    Posts: 15
    NoFootNoHorse HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    Update: Well, I had my first bunionectomy this morning and it seems to have gone well. So far I'm in no pain, but fingers crossed for tomorrow.

    Rest, Ice, and Elevation are my friends.

     
    Old 08-18-2007, 09:03 AM   #10
    debbie g
    Senior Veteran
    (female)
     
    debbie g's Avatar
     
    Join Date: Oct 2006
    Location: highland park, il 60035
    Posts: 2,483
    debbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB Userdebbie g HB User
    Re: Exercise following double bunionectomy?

    congratulations and i hbet the next one will go well!!

     
    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    Dramatic, unexpected improvement in BP. Exercise? Diet? Coreg? Avoiding triggers? Machaon High & Low Blood Pressure 20 10-21-2009 12:07 PM
    Exercise is important for prostate cancer patients IADT3since2000 Cancer: Prostate 3 03-07-2009 02:13 PM
    double bunion surgery angry55 Foot & Ankle Problems 8 11-04-2008 10:17 PM
    Bad feet 51 finally comes to life following surgery badfeet51 Foot & Ankle Problems 11 09-12-2008 07:18 PM
    2nd Double Bunionectomy in 6 years - Screw popping out! vincechristina Foot & Ankle Problems 3 01-09-2008 01:02 PM
    A Double Bunionectomy Update rbstarr Foot & Ankle Problems 7 01-26-2007 10:58 AM
    Double Bunionectomy Questions footsy Foot & Ankle Problems 72 07-27-2006 12:30 PM
    Experiences with Double Bunionectomies? Megan Eliza Foot & Ankle Problems 27 04-19-2005 05:11 PM
    Now you've got me thinking double... maddiesmom Foot & Ankle Problems 12 04-06-2005 12:43 PM




    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off




    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:37 AM.





    © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!