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Old 10-23-2009, 06:02 PM   #1
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Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

Hi - I just had bunion surgery on my left foot two weeks ago - an osteotomy with a screw to hold the bone together. I've been in a surgical shoe the entire time, and was able to walk out after the surgery with a cane. Due to the way my foot is bandaged, I have been able to walk around slowly without a cane, but most of the weight is on the outside edge of my heel, and to a certain extent, the outside edge of my left foot. I've had a little swelling in all my toes and bruising. I haven't had much pain at all -- just a bit of soreness three days after when I put weight on the foot, and some pain over the incision site, but other than that, I've been able to walk short distances without pain.

I think I may have overdone it yesterday after getting my stitches out. I walked for about half an hour in the surgical shoe. Before that, I'd limited walking to the bathroom, getting something to eat, etc). By the end of the walk, I was feeling a sharp pain in my left heel when I put weight on it.

When I woke up this morning, the bottom of my forefoot area, right behind the third and fourth toes, was really really sore when I tried to move my toes or flex my ankle. The top of my forefoot in the same area is also sore. When I walk though, I'm not feeling pain in those areas. Weirdly, the area around my big toe does not ache at all (no new pain, that is -- other than the ache from the incision site and the dull pain I already experienced when I tried to wiggle my big toe).

I'm also getting those "zingers" in my big toe (right at the tip of the nailbed) when I move my big toe.

I'm thinking maybe I overdid it by walking too much yesterday, and my foot is sore bc the way I'm walking is out of alignment bc of the bandage and the shoe. Or is this expected pain from a bunion surgery?? Has anyone experienced this? I'm kind of worried bc up until now, I haven't really had any pain.

Also - is it normal for bruising to continue for weeks after the surgery? When I saw my foot to get stitches taken out, there was more bruising than what I saw during my first post op appt 5 days after the surgery.

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Old 10-24-2009, 03:40 AM   #2
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Re: Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

Stay off the foot! I had the same experience after getting my stitches out. I had a bunionectomy on either side of the right foot (tailor bunion on the outside) with osteotomies and temporary pins. I was allowed to hobble around like you from the start. I became too ambitious, and walked too much. I had horrible nerve pain. I ended up back at the doctor's in the worst pain I have ever experienced. He ordered me to be off the foot for a week! I rolled around in an old wheelchair. I had bruising for weeks, which I think is normal.
I recovered well. Take it easy. I had never had surgery, broken bones, or stitches before, so I was clueless. Take care and keep us posted.

Old 09-03-2010, 12:30 AM   #3
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Re: Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

Hi, I had my bunion and hammertoe surgery 4 weeks ago.dressings came off 2 days ago and pin removal also. I have started my exercises on my big toe now and have to do that for 8 weeks.for the first 10 days, i rested completely with chevron boot and crutches, now i am just walking slowly with hardly any long as you are careful, and do your exercises you should be fine. I am so very please with my surgery and would do it again in a heartbeat....Take care and good luck..

Old 10-24-2010, 04:22 PM   #4
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Re: Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

Hi, I know that was 2 years ago but how long before you could really walk and drive if it was your right foot. Do they provide you with a cryocuff for ice therapy after the surgery. I am very nervous about this surgery. I have to be back to work in 11 weeks or else no job. What do you think my chances are. I am the type of person to do as I am told. I have had 2 knee replacements and did well other than the normal problems that go along with the surgery. Do you get sent to physical therapy or do this on your own. I would appreciate any news you could give me. thanks.

Old 10-27-2010, 07:00 AM   #5
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Re: Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

i had bilateral bunion surgery 6 weeks ago. Recovery is different for everyone but im struggling to walk in my trainers and currently confined to walking only around my house. Im hoping to start physiotherapy next week. i think by week 12 you should be able to return to work if you have a 'sit down' job.

Old 02-02-2011, 01:01 PM   #6
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Re: Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

What your are experiencing sounds pretty normal. I had my surgery 12/30 and had been pretty much pain free too. Then all of a sudden what I called electric shocks in my big toe. I called the doctor and was told this was normal since the tendons are cut during surgery and at this point they are fusing back together. The only pain I have is in the heel and have some numbness in the toe area. I just hope this is all part of the healing process. Good luck!

Old 02-06-2011, 07:14 AM   #7
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Re: Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

I had bunion surgery 10 months ago and still in the recovery mode. grr. I wanted to let you know that my foot was bruised a lot, too. My ortho doc who is a foot specialist told me to expect the bruising and not to worry. My foot was black and blue for ages but it gradually went away-like maybe two months.

As far as the toe stuff, my toe was numb for a long time but I gradually noticed that sensation was coming back. It was probably 6 months before I had full sensation back in my toe.

I didn't experience much pain immediately after surgery. He did a block and I found that as long as I elevated my foot and kept ice on it, I was pretty pain free. I did sit with my foot up for almost a month. I also slept with my foot up on pillows. I was on crutches for probably a month and then I used a cane for another month or so.

When I was trying to do the "heel walk" which is common in folks who had this kind of surgery, I had some discomfort in my heel area. I just went back to my crutches to give my foot a break.

As far as driving goes, I was left bunion person but another friend of mine who had his right foot done couldn't drive for 6 months. It was probably that long before I could use my parking brake. I couldn't release it with my left foot at all.

Foot surgery it pretty intense. I, too, have never had any ortho surgery. Fixing your foot is a big deal because you use your feet all day. I am certainly glad that I waited until I retired to do it. I had a stand on your feet and walk all day kind of job and I couldn't have gone back in 6 weeks.

Ten months out, I still have foot pain. My toes don't work-they are still swollen and don't bend-and I have this puddle of fluid that collects on the top of my foot. Now my arch hurts, too, which can go along with this kind of surgery. I have given up on a painfree foot. I am released to go back to yoga which I have done for years and to walk and ride my bike. So I just do it even though it hurts. I keep thinking it will help with the stiffness I have in the area under and over my toes. I am still wearing a much bigger shoe-I went from a 7.5 narrow to a 9 wide. Sneakers are my friend because they are the only shoe I can wear. I am going skiing next week so I am interested in seeing how that goes. Can't be any worse....I hope.


Old 07-06-2011, 08:31 PM   #8
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Re: Bunion Surgery, 2 weeks post op - pain on the top and bottom of the foot?

Be careful that you are not developing Complex regional Pain syndrome,
I just had a a fasciatomy, and sounds a lot like what you are going through. After 10 weeks of visits and testsand by a process of elimination about pain, synthoms an swelling I was diagnosed with This rare condition. I'm very upset about it.

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