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Posted by Carrie on August 14, 2000 at 10:42:09:

In Reply to: Bunion Surgery Help! posted by Louise on August 04, 2000 at 16:19:52:

: I have read all the post from everyone who is so supportive regarding bunion surgery. I am
: scheduled to have surgery on Aug. 16 and I am so apprehensive about it. It is my right foot,
: I do have a severe bunion, no pain with open shoes, but my other toes are beginning
: to become effected. I do have some arthritis in it too. I am very active and run about
: 5 times a week (3miles) I am 54, and I would love to hear from someone as to how long
: it will take me to drive, walk without crutches, etc. To say the least, I am very worried. I am
: worried that I will be worst than I am now, since I really do not have pain at this time. My Podiatrists
: says that the gait is at 15???? and that is the limit for a regular surgery. Any suggestions
: or words of comfort for this chicken little. Thank you

: Thank you for any information you can give me.

Hi Louise,

I was browsing around and noticed your message. I had bunion surgery two years ago when
I was extremely active. I did not use crutches at all...just a big bandage around my foot. I was
limited to bed rest for 3 days, and then walking - in gym shoes only - for short periods of time.
It took about 2 months before I could go for any long distance without my toe aching and swelling.
I resumed my normal activitely after about 3 months (with some pain after certain excercises), and
it only got better from there. I had 3 screws put in to relign my toe, and have been back to the doctor
on occassion for check ups. Otherwise, it's great, my pain is gone, and I would recommend it -
especially for someone active!

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