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Posted by Kendra on September 08, 2000 at 16:09:32:

In Reply to: bunion surgery: post-op problems? posted by Kathy on July 25, 2000 at 16:34:17:

: It's been about 2 months since my surgery, and I've just received permission to drive & to trade in the surgical booties for canvas shoes. The problem is, I cannot find any shoes that are comfortable - and I've been to 5 shoe stores so far. One of my big toes is not laying down flat, and as it remains rather sensitive on top, wearing regular shoes (even wide ones w/ roomy toe boxes) is uncomfortable. The dr. will take yet another set of x-rays next month and might remove the screws then if things have not improved. Is it possible that he over corrected & tighted the tendon too much in an effort to correct the problems? The dr. is unhappy about the very limited range of motion and blames me for not exercising the joint sufficiently. I have done the exercises - but not 100X/day as they continue to be painful. Unless I spend the next 30 days on Percocet (not a good idea) I can't see much progress being made in the joint movement. Suggestions would be appreciated.


Hi Kathy,

I had a bunionectomy 4/10/00 and I was also told to find a good loose canvas shoe, once I stopped wearing the surgical shoe. I could find nothing that fit, so I ended up purchasing Birkenstocks.

I am still wearing the Birkenstocks, as I have the tiniest bit of residual swelling. It's hard to see it unless you're looking for some swelling, but enough that I'm still going around in Birkenstocks!

I wear a size 5-5 1/2 shoe, and they make them so tiny. I sometimes wonder if that may be part of the problem. My grandfather had a bunionectomy done about 1 1/2 months ago, and can fit into a normal shoe now! His was way worst than mine, so I'm naturally envious.

I only hope that I can wear a normal shoe sometime soon, with the weather turning. I have to have my right foot done soon and have been hesitant because of the resudual swelling in the left foot. The whole point to all this was to make the foot smaller...

Good Luck

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