4 Weeks Post Bunion Surgery Update

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It’s now just over 4 weeks since I had my bones realigned in my right foot to remove my bunion and fix my foot.  Under doctor’s orders, I’m still wearing the post-operative shoe and have to do so for another 2 weeks) and find that I still need to keep my foot elevated a lot, like at least 1/2 hour of every hour to feel comfortable.   I’ve got a small coffee table under my desk with a cushion on it that I use when I’m working to keep it elevated.

4 weeks post bunion surgery

The swelling has really gone down more – my foot looks normal from the top (well few scars and a funny colour and some bruising still) but it’s still swollen when you look at it from the side, so I couldn’t yet put my foot into most of my shoes (even if I was allowed).

 

4 weeks post bunion surgery
You can see my right foot is fatter and swollen in comparison to my left.

 

I’ve stopped taking painkillers during the day, and only sometimes take them overnight.  I’m finding that I can sleep with my foot under the covers, but it still is uncomfortable to have any pressure from a sheet over my toes.  It’s the incision site that hurts the most – even water dropping on it in the shower stings.  The toe separator that I wear all the time does help to keep my big toe in place and feeling more comfortable.

4 weeks post bunion surgery

My toes are very stiff still (particularly my 2nd toe with arthritis) so I’m trying to wiggle them a few times a day to make them more mobile.

Twice a day I’m rubbing in a moisturiser  – both Vitamin E cream and some bio oil to help the scars heal nicely and to minimise scar tissue.  It’s the nerves that have been cut in the process that are very tender and sensitive, so there is lots of tingling and not the most pleasant sensations going on in my foot.

Not being able to drive is the thing that’s making my life most difficult.  As a very independent person, I hate having to ask for favours and rely on others to help me.  I’m lucky that my son is on is Learners Permit and so is getting in a few hours of practice driving me to the shops and post office and transporting his sister to her gymnastics and dance lessons.  The rest of the time I’ve been Ubering around when I have to go out and no one is around to help.

4 weeks post bunion surgery

I can walk short distances, but am a bit slow.  My husband has nicknamed me Clompy as when I walk around the house you can hear me coming (there is definitely no sneaking up on people).

I’m back to working full time, though I notice that I do get tired more easily and have to take a break or two during the day (not something I normally do).

One of the best things I used during my recovery was a bean bag filled footstool – it works so much better than a stack of pillows to keep my foot elevated and in comfort as the beans mould around your foot.

 

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7 Comments

  • Thanks for sharing your recovery. I’m probably looking at this down the road as I have small bunions on both feet.

  • Hi Imogen,

    I hope you keep getting better.

    FYI There’s a silicone gel product sold under the name Kelokote (and possibly Scarcote) that works to reduce scars. My doctor recommended it when I got a big gash on my nose and it didn’t scar. So then my partner used it on his major surgical scar (about 10 inches long) and it’s almost invisible now. You might want to ask your doctor about it.

    Here’s some links to research published in the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) (division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH))

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3889307/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2918339/

  • I’m going to remember the bean bag vs pillows for elevation. I just went through healing a sprained foot and my foot kept sliding off the pillows. I can see how a bean bag footstool would have worked perfectly. I appreciate learning from your journey.

  • My foot doctor had me keep my foot elevated above my heart for 4.5 months — all the time, not just half the time — to drain away the fluid that stops the healing, he said, and it has healed outstandingly well. My doc said we want to keep it elevated to avoid swelling, because that swelling is fluid and fluid stops the red blood cells getting to the site to heal it, or something like that — I’m not a doctor but it was definitely about draining away the fluid hindering the healing.

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