Bunion Surgery Update – 6 Weeks Post Operation

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It’s been 6 weeks since my bunion surgery and I’m so so excited that I can finally drive again! I think that has been one of the hardest things about the recovery from my recent bunion surgery.  Having to ask others for help and being only able to go out and do things at the convenience of others (my 16-year-old son has his learners permit so he’s been driving me around the most, but he’s only available after school) has been trying for me to say the least.  Independence is a big thing for me, having it taken away was hard.

xrays before and after bunion surgery
Before and After Bunion surgery

I’ve just had my 2nd lot of x-rays and my surgeon is very happy.  He says everything is looking good, bones are healing well and I can get back into most things (except high impact exercise such as running, and no weight training where there is more excessive force through my foot such as squats with weights, no standing on one foot on the ball of my foot – but two feet is fine).  You can also see how my 4th toe is way less curled under as he released the tendon on that toe to straighten it out.

Some of the things that are making me happiest are that I can wear any flat shoes I like (to a slight heel) and also be barefoot!

I love being barefoot in the warmer months when I’m at home – in fact my surgeon says it’s great as it will force me to bend my big toe upwards and increase its flexibility again and stretch it out (as having worn the post-operative shoe now for 6 weeks which doesn’t bend at all, it’s really stiff and sore when I bend it upwards).

6Weeks post bunion surgery update
These Fitflop sneakers are quite wide and roomy so have plenty of space for my more swollen foot. Happy to be back into a pair of shoes!

As we’re coming into summer, I’m glad that I’ll also be able to wear my sandals again too, something that has been tricky with an orthotic to consider.  My foot is looking much better too as the scars heal and the swelling gradually subsides.

My foot is still swollen, so not all my shoes and sandals fit at present, so I’m still limited in my shoe choices, and I know it’ll be another 4-5 months until the swelling subsides completely, but I can deal with that and I’m continuing to elevate my foot when seated as much as possible to reduce swelling.

xrays before and after bunion surgery
The leopard print pattern in my sock has imprinted on my foot! 2 weeks (left) and 6 weeks post surgery – swelling has reduced significantly. When I stop wearing the spacer (about 4 more weeks) my 2nd toe should drift a little closer to my first toe and not look gappy.

I’m still not keen on having the bedding over my foot, pressing down on my toes, but it’s getting a little more comfortable than it was.  If it was winter, I’d probably have invested in a cat igloo to put my foot into at night and the bedding on top, but because the nights are warming up I’m Ok having it out of under the doona (that’s a duvet or a quilt in other parts of the world).  The incision site on the side of my foot is the most painful part of my foot, so I’m continuing to massage twice daily to reduce the sensitivity and help the healing.

There is more pain in my lower back from sitting around so much and limping these past 6 weeks with uneven height shoes/post-op boot, more than pain in my foot.  So happy to be back moving again and going back to the gym again.

I’ve always had narrow feet and my surgeon told me that my foot bones are about 30% finer than most peoples, so that explains why my feet are narrow (and no I now can’t officially I can’t blame any excess weight on big bones).

There is still another 6 weeks before I can do high impact and heavy weight-bearing exercise on my feet, and it will be some time too before my toes bend like they did before – but I’m well on the road to recovery.

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Patient Experience - 6 Weeks after bunion surgery

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6 Comments

  • Thanks for sharing your experience recovering from bunion surgery. I’m about 3 months post-op. and get frustrated from the slow recovery. I still can’t wear regular shoes although my doc said I could. Just too painful from the swelling. But hearing your story gives me hope that it will heal and I will get to wear real shoes once again. At least it is spring and sandal weather is right around the corner.

    • I’m 6 months or so now – and my swelling hasn’t gone down completely yet – it takes a lot of time (in fact my dr said it takes up to a year to really heal). The more physical therapy you do, the faster you’ll get better too they say!

  • Thank you for writing this. I’m 46 male, 6 weeks post op, tomorrow I get the cast off for a boot. Hopping on crutches ain’t what it used to be. My low back is much more painful than my foot. I got a knee scooter but still had back issues, although much better than crutches. I had no pain with my foot at all. I had throbbing when I put it down in the first two weeks but nothing since. I’d tell everyone having this surgery get, a medical stool to sit on in the shower, a removable shower head with a hose, a cast cover from CVS, and a bio-bidet Elite 3. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself for getting it all together before surgery. It’s hard to see light at the end of the tunnel with the low back pain. I’m hoping after being able to let my foot down and bear some weight will relieve tension on my back and sciatica pain. Here’s to recovery!

    • Yes I go sciatica too! The joy of having your foot up for a few weeks ends up messing with your lower back! Get back into core strengthening exercises to get over it!

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