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Sep 14, 2009
About 8 weeks after the op.
by: Jenny

It's now about 8 weeks since the op. on my hallux rigidus. I've followed the hospital's instructions about phasing in weight bearing and moisturising the scar. I've kept my foot higher than my hip for periods throughout the day and also I've tried InterX therapy when my foot swelled rather a lot. So far, I think things are going to be all right. My foot is more comfortable than before the op.: the toe just looks rather thick through where the bone was shortened and fused. Functionally it is fine and the range of movement I have is about what I had before the op.

Today, for the first time, I have just about been able to get in to some of my existing shoes, although I still wear my MBT sandals or a pair of Crocs for ease.

I hope that the initial bone formation around the fusion will reduce in time, otherwise I'm going to have one fat and one thin big toe.

My bunion (one foot only) was caused by bony arthritic spurs. I think these could have been removed and the joint saved if I had found treatment earlier, but I don't know that for sure. I think my decision to have an op. was right for me in the circumstances, but the recovery is so long and there is such a lot of opportunity for failure that, from my experience so far, I would certainly endorse the advice of The Bunion Experiment - do everything possible first to try to avoid the need for an operation.

Sep 11, 2009
Thank you for swim suggestion
by: Jenny

I haven't been swimming for about 4 years. I shall certainly think about it. I used to feel I couldn't exist without a swim but other things have got in the way and water seems to get colder as one gets older. But I absolutely agree about the good feeling and "healing" nature of being in water. The foot, by the way, has now been on a couple of walks, thanks to MBT sandals. I know that not everyone is happy in them but I find them very comfortable and the bones feel well supported.

Aug 31, 2009
Hope your pain disappears.
by: Lawrence

I have not had an operation on my bunion as of yet but I have an suggestion. If you are looking for a great way of massaging your bunion/feet/body try lap swinning.

When I first developed my Hallux Limitus, the big toe joint of my left foot was causing me lots of pain. I was extremely depressed that I could not go for a run and or a walk without horrible pain. My room mate suggested that I lap swim for exercise. I really didn't want to go to a pool and begin a new type of exercise but I had no choice.

All I can tell you is that after my first lap swim in years, the pain in my joint just about disappeared. I strongly recommend lap swimming for your bunion. There is something about water and humans that is really equates to feeling good and healing.

I believe your doctor should have prescribed a implant for your shoes to correct any imperfections in your feet and or stride.

Best of luck and hope your operation turns out to be a tremendous success.

Lawrence

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