Today marks six months since I had my bunions/big toes fixed. To celebrate, I wore some of my ‘before shoes’ – yes, they have a heel! Not a very big one mind you (two inches), but heels nonetheless. Actually, I didn’t realise today is exactly six months, but my feet have been feeling so much better over the past few weeks, it suddenly occurred to me to try some low heels – I realised when I got to work that it’s the 26th of September – my surgery was on 26 March. I wore my heels all day at work (I have a sitdown job, so there wasn’t too much walking) and my feet coped pretty well – they were ‘tired’, but not sore. Yay.
I have also just returned from two weeks on the other side of the planet (attending conferences for work), where I managed to walk more than 10 kilometres on two occasions, as well as heaps of other shorter walks (when one is sent to Stockholm and Helsinki for work, one must take every opportunity to see as much of these cities as possible). While my feet were tired and a little sore after these expeditions, I would say they were no sorer than if I had gone on these walks with ‘normal’ feet. Double yay.
While I still have limited flexibility in my big toe joints, I can do just about everything I want to do – I can run, walk, do pushups on my toes (in shoes) and kneel down. With the great progress over the past six months as a benchmark, I’m hopeful that in another six months I will have yet more flexibility and be able to wear any shoes I please. My scars are fading nicely – the red has come out of them and now there is a big silver streak down the instep of each foot – and I hope over time they’ll just about disappear altogether. I also still have a bit of swelling in the top front part of my foot by the end of most days, but it’s only minor and reduces to normal overnight.
I will make one more post at the 12-month mark, but here ends my bunion eradication journey. Good luck to you if you are considering bunion (scarf/akin) surgery – the first few months are not very nice, but, with patience and good endeavour, you will be much better off in the long run. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions/need any reassurance!