Well it’s been one week since I had my bilateral bunionectomy with osteotomy (otherwise known as ‘great toe correction’).
I am getting a little more mobile by the day, although I am still confined to bed and will be until at least Thursday, which is when I have my post-operative consultation with my surgeon. I am looking forward to two things on Thursday:
- Leaving the house for the first time in nearly two weeks
- Getting these bloody bandages off my feet!
The first is because I am usually out of the house six-seven days a weeks, so I’m getting a bit of cabin fever. Also, it’s autumn here in Canberra and the leaves are starting to turn. It’s such a beautiful place, all russets, reds, oranges and browns against a backdrop of Australian native green. The lake is gorgeous in autumn and I feel like I’m missing it all this year.
The second is pretty obvious – the bandages/strapping have been on since the surgery. They’re blood-stained and gross, not to mention almost unbearably tight on my right foot. My toes are fine, so they’re not ‘too tight’ (according to the nurse), but they are definitely contributing the ongoing discomfort in my right foot.
I am pleased to report, however, that my pain levels have reduced SIGNFICANTLY. My left foot is actually pain-free when I’m lying/sitting down with my feet elevated. My right, on the other hand, aches/throbs day and night. I am popping the occasional ibuprofen, but it doesn’t prevent the throbbing.
I ended up ordering a pair of shoes from Zappos. They’re Danskos Professionals – designed for doctors/nurses on their feet all day – and come in ‘wide’ fittings. After reading lots of blogs and forums, it seems that most people recovering from bunion surgery can’t wear anything that doesn’t have a very wide toe box (the front part of the shoe). They also say a rigid sole is imperative, as it stops your toe joint from being over-exercised.
I have a very corporate job and have been (irrationally) very worried about what to wear on my feet when I go back to work! I bought a fabulous pair of platform Sedna flats from Tsubo just before the surgery, but I don’t think I’ll be ready for platform shoes just yet 🙂
I guess if all else fails, I will have to go to work in Crocs. Heaven forbid!
The other thing I’m doing to keep myself occupied (apart from too much online retail therapy) is I’m teaching myself to knit! I finished a very bad scarf for myself (details over on my crafting blog) and am now knitting a scarf for my daughter. It takes a lot of concentration not to make mistakes, and that is, so far, taking my mind of the discomfort. I have joined Ravelry, so if you’re on there, come and look me up!