Week 2 – Frankenfeet!

Tomorrow is two weeks since surgery and I am very happy to report I now have minimal pain/discomfort and can really see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel!

I went to see my surgeon on Thursday and the bandages came off to reveal….frankenfeet!

Feet after bunion surgery

They look so much worse than they are, but the suture line shows why there was so much swelling, etc – it runs half the length of each foot! I hadn’t expected the incision would be so long, but when you think about it…er, perhaps it’s best not to!Incision on right foot

So, it turns out I now have two stainless steel screws in each big toe, which will all remain in place for the rest of my days. There goes walking straight through the metal detectors at airports! The upside is that these tiny little rods will help each big toe stay straight and avoid a recurrence of the dreaded bunions.

I need to keep wearing my very sexy surgical boots for the next four weeks while heel-walking and while sleeping. The rest of the time I’m lounging around in socks purloined from airlines various over the past year – airline socks are loose and floppy – perfect for post-surgery feet. The steri-strips will come off tomorrow, after which time I need to start massaging the scar with Bio Oil four times a day to help minimise the thickening of the scar and any resultant puckering. Over time the scar should fade to white and hopefully be fairly unnoticeable.

My surgeon was very happy with my feet and I’ll see him again just before I go back to work in early May.

In the meantime, I’m taking it easy, keeping my feet up whenever possible, and above all, trying not to overdo it – it’s hard for me to be a lady of leisure – I’m usually fairly non-stop!

3 Responses to Week 2 – Frankenfeet!

  1. Polly says:

    Ouch! That’s one impressive scar you have there Lily – and joy, you’ve got 2 of them! Take it easy my friend and heal well. 🙂

  2. Julie says:

    HI,
    You in Canberra what a lovely city. Im having surgery next week who was your surgeon pleased to see you are doing ok, my big fear is going to the loo, I have a walker not to sure about the crutches.

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