Here we are at six weeks post surgery. Time flies when you’re incapacitated! I returned to work on Monday, not, as I had hoped, in ‘real shoes’, but still in my surgical boots. I did manage to get my feet into my Alegria Paloma mary janes on Saturday for my first solo venture into the ‘out’ since surgery, but my feet were so tired/sore that I was back in my surgical sandals on Sunday and Monday. Today I managed the shiny red shoes for the whole day – small wins!
Now I know what other women mean by their feet swelling at the end of the day – it’s quite a horrible feeling and just gets worse as the afternoon progresses. There’s no help for it but to pack up, head home and elevate the feet. I’ve got working from home with feet elevated down pat by now, so it’s fortunate I’ve got the kind of job where I can do that at a pinch.
Apart from the afternoon swelling, I would have to say my feet are coming along rather nicely. I saw my surgeon last Thursday and he was thrilled with his handiwork. He admired my feet and the 5-weeks post-surgery xray, beamed a magnificent smile and declared me a complete success – I wish my work performance discussions were as satisfying!
He said I could start wearing any shoe with a supportive sole and wide toe box and I should start walking around as normally as possible – goodbye heel-walking, hello road to full recovery. I’m not exactly power walking yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I remain absolutely amazed at how fabulously fast the body can heal itself.
The next stage of this journey is waiting for my toes to heal completely so I can bend my big toes to slide my feet into some of my other shoes – it will be a while yet before I’m wearing anything fancy!