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Medical boot after bunion surgery question

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Lulu, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Lulu

    Lulu New Member

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    Hello, I am new to the forums. I had bunion surgery last Wednesday. My doc also pushed the bone down and took off bone spurs. There is a one pin. I had my first post surgery appt. today and they gave me the medical boot. He said by 4 weeks, I should be able to walk 4 hours a day max with the boot.

    Well, that pin hurts. Not all the time, but when I turn my foot a certain way it hurts and I have the find a different position for it.

    I started on my boot today with my crutches. I can’t put all my weight on it, so am trying to just get used to the pressure and feel of the boot using crutches. After about 20 steps or so, it really starts hurting where that pin is located. I’m not sure if this will get better or what? He said the pin won’t be taken out until the 3rd appt, which I have a feeling won’t be for another month.

    How am I supposed to learn to walk with my boot if the pain where that pin is? Or is this normal and it will get better.

    I’ve gotten up twice today to practice on the boot. I’m so bummed, I thought it would be liberating.
  2. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Active Member

    WHat you are experiencing is somewhat "normal" ... its certainly not uncommon. It is just a slow processes the tissue adapt to the weightbearing. Keep doing. DO as much as you can each day, but let the pain guide you.
  3. Lulu

    Lulu New Member

    Thanks Craig. I tried it again yesterday and was able to walk twice the length , but I’m still using the crutches and only putting about 25% weight on the boot. It’s also very slow...but definitely an improvement from the first day. I’m only 10 days post surgery at this point. I must have a low tolerance for pain! I will keep practicing throughout the days.

    Thanks for the encouragement. Not sure when my pin will come out, but I think that will be a turning point for some pain relief .

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