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Slalom skiing and snow skiing post bunion surgery

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Susan20639, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. Susan20639

    Susan20639 New Member

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    Hoping to find some skiers out there that can share their experiences post-bunionectomy!

    I'm most concerned about slalom skiing since I need to bend my foot, particularly on the pull-up.

    Two surgeons have suggested lapidus fusion, which fuses the first tarsometatarsal (TMT) joint roughly mid-foot. A third surgeon has suggested opening wedge osteotomy which appears to leave that joint mobile (but may have other complications). There are additional procedures at the first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the toe.

    My main question is whether the lack of movement at the TMT joint with the fusion is really inhibiting? It seems that is not a joint that needs to flex much, but I can't be sure.

    Has anyone had one of these procedures that can share any insights? I really appreciate it!!
  2. MarciaN18

    MarciaN18 Guest

    Hi, I had lapidus in April of this year and hardware removal on September. I just skied for the last four days with no issue! The hardest thing was getting my foot in the ski boot as the incision site is still somewhat tender on the bridge of my foot. The foot flexes just fine. I also got fitted for new boots this year with nice orthotics which provided great support for my foot. Good luck to you!!
  3. Vera

    Vera Guest

  4. Vera

    Vera Guest

    I had my first Bunionectomy 2 years ago in April right after the ski season ended. I was able to get back on my board in December for the new season no problem! This year I got my other foot done 6 weeks ago in December. Haven’t gone on the mountain yet obviously. If your foot doesn’t hurt in a boot and your able to walk I don’t think there should be an issue if it’s been at least 3 months. I’m still 6 weeks post op and miss the mountain so much. I would like to be able to go at least once this season but not sure if I should push it or not. Probably best not to for me.
  5. johnny l

    johnny l Guest

    In January of '16, Vera commented on her foot surgery. It was the most reassuring post I have found, as I ponder Lapidus surgery in August and if I'll be able to ski in 2021? Any other ideas regarding surgery and snow?

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