Jan 072016
 

Ok, if you don’t like feet, this is not the post for you. Seriously, just look away now! I know they’re not everyone’s (anyone’s?) favorite!

A year ago today, my feet looked like this.

Yep, I had a nasty bunion on my right foot that was seriously painful.

Gosh, it’s hard to remember when it used to look like that.

When I was born, my foot looked like that; bunions can be hereditary and a few ladies in my family had pretty severe bunions as well that they ultimately chose to correct with surgery. I can distinctly remember being a little kid – probably around 10 or 11 – and going to the doctor about my bunion. The doctor told me that “one day in my 20s” I would probably need surgery, but that I shouldn’t worry about it until then.

Then in the last few years, my bunion started to cause me some really severe pain. For pretty much all of 2014, no matter what shoes I wore and no matter what I did, my foot was constantly hurting. I can remember days where I wouldn’t even be wearing any shoes, and my foot would be throbbing in pain. I was constantly sliding my shoes off under my desk at work and would subconsciously run the sore spots to try to relieve some of the pain. When the pain started to get in the way of things that I love like running and exercising, I knew it was time to do something about it.

And now, almost exactly a year later (the anniversary of my surgery is on Saturday), my foot looks like this!

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So much better, right?

Sadly the scar didn’t heal exactly the way it should have and my mobility isn’t quite as good as it used to be, but I am 100% pain free! That’s what’s most important, right?

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Here you can see the scar and mobility issues better. My doctor had warned me this could happen, and he was still very happy with how things worked out.

Update: A couple of months after this post my dermatologist gave me some cortisol shots in my foot, and now my scar looks MUCH better! It’s no longer raised or shiny like it is here!

Looking back, it certainly wasn’t easy getting through everything involved with the surgery.

I mean, they did a lot of work in there!

I remember the second night after my surgery, I was in excruciating pain and also really sick from the pain medication. I wound up being sick about 5 times in the middle of the night, and since I couldn’t walk I couldn’t make it to the toilet in time. Poor Fabio set up a trash can next to the bed and changed the bag for me after each time I threw up. He also took off work for a couple of days to take care of me, which was just the sweetest. Nothing like this had ever happened in our relationship before, and it was so nice to know that he really would take care of me in sickness and in health. (Not that I ever doubted him!)

The hardest part of the whole process by far though was not being able to walk for about a month and a half. Thank goodness for my “peg-leg” which totally saved my life!!

Working from home and lunch dates with friends helped too. 🙂

Working out was also a challenge, and I completed this Pilates DVD from the floor of my living room about a million times during my recovery. Ugh. Just looking at that instructor makes me cringe now.

These days, I am feeling 100% better, and my workouts are all back on track!

I can run…

Jump in bootcamp workouts…

And even do barre! Some of the elevations/toe raises were hard for me as I was recovering, but now I am 100% healed!

All in all I am so, so happy I decided to get the surgery, and am very happy to be able to do the things I love with no pain. 🙂

Thank you to all of you, who supported me along the way!

Yay!

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Interested in hearing more about my bunion surgery? Here’s a round-up of my surgery posts!

Getting started

Post bunion surgery updates

Other

Question of the day: Do you get weirded out by feet?

Yuck – I hate feet.

 Posted by on January 7, 2016

  13 Responses to “Bunion Surgery: One Year Later”

  1. I actually read this post.. that’s how much I love you LOL

  2. Yay so pleased it was a good choice in the long run. I do have a slight bunion (my mum had them too and she had surgery) but it isn’t as bad as hers or yours so for now I can leave it be… but maybe in the future I’ll need an op 🙁

  3. Was your foot less wide at the top after surgery? If so by about how much? Did yr Dr mention metatarsus adductus to you since you were born with it? I was born with one on each foot and have resisted surgery my whole life. I am at the point now where my forefront is so wide I can only wear mens sneakers so I am looking into having it done. The first Dr I saw mentioned metatarsus adductus and indicated I may not get a perfectly straight result. I also have hammer toes that need to be corrected. I just hate the thought that even surgery may not.get.me into normal shoes!

    • My foot is definitely less wide, and it’s not a perfectly straight result as the toe has shifted over a bit but it’s definitely MUCH, MUCH better than it was before. The best part is no more pain!!

  4. Thank you for your post. My foot looks EXACTLY like your pre-op photo. I am a marathon runner and concerned if the surgery will permanently affect my ability to run. I don’t have pain as long as I wear wider shoes, so not sure if I should get the surgery. Do you have any running limitations as a result of the surgery?

    • Hmm it sounds like your situation is slightly different from mine – my foot was painful every single day, no matter what type of shoes I wore. Granted, it felt BETTER in wide shoes, but would still hurt. I had a hard time finding running shoes that would work for me, and I even wore through the sides of a couple of pairs to the point where I created a hole on the side of my shoe where my bunion was. Running was really painful, so having the surgery allowed me to run better. Now I can run with no problems whatsoever (it just took a while to build my mileage back up after the surgery). If you’re not having any pain right now, I don’t think I would get the surgery. The pain was the biggest driving factor for me.

  5. I am just about to get bunion surgery! My surgery date is in three weeks! How strange (lucky!) that you only had it on the right! I have them on both feet but I’m only getting operated on for now!

    Thanks for the post, very helpful.

  6. Hi, I was just wondering where you bought that “peg leg” thing and when you were able to use it and how it improved your mobility!

    • It’s called the iWalk 2.0 and it sells for about $150. You can find it from a bunch of retailers online if you Google it. While it’s not cheap, it was SO worth it and made my recovery so much more manageable. I could basically “walk” around with it and be hands-free, which was 100,000 times better than crutches.

  7. I just had the lapidus procedure yesterday to remove a painful, hereditary bunion I had suffered with for decades. I’m also a runner and super into fitness so your story has been so helpful to read. My daily workouts are what I’m going to miss most of all. I’m especially looking forward to trying some of the non weight bearing workouts you included!

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