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!
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?
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!
Interested in hearing more about my bunion surgery? Here’s a round-up of my surgery posts!
Post bunion surgery updates
- Post surgery update #1 (two days post-op)
- Post surgery update #2 (one week post-op)
- Post surgery update #3 (two weeks post-op)
- Post surgery update #4 (six weeks post-op)
- Gifts and gadgets to help with bunion surgery (one week post-op)
- Three workouts for lower leg injuries
- Breaking free of crutches part I (four weeks post-op)
- Breaking free of crutches part II (five weeks post-op)
- Breaking free of the boot (six week post-op)
- Getting back into low-impact workouts (10 weeks post-op)
- The return to running (16 weeks post-op)
Question of the day: Do you get weirded out by feet?
Yuck – I hate feet.