Yippee! I’m five weeks post-op on my left foot (21 weeks post-op on the right). Next week I go back to see Dr. Herbst. I suspect he’ll say I can start wearing regular shoes again. I hope I’m healing up okay — what with my big dogs stepping on my foot all the time and a few mishaps I had in December (like tripping over that silly rug), I’m a smidge concerned that I’ve hindered the healing.
Pain: I can’t really say I’m having pain. There is still discomfort sometimes. I’m trying to remember if it’s worse than it was at this point after my last surgery, but I didn’t keep very good notes (thinking that surely I’d remember) so I don’t really know. Sometimes the discomfort feels like it’s in the bone or muscle, and sometimes it’s more a skin / scar thing. Usually it’s on the inside of the foot (where the bunion was removed) and sometimes it’s under the smaller incision (where I think the tendons were stretched, or released, or something.) I’d rate the discomfort as a 3 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the most pain. It’s more annoying than painful.
Swelling: Yeah, it’s still there. I don’t like using the cryo-cuff because, gosh darn it, it’s cold outside and sometimes when I get home from work I’m cold and the last thing I want to do is make my foot even colder. I should probably be using it more than I am, but I being cold in January tends to make me mopey.
Walking: I’m getting around pretty well without the crutches. I can manage stairs almost like a normal person. The worst is when I am in the snow and my foot gets cold and wet. I have started bringing a bread bag to work to slip over my foot in case I have to clean snow off my car before I go home. I keep the boot on pretty much all the time, but if I have to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I take my chances without it. I know, I live on the edge.
Incisions: They’re still a little scabbed and there’s still a little bit of purple marker in there. But the incisions are still too tender to scrub.