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The response to the question below was authored by Marc Mitnick DPM
trouble walking after removal of bunion and metatarsils 8 days after surgery
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
I am a healthy, fit 44 year old woman who had a bunion on the great toe and metatarsals on 2nd and 3rd toe removed 8 days ago. I visited my surgeon's office today and met two girls were there who also had foot surgery a week ago and were able to use their heels on the foot they had suregery to walk on. I experienced great pain for the first four days that I was able to get minimal relief by taking PMS Hydromorphone (4MG). Although I am mostly out of pain now when resting my foot, I feel quite intense pain when I try to put weight on my heel to walk, so much so that I cannot put my full weight on it.
I am concerned that I am not progressing as I should if the two girls are able to walk with their heels. I am also wondering if there is something abnormal about me because of the pain I experienced those first four days where as so many others I have talked to told me they had much less pain. Ironically, I had 2 wisdom teeth out just over a month ago and experienced no pain at all. Discomfort, but not pain. Please help!
The short answer is that no two people heal at the same rate. You had surgery on your bunion and two metatarsal bones and I would think it would be normal to still have a fair amount of pain eight days post op.
As long as you do not have an infection and assuming if any of the bones were surgically broken and are not aligned properly, the pain you are experiencing is pretty much normal.
Having said that, you should begin to experience less and less pain as the days and weeks progress. Keep your surgeon aware of your progress.
Marc Mitnick DPM
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