“Mary, your book is a life saver.
A survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association, reported by The Clarion-Ledger, found that 73 percent of women have a shoe-related foot problem. Forty-two percent of women admitted they would wear a shoe that was uncomfortable. Okay, so the report was done by people in the business of fixing feet, but that’s still a lot of women!
It’s been nine months since my bunion surgery and I just bought three new pairs of shoes – all sandals, two pair with 1 1/2 inch heels and one pair with 2 1/2 inch heels, a heel height I haven’t worn in over a decade.
All the shoes have slight annoyances that border on almost uncomfortable enough to take back, but I’m hoping that a few more wearings will break them in and the leather will stretch enough to accommodate my feet, not the other way around.
Thank goodness I was smart enough to look for 1/4 inch rubber bottomed soles, which Naturalizer and Lifestride make, and add an adhesive gel padding to the insole for more comfort.
The extra padding is better than nothing, but the gel rolls up at the edges and becomes sticky on your feet, which requires reflattening every time you wear the shoes, and which my toes try to adjust when I’m sitting in meetings. Ten dollars at Famous Footwear.
Save your money and buy thicker soled shoes or use the gel-rolling as exercise for nervous toes that are hoping you’ll choose shoes with arch support, a lower heel, and a wide toe box.
I just found an excellent overview of the major reasons for bunion surgery, the risks of bunion surgery (I have experienced all of them but an infection) and what to expect before, during, and after bunion surgery from the Anne Arundel Medical Center. Based on my personal experience, this information is the most accurate I have run across.
Here’s a list of the risks of bunion surgery:
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include, but are not limited to:
- delayed healing
Other complications may include recurrence of the bunion, nerve damage, and continued pain. The surgery may also result in over-correction of the problem, in which the big toe extends away from the other toes.
There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.
I’m sitting in the waiting room at my car service center (Acura Kearny Mesa in San Diego – they’re great! They even provide free wireless service!) waiting for the news about whether my right rear brake needs to be repaired (interesting – I wonder if there’s any metaphor here – my right foot is my bunion surgery foot that needs to be repaired again.
You may remember me telling you in a previous post or two how much I LOVE these toe muscle stretchers. I use them at the end of the day, I use them when I meditate, and I take them with me when I travel. They’ve really helped manage the post-surgery pain on my right foot and relieve aching on my left foot after a full day of standing and walking.
Love your feet; they’ll take you anywhere you want.
Bunion Survivor’s Guide to Successful Bunion Surgery & Recovery
I cannot walk barefoot or dance without pain on the sole of my foot because the bone of the third toe is pushing through the bottom, just like the second toe used to. The surgeon said that sometimes secondary problems that have always been there but have gone unnoticed, show up after surgery because they’re no longer masked by the bigger problem (bunion) that is now resolved. (Hmmm…is there any chance that maybe he just didn’t look deeply enough at the issue because he only spent five minutes with me before surgery looking at my x-rays and foot to give me a diagnosis?)
And my second toe is still elevated by 1/4 inch from the floor because of the scar tissue tightening it up. To wear shoes I have to rearrange that second toe so it lays down straight and doesn’t sit on top of my third toe in order to get my shoes on. (God love YogaToes)
Oh, and now I have additional pain in my heel when I bend over and my lower back constantly aches for the first few hours of the day after waking up or sitting too long.
It wasn’t supposed to turn out that way. So I won’t be going back to the surgeon for corrective surgery. I will be asking him for copies of all my x-rays and records so I can take them with me to the 2nd Opinion doctor for a review.
TIP: Get copies of your x-rays each time you visit your doctor. Keep them for your own records. You never know when you might need them, and the longer you wait, the more difficult it could be to get them.
In the meantime, I’m visualizing my foot returning to it’s healthy state. I heard a great affirmation to help with that:
“Infinite intelligence lives within me and created
all that I am – my bones, my muscles, my tissues,
my organs, all of me, and it knows how to heal me.
I am perfectly healthy now.”
Now if my foot would just figure that out. Or is it my brain?
I am grateful to my surgeon for helping me to resolve my foot pain. I’m grateful to the 2nd opinion doctor for helping me recover successfully. I am grateful to my body for knowing how to heal itself. I am grateful to my foot for enduring the pain and allowing me to walk again. I am grateful for the New Balance 825 shoes and the orthotics that allow me to walk comfortably in the canyons and along the beach. I am grateful to be alive.
Long live feet!
My Yoga Toes arrived and I love them! They really help create space between my toes and since my surgery, I really need that. They are kind of clunky at first but as the directions say, if you wet them a little, they’re easier to put on.
The directions say you can put them in the freezer or the microwave. I’ll let you know how that goes. (Oh, I mean wearing them after they’ve been heated up or cooled off. Not to be confused with eating.)
If you decide to walk around in them, don’t. You’ll trip. But do get them.
Click on the photo for learn more.
I just ordered my first pair of Yoga Toes (size Medium). The testimonials are so compelling I couldn’t resist. If you have used YogaToes, post a comment below and let me know how they worked for your bunions. As soon as my YogaToes arrive, I’ll let you know the results.
Here’s what the website has to say:
YogaToes® Revolutionize Foot Care
What your podiatrist won’t tell you about foot care is that it’s easy – routine exercise keeps your feet in shape, just like the rest of your body.Now there is a product to do the work for you – YogaToes. They work while you kick your feet up and relax. YogaToes will stretch, strengthen, and align foot muscles. This action increases circulation, straightens bent toes, and can even realign the bones. YogaToes are truly revolutionary.
YogaToes help relieve foot pain and improve strength, flexibility and appearance. Don’t wait until small problems become debilitating. Don’t waste hours and money at the doctor’s office. YogaToes tackle the problems at their source, keeping your feet healthy with exercise.
[Postnote: They arrived. I love them!]