Bunion Surgery


Hey everyone! This is going to be a bit of a longer post (sorry in advance):

So let me just start by saying, for those who don’t know what bunions (or as one of my best friends likes to call them; “bunnies”) are, they’re a build up of bone on either side of your foot (near the toes). Some people have them and they don’t bother them; but many people, like me, get them and they cause them pain on a daily basis.

This prompted me to meet with an Orthopaedic surgeon to discuss my options. I was in SERIOUS pain, where I could barely walk some days or would be limping horribly. He determined that based on the X-rays I was a candidate for the surgery, if I felt that it would be worth it. (The process of getting a referral to the surgeon took about 9 months, and then an additional 1.5 years on the wait list for the surgery).

My first surgery was on February 28th, 2013 (Left foot) and my most recent was on September 5th, 2013 (Right foot). Let me just say, this surgery isn’t to correct minimal pain for bunions, it is QUITE painful (at least my first surgery was, this one wasn’t so bad, although still painful). So please take that into consideration.

If you determine that surgery IS the way to go because you ARE in a fair amount of pain, after the healing (which is about 6-10 weeks, depending on how quickly you heal) it definitely helps and in the long run is worth it!

*For those considering the surgery*:

A couple of tips I learned as I went, which I didn’t know the first time around and may have helped make the second one less painful:

  • PREPARE – a couple days before, make a couple dishes or your favourite snacks that you can freeze, to make it quicker/ easier for those taking care of you. I made: peanut butter protein balls, frozen grapes, and frozen fruit covered in greek yogurt. For recipes please comment and I will provide them!
  • STAY OFF YOUR FOOT – the first day after surgery, they add additional freezing to allow you to get home in minimal pain. The first time, I walked in my special boot that a) I didn’t know how to properly use yet and b) I couldn’t feel if I was causing more damage. So just stay off it
  • ELEVATE – as soon as you get home! I also limited the amount I got up – it takes about 4-5 hours for the freezing to wear off (in my case), so when I felt it starting to wear off, I went to the washroom for the last time/ brushed my teeth, so that when the freezing did wear off, my foot wasn’t down. (The change from elevating to putting your foot down can cause a bit of pain).
  • GET CRUTCHES/ CANE – the crutches make it easier for your foot to heal, trust me, you’ll need them. The cane is for when you can put pressure on your foot, but it’s for added support (I am the worlds clumsiest person, having one working foot isn’t a walk in the park).
  • DO SQUATS/ YOGA BEFOREHAND- this might be odd, but having one foot requires a fair amount of core strength and balance, you’re going to have to sit on the toilet, stand up from the bed, all with the use of one leg (trust me, this makes it SO much easier to cope).
  • VITAMIN C- this is your friend! Before & after your surgery, make sure to load up (in a healthy dose) of vitamin c, it’s been linked with helping promote healing (I’m not a scientist or doctor, but it was a tip from my dad & with the power of google, I found articles supporting this tip).
  • GRAVOL & GINGER ALE – I was put on prettttyyyy strong drugs & my body is not used to them nor likes them, so I felt horrid and these 2 became my best friends. (Check with your doctor before mixing Gravol with what they prescribe). The perk of Gravol besides calming your stomach – it knocks you out making it a bit easier to sleep through the pain
  • NETFLIX – or any sort of device that doesn’t require you to get up and change the DVD. The first week of my surgery my TV is on pretty much 24/7, for a couple of reasons : I would wake up in the middle of the night from some pain and having the TV on would a) give me something to distract myself with and b) relaxed me. (Jennifer Aniston movies and chick flicks worked best).
  • CHAIR IN SHOWER- trust me, standing taking a shower is NOT going to work out, luckily I had a bench in mine built in, but if you go to the dollar store and grab a cheap plastic chair it will make your life so much easier! (As well as in the bathroom for doing hair/ make-up when you eventually go out).
*The first surgery it took me 2 weeks to go downstairs & 3-3.5 before I could walk with a cane (without crutches). The second surgery it took me 4 days to go downstairs & 1 week to walk with a cane without crutches.
I think using the coconut oil in recipes may have helped as well- it helps promote healing :
If you have any additional questions about the surgery and recovery, I will be happy to answer!
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If you notice on the picture, how the bone on the right protrudes & the toes are much closer together because of that.
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4 thoughts on “Bunion Surgery

  1. Hi I just have a question I can’t quite see it in the picture but how was the scar after your recovery? I had a bunion surgery on my right foot in December 2011 and I was left with a terrible scar that caused me Pain whenever I wore shoes. Also, one of the pins (not exactly sure what they’re called) went out of place and I had sharp aches on my foot that literally felt like someone was stabbing me. So in December 2012 I got another surgery to fix the pin that had gone out of place and the doctor also tried to do it in a way that wouldn’t leave a bad scar. But now I still have the horrible scar and it hurts a lot when I’m wearing shoes for a long while. It’s actually pretty frustrating up to the point where I regret having the surgery in the first place because I am in more pain now. That’s also the reason why I haven’t gotten the surgery on my left foot. Please tell about your scar and how it felt afterwards.

    • Hi Jamie,

      I have been told it takes anywhere up to a little over a year to heal completely, as well as any time you have surgery, you develop a small amount of arthritis in that area. As for my scar, I have a bit of a keloid, which (if you don’t know) is a build up of scar tissue. They can take about 5 years to disappear and mine is pretty sensitive. For the most part though mine has healed pretty well. I have absolutely no complaints about my second surgery, it healed incredibly. That being said, if your left foot is in pain from the bunion, maybe consider a new surgeon? I am not sure where you’re located or if it’s possible for your doctor to put in a referral to a different surgeon.

      My healing time (time I had off work) was 8 weeks, that could have helped. Finding shoes that support your foot are key as well.

      I am not an expert on the subject, I went into my first surgery blind and had to learn some things the hard way, I hope I was able to help a little at the very least. If you have any other questions, I’ll answer to the best of my ability.

      Good luck with your left foot, and I hope your right one stops bothering you soon!

      Thanks for reading :)

      – Courtney

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