Bunion Surgery Recovery: Week 12

Yesterday marked 12 weeks post bunion surgery. It’s incredible how easy it is to fall back into a normal routine and forget the recovery journey, and I find myself randomly longing for the early Netflix-and-napping-all-day days. I’m stuck between “still recovering” and “almost okay” which is a bit awkward.

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12 weeks after bunion surgery

These are the things that remind me that I’m still recovering:

  • I cannot drive yet
  • I cannot wear regular shoes
  • No exercise using my feet
  • I still have to wear a toe separator
  • My foot swells and tingles after being at the office all day
  • I have a limp when I walk

This are the things that make me feel almost okay:

  • I can spend 8 hours at the office with only some discomfort
  • I CAN SWIM (provided I am not barefoot around the pool)
  • I’ve been killing my upper body weight training
  • I can sleep normally
  • I can wear regular shoes (if they have thick, sturdy soles — so not my regular shoes)
  • I can paint my toe nails 😉

My next recovery milestone is driving and doing some form of exercise that involves using my foot. I am very happy with the pace of my recovery and the surgery results. My right foot does not hurt at all, and now I am noticing the bunion pain in my left foot (which was shadowed by the severe pain in the right foot).

I can’t yet say whether this will make running or cycling better for me in the end, but I can’t imagine how it could not!

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Author: Day

On the road to Ironman..starting with learning to walk again.

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