Bunion Surgery – The Aftermath

Hello – it’s been a while!

I got tired of updating you about how I was not doing anything interesting, so I stopped until I was recovered enough to be active.

I am 9 months post-op on my left foot, and 14 months post-op on my right foot. The pictures below show the before and after.

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What I love

  • I live completely pain-free now.
  • I can wear my bike shoes without the constricting pain of the hard material on the bunion.
  • When running, not only do my feet not hurt, but my knee pain also went away. I think having a good, stable base is so important.
  • I can do any type of physical activity without any concern for the screws or my foot strength or flexibility whatsoever.

What’s not so great

  • The scar on the big toe of my left foot is not healing very nicely. The skin is irritated and itches like crazy.
  • I can feel the screws on top of my foot, and there are certain shoes I cannot wear depending on where the seams are. I am getting the screws removed at the end of this year.
  • I lost fitness. My running pace now is slower than what it was pre-surgery.

What I have accomplished so far

  • First post-surgery 5K: Since I was cleared to start walking normally and easing back into workouts, I did 3 months of physical therapy and trained for a 5K in November. It was my second slowest 5K ever at 31:56. See it on Strava.
  • Determined to kick my own butt, I signed up for a resolution run and had the goal of sub-30. I made it (barely) with 29:16 (official time) at the Orlando New Years Run in sunny/humid 80-degree Florida and got my first-ever first place AG finish. The race was tiny, though 🙂 See it on Strava.
  • Our family tradition – a birthday triathlon to celebrate Bruno’s 32nd birthday. 32 minute swim, 32 minute bike, 32 minute run. It was AWESOME.

What’s next

  • I have 2 half marathons, 3 triathlons, 1 Ragnar relay, and 1 long ride planned this year. I’ll tell you all about it in my next post 🙂
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Author: Day

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

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