At the end of the first week (day 6) I was given a walking boot. I was told I could walk without crutches, just using the walking boot, but that was uncomfortable, so I used crutches for the next three days. Then I used one crutch for two days, and finally I started walking with just the walking boot. I felt like I had regained my freedom because now I could use my arms again for carrying things instead of holding crutches.
I was also told I could shower on day 6, but I ended up waiting until day 8 because I was nervous about it. Taking a shower turned out to be an adventure. I stood on one foot with my operated foot dangling because I didn’t want to put it down. I was so afraid I would fall, and my shower was very quick!
While I did a lot of research for this surgery beforehand, there was one thing no one prepared me for. Whenever my foot was out of the walking cast, (like when I was taking a shower or at night when I got up and used crutches because I didn’t want to put the boot on), my foot felt heavy, like a brick, and it felt like it was on fire. I asked the doctor about it, and he said that “thickness” and burning is completely normal and will subside with time.
I didn’t need much in the way of pain relievers. After I went off the prescription pain meds on day 3, I didn’t use anything to ease the discomfort except Arnica, and I was done with that by day 10.
I also didn’t prepare for a constant state of sleepiness after surgery. My last good night of sleep was the night before surgery. The first two weeks, I only averaged about 4 to 6 hours of sleep a night because I couldn’t get comfortable. I’m a side sleeper, and if I turned sideways, the incision hurt. Since I had incisions on both sides of my foot, no matter which way I slept, it was uncomfortable. I also still kept my foot propped up, so that was also awkward. At the end of the second week, I finally started sleeping better because the incisions weren’t so tender.
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