In the second week after surgery, I felt like I had regained some freedom, but I was still dealing with discomfort in my foot and difficulty showering.

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The Walking Boot Delivers Freedom!

At the end of the first week (day 6) the doctor gave me a walking boot.  He told me 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.

The Challenge of Showering

The doctor also told me 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!

Residual Discomfort

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.

Trouble Sleeping

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.

If you’d like to catch up on my foot surgery journey, here are some related posts:

My Upcoming Surgery for Hallux Limitus and Tailor’s Bunion

Austin Bunionectomy & Tailor’s Bunion Surgery Recovery: The First Week

 

 

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