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wow – almost 3 years!

I can’t believe it’s been almost 3 years since my operation. Β It’s such a distant memory now.

I get the occasional ache in my left bunion (or where it used to be) and didn’t ever get enough movement back in that foot to be able to wear anything higher than around a 4cm heel, but I guess that was just bad luck as the other foot is completely fine.Β I don’t think I’d risk taking up running again but I can handle Zumba without too much of a problem.

So… if I was just to consider my right foot – which has healed as my surgeon intended and probably as it would for most people – I would say the result has been amazing. Full movement, normal looking foot and none of the day to day aching that was there so much of the time that I considered it normal.

Also they haven’t started to go back to how they were which is a big relief!

I guess this is how they are going to stay forever now so this really is the last post. It was fun blogging and with nearly 5,000 visitors and 20,000 views it seems it wasn’t a waste of time.

Ironically I’ve just stubbed my toe really badly…so badly that I yowled and hubby came running to see what on earth was going on! Β What a note to end on πŸ™‚

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1 year update

Having realised it’s been a year now since surgery I thought I’d do a final final update with some photos.

I’m not sure how to put this…. I’m still really glad I had them done BUT they do still hurt a bit and the left one has been a problem as I got so little movement back. Standing on tiptoes and wearing heels are both a definite no no and I think always will be!

The scars are fading but I’ve never really been bothered by that anyway.

Here are some photos, one of them shows how little the big toe on my left foot can be bent back…




My only niggling worry is that they might come back and I couldn’t bear that. It still makes me really happy every time I look at them and remember what they used to look like πŸ™‚

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8 months down the line…

They still hurt a bit…well just the left one mainly. It feels a bit odd – kind of numb and a bit achey and it’s very fussy about footwear still but I can’t quite put my finger on what makes for a comfy shoe and what doesn’t. Heel height obviously has something to do with it but it’s not just about that.

The scars still look quite bad. I’ve been using HealGel – which is meant to be a miracle potion for scars – but I really don’t think it’s making any difference :/

Oh, and if I run I think I possibly look a bit like a penguin (slightly flat footed!)

I’m still glad I had it done – that won’t change. And I would recommend anyone who’s contemplating surgery to go for it (as long as they really trust the surgeon)

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It’s been 6 months now and for the first time I need to wear a high(ish) heel
(damn that wedding invitation!!)

Trouble is it’s just not happening…my right foot is fine in a 3inch heel but left foot is having none of it. Physically getting the shoe on – with a straight big toe that can hardly bend – is really painful and then standing or walking, well it’s just not going to happen 😦

Whether this is because the left foot had problems healing or because I didn’t do enough physio early on, I don’t know, but more physio would surely have helped and it’s now that I’m regretting not pushing a bit harder (when it was still sore) because I have the perfect dress and a lovely pair of shoes and only 3 weeks to work out how the devil I’m going to walk in them


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5 Month Update

My new feet have been on holiday! It was amazing to be on the beach and not feel conscious of them and brilliant to be able to wear flip flops with everything πŸ˜„

So much has changed since I had the op…I feel a million times more confident and chilled out this summer. In the morning I can throw on anything and not really think about it as I can wear my Birkenstocks – in the past I’d agonise over what to wear in the summer because shoes were such a problem.

They are still a bit numb and tingly but I don’t notice it that often… it was funny in the sea because the sensation of the water where my scars are was weird!

My right foot is really good (the one that behaved post op) but the left one is still a tiny bit swollen and has more numbness and less movement. Whenever I read something like that on someone else’s blog it almost put me off having the operation but it’s not as bad as it sounds and for me it’s a small price to pay for all the benefits of having it done.

I didn’t bother with physio – I just concentrated on making myself walk normally and putting my weight in the middle of my feet when I walk.

One weird thing I’ve noticed is how many people have bunions! I felt like I was the only one when I had them but now I see them everywhere πŸ˜†


There are still small bumps where the bunions used to be and the scar on my left foot hasn’t healed all that well but the one on the right is hardly noticeable now. There’s still quite a gap between my big toes and their neighbours but it doesn’t look too strange…I call them my flip-flop feet 😊

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= a thousand words :)

I always wanted footprints like these…yay for my new footprints! πŸ™‚


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