I have a question and need advice. I am 45 female; hammertoes are family propensity and I am also at the specific position at work where I have to wear high- heel shoes. Next month I am planning a hammertoe surgery. I already talked to a doctor, but I would like to talk to someone, that has already experience this surgery. Doctor explained me the process of surgery, but I read somewhere that post hammertoe surgery recovery is quite long-lasting and also painful. Anyone here with experience of post hammertoe surgery recovery? Need advice! Is it true what they say?
Two years ago I had this operation and by my opinion the surgery and post hammertoe surgery recovery isn’t as painful as are painful hammertoes itself.
I won’t go into details of hammertoe surgery, I shall describe you post hammertoe surgery recovery.
After the operation and before you shall leave the hospital, your toes shall be wrapped in bandages to hold the toes in place. You will receive instructions on maintaining these. And you will have to wear a special post-surgical shoe to protect your foot. You might also have to use crutches for a few days, since you will have to avoid putting weight on your foot- on contrary- your foot will have to be elevated for most of the time (as much as possible) and treated with ice for several days.
Your stitches shall be removed in a couple of weeks, but you will have to use the bandages and special post- surgical shoe for foot protection for 8 weeks (maybe even longer)!!!! So, yes, post hammertoe surgery recovery is relatively long- lasting, but not as painful as not having an operation.
Anyhow, you shouldn’t wear high heels shoes (if you will wear them there is a greater chance your state shall worsen) but athletic shoes or soft leather shoes for several months once your bandages have been removed. You might be prescribed exercises for improving the motion of your toes. This exercises shall include picking up light objects…
As you said, you are at the position at work where you should wear high heel shoes. You must avoid them!!! Since your hammertoes are family propensity there is a bigger chance of their return! Your toes shouldn’t be squeezed or pinched in the toe box!!! While standing there should be a half inch of space for your longest toe at the end of each shoe.
Wear shoes with less than two inches heels!!! You must forget high heel shoes, since they shift all your body weight onto your toes and they tremendously increase the pressure on your toes and their joints.
You must wear comfortable shoes or even orthotics to correct mechanical movement problems in order your post hammertoe surgery recovery ends well.
I wish you all the best with your surgery and recovery!
I am a 42 year old female and just last week I had the hammertoe surgery. The surgery was done on my left foot this time, 3 years ago I had it done on my right foot. The surgery is less painful after several days, and you should be able to walk around on crutches after a while. I would limit the amount of walking that I do. Also, having had the surgery in the past, I was unable to wear a "normal" shoe for about 2 1/2 months. I wouldn't sugguest that anyone think that they will start wearing heels, this will take quite some time. Anyway, good luck with your surgery, you should be pleased with the results.
Few hours after the operation I felt nothing. It was wonderful. The next day there were some swelling and some pain but bearable pain. I must say that on the scale of 1-10, one being nothing and 10 being most painful, the scale was 3. The pain was really manageable throughout.
I was able to walk around in crutches after the first 48 hours. The ice bags the hospital gave helped a lot in alleviating the swelling and the pain. The pain killer that was prescribed to me (Vicodine) made me so dizzy it made me vomit often so I stopped taking pain meds and managed the pain. I continued taking all the anti-biotics until it was time to stop.
12 days after the surgery I had to travel for business, you see I travel a lot for my business and being out of commission for so long would put my business in jeopardy. So 12 days after the bid day I was flying on my way to Denver. I wore the post-surgical shoes, bandages, and walked with crutches throughout. The people at the airport were very polite and helpful, so were my clients in Denver.
This morning, 11th of July, 18 days after the surgery my doctor said my feet were healing phenomenally. But he was still unable to take the stitches off. He set my feet free of bandages though.
One thing about bandages, they can make your feet smell. Because you're not suppose to wet those feet while they are healing any perspiration you have stays in the feet. Also those surgical tapes the doctors use to put bandages in place they can get really itchy on the skin.
To relieve the skin of my feet from itching too much, I would clean my feet with warm soapy towel, and I washed the cloth bandages that were installed there by the doctor for external protection.
On Friday, 20th of July, I am scheduled to go back to my doctor to remove the stitches. I have to fly for business again on the 25th and I am hoping I'd be able to wear better open toes shoes by then.
I am sure how much longer should I wait before being able to wear normal shoes again.
Oh by the way... does anybody knows of a platform post-operative shoes? I mean, one that have just a little bit more of a heels? or something thicker like the ones worn by diabetic?
I had my stiches taken out on day 8 and on day 14, the doctor said I was healing extremely well and that I could wear shoes other than the post-operative shoes as long as my toes didn't hurt. Hah! I went to go try on other shoes and guess what? I'm still wearing my post-op shoes because frankly, unless I'm wearing sandals with nothing at all touching my toes, I feel pain. And, since it's winter, it's hard to even find sandals in the store.
Also, my toes are painful. Although the surgery went well and I stoped taking pain meds on day two (the nausea from the Vicodin was worse than the foot pain!) my toes feel bruised and tender. I'm came online just now to see what I might expect in terms of how long until I wear normal shoes again, and it looks like I've got a ways to go. Either way, I'm glad I had this operation and also glad I healed quickly (so far!) I'm almost 42 and in great health, and I have to say, all the care I've given to my health since I was in my 20's has paid off. I'm a big fan of preventative health! Good luck!
I'll be getting the stitches out next week, and think I may be able to stop using the special shoe after that. So far, I'm amazed at how easy it's all been. However, I would agree with the others that you just should not wear high-heeled shoes. There are attractive lower shoes, and wearing high heels is just asking for more foot trouble.
Carol in Fla.
Is there away I can take a shower with a bag. The Doctor says no because it may get wait and infected.
I can sympathise with you 100% as I have very similar symptoms.
I had bunion and 4 hammer toes fixed 10 wks ago and have all the same problems you have. My physio just says its early days yet but each day it never seems to get much better. How are you progressing now?
To day I went to physio and was told I have to start standing on one leg for a minute at atime to start putting more pressure on my foot its very painful
10 weeks ago I had a bunion fixed and 4 hammer toes fixed. I have very similar symptoms to you . Every day my foot seems not much different.
To day I went to physio and was told its early days yet. I have progressed from wheel chair to 2 crutches to 1 crutch. now I have to start putting more pressure on my foot I have to stand on my bad foot with my good foot off the floor for up to a minute ,its painful. How are you progressing now, do you have any more improvement?
I am a 44 year old female who had bunion and hammertoe surgery on April 3,08. This has not been an easy surgery to say the least. My right foot ...2nd ,3rd 4th toe pinned and a bunion and tailors bunion removed at the same time.I am almost eight weeks post op . I am still very tender and very swollen. I was told by my Doc that I needed to get my foot into a shoe..He claims the only way the swelling is going to go down is for the foot to be confined and compressed.So , today I put a shoe on for the first time since my surgery. I will continue to due this although I am not looking forward to this PAINFUL process. My concerns are how long before the swelling and tenderness goes away to where I am comfortable again and I am able to bend my toes.
Iam having Physio twice a week as I still have no proper feeling in my toes. The pain has been beyond belief. I can not get a shoe near my foot it is so swollen still.
The whole experience has been so debilitating ,I never dreamed it would take so long
Erin :'( :'( :'(