I'm scheduled to have... Hammer toe surgery on both my feet and 4 toes (my second toe, which is longer than my big toe and my pinky toe). I was wondering how long it took for you to be able to wear heels and before your feet looked/felt normal. I'm excited and nervous. I'm sick of digging my toes into the sand, I want to wear sandals and feel confident.
At 5 months I still couldn't wear heels without a lot of pain. I still don't wear heels actually, more for the health of my feet, but I would say 8 months later I wore heels and felt comfortable in them. My doctor told me pinky toe surgery has a different healing process because in a shoe, your pinky is constantly being rubbed against, so maybe if you do a summer surgery you can wear flip flops or a sandal while healing. Since it would take so long to heel I decided not to get the pinky done.
My feet looked "normal" at about maybe 7 months after but it can take up to a year for swelling to go down I hear. My toes very swollen for a while (you'll know they still have swelling because they float haha! They don't touch the ground while swollen), but I kept my toes wrapped in bandages for like 6 months and then I gave up, I couldn't do it anymore! I believe my swelling went down considerably after about 9 months.
I started to feel somewhat back to normal as a person though at about 4 months, whenever I had stopped limping hard. Because the limp, since both feet are done, was really a very hard limp, I didn't expect that. In terms of normal feeling in my feet, my feet have never felt the way they did before, I mean I have sensitivity back but I can't bend my toes in the middle. I should upload a video to show what I mean, maybe I'll do that soon.
I just always say that unlike some cosmetic surgeries, there is work I had to actually do that I didn't expect, time consuming work like properly cleaning the wounds, wrapping the toes for MONTHS before going to work, toe exercises etc. It wasn't what I expected, I thought I would go in, have it done, rest and heal and get back to life. So back to normal is something that came at a very very slow pace for me, slower than I would have liked. I hope this helps, and if you've made up your mind already I would love to hear about your progress along the way! Some of the blogs helped keep me from losing my mind when I felt certain unexpected things while healing!
4 Years Since Surgery!
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