The toe exercises that I have been doing have paid off. Today I managed to get a shoe on!
This one (below), is tough because it makes your toe sore. You press down on the big toe as much as you can tolerate. My toe goes a bit white when I’m doing this one. I press and hold for a few seconds.
However, the pay off is that for the first time since the surgery (on 25th September) I can get a shoe on.
So I’m in my seventh week now. And it’s one week since I had the bandages off and got rid of the wedge shoe. Not bad. I had to take it off, couldn’t leave it on but it was a real step forward to be able to do it! I’m so chuffed!!
These are my new shoes (see pic below) which I bought from Clarks. They are extra wide fitting, and are called Edible Petal. These are ideal because I have a very stiff big toe after the surgery so I can’t flex it very much. The short front/top part means I don’t have to flex my toe that much to get it in. And the extra wide fitting (Fit EE) gets me a little bit extra room. I can’t really wear them yet, but will be able to in the near future. My foot will be liable to swelling for a while yet and so it was worth the expense of buying a decent pair of soft and easy to get on shoes!
This morning I also succeeded in getting my foot into my Websters shoes. These are called Foxglove (see below) and are bespoke shoes, with generous fitting and a few millimeters extra in the right shoe.
These were made for me when I had my bunion, and so the right shoe is slightly wider than the left. I walked up and down for about five minutes in these and it was a great feeling to be able to get a shoe on. It feels like a real milestone, although there’s a long way to go yet. Although they were made for my bunion foot, they are great for me while I’m transitioning from my surgical shoe into my proper shoes.
I went for another walk in the park today. I got the whole way round, that’s twice now. Very blustery weather today, but lovely autumn leaves to look at.