Bunion surgery – 7 years on

It’s now seven years since I had my bunion surgery at Whipps Cross hospital in London so I thought I’d write a follow up post about how I’ve been getting on.

I am one of the fortunate people who had only one bunion to worry about. I had surgery on my right foot and the left one was and is still ok with no sign of any bunion. Sometimes when you have surgery the bunion can reappear but thankfully for me that hasn’t happened.

Since my surgery I have done the Coach to 5K NHS running course on my treadmill. I didn’t have a problem with my foot at all. I moved house last year and don’t have my treadmill anymore and as I don’t like running outdoors I don’t do this anymore.

I’m getting into walking now and now regularly go walking with my local On Your Doorstep Walking for Health group. I’ve given up work to look after my parents so I’m not as active as I’m not on my feet at work or walking to and from the train station 5 days a week. So, I need to make sure I keep active and fit and I’ve got my fitbit to keep me on track.

I am active as I want to be and have not got any issues from the surgery which stop me from doing anything I want to do.

My right toe is shorter than it was and it’s definitely stiffer than the left toe. Sometimes if I squat down to pick something when I’m gardening it bends my toe back and it can be a bit painful and I wince slightly and I wish I hadn’t done it! But it’s not a major issue and compared to the difficulty walking and the pain I was in before my surgery it’s really nothing.

I had a bunion for several years before it got worse and got painful so the surgery was done not for cosmetic reasons but because I was in pain when I was walking. It’s not an exaggeration to say it was a life changer for me and I’m glad I had it done.

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