Thursday, June 08, 2006


Hey...I've been trying to post all day but has been down until now. Ok so I've been doing a lot of thinking...and I'm really confident that my feet are going to look fine. I think the major shock of yesterday was mostly from the narrowness of my feet. Because about 1/2-1 inch has been taken off each foot's width, AND since they have been in thick bandages for a week, I forgot how narrow my heels were, and therefore my bunion-less new feet. I took some pictures today of the new bandages...and also here are the old pics of the old bandages so you can understand how I forgot how narrow my foot was in addition to the shock of losing almost an inch in width from the bunion:

Old bandages

New bandages

Right foot

Left foot

So yeah there they are...I'm able to walk much easier, faster, and put pressure on more of my whole foot rather than just my heels. I was able to lay outside by my pool today for about 2 hours. I kept my feet up on a chair and while my feet were a little swollen from the heat, all in all I got some nice color and it felt nice to be able to be normal and not have to stay inside on a beautiful 80 degree sunny summer day.

Until tomorrow...


Blogger Charlotte said...

Hey :) My name is Charlotte and I too had a double bunionectomy on the 16th of this month. Thank u so much for your blog! It gave me a lot of info that at times I couldn't get from the professionals :) My surgeon told me before the surgery that its very likely that in about 15 years I will be back for a second double bunionectomy. I found this extremely disconcerting not because I hadn't heard it before but because he seems so sure that the recurrence would be so extreme that I would definitely need the surgery again??? I had thought that if they came back they wouldn't be half as bad as before (and mine were really really bad!) It must be about 5 years since your had yours now right? Has there been any recurrence so far do u think? Really appreciate any help u can offer x

June 27, 2011 6:19 AM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Oh just to add another question. Are you genetically predisposed to having bunions or were there other reasons? I am so perhaps that's why i've been told mine are likely to recur...

June 27, 2011 9:20 AM  
Anonymous Natalie said...

Hi Charlotte, I'm glad you found my blog helpful even 5 years after I finished it :-) How old are you? I got my surgery when I was 20 and I'm now 25 and my feet are still perfect. No sign of any bunions coming back thankfully. I would imagine the younger you are, the higher probability they would come back because your feet are still growing. Also, I was genetically predisposed as my mom had a double bunionectomy, my sister had a single, and my grandma has mild bunions (but never had surgery). We have bad feet in my family!! I hope you're feeling well and the worst pain is over. Please let me know if you have any other questions and thanks again!

June 27, 2011 10:05 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

Awww God bless you for replying! I really appreciate it. Thankfully I haven't really had any pain at all! I am 22 at the moment and my feet have stopped growing. My mum also has bunions (although she hasn't had the surgery and hers were not as bad as mine) my great grandmother on my dads side also had bunions I think so its definitely in the family. Sadly my lil sis who is only 11 also has then (her feet pretty much look exactly like mine did at her age) so I'm overly sensitive about the shoes she wears etc. I'm sure it drives her and mum crazy but I just don't want her to have to have the surgery if not desperately necessary. :/ It's really encouraging to know that although you also have a family history of bunions you have not experiences any recurrence. I'm praying the same will be true for me :) On Tues I will be having the plaster casts off finally! I'm not sure if my procedure was the same as yours so I'm not sure what they will put on my feet next- hopefully nothing and I can be free!
Thanks again and God bless :)

July 22, 2011 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Laura Furniss said...

Hi Natalie,
Thank you so much for posting such a candid blog. I am 29 (but still consider myself young) and all the research I can find on double bunionectomy surgery is posted by people 40+. Reading about your progress and recovery is so inspiring. I cannot afford professionally (or financially with the costs of the center, the anesthesia and the doc) to do two different surgeries.
My surgery is in two weeks and I am so glad I found your site! I know it was posted in 2006 but I really appreciate it still being up.

Thanks for sharing your experience. Congratulations on your (now not so new) feet!

October 19, 2011 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Natalie said...

Hi Laura! Thanks so much for reading and commenting. I'm glad this blog is so helpful to so many people. I know when I wrote it I found nothing by anyone younger than 40 too! I'm still loving my feet, and do happy I did the surgery when I was young. Good luck with your surgery and I'm sure you'll be as happy as I am!


October 19, 2011 3:06 PM  
Blogger Mindy500m said...

Hi Natalie, My name is Mindy and I am 32 years old. I am scheduled to have a dual surgery on March 22 as well as having 2 of my "hammer toes" fixed from having to small of hand me downs when I was young!! I have gotten so used to hiding my feet despite the fact that I absolutely LOVE my flippy floppys!! I actually curl my toes up when I feel someone looking at them! My fian'ce and I call them the curly fries! How terrible is that! LOL I have heard horror stories of healing from people who have only had one foot done at a time, but they are almost all older. My 16 year old patient just called me for the 2nd time telling me I really should'nt do them both!! I can't afford to pay myself to be off for a month (I am a dental asst. and have only 2 weeks of vacay per year, so I have to pay myself to take off the other 2 weeks)and I am getting married next year, so the idea of breaking it up that long really stinks. I found your blog to be very encouraging!!! I am actually applying to be a firefighter/Paramedic with the local fire dept soon and wanted to get a real time estimate from you... How long after the surgery (given that I heal at the same rate as you) would you say you were able to run and complete physical activities? The academy is quite challenging physically and also requires that an extra 75-100 lbs of weight be added to my already 135lb frame so I don't want to get in over my head to soon post-op!! What do you think?

December 28, 2011 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Natalie (Blog Writer) said...

Hi Mindy! Thanks for the comment, this post should be helpful:

But, you're having hammer toe surgery as well plus you're 12 years older than I was when I had my surgery. I would assume your body will take a bit longer to heal. I wouldn't have felt comfortable carrying 75-100 lbs of equipment with my new feet for quite some time. Even though I could run and exercise, I had to be very careful for at least 3 months since any trauma (e.g. dropping 100 lbs on my foot!) could have caused major issues. I think your podiatrist is the one to consult on this one. I'd hate for you to have to postpone the academy, but you don't want anything to happen to your new feet! No more curly fries for you lol :-)


December 30, 2011 12:44 PM  

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