My friends, it has officially been 6 months since that fateful day in November when my little left bunion went under the knife. Things could not be better! Please enjoy the before & after photo. Take a look at that scar. While the difference may not be exponential, I do see less of a bunion formation. My foot is often swollen (yes, still) due to the bone healing and likely due to the fact that I work at a standing desk all day (this photo was taken around 11:30am today).
A bit of background on what has been achieved in the last 5 months or so:
In March, I enjoyed a vacation in Miami where I wore high heels for an extended period of time (3+ hours) and enjoyed walking around the city for hours on end with minimal pain and discomfort. I felt a distinct difference between my left and right feet after being on them for so long (sometimes in heels); while my right foot throbbed from the bunion that currently exists there, my left non-bunion foot contently waltzed along through the day.
I’ve been back at the gym/running/cycling/hiking regularly since December/early January. Mobility and flexibility in my left toes is back full force thanks to my activity level which has aided in stretching out my feet muscles. I see absolutely ZERO impact on my performance. Being athletic, risking performance/fitness capabilities was a huge concern for me going into surgery. Insurmountably satisfied with the outcome from my recovery. Dr. Passeri is one hell of a doctor!
On occasion, my foot will ache from time to time…but I attribute that to my bone still healin’ on up. Makes sense, don’t you think? I mean, I hear it takes up to a year for bone to heel completely. On the very rare occasion, I feel a strange tingling/popping where my bunion once was (mostly after long runs 4-5 miles…”long” should be taken with a grain of salt). It’s nothing that doesn’t go away after some time, so I’m not too worried about it.
I look forward to getting my second foot out of the way. The bunion that still lingers on my right foot is much bigger than the left one ever was…and thus, it is also significantly more painful at times. I will continue with the very sporadic updates throughout the year as I see fit and plan to pick up the blog full-speed-ahead come November when I get my right foot done.
Until that time, please feel free (as always) to reach out with any questions you may have! Thank you!