I think the pain is an individual thing, there were days when I was uncmfortable but you kind of got used to it and it was the days when it didn't hurt too much that I noticed and was good. It is about listening to your body and realising when you have done enough. The first two weeks I just sat with my foot elevated and iced it 20 mins on 20 mins off ( which is what my doctor had told me to do !) ..
Three months post op I was starting to notice that i was feeling a little normal again , I had gradually added a little more walking into my day I returned to circuit training but not doing anything that really impacted on my foot and I was starting to feel like I had turned a bit of a corner in recovery, I was still having to ice it occasinally on an evening, but by the four month mark - I really noticed a big difference in how I felt, I wasn't iceing it as much which then cam to a stop and could tell that I was ready to try some gentle short runs and felt positive about having the operation.
I am just about to have my other foot done just this week and feel more positive about it as I now know how my recovery was on my other foot and can plan ahead , although I did slip and fall when we had some black ice in December which I don't think helped , but this time round I am hoping with no falls I may even recover quicker !!!! Fingers crossed.
And although it is frustrating not being as active fora few months long term it will be better, and I can't wait for September knowing I truly am on the road to getting my fittness bacdk to what it was and start planning ahead for some adventures!!!
I am 9 weeks post op from having my bunion removed and big toe straightend... It was only last week that I felt that I was walking more naturally.. which was a great relief, I was told by the hospital that following surgery and once I returned to work , 20 mins walking would be ample , which it is ; and that it would be at least 3 months before i could run. I am normally very active, I commute by foot and public transport to work which meant that I did at least an hours walk a day on top of any other exercise I would do i.e. running, circuit training, spinning and then long walks on the weekend etc. I hope to build my fitness and stamina back up by spinning and swimming and gradually building up the time on my feet before I feel comfortable enough to run and hope to be able to do a short gentle run by mid / end of Feb all being well - I think I will find this the hardest part of recovery as I want to do the stuff I enjoy ...