Two straight steps forward

20151206_120206Foot surgery is probably not most people’s idea of excitement. It’s not really mine either but I am a bit excited because I’ve now had the unsightly and painful bunions corrected on both feet and my toes are straight. It’s a good feeling to end 2015 with this behind me.

I had surgery on my right foot in September and then on the left foot on 25 November. After one week I was able to get out and (slowly) about to enjoy the sights of Paris again. My first expedition after the November surgery was to the newly re-opened Musée Rodin to take advantage of the free entry for the first Sunday of the month. Even then in the grasp of winter there were several brave roses blooming in the garden. The museum has been completely renovated over the last 3 years, the new look is subtle and becoming for display of Rodin’s works. His famed work, the Walking Man, struck a chord with me on this visit; strong straight feet and powerful legs – something to be thankful for. Everything in this museum is intense, full of emotion: passion, anguish, despair and thought flow from the huge marble and bronze figures. Such a treat.

At home or out and about I am restricted to wearing special shoes designed for therapeutic use after front-of-foot surgery. Not surprisingly these beauties won’t be seen on a Paris catwalk but they are magic.

Endowed with an inherited tendency my big toes have been gradually tipping sideways for a long time. I had reached the point where I had only one old pair of trainers and a pair of ugly sandals that I could wear all day without feeling significant pain. No matter what shoes I bought, (and there were a few) high quality, orthotic friendly, low heeled, wide toe, the result was the same: intense pain after an hour of having them on my feet. Enough is enough, I enjoy walking, I walk a lot wherever I am and I want to keep walking. I decided on bunion surgery now while I am fit to recover easily.

I had both operations done at the Institute Hospitalier Franco-Britannique under local, epidural anaesthesia and came home the same day. The entire team of people caring for me were simply Top! Preparing me for theatre the anaesthesia and nursing staff were totally professional, kind and friendly. We chatted, en français, about rugby, la coupe-de-monde and la belle équipe neo zélandais. This was one of the more weird French language experiences I’ve had. Talking to people wearing masks really focussed my listening skills and to be helpful my nurse insisted to her colleagues: articulez! The journey has been straightforward from start to finish. I’m so very grateful to my surgeon for his excellent care and skill, and perfect English.

Straight toes for the New Year? That’s definitely exciting, and in 3 weeks I will graduate to trainers then after another month’s time I ought to be able to wear regular shoes just in time for spring in Paris.  Meanwhile Happy New Year to you all.

Here’s the proof: top = before, centre = right side done and below = both feet done. At the moment my left foot is still a little swollen (and cold when I took this photo) but improvement is coming along visibly.





9 thoughts on “Two straight steps forward

  1. What good news, Keiry! Your walking future appears totally rosy. When we get to comparing feet I’ll post mine: they don’t look much since some part with a name I’ve forgotten has collapsed, but wearing insoles in suitable shoes means there is no discomfort. And I gave up winklepickers (you may never have known these but there was a recent move back to the very narrow pointed toes) ever so long ago so don’t feel the slightest bit deprived. Marianne is a quite a different matter, alas …
    All the best for 2016 ! Love to you both.

  2. Lyn says:

    Wow they look great no wonder they hurt before I am sure toes aren’t meant to be on that angle. Have a fab 2016 love from us xx

  3. kiwiyarns says:

    What a wonderful relief that must be! All the best for many happy walking years ahead!

  4. Derely says:

    Good for you Keiry! I suspect this has been a painful time but you can smile knowing it’s healing pain. Shout yourself to a pedicure and celebrate!

    • keiryberry says:

      Oh yes, I’ve been thinking about a pedicure Derely. Actually there has not been much pain st all, the wonders of new surgical techniques. Happy New Year to you hope you are going well, all the best.

  5. Margaret Gibbs says:

    Good for you Keiry – walking is essential! And interestingly, I too had my bunions done last year – and I am happily walking everywhere – and buying nice shoes too – Happy New Year – and Happy Birthday!

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