“Enough is enough.” Perhaps you’ve said this after making various lifestyle adjustments to compensate for your bunion and relieve pain, but things just aren’t getting much better. Now you’re determined to find a way to correct the problem for good: bunion surgery.
Just like any other surgery, it’s good to know what the whole plan entails before going through with it, including the recovery process. So take a look at this brief recovery guide to be prepared for what to expect following your bunion surgery.
For the first few days following surgery, you’ll be expected to take it easy--which is something most of us find hard to do! However, rest is important, along with the following guidelines:
● Stay off of your foot as much as possible; keep it elevated.
● Apply ice to the foot and toe every so often to aid the healing process and reduce inflammation.
● Make sure to avoid getting your stitches wet.
● Attend postoperative visits and take medications as recommended by your doctor.
To protect your foot, you’ll be given a surgical boot to wear for the first 6-8 weeks or so following the surgery. You’ll still be expected to take it easy and move around only if necessary. Continue to ice and elevate the foot as needed.
At the 10-day mark following surgery, stitches are typically removed. You’ll continue to wear the boot to support your foot and keep as much weight off of it as possible. If you find yourself needing to walk a short distance, do your best to not put a lot of weight on the foot. However, you’ll be able to gradually bear weight over time as you continue to recover.
It’s common for your foot to remain swollen to some degree for several months after bunion surgery. To help minimize pain, wear shoes with ample room in the toe box and rest the foot as needed. Ladies, we suggest you avoid wearing high heels for at least six months after surgery. In some cases, it may be recommended for you to do physical therapy, where you’ll learn exercises that can strengthen your foot and lower leg.
Now that you have a better idea for what to expect following bunion surgery, you can move forward with your plan of a better life without bunion pain. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your bunion pain for good, give Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona a call at 480-963-9000 to schedule your consultation today.