Bunions Surgery Recovery Q&A
If you have bunions, then you already know how they can affect daily activities, and really, your life. And if you’re currently deciding whether surgery is your best option, or if you’ve already decided to proceed with surgery, then you might be wondering about recovery time and have some questions about it. Let’s address some of the most common questions we get here at Magdalena Blasko DPM Inc. Here is our bunions surgery recovery Q&A!
Will there be pain after a bunions surgery?
It’s common for there to be some pain after a surgery, but generally, this pain is minimal and mitigated by over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Most patients will experience some discomfort for a few days to a few weeks. The more closely you follow your surgeon’s post-surgery instructions and stick to the medications, the less pain and swelling you’ll experience.
How should I care for my foot after a bunion surgery?
For the first few weeks, you’ll need to keep your stitches and bandages dry and clean. When showering or bathing, you can cover your foot with a plastic bag to help it stay dry. You’ll also want to elevate your foot when you’re sitting or laying down, and use over-the-counter NSAIDs to ease the pain and inflammation. Additionally, if your specialist or surgeon recommended physical therapy, practice your exercises regularly. Follow your specialist’s and/or surgeon’s post-care instructions as closely as possible.
After bunion surgery, when will I be able to return to regular activities?
You’ll have a period of rehabilitation first, and this depends on the severity of your bunion and the kind of surgery you received. You’ll likely be able to bear weight soon after the surgery, but with a walking boot and crutches. After a few days, though, you may be able to walk without crutches. Recovery and rehabilitation will likely take six to eight weeks, but then you’ll be able to return to the activities you enjoy and even the activities you used to do before your bunion!
When will I be able to wear my regular shoes after a bunion surgery?
This also depends on the severity of your bunion and the surgery you received, but generally, you should be able to go back to wearing your regular shoes after several weeks. Some types of shoes, like high heels, might exacerbate the conditions that created your bunion in the first place. It’s better to wear comfortable shoes that support your arches. You might benefit from custom orthotic inserts that can accommodate the bunion-prone foot, so you may want to ask your specialist or surgeon about these.
What else do I need to know about bunions surgery recovery?
Magdalena Blasko DPM Inc is fully capable of providing the kind of procedure you’ll need to treat your bunions, and we can provide any of the products and prescriptions you’ll need for recovery too. We do everything we can to expedite the recovery of our patients, and we’ll be here for you throughout your recovery if you need our services for any reason. You can be sure you’ll be in good hands with us here at Magdalena Blasko DPM Inc.
That’s it for our Q&A, but if you have any other questions for us, you’re more than welcome to reach out to us. Just give us a call. You’re also welcome to book a consultation with us so we can look at your medical profile and help you discuss your treatment options. Whenever you’re ready to come see us in-person, you’ll find our clinic at 1600 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115, USA.
We hope we’ve answered some of your questions and that we hear from you soon at Magdalena Blasko DPM Inc!