Deciding to have bunion surgery or any surgical procedure can be frightening. However, you can take steps to ensure that your bunion surgery recovery time is as quick, complete and painless as possible. At La Peer Health Systems’ Bunion Center of Excellence, our team is committed to offering state-of-the-art bunion treatments and surgeries. To learn more about bunionectomy and recovery from bunion surgery, call (888) 552-9732 or send an email to schedule a consultation with an experienced podiatrist.
Choose an Experienced Podiatrist
As is the case with most medical procedures, the success of your surgery—and the speed with which you recover—depends largely on the quality of your doctor. When choosing a podiatrist to perform your bunion surgery, take the time to review his or her background, testimonials and experience. In addition to serving as director of the Bunion Center of Excellence, Dr. Jamshidinia is a board-certified podiatrist and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association with years of experience performing bunion surgery.
Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment
When bunions are detected in their early stages, more treatment options exist. Mild bunions may be treated with non-surgical therapies such as medication, orthotics, and physical therapy. If bunion surgery is required, the severity of the bunion has a profound effect on the length of time it takes patients to recover. For these reasons, Dr. Jamshidinia recommends that people don’t hesitate to seek treatment for their bunions.
Prepare for Recovery
Taking steps to prepare for bunion surgery can help ensure that your recovery is as quick and painless as possible. If you can, try to schedule your procedure for a time when you will be able to rest and stay off your foot after surgery. Consider stocking up on groceries and other necessities. You may also want to ask a friend or relative to help you out around the house for a few days. While most patients can bear weight immediately after their surgery with the aid of a protective boot, resting and elevating your foot can help speed your recovery.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions
Recovery from bunion surgery may take anywhere from weeks to months. However, bunion surgery can mean a profound improvement in a patient’s quality of life. Following the instructions of your podiatrist can help ensure a quick return to the activities you once enjoyed.
Depending on the severity of your bunion, the surgeon may instruct you to use crutches or a walking boot to get around. He or she may also recommend exercises or physical therapy to help strengthen your foot. Keep in touch with your surgeon and follow his or her advice about when you can resume wearing normal shoes and performing everyday activities.
Remember, without proper care, bunions can recur after surgery. Follow your bunion surgeon’s post-op instructions and avoid wearing high heels or ill-fitting shoes without corrective orthotics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will it take me to recover from bunion surgery?
A: Recovery may take weeks or months depending on how severe your bunion was. However, most patients are able to be weight-bearing immediately after the procedure.
Q: When can I wear normal shoes again?
A: Most patients can wear normal shoes 4-8 weeks after having surgery. However, it’s important to remember that continuing to wear tight or ill-fitting shoes can cause bunions to recur.
Q: Will I need crutches after surgery?
A: Some patients require crutches or a walking boot for a short time after having surgery.
Q: Will I have to be out of work for a long time after surgery?
A: Depending on your profession, you should be able to return to work shortly after having bunion surgery.
Q: Will my shoe size change after surgery?
A: You will not notice a change in shoe size after surgery, although you may observe that your foot in not as wide as it was with the bunion.
Contact Our Experts
Being informed about what to expect in the wake of bunion surgery can help ensure a speedy recovery. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jamshidinia, feel free to call the Bunion Center of Excellence at (888) 552-9732.