Am I off my feet after bunion surgery?

Am I off my feet after buninon surgery? Bunion surgery allows patients to be on their feet immediately following the procedure. In these instances, patients are expected to wear a protective post-operative shoe over their bandaging in order to protect the surgical site. In the first 3-7 days, patients are expected to rest as much as possible even when they are able to walk.

Am I off my feet after buninon surgery? At your first post-operative review (approximately 7 days following the procedure), I will discuss with you your progress and anticipated recovery, as well as your progression into normal footwear such as runners and flat casual shoe gear. For the majority of patients, a return to normal footwear occurs at 3 to 4 weeks following the procedure although this does vary from patient to patient. Visit footsurgery.com.au for more information.

“Bunions have been shown to reduce health related quality of life, make fitting footwear difficult and increase the risk of falls and balance problems”. Bilateral bunion surgery can be performed safely as an outpatient procedure in selected patients with acceptable levels of patient satisfaction. Bunion surgery has also been found to be the most effective intervention in scientific studies.

Bunion surgery is unlikely to be painful, as the use of minimal incision techniques and better medications given during the surgery, significantly reduce postoperative pain. Also, because you can walk straight after surgery, postoperative swelling is reduced. Most patients are back into supportive footwear by week 4 and at week 6 can resume most activities. Residual swelling can take several months to completely subside.

Conservative Management

  • Adjusting footwear to accommodate medial eminence pain
  • Orthotic therapy may be helpful in offloading sesamoids
  • Injection therapy may be a useful treatment in alleviating symptoms associated with Intermetatarsal bursitis

Surgical Management

Bunion surgery involves: Bone limiting joint motion and/or protruding from the joint is removed and the big toe is realigned. Usually a bone cut is made to allow for realignment of the metatarsal bone. Tight soft tissues are released on the inside of the joint and loose soft tissues on the outside of the joint are tightened. A combination of bone and soft tissue procedures allow the big toe to be properly aligned. A pin is used under the skin to hold the bone in its new position. Occasionally these pins need to be removed although this is rare. The majority of bunion surgery is performed as day surgery and allows for immediate walking after surgery.