The rehabilitation needed following bunion surgery will depend on the extent and types of the surgery and your individual needs. The goals of rehabilitation after bunion surgery include reducing pain and swelling, improving range of motion, and restoring strength and function to the foot

  • Range of motion exercises: Toe stretches, ankle rotations, and other exercises can improve flexibility and range of motion in the foot.
  • Strengthening exercises: Exercises such as toe curls and towel scrunches can help improve strength in the foot muscles and promote healing.-
    1. Towel scrunches: Use a towel to scrunch your toes and improve strength in your foot muscles. Place a towel on the ground, place your foot on top of it, and scrunch your toes to pull the towel towards you.
    2. Toe curls: Use a resistance band or towel to perform toe curls and improve strength in your foot muscles. Sit with your leg extended, wrap a resistance band or towel around the ball of your foot, and curl your toes towards your body.
  • Gait training: After bunion surgery, you may need to modify your walking style to reduce pressure on the foot. Gait training can help you learn how to walk properly and avoid further injury.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist can work with you to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan that meets your specific needs and goals.
  • Rest and ice: Resting and icing the foot can help reduce pain and swelling after surgery.

 

Working with Dr Kim or your physical therapist to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan that meets your specific needs and goals is crucial. They can guide which exercises and techniques are most appropriate for your individual situation.

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