How long should you stay off your feet after bunion surgery?
You should keep your foot dry and stay off your feet for 3 to 5 days after your surgery. You should use a walker, cane, knee scooter or crutches to get around. Follow your doctor’s recommendations exactly for any medications you have been given after surgery. You should expect swelling and some pain after surgery.
How long does it take to walk after bunion surgery?
About 2-6 weeks of no or extremely limited weight bearing activity. About 6 weeks before you can return to weightbearing activity, including driving your car if you had surgery on your right foot.
What happens if you walk too soon after bunion surgery?
In MacGill’s clinical experience, patients who put weight on the foot too early can increase postoperative pain and swelling, as well as risk loss of correction and possible delayed bone healing, he said.
Why can’t I bend my toe after bunion surgery?
Anytime surgery is performed on a joint, there is a risk for stiffness and restriction of motions afterward. 1 Scar tissue buildup inside the big toe joint is often the culprit. Sometimes the final boney position of the bunion correction may also contribute to limited big toe joint motion.
How long after foot surgery can I walk?
Since virtually all foot and ankle operations require rest and elevation of the operated foot for at least 2 weeks following surgery, it is rare that a patient will be allowed to return to work before 2 weeks following surgery.
How long does it take for bones to heal after bunion surgery?
Usually, you will get your stitches out about two weeks after surgery. However, it takes about six to 12 weeks for your bones to heal. You will likely have to wear a protective shoe or boot.
When can I walk without crutches after bunion surgery?
By six weeks, your bones should be set in place, but this can take longer if you have underlying medical conditions or if you smoke. If you notice signs of infection, or if your surgical wound isn’t healing well, you could be trying to walk again too soon.
What happens at 6 weeks after bunion surgery?
You will have pain and swelling that slowly improves in the 6 weeks after surgery. You may have some minor pain and swelling that lasts as long as 6 months to a year. After surgery, you will need to wear a cast or a special type of shoe to protect your toe and to keep it in the right position for at least 3 to 6 weeks.
Is it OK to wiggle your toes after bunion surgery?
o If you had surgery on your toes, don’t wiggle them. It’s fine to move your ankle back and forth as long as it doesn’t hurt. Don’t worry about wiggling your toes. We’ve bandaged your toes in a specific position for alignment during recovery.
How do I strengthen my toes after bunion surgery?
After 3 Days Post Operatively
- Toe lifts x 20: Sit with foot flat on floor, raise toe as far as possible to ceiling and return.
- Toe bends x 20: Sit with toes resting over the edge of a thick book, bend toes towards the floor.
- Toe pulls x 20: Pull toe up with hand to discomfort and hold for 3 seconds, relax.