When your path for treatment is surgery, it can seem overwhelming. When treatments like different shoes, better posture, splints, or medication do not work, your podiatrist in Smithtown may consider surgery for your bunion pain. At Sound Foot Care, we strive to make the process as stress-free as possible.
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During bunion surgery, the bunion, which is the joint below your big toe, is relieved of pain by correcting its position. Depending on your type of bunion, your surgeon will choose the most effective procedure for you. Preparing for your surgery is important, and your recovery is just as vital. What will happen in the weeks following? Below, we have listed what you can expect.
Depending on your bunion severity, your recovery will vary.
- Bandages over the incision will be removed a few days following the surgery.
- Pain and swelling will decrease within 6 weeks.
- You will need to keep your toe in a cast or use special footwear for 3-6 weeks on average, but it could be a few months for more extreme cases.
- Stitches will be removed 2 weeks following the surgery.
- If applicable, removable pins are taken out approximately 4-6 weeks after surgery.
There are several measures you can take at home in the healing process.
- Rest is important because it will not only keep you off your feet, but it will also improve your overall health, which helps you heal faster.
Ice and elevation
- For 10-20 minutes every hour, use an ice pack to help reduce swelling of your bunion. Your leg should be elevated whenever you sit or lay down for the next 3 days.
Take time off
- You will have to take a few weeks off from work to recover. The exact amount of time depends on your surgery. Heavy lifting should be avoided for 3-8 weeks.
- The muscles in your foot will need to be strengthened again. Your doctor will guide you in a plan best suited for you.
Like any surgery, complications are a risk, but your podiatrist in Smithtown takes careful steps in preventing any problems:
Joint Stiffness in Your Big Toe
- Scar tissue near the bunion can be a reason for joint stiffness. As a preventative measure, move your bunion to the best of your ability often.
- An infection could occur, but your podiatrist limits the chances in several ways. You will be given antibiotics intravenously and antiseptic to disinfect your skin prior to your surgery. If you feel you may have any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to make a sooner follow-up appointment.
Re-forming of your Bunion
- When you choose Sound Foot Care, our podiatrist in Smithtown will lessen the chances of a bunion forming again by choosing the best method for your bunion, rather than simply “shaving” the bone.
- Hallux Varus can occur post-surgery. When this occurs, the big toe points outward in the opposite direction of the other toes.
Don’t let bunion pain interfere with your life. Make an appointment with our podiatrist in Smithtown at Sound Foot Care today.