What shoes should I wear after bunion surgery?

We would recommend wearing leather shoes after bunion surgery. Leather is soft, breathable, flexible, and durable. During the warmer months of the year, leather shoes will prevent your feet from rubbing too. Shoes after bunion surgery need to be soft and you certainly do not want any rubbing across that big toe joint.

How long after bunion surgery can I wear shoes?

Most commonly, you would not be allowed to walk fully on the foot for two to six weeks. Most people are able to start wearing a regular shoe approximately two months after surgery as it takes time for the swelling to resolve.

Can I wear flip flops after bunion surgery?

After the postoperative shoe is no longer required, the patient may return to ‘normal’ shoes – this does not include high heels and flip flops!

Will my shoe size change after bunion surgery?

The vast majority of patients who undergo bunion surgery experience a dramatic reduction of foot pain after surgery, along with a significant improvement in the alignment of their big toe. Bunion surgery will not allow you to wear a smaller shoe size or narrow-pointed shoes.

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.

Will bunion grow back after surgery?

When bunions become severe, painful, or interfere with walking, surgery can be performed to realign the bones. Unfortunately, for many patients, bunions gradually return after surgery — previous studies have reported recurrence rates of up to 25 percent.

Can I take my boot off to sleep after bunion surgery?

You will receive a soft bunion splint that you should use 23 hours a day. If comfortable, you can sleep only with the splint, and without the shoe.

What to expect after bunion surgery?

Among the things you can expect from bunion surgery recovery are initial pain, discomfort, or soreness, and stiffness in the area. Over time, this discomfort typically lessens, and you should gradually gain improved movement in your big toe.

Do you use crutches after bunion surgery?

Depending on the bunion surgery, your doctor may advise you to avoid walking for 2-3 days. If you must walk, use crutches or a walker. Your bandages and/or cast should be kept clean and dry. Wait 2-3 days after surgery to take a shower.

Do bunions ever require surgical treatment?

Bunions generally don’t require surgery unless there’s an underlying deformity that can’t otherwise be corrected or the pain becomes debilitating despite conservative treatment. The MTP joint helps us bear and distribute weight during a range of activities.

Does bunion surgery actually narrow the foot?

Bunion surgery narrows the osseous width of the forefoot. This narrowing can be by as much as 23mm in cases with severe deformity. We found that the Forefoot: Hindfoot ratio correlated with symptom severity and that normalisation of the ratio to below 2.5 was associated with better outcomes.