The world of plastic surgery is widespread and rampant these days, but a controversial one some women are electing is getting their feet fixed to be able to wear desirable designer shoes. We don’t recommend surgery for only cosmetic reasons, but if a condition like bunions is severe, the discomfort from the deformity can sometimes only be solved through surgery. Bunion surgery recovery takes some time, but with careful care and a few tips, you will bounce back and make it out the other side with happy, healthy feet.

There are different types of bunion surgery and the nature of the procedure will depend on the severity of your deformity. In each case though, the success largely depends on how well you follow post-operative instructions.

First, you will likely have a special shoe to protect the bandages around your toe. Don’t be careless with this—keep the area clean, dry, and undisturbed. Second, you may have a cane, crutches, or a walker so you can keep weight off the foot. Even if you feel great, if you are told to have a certain period of non-weight bearing, then abide by it diligently so as to not interrupt the healing process. Third, keep your foot elevated and apply ice regularly to reduce pain and swelling. Finally, watch for signs of infection, like redness, fever, and increased pain.

The healing process may continue for six to eight weeks and also include physical therapy. Be smart and remember that slow and steady often wins the race. The downtime is a great chance to catch up on reading, watch movies, or take up a new hobby. We will advise you on the best time to resume your regular activities.

If you are considering bunion surgery or have questions about your foot health, please contact Mark Gasparini, D.P.M. for help and information. You can reach our Massapequa, NY office by calling (516) 804-9038 or you can request an appointment online.

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