Bunions are a widespread foot condition. They occur for many different reasons, and wearing too small or too narrow shoes is the most common. This foot deformity can also occur from genetics, and women are more prone to develop bunions than men.
In most patients, a combination of medication padding and orthotic devices can be an effective treatment for the bunion. However, the most simple solution for pain relief is to refrain from wearing certain shoe types that cause deformity.
In patients with more aggressive bunion development, bunion removal is the most effective and permanent solution. Bunion removal, also known as a bunionectomy, is a surgical procedure that corrects foot deformities that occur from bunions.
Patients who have tried more conservative methods and still experience pain when performing normal life activities may be good candidates for this surgery.
As an immensely experienced podiatry surgeon who has successfully performed bunion surgery numerous times, Dr. Benji created a list of tips for patients who need to undergo surgery.
These tips will help ensure a seamless procedure. Moreover, they will provide a speedy, uncomplicated recovery.
Keep away from activities that require standing on your feet for an extended period
One of the most important aspects of the recovery is considering how long you will need to remain off your feet. Identify any prior engagements you have that fall within 6-8 weeks of your procedure.
“The recovery time for bunion surgery depends on the type of surgery but can vary from as little as two weeks to eight weeks,” explains Dr. Benji.
Bunion surgery allows for an immediate and protected weight-bearing in a CAM walking boot.
Reschedule any events that require you to be on your feet for an extended period. If you can’t reschedule the event, consider rescheduling your surgery.
“Even if you are mindful of your schedule around the time of your surgery, everyday life activities can also keep you on your feet longer than acceptable. Make sure that you limit those activities to help your foot heal faster and smoother,” says Dr. Benji.
Think about the food and the drinks you’ll need weeks in advance
Activities like grocery shopping and household chores can easily get in the way of successful healing. Dr. Benji recommends that you prepare food for weeks on end or use food delivery services such as Uber Eats or Freshly. Additionally, he suggests that you ask friends and family to support you around your home for the first two evenings as you adjust.
Another helpful tip is to set alarm reminders to ice the foot and take pain medication right on time. Moreover, a motivational quote to keep you on track to recovery as quickly as possible can do magic when coping with pain and discomfort after surgery.
Be careful with the weight you apply to the foot
Applying weight prematurely to the injured area can cause infection, stiffness, and even a deformity recurrence. For that reason, it is important to anticipate any needs you may have following the bunion surgery. For instance, placing ice packs at an easily reachable place is incredibly convenient in the case of swelling.
Ask for support
It’s essential to take care of yourself. However, after bunion surgery, it’s best to ask for family and friends to help.
“No matter how much you prepare, there is a chance you will leave something out. It’s crucial to gather a support system that you can rely on,” concludes Dr. Benji.
If you suffer from exhausting bunion pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Benji today!