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Is it possible to walk right after a bunion surgery?

Is it possible to walk right after a bunion surgery?

Rest and relax: Depending on the procedure you may be able to walk after the surgery, but keep it at a minimum. The amount of pain following bunion surgery may vary depending on how well you take care of your foot following the surgery. Immediately after surgery your best bet would be to rest and elevate your feet. Post operative pain will be less if you limit the swelling by elevating the feet. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Thinking about getting bunion surgery the pain gets so bad @ times I can barely stand or walk. Have already had it looked at. What can I expect?

Thinking about getting bunion surgery the pain gets so bad @ times I can barely stand or walk. Have already had it looked at. What can I expect?

Painful bunion: Bunion surgery has become very refined.
Day surgery. Local with sedation or general anesthesia. Small incisions, and frequently with absorbable pins for a austin osteotomy.
Not as painful as years ago. One week off the foot around the house. A surgical shoe for 4 weeks. Slowly increased ambulation. Physical therapy begins usually in 3 weeks. The x-ray determines the type of bunionectomy to perfo. ...Read more

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How long does it take to be able to walk or drive a vehicle after bunion surgery?

How long does it take to be able to walk or drive a vehicle after bunion surgery?

It depends: Certainly, if the bunion surgery was on your left foot (and you drive an automatic transmission), you can drive almost immediately. The anesthesia has to clear your system and you should not be driving while taking pain meds. If it is your right foot, it depends on the procedure. Usually, I allow my patients to drive about 10 days post-op. It does vary patient to patient. No recreational walking. ...Read more

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How to walk with a cast after bunion surgery?

If allowed at all: Heel weight bearing would be my suggestion if partial weight is allowed by your surgeon. ...Read more

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Will I walk normally after a toe realignment? If I have a toe realignment surgery for a bunion, will I be able to walk normally afterwards? .

Will I walk normally after a toe realignment? If I have a toe realignment surgery for a bunion, will I be able to walk normally afterwards? .

You should....: You can reasonably expect to walk normally after bunion surgery. Don't rush things and listen to the post-op instructions given by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

I'm having foot surgery for a bunion on my left foot. What should I expect? How long will it be before I can walk and do stuff? What about recovery?

Depends: It depends on the specific procedure that is done. You will likely need to be off your foot with limited weight bearing and activity for 4 to 6 weeks. You will need to keep your foot elevated. ...Read more

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Bunion surgery. I've been told to heel walk but it hurts the top of my big toe when I do. Why?

Bunion surgery. I've been told to heel walk but it hurts the top of my big toe when I do. Why?

Strain: You are exerting too much pressure on the tendon on top of your toe. You can try and use crutches to assist you in getting around for brief periods of time. Speak with your surgeon regarding your discomfort. ...Read more

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Doc says bunion not worth surgery, maybe in 10 yrs if gets worse. But I feel pain when I walk & at times pain feels like a strain, cant step on foot?

Doc says bunion not worth surgery, maybe in 10 yrs if gets worse. But I feel pain when I walk & at times pain feels like a strain, cant step on foot?

Injection: As a rheumatologist, I have injected the big toe which can reduce pain for a period of time. Orthotics or special inserts could be made to take the pressure off the bunion. If those do not work then getting a second surgical opinion may be helpful since you should not have to wait 10 years if something could be fixed now. Good luck ...Read more

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Is bunion surgery safe? What are common complications?

Generally yes: Surgery for correcting bunions are commonly performed on an outpatient basis and can provide good results. Like any other surgery, complications such as infection, swelling, pain, recurrence of the deformity, limited motion, excessive scarring can sometimes arise. Talk to your foot surgeon about this. Provide a detailed medical history, and be compliant with all of the postoperative course. ...Read more

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How does it feel after bunion is healed, after surgery?

Good: Your pain should be gone and you should be able to wear you shoes with comfort. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be in order to have bunion surgery?

How old do you have to be in order to have bunion surgery?

Depends on deformity: Decision to perform surgery depends on a variety of factors. If they bother on a regular basis or limit activity, it is time to consider surgery. Good shoes with support can slow down the process and poor shoes can speed up and/or aggravate the problem. See your podiatrist to discuss options. Visit ACFAS. Org. Dr l. ...Read more

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I'm going to see a surgery about my bunions what will happen?

I'm going to see a surgery about my bunions what will happen?

Bunions: First you will need to get weight bearing x-rays. Based on how severe your bunions are your surgeon will discuss procedural options and post operative coarse. ...Read more

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What is a way to remove bunions without having massive surgery?

What is a way to remove bunions without having massive surgery?

Surgery: Is only way to remove structural deformity. However, there are other possible treatments to attempt to alleviate symptoms. Discuss with podiatrist. ...Read more

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What to do if I was bunion surgery and it's hurting 4 weeks later?

What to do if I was bunion surgery and it's hurting 4 weeks later?

Not unusual: It is common to have some discomfort and swelling for 4-5 months after foot surgery. Usually it will take a year to go through the complete healing process. Don't get discouraged. It should gradually improve over time. Discuss with your surgeon. Follow all directions. Dr L ...Read more

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How will bunion surgery affect my dancing?

8-12 weeks to heal: It wil take 8-12 weeks to heal and could be several months before returning to pre-surgery dance level. It may improve your dancing if the bunions were painful prior to surgery. ...Read more

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How to reduce swelling after bunion surgery?

Bunion swelling: Reduce swelling with ice, elevation, rest, and non weight bearing. ...Read more

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I have a tailors bunion, is surgery required?

Depends: Depends on if you have tried conservative treatments like padding, wider shoes, injections, nsaids etc. In you have tried everything then surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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How long does numbness last after bunion surgery?

Few weeks: Numbness can last from a few weeks to a few months. There are times when it can last forever depending on whether there was a complication. ...Read more

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How long after bunion surgery can I return to driving?

How long after bunion surgery can I return to driving?

Assuming that the: Surgery was on the right foot and involved an osteotomy, I have 2 requirements:

1. A minimum of 6-8 weeks have passed after surgery, normal healing time for broken bones.

2. After the 6-8 weeks, I have my patients sit in their car at home and simulate jamming on the brake as if they have to stop in an emergency. When they can do that without flinching, driving is ok. ...Read more

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After surgery on tailor bunion will the symptoms go away?

After surgery on tailor bunion will the symptoms go away?

Tailor's Bunion: Basically this sounds like a tailor's bunion or 'bunionette.' you can stretch your shoes, wear paddings over it, take pills to mask the pain, or have it surgically corrected. After a surgical correction, the symptoms should diminish and eventually go away. Be patient with the bone surgery healing process, . ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the numbness after bunion surgery?

What can I do to relieve the numbness after bunion surgery?

Time: After an injury to a nerve, if it is not cut, it Gerald regenerates or heals at s rare of 1 mm/day or 1 inch a month. Depending on how long ago your surgery was, it may just take more time or it may always remain numb. There can be some growth of nerves unaffected by the surgery that can arborize or fill in the gap to a degree. ...Read more

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If I have a tailors bunion, when will I have to get surgery?

Tailors bunion: Surgery is indicated if you have pain and life style changes as a result of the tailors bunion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about tailor's bunions and surgery for them?

Can you tell me about tailor's bunions and surgery for them?

Have it evaluated: Conservative options include the use of toe spacers, strapping, orthoces, and use of more comfortable shoes. If you do not have significant relief of pain surgical management is also an option. Surgery should be considered if you have exhausted your conservative options. ...Read more

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I have bunion surgery a year ago - take screws out, what to do?

I have bunion surgery a year ago - take screws out, what to do?

Usually not needed: Usually screws are left in unless they are causing you discomfort or your surgeon has a good reason for doing so. Discuss with your surgeon. Dr L ...Read more

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I am going to have an operation on bunion. I work standing all day. Would I go back to work right away. After surgery?

No: After bunion surgery you should not be standing for long periods of time or sitting with your feet hanging down. This will cause you to swell more and take longer to heal. It will also increase the amount of pain you would experience post op. ...Read more

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I am a male I have a small bunion is it okay to wait until the end of my school year to undergo surgery it isn't severe? Year just started

I am a male I have a small bunion is it okay to wait until the end of my school year to undergo surgery it isn't severe? Year just started

YES: Yes, it's ok to wait. I would advise seeing a podiatrist to discuss your options, surgical and non-surgical. Go to abfas. Org to find a board certified podiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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I had bunion surgery in 2006, two pins were inserted that now need to be removed. How long will the recovery process be and what can I expect?

Short recovery: If the surgery has healed and simply the pins need removing, this should be an outpatient procedure and full recovery in weeks. ...Read more

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