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After having a bunionectomy, can I wear high heals?

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In brief: Yes

Once the swelling subsides and the range of motion increases in the great toe joint, most patients can wear most any shoe including heels.

In brief: Yes

Once the swelling subsides and the range of motion increases in the great toe joint, most patients can wear most any shoe including heels.
Dr. Angelo Mitsos
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Dr. Mark Bromson
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Generally, about 2/3 of women find that they can wear all of the shoes they want after surgery.
There is no absolute restriction against wearing high heels after the surgery heals. However, if the shoe is too small, narrow or pointy, it may be uncomfortable. Also, prolonged wearing of shoes that push the big toe over can result in recurrence of the deformity.

In brief: Yes

Generally, about 2/3 of women find that they can wear all of the shoes they want after surgery.
There is no absolute restriction against wearing high heels after the surgery heals. However, if the shoe is too small, narrow or pointy, it may be uncomfortable. Also, prolonged wearing of shoes that push the big toe over can result in recurrence of the deformity.
Dr. Mark Bromson
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not recommended.

You should avoid high heels.

In brief: Not recommended.

You should avoid high heels.
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry

In brief: Dessert shoes.

As a rule, you should wear supportive shoes.
High heels do not fall into that category. It's the same principle as nutrition: you can't eat chocolate cake all day long, but if you maintain a healthy, nutritious diet, you can splurge on dessert. If you wear supportive shoes all day, you can wear heels to an event or out with friends for a finite amount of time. Ultimately, ask your surgeon!

In brief: Dessert shoes.

As a rule, you should wear supportive shoes.
High heels do not fall into that category. It's the same principle as nutrition: you can't eat chocolate cake all day long, but if you maintain a healthy, nutritious diet, you can splurge on dessert. If you wear supportive shoes all day, you can wear heels to an event or out with friends for a finite amount of time. Ultimately, ask your surgeon!
Dr. Libby Putnam
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry

In brief: That would depend

On how long after the surgery.
...As you would not want to ruin your surgery.

In brief: That would depend

On how long after the surgery.
...As you would not want to ruin your surgery.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Dr. David Bloome
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Most patients can return to some degree of a heeled shoe after bunion surgery.

In brief: Yes

Most patients can return to some degree of a heeled shoe after bunion surgery.
Dr. David Bloome
Dr. David Bloome
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