Post-Operative Instructions

Following bunion surgery, keep the dressing dry and remove it only after consulting your surgeon. Other common post-operative instructions include:

  • Cover the foot to keep it dry while you bathe
  • Your doctor may prescribe splints, special shoes or walking casts to help healing of the bones and soft tissues. You can wear regular footwear after a few weeks or months depending on your recovery.
  • Avoid weight on the operated foot for a few weeks.
  • Keep the foot elevated whenever possible to minimise swelling.
  • You may be prescribed exercises for strengthening the foot and to restore normal range of motion.
  • The doctor may advise you to stop smoking in order to avoid post-operative complications.
  • Your doctor may order X-rays to monitor the post-operative recovery.

Recovery depends on the severity of the bone and soft tissue injury. The period of recovery ranges from 6 weeks to 6 months and may take up to 1 year for complete healing.

  • City Orthopaedics
  • General Medical Council