You will be supplied with a wedge shoe after bunion surgery - you are to wear it at all times when you walk so that your full body weight will be on your heel. Some bunion procedures allow you to walk on your foot right after the bunion surgery. In these cases, patients must use a special surgical shoe to protect the bunion correction.
Follow the instructions from the surgeon strictly to prevent the bones from shifting and the bunion correction failing.
Specific exercises will help restore your foot's strength and range of motion after bunion surgery. Always start these exercises slowly and follow instructions from your doctor or physiotherapist regarding repetitions.
Keep your foot elevated as much as possible for the first few days after surgery, and apply ice as recommended by your doctor to relieve swelling and pain. Never apply ice directly on your skin. It is common to have some swelling in your foot from 6 months to a year after bunion surgery.
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