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Bunion (Hallux Valgus)

Bunion (Hallux Valgus) - Conditions & Treatments | SingHealth

Bunion (Hallux Valgus) - Post-surgery care


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.

Wound Care

  • Your doctor will apply your dressing in a specific way to keep the bones in correct position.
  • Keeping your toe in position is essential for successful healing.
  • It is very important to follow your doctor's directions about dressing care.
  • Do not change the dressing without consulting your doctor.
  • Be sure to keep your wound and dressing dry.
  • During shower , cover your foot with a plastic bag
  • Referrals for change of dressing is not given to patient as you need to keep their dressing till follow up.

Special Instructions Post-Bunion Surgery

  • Avoid strenuous movements such as twisting; and high impact activities such as jumping and running.
  • Shoe Wear- It will take several months for your bones to be fully healed. When you have completed the initial rehabilitation period, your doctor will advise you on shoe wear.

How to Elevate Your Foot After Bunion Surgery:

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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