Following surgery to correct a bunion:
  • A special postoperative shoe is worn for 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Dressings are changed weekly during this time to assure that proper alignment of the great toe is maintained.
  • Once the dressings are discontinued, there may be some swelling, which gradually subsides over a 4 to 6 week period. (This may take longer if the patient is obese.)
Most patients are walking comfortably in the postoperative shoe 2-3 weeks after surgery.
Significant rehabilitation is usually unnecessary since normal walking exercises the toe enough to restore adequate function.

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