People are afraid of a lot of things. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. Acrophobia is the fear of heights. These are the three most common fears people live with. They certainly aren’t the only ones, of course. Glossophobia is an intense fear of public speaking. Globophobia is a fear of balloons. Podophobia is, believe it or not, a fear of feet! Being afraid makes people do strange things to deal with or avoid the source of their distress. Unfortunately, this can also include avoiding treatment for a problem. This is particularly common with bunion surgery. People fear the results and the process of recovering after the procedure.
Bunion surgery is a safe, effective procedure that has many misconceptions and misunderstandings related to it. It is not the “excruciatingly painful” experience many people expect it to be. It does, however, take time for a full recovery.
Immediately following the procedure, you’ll wear a cast or special boot to hold the bones immobile while they heal. You’ll wear this for a couple of weeks and have minimal to no weight on your recovering foot. Once the cast comes off, you’ll most likely continue wearing a brace or protective shoes for a little longer.
You’ll gradually be able to increase the weight on that foot. When you’re not standing or walking, you may need to keep the foot propped up to minimize swelling and inflammation. You may actually have some degree of swelling for a few months. Wearing wide, comfortable shoes will help accommodate this. Avoid high heels and narrow shoes, especially in the first several months after the procedure. Wearing them could cause the bunion to return. Our team may also recommend physical therapy to help restore motion and power in your forefoot.
Like any other procedure, your bunion surgery recovery is a process. It will take time for you to be completely and totally healed. It isn’t something that will keep you bedridden for weeks. Exactly how well and how fast you heal, though, depends largely on you and how well you take care of your foot. The staff of Functional Foot and Ankle Restoration in Belvidere or Hackettstown, NJ, will be with you every step of the way. Contact us online if you have any questions, or call (908) 475-8750 for an appointment for your bunion right away.