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Will I be able to bend my toe after bunion surgery?

Will I be able to bend my toe after bunion surgery?

Bunions that have been present for many years may have some limited range of motion in the big toe joint after surgery because that joint was out-of-place for so long with the bunion, and even the realignment may not be able to restore the full motion. Big toe arthritis may be the cause of the stiffness.

How long does stiffness last after bunion surgery?

It is hard to gauge how much stiffness is tolerable after surgery. Most patients are told that the joint will be swollen for about 4-6 months after surgery but they should expect to return back to full range of motion earlier.

Can you bend your big toe after bunion surgery?

You can’t walk more than a few blocks without severe foot pain. Your big toe remains swollen and painful even with rest and medication. You can’t bend or straighten your big toe.

How do you break up scar tissue after bunion surgery?

To break down scar tissue we first lubricate the affected area with baby oil, lotion, or vitamin E oil. Then we’ll perform different massage techniques including cross friction massage and myofascial release which help improve the alignment of collagen fibers and improve movement.

What happens at 4 weeks post op Bunionectomy?

Week 4: During this week the patient it’s a little more freedom and is usually able to go to the store for short periods of time and gradually increase the time on the foot. Physical therapy should be continued during this time to decrease swelling and preserve range of motion.

How long should you stay off your feet after bunion surgery?

For the first few days after surgery, you should keep your foot elevated and applying ice as your doctor recommends. You should keep your foot dry and stay off your feet for 3 to 5 days after your surgery. You should use a walker, cane, knee scooter or crutches to get around.

Why does my foot still hurt after bunion surgery?

This pain is usually with activity and can be burning, aching or throbbing. Sometimes there is swelling there as well. This type of pain is called ‘transfer metatarsalgia’; this basically means that the pain was simply moved from the bunion to the area under the ball of the foot; pain remains, even after surgery.

What happens at 6 weeks after bunion surgery?

You will have pain and swelling that slowly improves in the 6 weeks after surgery. You may have some minor pain and swelling that lasts as long as 6 months to a year. After surgery, you will need to wear a cast or a special type of shoe to protect your toe and to keep it in the right position for at least 3 to 6 weeks.

How long do you have to wear a walking boot after bunion surgery?

The boot will be worn for four weeks. Severe Bunion requires a fusion of a joint or Lapidus which is performed with screws or plate with screws. Patients with severe bunions will be in a knee cast for six to eight weeks. Crutches or a roll about walker will be used for balancing.

Can I walk 4 weeks after bunion surgery?

Mild Bunion Operation – when the bump or spurs are just removed. Patients can immediately walk in a walking boot and will stay on for two weeks. Patients will transition to sneakers and sandals but heels will not be worn for another four weeks.

Can I take my boot off to sleep after bunion surgery?

You will receive a soft bunion splint that you should use 23 hours a day. If comfortable, you can sleep only with the splint, and without the shoe.

Can you fix a bunion without surgery?

You cannot get rid of bunions without having surgery. Surgery is, in fact, the only way to permanently remove a bunion, although there have been some instances where bunions have returned after surgery. The alternative to surgery is to manage your bunion to ensure that it does not worsen over time.

Can I swim after bunion surgery?

It depends on the type of surgery you have had, but you shouldn’t go swimming until: your surgeon, GP or physiotherapist has confirmed it’s safe for you to do so. your wound has healed (it shouldn’t be submerged under water before it’s healed) – ask your surgeon how long your wound will take to heal.

Do bunions ever require surgical treatment?

Bunions generally don’t require surgery unless there’s an underlying deformity that can’t otherwise be corrected or the pain becomes debilitating despite conservative treatment. The MTP joint helps us bear and distribute weight during a range of activities.

When does surgery become necessary to treat bunions?

You may need bunion surgery if you have severe foot pain that happens even when walking or wearing flat, comfortable shoes. Surgery may also be needed when chronic big toe inflammation and swelling isn’t relieved with rest or medicines.