How long is the recovery time for bunion surgery?

Recovery time for bunion surgery will depend on exactly what procedure is done. There are many variations—from repairing soft tissues like tendons and ligaments to total reconstruction of the big toe joint.

For the first 2 weeks, recovery involves dressing care, keeping stitches dry, and keeping weight off your foot. You will likely use crutches and wear a protective boot during this time for protection.

Your foot continues to heal over the next 4 to 6 weeks. Any pins will be removed between 3 and 6 weeks after surgery. You may need a walking cast, splint, or special shoes when you begin putting weight on the foot. You might be able to switch to roomy athletic shoes at about 5 or 6 weeks. Serious surgeries could mean no weight-bearing for 6 to 8 weeks, and only partially for a few more weeks after that.

As you can see, immediate healing can take 6 to 8 weeks, and full recovery will be several months. If you are considering surgery for your bunion and need more information, call Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Colorado at (303) 805-5156 to set up an appointment at our Castle Pines, Cherry Creek, or Parker, CO office today.
Dr. Cynthia Oberholtzer-Classen, DPM
Founder and Owner of Podiatry Associates, PC