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Bunion and Hammertoe Surgery Post-Op Rehabilitation Protocol:

  • This protocol provides you with general guidelines for rehabilitation after bunion and/or hammertoe surgery.

  • Specific changes in the program will be made by your physician as appropriate for each individual patient.

  • Each individual heals at a different rate. It may take up to 12 months to make a full recovery, and it is not unusual to have intermittent aches and pains throughout the course of your rehabilitation.

Instructions For Patients:

  • Weightbearing as tolerated in surgical shoe immediately after surgery

    • Sutures typically removed at 2 weeks

  • In a seated, protected, position begin to move your great toe joint up and down immediately after stitches are removed

  • If K-wires are implanted, they are typically removed 4 weeks post-op

    • K-wires must be protected with dressing throughout post-operative course

    • You are allowed to shower once stitches are removed

  • Transition to regular shoe gear 3-6 weeks

    • Sometimes swelling will not allow you to return to regular shoe gear until 12 weeks post-op

  • You may begin driving at 3-6 weeks depending upon your progression

    • Note: It is illegal to drive while wearing a surgical shoe

  • You may begin gentle biking and swimming at 6 weeks post-op

  • Need for physical therapy is on a case by case basis

  • You may begin gentle running and higher impact activities at 12 weeks post-op

Bunion X-Ray - Dr. Jonathan Hook
Post Surgery Bunion X-Ray - Dr. Jonathan Hook

Please note:

  • If forefoot surgery is accompanied by additional corrective procedures, recovery may be quite prolonged with extended swelling.  In the revision situation this may be even further magnified.  Please discuss individual recovery with your surgeon for realistic expectations.

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