Should You Get Your Bunion Removed? | Triad Foot & Ankle Center

Should You Get Your Bunion Removed?

If you have been suffering from a painful bunion and you’re ready for relief, you might already be weighing the option of surgery. You may be wondering: How invasive is bunion surgery? How long is the recovery process? 

If your bunion is stopping you from being able to do the things you love without pain, you’re not alone. Did you know that about one-third of Americans suffer from these painful bumps?

While it’s possible to alleviate some of the pain from bunions with medication and shoes that provide more padding and support, in some cases, that just won’t work…

If you’re experiencing daily pain that prevents you from being able to take part in everyday activities like walking or regular exercise, it may be time to consider speaking with your doctor about this minimally invasive surgery. If you’re ready to get back to doing the things you love, free from pain, this is for you. Here are some answers to questions you may have about bunion removal surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bunion Surgery

How soon can I walk normally on my ‘surgery foot’?

With appropriate aftercare, you can be back on your feet within 6-12 weeks. However, your recovery timeline depends on your individual health history and which type of surgery you had. Speak with your doctor about your expected recovery timeline.

How soon can I return to work?

The amount of time you will be out of work varies patient to patient.

If you have a desk job, you may be able to return within one to two weeks. If your job requires being on your feet regularly, it may keep you home from work for a bit longer. Again, this is based on your individual health history and the type of surgery you had.

Consult with your doctor to understand your recovery and return to work timeline.

 Will I need to arrange transportation for post-surgery?

 Though you will be able to return home a few hours after surgery, you will not be able to operate a vehicle due to the lingering effects of anesthesia. It is also illegal in North Carolina to drive with a boot or cast on your foot or feet. We require all patients to bring someone with them on the day of surgery to drive them home.

Will I need crutches or a knee scooter to move around?

Most of the time, patients are provided with a boot to wear on the foot that’s been operated on, but crutches or a knee scooter will likely also be suggested for mobility.

Talk to your doctor about the option best for you.

Triad Foot and Ankle Center’s Tips for Success after Bunion Surgery:

Remember: RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)

The more care you take in the first few days after surgery will make the entire recovery period easier. The classic RICE remedy, along with over-the-counter pain relievers will ease any discomfort you experience after bunion surgery.

Say goodbye to high heels for now.

If you’re a lover of high heels, it may be time to find a new go-to.

Our podiatrists at Triad Foot & Ankle Center do not recommend wearing high heels for 6-8 months after bunion surgery. Because each situation is different, consult with your doctor to learn when and if you’ll be able to wear heels again.

In the meantime, invest in a pair of shoes with a wide toe to prevent any future issues with bunions.

Care for your stitches

Ensure that you keep your stitches dry when you shower or perform any task that puts your foot at risk of getting wet. Our advice: tie a plastic bag around your boot and/or wound dressing as a precaution.

When to Call Your Doctor:

The specialists at Triad Foot & Ankle Center recommend calling your doctor if:

  • The area surrounding the wound becomes hot to the touch, or if you experience fever or chills. This may be a sign of an infection.
  • The wound dressing unravels
  • Any liquid or discharge, including blood, seeps through onto the gauze


For more questions regarding bunion surgery recovery, consider chatting with the podiatrists at Triad Foot & Ankle Center. Request an appointment

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