If you have undergone foot surgery to correct a bunion, the surgeon will likely tell you that you can wear heels a week after the surgery. However, you should not wear heels too soon after the operation. During this time, you will need to wear a post-op shoe or fracture boot, which will help reduce inflammation and pain. Your surgeon will likely prescribe a combination of antibiotics and pain medications.
Post-operative edema reduces post-operative discomfort
The goal of post-operative edema reduction is to minimize swelling after foot surgery and promote healing and resorption of interstitial fluid. A variety of postoperative measures are used to reduce edema, including the use of compression therapy, a special type of bandage, massage, and therapeutic ultrasound. However, the most effective methods for minimizing postoperative edema are those that do not aggravate post-operative pain.
Post-operative antibiotics and pain medication are utilized for 1 week
Patients are given one to two pain medications after their surgery. These can be short-acting or long-acting, and they are prescribed enough to last until the first post-operative appointment. Patients are advised to take the pain medications as directed. They should avoid taking ibuprofen for the first few days after surgery as it can increase bruising and bleeding. Patients should also avoid long walks and long rides after the operation.
Inflammation and pain caused by flat shoes
When you’ve had foot surgery, you might find yourself suffering from painful inflammation and pain from wearing flat shoes. This is especially true if you’ve just had bunion surgery. After surgery, your foot may require a cast or a removable boot to protect it. You should avoid putting weight on it for six weeks. However, it’s possible to wear flat shoes for a few weeks after your operation.
ACE bandage is used with the fracture boot or post-op shoe
After surgery, the ACE bandage is used to stabilize and protect the foot, and a fracture boot or post-op shoe is worn to allow you to walk. Walking without the fracture boot is risky, as you can damage the surgical site. Walking can also prolong the healing process and increase pain. You should wear an ace bandage with your post-op shoe for at least two weeks, and you should avoid doing any activities that cause plantar flexion and inversion.
Weight-shifting insoles reduce heel pain
There are many ways to treat the pain associated with a bunion. Non-surgical treatments include using soft, wide-fitting shoes and insoles, as well as applying pain-relieving medications. In more severe cases, a podiatrist may recommend surgery to correct the problem. Ideally, you should work with a medical professional after getting an official diagnosis. During your recovery, use the following tips to treat your bunion pain: