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What should I expect during recovery from bunion surgery?

Dr. Christopher P. Chiodo, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

During recovery from bunion surgery, you may have to wear a bandage and special shoe—or possibly a cast in more severe cases. The special shoe or cast will protect your foot, allowing it to heal, while enabling you to walk on your heel. During recovery, your muscles and other soft tissues will atrophy, so after the postoperative shoe or cast is removed, you may have to do exercises to regain your strength and flexibility. It may take as long as six months to recover fully (to the point where you can do strenuous activities).

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