How long does it take to recover from bunion surgery?

There’s no simple answer to this question. Recovery times will vary depending on the severity of the initial condition, the type of surgical procedure selected, how closely you follow your surgeon’s instructions, your general health status, and other factors. It also depends on what is meant by “recovery”—some residual pain or swelling may be present for several months after the end of primary healing and rehabilitation periods.

For relatively minor procedures, especially those only involving soft tissues (no bone), recovery may last no longer than 6 weeks. For a major surgery, it may be 6 months or more for a complete recovery, and about 3 months before you can wear regular shoes or engage in normal daily weight-bearing activity.

While no one enjoys a lengthy recovery, don’t let that be your excuse—if conservative treatments have failed, surgery is often the best (and only) way to improve your quality of life and get you back to full strength. We think a few months of recovery is more than worth it. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Danciger today at 760-568-0108.

Dr. Harvey Danciger
Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle