Recovery From a Bunion Screw Removal

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Recovery From a Bunion Screw Removal
Flip flops are prohibited during recovery from bunion surgery. (Foot image by DXfoto.com from Fotolia.com)

Your surgeon stabilises the joint in your foot with a screw after bunion removal. Once healing has taken place, the screw can be surgically removed. Recovery after this procedure may take several months and may require the intervention of a physical therapist.

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Initial Recovery

Initial recuperation after leaving the hospital or clinic involves keeping the affected foot elevated as much as possible and regularly icing the affected area. Icing and elevation helps to reduce swelling of the affected tissues. Your doctor may recommend using a stick or crutches to help you get around for the first few days or weeks following the procedure. Keeping the bandages dry is important to overall recovery time.

Medication

You may be prescribed medication such as painkillers and antibiotics to help minimise any discomfort you are in and minimise the risk of infection. Fever or blood drainage onto your bandage may be an indication of an infection, and medical help should be sought immediately.

Considerations

Your foot will be swollen and painful for several months following the procedure. Doctors often advise that soft shoes that provide support, such as sneakers, should be worn during recovery time. High heels and flip flops are not recommended. Your doctor may recommend that you see a physical therapist to help facilitate your recovery.

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