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How to drive after bunion surgery

Updated April 17, 2017

According to information from the Mayo Clinic, a bunion is a condition characterised by the formation of a large bump at the joint of the big toe. This results in misalignment of the big toe, forcing it to point inward towards the rest of the foot, triggering symptoms such as swelling, redness, pain, and impaired movement. While bunions can be compensated for through non-surgical means, surgery is the only way to truly correct a bunion. There are several steps you can take to get back to driving after bunion surgery.

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  1. Consult with your supervising physician to determine a timetable for returning to regular activity. Typically, you will be asked to stay off of your feet entirely for a period of three to five days, followed by a longer period of restricted activity. Adhere strictly to your physician's orders, lest you increase your recovery time and decrease the potential efficacy of the treatment.

  2. Wear comfortable shoes with padded socks. Consider the possibility of inserts as well to make your driving experience as comfortable as possible following bunion surgery. Additional padding can help to protect you from any pain or discomfort that could impair your driving ability or reaction time.

  3. Begin driving only short distances until you are able to assess your tolerance for prolonged driving. Starting with short trips to the corner and back will prevent you from becoming "stranded" if you experience pain following the operation and find yourself unable to get back home safely. Gradually work your way up to driving longer distances over the course of a few weeks to ensure a safe return to motor vehicle operation following bunion surgery.

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About the Author

TS Jordan

TS Jordan is an Ohio licensed attorney living and practicing out of the Cleveland area. In addition to his Juris Doctorate, he holds a Bachelors' Degree in Information Systems. He has been writing professionally for less than a year.

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