Dr Brandon Nelson, A Double Board Certified Physician and Surgeon, Discusses Bunion Surgery Questions

Dr Brandon Nelson, A Double Board Certified Physician and Surgeon, Discusses Bunion Surgery Questions

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Every week a few patients come in wondering about having their bunion fixed.  I really enjoy these discussions and helping patients decide what is best for them.  There are quite a few common questions I get so I decided to answer them in this blog 

1.     How much time will I need to be off my feet?

This question really depends on what procedure is utilized to correct your bunion as well as any additional procedures performed. It can be as little as a few days or up to 6 weeks. I like to get my patients walking as quickly as possible.

2.     When can I start to exercise?

Again this is a tough one to answer.  But, I am an avid exerciser and know how important it is to maintain our current levels and not lose too much ground with time off.  I like to help my patients develop a post-operative plan to continue working out and modify activities.

3.     When will I be back in a normal shoe?

This again depends on other procedures performed and how much work was needed to correct your bunion.  I see some patients back in a normal shoe at 4 weeks and some as long as 10 weeks.  The best thing you can do as a patient is follow your post-operative instructions.

4.     Will my bunion recur?

I always recommend seeing a physician that does quite a few bunion surgeries as this will give you better outcomes.  Procedure selection is the most important component to decrease recurrence rates.  With proper selection recurrence rates are about 2-3%.

If you have a bunion and would like a consultation please call 425-391-8666 and make an appointment online.

Sincerely,

Dr Brandon Nelson

Foot & Ankle Surgeon

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