Recovering From Bunion Surgery: How Long Will it Take?

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One of the most common questions we get from people who are considering bunion surgery is, “How long will I need to be off my feet after the surgery?”

At Foot Associates of New York, our goal is an immediate return to activity after surgery. 

Of course, you won’t be running a 5K on the day after your procedure. Any surgery needs time to heal before you return to your normal level of activity. But studies have shown that some level of activity is actually better for healing after surgery.

After bunion surgery, most of our patients—including those with advanced bunions—can expect to:

  • walk immediately after surgery.
  • wear sneakers between ten days and three weeks after surgery.
  • return to full activity at five to six weeks.
  • have no recurrence or other related foot problems.

You will go home on the day of your surgery with a fiberglass shoe insert and a boot—no cast and no long days or weeks in bed. Most of our patients feel significantly more mobile within a few days. 

Remember that the most important thing is your long-term results, because foot surgery should only happen once. We tailor our procedures to each patient’s individual foot. Our goal is to make the best correction and leave you permanently pain free.