Bunion surgery can be one of the most effective treatments for eliminating bunions. But, although your big toe might seem like a small part of your body, bunion surgery can bring along some big changes and can disrupt your life, not unlike any other procedure.
When it comes to surgery, the hospital procedure is the easiest part. Once you head home, your new-and-improved, bunion-free foot is going to require some tender love and care. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of pre-surgery steps you can take to aid your recovery process significantly.
So, without further ado, let’s cover some of our favorite post-surgery pointers to have you well on your way toward a smooth and pain-free recovery.
Prepping for Bunion Surgery
Depending on your unique needs, you could potentially return home from your procedure on crutches, which not only benches your foot but also takes your hands out of the game. Regardless, you’ll likely need to stay off your feet for more than a few weeks. To help the whole process be as simple as possible, follow some of these recommendations:
Make Your Home Post-Surgery Ready
When you walk—or rather hop—your way through the door after surgery, the last thing you’re going to want to do is to move things around to make it comfortable for yourself. One of the most beneficial steps for the post-surgery process is getting things ready for when you come home. Grab pillows, put the ice packs in the freezer, and rearrange furniture to allow for crutches if need be.
Stock Up on the Necessities
From toilet paper and home supplies to easy-to-cook meals and portable snacks, having your home fully stocked and ready to accommodate you when you get home will be super helpful, especially if you don’t want to hobble through the store anytime soon.
Plan for Some Help
Whether you live with family, friends, or yourself, it’s essential to plan for a few helping hands. Even if you merely need a ride home from the hospital, grab a buddy and schedule some time to help you out. And, if you’re an avid DIY-er, resist the urge to be self-sufficient during recovery.
Maintain Proper Alignment
Finally, talk to your doctor about maintaining your new toe alignment with Bunion Bootie!