When the alarm goes off, you know it’s time to get up (whether you want to or not)! When the gas gauge is on empty, it’s time to stop and fill your tank. When the credits roll, the movie’s over and it’s time to finish your popcorn and call it a night. There are plenty of situations in life that offer a definite timeline to help you know exactly what to do next. Knowing when it’s time for bunion surgery, however, is not quite as easy to determine.
Basically, bunion surgery should be considered the last resort to relieve pain. When all other conservative measures have been exhausted, but the pain and difficulties from your bunion remain, that’s a sure sign that the time has come to consider a surgical procedure.
Preparing for bunion surgery comes next. You will need to undergo several tests and may have to stop certain medications. Depending on the severity of your condition, your lifestyle, and other factors, recovery can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months and even a year. Be sure to make arrangements for work, transportation, and daily needs ahead of time. You will initially have to rest and stay off your feet, so it’s a good idea to make meals and freeze them prior to your procedure, and set up a recovery zone in your house with things like pillows, books, medication, and the TV remote not far from reach. Shop now for shoes that have wide and deep toe boxes and low heels so when the time comes to switch from your cast or boot to regular shoes, you’re ready.
Finally, make sure that you thoroughly understand the procedure and have realistic expectations. Ask as many questions as needed to feel confident and comfortable with your decision, and be sure to follow care instructions closely to ensure a smooth recovery.
If you need help deciding whether or not it’s time for bunion surgery, or help preparing for a procedure, feel free to give us a call. You can reach both our Round Rock and Cedar Park, TX offices by dialing (512) 593-2949. Like a buzzer indicating the clothes are dry or the turkey’s done, if bunion pain is negatively impacting your life, the time is now to come discuss surgical options with us.