Don’t Go Back to Bad Habits After Bunion Surgery

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.

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Hooray! You had bunion surgery, recovery went well, and you’re ready to get back to your normal life, but remember – don’t go back to the bad habits that likely led you down this road in the first place! Surgical procedures can’t guarantee that bunions won’t return, so while the bump itself and the pain that went along with it are now both gone, you must take steps to ensure they won’t be back!

That means breaking habits like wearing narrow pointy shoes, especially those with high heels. These shoe styles are notorious for squishing toes together, placing extreme pressure on the big toe joint, and helping to force the joint out of alignment. You just had surgery to put things back into proper position, you don’t want to tempt that big toe to stray again!

Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to throw away your favorite pumps for good. Just save them for special occasions and wear them sparingly. Daily footwear, on the other hand, should provide your toes with plenty of room to lay flat without getting squeezed together. Keep heels low and invest in some custom orthotics. These devices help to correct faulty foot structures that may encourage bunion development. They redirect pressure away from the big toe joint as well, and provide additional cushion for protection. There are also stretches you can do to help keep your big toe in place.

So, congratulations on being bunion-free, but let’s make sure you stay that way! Keep those cute high heels in the back of your closet and start good habits in footwear choices today. Call us for more tips or if you have any questions. You can reach our Houston, TX office by dialing (281) 497-2850. Don’t go back to your old ways following bunion surgery. Say good-bye to those bunions for good!

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