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If you decide not to have surgery, your bunion may get bigger and hurt more. Very bad bunions can develop osteoarthritis of the big toe joint and may increase your chances of falling over. However, not everybody needs surgery for a bunion and your GP or podiatrist may suggest treatments that don’t involve surgery.
For more information, see our section: What are the alternatives?
You may be able to wear high-heeled shoes occasionally if your foot recovers well after bunion surgery. But you’ll need to wear more comfortable shoes such as trainers and flat boots, for the first few months. Your podiatrist can give you advice about good foot care and how to prevent getting a bunion in the future.
Recovery time depends on the type of bunion surgery you’ve had. It’s likely that for the first two weeks you will need to rest and elevate the affected foot as much as possible. After this you can start to walk more by putting your weight on your heel. You may be given a special shoe and crutches to help you walk in the six weeks after surgery.
For more information, see our section: Recovering from bunion surgery.
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