Driving after bunion surgery not a good idea
Bunion splints speed up the healing process
Individuals who get behind the wheel immediately following foot or ankle surgery may risk accidents due to hindered movement and longer brake response time, according to a study that was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
When traveling at 60 miles per hour (mph), a person who is recovering from surgery and wearing a device to help their foot heal - like a splint or a boot - would travel an additional 9.2 feet in an emergency braking situation, compared to an individual wearing normal shoes.
At 35 mph, someone wearing a healing device would travel an added distance of 5.4 feet when braking to avoid a collision.
Braking adapters that are meant to help individuals use their left foot when stopping were also not adequately effective, causing an added six-foot braking distance for those traveling at high speeds and an extra 3.5 feet for people driving in residential areas.
Using a bunion splint or orthotic alone as a preventative or corrective measure allows individuals to remove the device when they need to drive, while it may be mandatory to keep the device on following bunion surgery.
Additionally, using bunion splints or orthotics may help an individual heal more quickly after painful bunion surgery, or to avoid it altogether.