Getting back to the gym after bunion surgery

Bunion splint after bunion surgery helps the healing process

Back to the gym after bunion surgeryBunion surgery can keep individuals off their feet for weeks, which may leave some formerly active people itching to return to the gym.

When patients are diligent about post-surgical care and include the use of bunion splints or orthotics in their healing process, gym-goers may be able to return after just a few weeks with some help and precautions from

After getting clearance from your doctor to put some weight on the affected foot, begin slowly and use crutches. Avoid exercises that put direct pressure on your foot - such as squats, running or leg presses.

When you begin to feel a little more confident, use machines where you can control resistance, like the stationary bike or elliptical. Start with low pressure and move your way up as the foot becomes stronger.

If swimming is your thing, be sure that your incision has fully healed before getting back in the pool. Dry bandages are very important to prevent infection.

Additionally, be sure that the shoes you are wearing are comfortable, supportive and have a wide toe so you're not putting any unnecessary pressure on the metatarsal region. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon recommends sticking to athletic shoes or soft-soled oxford type footwear. 

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