7 Home Care Tips to Prepare for Bunion Surgery

Are you preparing for bunion surgery? Don't wait until after the surgery to find out that your home wasn't ready for you. Taking small steps now helps you have a smooth recovery. Follow these seven tips to prepare your home for your bunion surgery.

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1. Schedule at a good time

Are you preparing for bunion surgery? Try to schedule the surgery appointment at the best time for the healing process. This might be a certain time of the year or day of the week. 

After this procedure, you'll need to keep your foot up. You'll have limited mobility for at least a few weeks. If you have a busy schedule, arrange it so that you have that time for a healthy recovery.

Do you love long walks in the springtime? Do you have a beach vacation planned this summer? Will you be carpooling children to sports practices next year? Choose a time in between to give yourself ample time to heal without the pressure to do things.

2. Gather your support system

You'll need help through this time. Don't try to do it alone. Even if you don't have children to tend to, you need someone around who can:

Gather some names. Reach out to several people so that you have a backup. You'd do the same if your friend had to stay off her feet.

3. Get some convenience items

You can get these new if you prefer, but you may have a family member or friend who has been through a similar surgery. There are certain convenience items that will help you have a much better recovery experience.

Do you have a small elevator in your building? Do you live in a little apartment? A manual knee scooter helps you easily move through smaller spaces where a wheelchair might be an issue. 

You will have crutches when you leave Progressive Podiatry after bunion surgery, but it's nice to have an extra way to get around if you need to do so.

Also consider:

4. Choose a place to relax

Where will you spend most of your time after the surgery? Does it have a good place to keep your foot elevated? Is the bathroom within a short walk, with no stairs?

Particularly in that first week, you'll need everything you need right around you. If you live alone, you may even want to buy a cooler or portable ice chest in which to keep bottled water and food. This limits trips to the kitchen.

Finally, move things like glasses and plates out of high cabinets to make them easier to reach from a wheelchair or scooter.

5. Give yourself some room

Do you have larger furniture that fills the room? Alternatively, you may have lots of furniture, lamps, or electronics filling a room. Those may not feel like an obstacle course now, but after this minimally invasive surgery, they will.

As you prepare the home to become a place for bunion surgery recovery, do what you can to clear any obstacles. Push everything up against the walls. If you have an office or spare room, move what you can out of the recovery area. 

Make sure that you have a very clear path between the front door and your recovery space.

6. Go shopping

If you normally purchase groceries weekly, double up. Stock up the refrigerator and pantry with foods that require very little prep work. 

7. Buy some re-freezable ice packs

If the foot swells, you'll need ice packs to get the swelling down. You'll quickly run out of regular ice. Instead, getting at least two ice packs to alternate will ensure you never run out of ice.

Are you dealing with bunion pain? There are many non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures that can help. Book online today.

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