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A bunionectomy is surgery to remove a bunion.



  • Prescription pain medicine may be given to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
  • NSAIDs help decrease swelling and pain. This medicine can be bought with or without a doctor's order. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow the directions on it before using this medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your PHP or podiatrist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care for your foot:

  • Elevate your foot above the level of your heart as often as you can. This will help decrease swelling and pain. Prop your foot on pillows or blankets to keep it elevated comfortably.
  • Apply ice on your foot or cast for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or as directed. Use an ice pack, or put crushed ice in a plastic bag. Cover it with a towel. Ice helps prevent tissue damage and decreases swelling and pain.
    Ice and Elevation
  • Keep your bandages or cast clean and dry. Wrap your foot in a plastic bag before you bathe. Seal the bag as tightly as you can. Try to keep your foot out of the water.
  • Wear a walking shoe. You may need to wear a walking shoe for 2 to 6 weeks. This shoe helps keep your foot and toes in a stable position to help you heal faster. It also protects your toe from injury.
  • Exercise. Caregivers will tell you how and when to start moving your toe. This will help prevent stiffness. Ask when you can return to your normal activities.

Contact your PHP if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage or drains out of your cast.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • Your incision is red, swollen, or draining pus.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.