What Is the Average Time a Foot Takes to Fully Recover From Surgery?


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There are many different types of foot surgery, all of which require different healing times and varying types of aftercare, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. Only a podiatric surgeon can determine if and when a patient may bear weight on the foot and resume normal activities following surgery.

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Some types of foot surgery include fusions, heel surgery, bunion surgery, metatarsal surgery and neuroma surgery, states the American Podiatric Medical Association. One type of foot fusion surgery, midfoot fusion, normally requires patients to wear a cast for up to 10 weeks and X-rays are taken every four weeks to gauge recovery, asserts the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society. A patient is gradually transitioned from a supportive boot to other supportive footwear. The ability to bear weight is not gauged according to a specific period of time, but on each patient's personal recovery.

Recovery for heel surgery due to a break in the bone can take anywhere from a few months to two years if the break is severe, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Bunion surgery recovery time also varies, as there are over 100 different types of bunion surgery, states WebMD. Patients who have bunion surgery can sometimes wear normal shoes four or five weeks after surgery, but some patients must wear special shoes for up to eight weeks.

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