The typical full recovery time after bunion surgery is 6 months, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. This is the average length of time that the foot is swollen following surgery. As such, it is recommended to wear only sneakers or soft leather oxford type shoes during this time and to avoid fashion shoes, such as high heels.
Sutures are typically removed 2 weeks after surgery. After this time, the foot will typically require support for up to 8 weeks, as stated by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. This support is usually provided by dressings or a brace.