Showering After Bunion Surgery
An important aspect of post-bunion surgery is that you keep the treated area as dry as possible. Dr. Hochstein recommends his patients to keep the affected feet completely dry while the stitches are still in place. Even while showering or bathing. Understandably, this is a major inconvenience. Please consider the following suggestions for keeping your foot dry while showering/bathing after bunion surgery:
- While Bathing – Prop your foot up on the side of the tub and wash the rest of your body. Keep the water away from the stitches so that they do not lose their ineffectiveness.
- Consider keeping the stitches adequately covered in a wrap while bathing. This will give added protection.
- While Showering – you will likely need to sit down while the water is running. Consider using a shower chair that you can sit on, while placing your foot off to the side of the tub.
- We also recommend placing your treated foot inside of a plastic bag, as this typically gives strong protection from water.
What is a Bunion?
Also medically known as a hallux valgus, a bunion is a bump that manifests itself close to the big toe joint of the foot. In the majority of cases, symptoms tend to develop progressively. However, pressure placed upon the big toe joint is typically the primary culprit of this foot-related condition. Unfortunately, patients may experience bothersome symptoms from having a bunion, such as pain while walking or putting on shoes.
Otherwise known as a bunionectomy, this surgery is able to remove the bunion and give the patient relief from symptoms. Due to the vast amount of structural changes caused by having a bunion, several different surgery options could be possible. Dr. Alec Hochstein has plenty of experience performing bunion surgery. For more information about him and his practice, please click here.