Hallux Valgus (Bunion) Corrective Surgery

Bunion corrective surgery is usually done under general anaesthetic performed as a day case. The procedure involves making an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint to remove the small piece of bone and realign the toe. The joint may be stabilised using screws or tiny wires to keep it in place. At the end of the operation, the incision will be closed with stitches and your foot will be bandaged or placed in a plaster cast. The operation usually lasts about an hour and a half.


The sutures are removed after ten to fourteen days after surgery, and patients are taught how to perform their own bandaging and are encouraged to mobilise the big toe.

Patients are advised to keep the foot elevated as much as possible for the first two weeks, and from six weeks weight bearing is allowed in a reverse camber shoe.

Radiographs are performed after six weeks to check the positioning of the bone and the progression of union. At this point, the reverse camber shoes are discarded and the patient can commence wearing normal footwear.

The foot is likely to be sore for the first three months following surgery. The results depend upon compliance with the post-operative bandaging and mobilisation regime. In addition, patients may not be able to wear a shoe comfortably until sixteen weeks. Full recovery, including starting sports again, may take up to twelve months.