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How long is the physical therapy after bunion surgery?

I want to have physical therapy after bunion surgery. How long is the physical therapy after bunion surgery?

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I recommend that you see your surgeon on your concern. It depends on the type of surgery is done.
It depend on the type of bunion procedure performed, your overall flexibility and general health. Typically, physical therapy is a minimum of 3 times a week for 4 weeks.
Generally 2-3 x a week for a total of 12-16 sessions. It may differ depending on the exact procdure used and how the healling is progressing.
I normally send patients for a 6 week course of physical therapy. Some patients benefit from continuing past the 6 weeks but most of the time it is not necessary. This is sessions usually 2-3x per week.
6 weeks the maximum unless there's complications
Should not take more than a couple of weeks
Hello you can start PT when your doctor gave the clearance and specific precautions to start.
Usually 3 months
Depends on what type of procedure was performed, usually 8-12 weeks
Typically 6-8 weeks. You should also discuss this with your Orthopedist/Podiatrist.

Dr. Sen
Physical therapy can vary depending on the bunion procedure. A typical time frame is usually twice weekly for 6 to 8 weeks. Speak with you surgeon directly to discuss more specific details of physical therapy or any other aspect of surgery.
Good question! To be honest that is patient dependent, but expect to be in therapy for 2 to 3 months after surgery.
Physical therapy with gentle Range of Motion generally starts one week after bunion surgery to prevent stiffness and decrease swelling postoperatively. Better available fixation of bunion repair allows greater stability and earlier therapy and sooner return to activity.

Wayne A. Hurst, DPM, FACFAS
2 to 3 times per week for 4 to 6 weeks is likely enough physical therapy after bunion surgery, if necessary.
In my practice, I don't usually feel that it is necessary for a patient to have Physical Therapy (PT) after bunion surgery, and this is because after the 2nd-3rd week after surgery, I have the patient do home Range Of Motion exercises through the rest of the treatment. But if I do have a patient with excessive stiffness of the 1st metatarsophalangeal joint after surgery, a month is usually long enough for PT.
Typically for 2-4 weeks depending on the procedure and patient's mobility post-operatively.
Physical therapy can vary after bunion surgery. I usually have my patients do physical therapy 3x per week for 4 weeks. Some people need more and some can need less. I recommend you discuss with your foot and ankle surgeon (podiatrist) regarding your particular case