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After a bunionectomy,the foot should be kept elevated as much as possible.This will help in quick recovery.
However,yes,you can allow your foot to rest below heart levels at intervals.
Also keep walking to a minimum, wearing your special shoe and keeping all the weight through your heel.
So bottom line is elevating your feet will help to reduce swelling and pain during the bunion surgery recovery period. But for rest,you can keep it down for some time.
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Also for initial period of recovery,you can use crutches or a cane for the first few weeks after bunion surgery to keep as much weight off the foot as possible. The less weight on the foot, the better and faster you will heal.
The elevation of foot will help to reduce swelling & pain.So you should keep it elevated as much as possible.However,yes,you can allow your foot to rest below heart levels at intervals.
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