Bunion surgery corrects the unattractive and often painful bump that forms when the big toe becomes misaligned. But even though the procedure leaves feet looking and feeling better, you can’t jump right back into everyday activities, especially driving.
Researchers used driving simulators to test bunion-surgery patients’ brake response and timing, comparing them to a control group who had not had surgery. Two weeks post-op, only a quarter of the patients passed the test, while the rest were not able to brake suddenly. It was not until six weeks after surgery that all patients’ brake times were similar to those of the control groups.
This study emphasizes just how important it is to follow your doctor’s directions after surgery, not only so you can heal optimally, but so you also don’t put others in harm’s way.
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