Right after your bunionectomy, you may opt to wear surgical shoes. However, Dr. Sophia Solomon, a foot and ankle surgeon at Manhattan Specialty Care tells Bustle that since surgical shoes often have rigid soles, it's important to transition to a pair of more supportive shoes after a few weeks.
According to Dr. Solomon, the best shoes for after bunion surgery offer substantial support and are made of a flexible material to better accommodate any swelling. Athletic shoes generally offer the most room and support, but if you're determined to wear heels during your recovery, Dr. Solomon says it can be done with some precautions:
“It will take a few months to get the full range of motion back in your big toe following bunion surgery, so, unfortunately, you cannot go right into wearing 6-inch heels. However, if your goal is to wear high heels, start with a block heel made of soft leather that’s low enough to be tolerated by the stiffer than normal post-surgical foot while you work on getting your flexibility back," says Dr. Solomon.