Post Operative Care

The type of foot surgery performed will determine the length and kind of post operative care required to assure that your recovery from foot surgery is rapid and uneventful. The basics of all post operative care after foot surgery involves to some degree each of the following: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Bandages, splints, surgical shoes, casts, crutches, or canes may be necessary to improve and ensure a safe recovery after foot surgery. A satisfactory recovery can be hastened by carefully following instructions from your podiatric physician.

Our Recommendation:

Make sure your podiatrist gives you instructions for your specific needs. Your actions the first 48-72 hours after surgery are critical to your healing and comfort. Some instructions from your podiatrist may include the following:

  • Take all prescriptions as directed.
  • Depending on what procedure you have, your podiatrist will tell you to stay off your foot for at least 48-72 hours following surgery.
  • The more you keep your foot elevated the less pain and swelling you will have.
  • Always wear the post-op shoe or boot that is dispensed to you whenever you are walking.
  • Keep bandages clean and dry:  The bandages are in place for a purpose and will help to hold the surgical correction in place so it can heal.
  • Ice may need to be used for 48-72 hours following your procedure.

Your foot and ankle surgeon will likely give you his or her own written instructions.  If you have any questions at any time, you should contact your doctor.  As Dr. Hurless always tells his patients, “no question is too stupid to ask.”

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