The foot, consisting of 28 bones connected by joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, is prone to injuries that can cause pain and limited movement. When conservative healing methods fail to correct a podiatric injury or condition, foot and ankle surgery may be the answer.
- Remove loose wires and clear away clutter.
- Organize clothes, foods, and toiletries you use often so they can easily be reached.
- Put grab bars and non-slip mats in the bathroom for extra support.
- Plug night lights in various rooms to help you see at night.
Nutrition is an important aspect of recovery. In fact, studies show that proper nutrition affects the healing process of surgical procedures.
Your doctor’s post-operative instructions will likely include weight-bearing restrictions. Not closely adhering to these could disrupt the healing process and delay recovery.
When using stairs, remember to ascend by leading with your good foot and then your repaired foot. Take it slowly, one step at a time, using the handrail for support. When descending, you’ll start with your repaired foot instead.
It is normal to experience a low-grade fever the first week, pain, warmth, swelling, bruising, bleeding, and fluid discharge. Let your doctor know immediately if the fever continues or goes above 100.5°F.
Elevating your foot and ankle is an effective way to reduce swelling and improve comfort. Using several pillows or a leg elevation pillow, raise your foot above the level of your heart. It’s recommended to do so for 30 minutes every 2 hours for the first 14 days.
Should there be blood or discharge on the dressing, it is ok to apply extra gauze, but do not remove the entire dressing. In most cases, your first dressing change will be performed at your first follow-up visit.
- regain strength, mobility, and flexibility,
- reduce pain and swelling, and
- minimize the development of scar tissue.
You’ll receive exercises to do after surgery from your doctor. Depending on the type of surgery, you may also see a physical therapist.
When you experience continued discomfort in your feet or ankles, don’t think that it has to stay that way. The knowledgeable podiatrists at The Foot & Ankle Center have decades of experience in correcting even the most advanced conditions and injuries.
We offer Achilles tendon, arthritis, bunion, hammertoe, neuroma, and toe surgeries, among several other advanced foot and ankle surgeries.
Learn more about the best path for your podiatric health by requesting an appointment online or calling us at (314) 487-9300!