Recovering from Surgery
After you have gone through surgery, you can expect to be sore or stiff. You may have to wear a boot, shoe, or cast for a while, be careful of your wounds, and avoid bearing weight on the foot. We will also provide you with special instructions and schedule follow-up appointments – and should follow these instructions to a T if you want optimal results from your procedure.
Of course, your recovery plan will depend on the specific surgical procedure. However, the following steps are usually always included in post-op recovery instructions:
- Keep weight off the foot as much as possible.
- Apply ice to your foot or ankle in 30-minute increments with a thin towel between the ice pack and your skin.
- Elevate. Keep your foot elevated above hip level for the first 3 days, as much as possible.
- Using crutches? Watch this video. (jump to the 35-second mark)
- Using a knee walker/roller? Watch this video.
Another post-op treatment option we may recommend is multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy, an advanced treatment that promotes pain relief, reduction of inflammation, and faster healing.
We will likely also recommend at-home exercises or physiotherapy to help prevent stiffness and muscle atrophy, and you should follow these exercises very carefully. And if you experience any concerning symptoms, like excessive pain and inflammation, or notice the surgical site has become infected, you should call our office right away.
Find Expert Surgical Options at Northeast Foot and Ankle
Foot and ankle surgery can help with a variety of conditions. If you are experiencing pain, and other treatments are not working, surgery may be the solution. Contact Northeast Foot and Ankle to make an appointment today so we can discuss if surgery is the best option for you.
Simply call us at (603) 431-6070 or fill out our online contact form to have a member of our staff reach out to you.