Q What does recovery from foot surgery involve?
We encounter foot problems on a regular basis that do not respond to conservative treatment or are too severe in nature and require surgical treatment. We guide each patient who has to have surgery through every step of the process. The recovery process after foot surgery will vary depending on the nature of the surgery and the area of the foot that was worked on.
The first thing after surgery will most likely be a set time that is guarded weight bearing possibly in a post op shoe, or can be non-weight bearing. This is very important to follow as your foot is in the initial healing stages. Putting weight on the foot too soon can cause an improper healing and slow the recovery time. For three to four days afterwards, it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling. We will help you manage this appropriately to keep you comfortable. Resting and keeping your foot elevated will help keep pain and swelling down. Icing is also helpful to control pain and should be applied for 10-15 minutes and then off for the same amount of time. When you are able to return to work will depend on the type of job you have and they type of surgery you had. It may be necessary to take 3-4 weeks off to give your foot adequate time to heal possible longer depending on the type of surgery performed. Some patients can return using crutches, a walker or a “knee scooter.”
Going into surgery involves realistic expectations for how your life will be afterwards. We will help you each step of the way, but it may require a few sacrifices to ensure your foot gets back to full health. Please call Dr. Harvey Danciger if you have any questions about surgery or if you have a foot condition that needs treatment. Make an appointment online or call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.