As school has just started or is about to start for many young ones up to college age students, anticipation is high for all the work that lies ahead—big exams that will require a lot of studying and preparation. Most of us can attest to the fact that hard work always pays off when studying for a test or preparing an important presentation. Getting ready for foot surgery requires preparation as well, and the payoff will be a smoother recovery.
There are many different kinds of foot surgeries—from minor to major—but any procedure takes great care simply because we are dealing with feet—our foundation and reason for being mobile. One of the best practices to get set up for a great recovery is to be proactive on the front end. Depending on the nature of your job and the procedure itself, you may need to be off work for several weeks. You don’t want to underestimate the timeframe, so work ahead or ensure you will have adequate time off for full healing. Next, prepare your home and immediate surroundings for comfort and ease. Move objects or furniture that would make it difficult to move around and if you sleep up a flight or two of stairs, consider moving a bed to the main floor.
Make a “command post” so everything you need is within reach: telephone, computer, TV, food and drink, and activities to keep you busy. After surgery, Dr. Harvey Danciger will provide you with all of the instructions necessary and it will be important to stick to them. Rest, keep your foot elevated, take medications if they have been given, ice the area appropriately, and stay off the injured foot for as long as you are told. Rushing the process or assuming a little bit of weight won’t matter can greatly compromise the recovery process.
Contact Harvey R. Danciger, DPM if you have concerns about your feet because of a condition or injury that may require surgery. If you have any questions about the surgical process, just call our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108, or request an appointment online.
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