It’s true that recovering from foot surgery is not easy. Patients want to get back to their normal activities quickly, but rushing your recovery process can cause more pain and slower healing. To ensure that you have the least amount of post-operative pain, follow these guidelines.
In the first 3-5 days after surgery, limit your activity. Only get up to go to the bathroom, or the kitchen for a snack. If you have someone to help you with these things, that’s even better.
Set up a basket with magazines, games, and books to help entertain you while you rest. Keep your essentials nearby so you don’t have to get up.
Take the necessary time off work, especially if you have a physically demanding job.
The main cause of post-operative pain is swelling. Limit swelling by elevating your foot, using ice for 20 minutes at a time, use anti-inflammatory medication in addition to your pain medications, and limit walking around. Every time you get up, your swelling will pool at your feet causing pressure and pain.
Foot surgery does not have to be painful. Listen to your doctor and your body. Do not push yourself to recover too fast. Some swelling can last up to 3-6 months after surgery.
At Toe-Tal Foot & Ankle Care, we take a conservative approach, and always exhaust all our options before proceeding with foot surgery. If your foot pain is interfering with your quality of life, it may be time to consider surgery. Call our office at (817) 656- 0303 or visit toetalfootandanklecare.com for an appointment to discuss your options.