There isn’t just one type of reconstructive foot surgery, so the specifics of your recovery can vary a bit based on your specific procedure. However, for the most part, the rules are similar. It is essential that you know in advance what to expect from reconstructive foot surgery recovery so you can adequately prepare. So, what is in your future?
A Lot of Rest
After foot surgery, you need to stay off your feet as much as possible to allow the surgical site to heal. You’ll likely use crutches to let you get around without putting weight on your foot, but even with these aids, you’ll want to rest a lot, as this promotes healing.
A Focus on Elevation
Usually, after foot surgery, you need to keep the foot raised and ice it off and on. How long will you be in this part of the reconstructive foot surgery recovery timeline? For most people, at least a week, but sometimes up to 3 weeks!
A Cast or Boot
Even if no bones are reset as part of the surgery, chances are high that you will have a cast or walking boot to ensure proper healing and prevent injuries. Your doctor will offer specific instructions on this, but if you get a boot, you might be able to take it off when sleeping.
Finally, feet can get dirty, even when you are doing everything right. This makes wound care essential. Keep your bandages clean and dry, change them often and take great care not to injure your surgical site.
Do you think reconstructive foot surgery is in your future? The Shady Grove Podiatry team is here for you. Call us at 301-948-2995 or fill out our contact form so we can call you!