You’ve just had foot surgery, perhaps for bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammer or claw toes, flat feet or toenail conditions. Congratulations on taking this big step forward towards resolving an issue which no doubt was causing you pain and discomfort or limiting your mobility. But you are not ready to get back on your feet just yet. While your surgery may have been the centerpiece of fixing your foot problem, how you take care of yourself after the procedure will determine how quickly you can get back on your feet and ensure that the surgery accomplishes what you wanted it to.
In addition to following all specific post-surgery instructions your doctor gives you, consider these helpful, easy tips which can aid in your recovery:
Prepare Your Home
As discussed below, the single most important thing you can do after your surgery is rest and keep any pressure or weight off the affected foot, especially during the first week. That means you will want to minimize your need to get up to get a snack or beverage, grab a book, laptop, phone, or remote, or do any of the things you normally do around the house. Before your surgery, set up an area of your home where the things you anticipate needing will be within reach. Ideally, you also have someone who can help you with your needs while you do the important work of staying off your feet.
When you do get up, you may be unstable, off-balance and more prone to falls. Make sure that the areas of the house you walk through are free from obstacles or other fall risks and move any furniture if needed so that you have ample room to maneuver with crutches or other aids.Read More