When you suffer from a painful foot problem you want to get relief as soon as possible. Sometimes the only way to get that relief is from a surgical procedure performed by your podiatrist. It’s important to note that your podiatrist will try every conservative measure they can to help treat your foot condition before heading to surgery, but sometimes surgery is the best and only option to relieve your foot pain (you can read more about foot and ankle surgery here with Dr. Evan Merrill).
Surgery can be a little scary and can take some time getting used to, so here are some things to help you feel more comfortable about it and what you can do to receive the most benefits from your surgery.
How long will it take to recover? Your recovery period can be anywhere from 1 week up to 8 weeks. It depends on what type of procedure you are having done.
Surgery is going to help you in the long run. Whatever procedure you are having done, there is going to be a recovery period, and it might take some time to recognize the benefits of your surgery, but they will come.
Trust your podiatrist and make sure you ask them plenty of questions. He or she will help you better understand all the aspects of your surgery and what you can expect with your particular procedure. Remember your podiatrist does this on a regular basis and has had plenty of experience.
Prepare to take it easy. Even small procedures require rest. This is probably one of the most important things you can do after you have surgery. Listening to your doctor when he says to STAY OFF YOUR FOOT is extremely important if you want a complication free recovery. After a couple weeks you may seem fine and your pain is nearly gone, but adding weight to your foot before your doctor gives the okay can cause pain and unnecessary complications.
Relax! If you trust your podiatrist and understand the reasons for your surgery, the next thing to do is breathe and not worry. You are in good hands and excess anxiety and stress is not healthy. Go do something fun the day before your surgery to take your mind off things.
Hopefully now you can go into surgery feeling calm and confident. At Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, LLC we want to help you with all your foot care needs. Dr. Evan Merrill is very experienced with surgery and is ready to help you feel comfortable about it. If you are suffering from foot pain, please call our office today at 541-776-338 or make an appointment by filling out our online form.