When the word surgery comes up at your next appointment with your podiatrist don’t freak out! Surgery can be a scary thing, but it is sometimes the only option for fixing many different foot ailments such as painful bunions, hammertoes, and many other foot complications. A well trained podiatric surgeon can help to improve your foot health, and by following these few important tips you can make your recovery time quick, and hopefully complication free.
Many of the problems that arise after surgery occur by the mere surgery itself. But many are due to non-compliance on behalf of the patient. Many of the things your surgeon will tell you to do after surgery may seem small, but they are extremely important if you want a good, complication free recovery.
- If your podiatrist says, “non weight bearing”, they mean it! Make sure to keep weight off your foot for the exact amount of time that your podiatrist recommends. Putting added pressure on the foot can increase swelling, pop sutures, and may cause more pain to your foot. Also, if you have had surgery involving a bone, it can cause the bone to shift.
- Don’t allow the absence of pain dictate whether your foot is fully healed. A lot of times the pain in your foot might be gone, but that doesn’t mean you are good to go with walking and full use of your foot. Listen to the guidelines given by your surgeon on how long to stay off your foot, even if there is no pain. Walking on your foot before you are supposed to can bring that pain right back and increase the healing time.
- Take your pain medication as directed. Take the recommended amount at the right times. Don’t wait until the pain is so severe to take your medication. If you are taking an antibiotic, remember it is extremely important to take it for the full amount of time that is directed to keep the risk of infection low.
Keep these important tips in mind after your surgery to make sure you have the best recovery possible. Dr. Evan Merrill has had many years of surgical experience and is ready to help you with any foot problem you may be facing. Make sure to visit our office at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle LLC. If you need an appointment just call at 541-776-3338 or make an appointment online.