Written by: Eric P. Anctil, MD and Matthew W. Byers, PA-C
You just had surgery on either your foot or ankle, or possibly both. These are some helpful hints, from Tucson Orthopaedic Institute's foot doctors, to best manage your pain, swelling and discomfort after the procedure. Any procedure is a big procedure, so please do all that you can to take the best care of yourself after the surgery, and thus ensure the best possible outcome after your surgery.
Ideal (Foot/Ankle higher than hip)
Not Okay (Foot/Ankle level with hip) Not Okay (Foot/Ankle lower than hip)
|1.||Place less weight on the surgical side.|
|2.||Spend less time, over the course of the day, placing weight on the surgical side.|
|3.||When you are not weight-bearing, continue to keep the extremity elevated as mentioned above.|
|4.||Apply ice to the affected area as mentioned above.|
**Important Note: DO NOT initiate weight-bearing until you have been instructed to do so.