Medical City Dallas

Baylor, Scott & White Plano


How to Recover from Foot Surgery

foot surgery recoverWhat happens after surgery matters almost as much than what happens during surgery. Sometimes, it even matters more! No matter how skilled your surgeon may be, his or her hard work can always be undone if their patient doesn’t follow directions, doesn’t protect their healing foot, and doesn’t follow through with rest and rehab.

When it comes to recovering from foot surgery as well as possible, there’s one master rule: Listen to your surgeon! The instructions and guidelines are there for a reason. You might not always understand what a rule is there for. (If you don’t, please ask!) Furthermore, you might decide you feel fine, that the recovery seems to be going better than expected, and surely it won’t hurt to start weight-bearing a little early, won’t it? Don’t do this! Just like you, we’re totally focused on healing your feet as quickly as possible. That’s why it’s important to follow our directions as closely as possible throughout the recovery process.

Of course, every surgery and situation is a little different, so there’s no way to give you an exact breakdown of what your specific recovery will look like. That said, read on to review some common components, or review this document for some additional details.

  • There will likely be a period of time where you’ll have to stay off your feet (avoiding all weight bearing) and keep them elevated when possible. People, in general, aren’t much good at accurately gauging the amount of force they’re placing on their feet, and even a little bit can significantly impair wound healing.
  • The first follow-up appointment is usually scheduled for about the one-week mark after surgery.
  • Depending on the seriousness of the surgery, you may require a cast, a walking boot, or even one followed by the other. Crutches, a wheelchair, or other assistive devices may be provided if necessary.
  • Over time, you will make a slow transition to a boot walker and regular shoes, and will gradually be cleared for a greater variety of weight-bearing activity. Don’t try to do too much, too soon.
  • During the immediate healing process, muscles and other tissues may have lost strength or range of motion. Once you’re ready, physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises may be necessary to get your feet, ankles, and legs back to 100%.

In the end, of course, it all comes back to following instructions. We’re here to guide you through this process, but ultimately the success of a surgery often comes down to you. Take your recovery seriously, and you have the best chance of a fully return in the shortest possible time. To schedule your appointment, give Dallas Podiatry Works a call today at 972.566.7474.

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
dallas podiatry works reviews
dallas podiatry works google reviews dallas podiatry works facebook reviews dallas podiatry works healthgrades reviews dallas podiatry works yelp reviews dallas podiatry works rmd reviews
consultation plano dallas tx podiatrist
Join the 50,000 happy feet that have found relief at Dallas Podiatry Works! Our Dallas podiatrist and Plano podiatrist provides 5-star-rated foot care and ankle care. Our advanced foot care includes children's foot care, sports-related foot injuries, bunion treatment, bunion removal surgery, toenail fungus treatment, ingrown toenail treatment, hammertoe treatment, claw toe treatment, neuroma treatment, heel pain relief, limb salvage, wound care, arthritis treatment, safe pedicure, medicures, corn removals, callus removals, wart removals and more.
Come experience Dallas Podiatry Works of Dallas, TX and Plano, TX! You will see for yourself that our podiatrists, foot doctors and foot specialists provide 5-star-rated foot care in Dallas TX, Plano TX, Frisco TX, McKinney TX, Richardson TX, Garland TX, Rockwall TX, Allen TX, Arlington TX and Fort Worth TX. Call 972.566.7474 today.
© 2018 Dallas Podiatry Works | Dallas Podiatrist for Advanced Foot & Ankle Care
Designed by
dallas podiatry works social media dallas podiatry works twitter dallas podiatry works facebook Dallas Podiatry Works google-plus dallas podiatry works youtube dallas podiatry works linkedin dallas podiatry works instagram