What will happen after my surgery?
You will typically be discharged from the surgical facility with verbal and written instructions on post-operative care.
These will include which medications to take, and when (especially for any pain relief), and a direct contact number if you have any concerns or problems.
- Keep the affected foot/ankle elevated above the level of your heart as much as possible, particularly in the first few days after your surgery
- Take your pain medications regularly, as prescribed.
- Applying ice packs to the affected area will usually help control swelling and pain.
- Don‘t attempt to bear any weight through the foot until, or unless, instructed that it is safe to do so
- Keep the foot dry until advised it is safe to do so
- Do not remove your dressings or bandages unless instructed to do so
Your podiatric surgeon may also involve your GP, podiatrist, physiotherapist or medical specialist in the care of your foot or ankle condition during the post-operative period.