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Recovering From Foot Surgery: 3 Important Steps
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Have you recently had foot surgery, or are you considering foot surgery to correct an issue or reduce pain? If so, it’s never too early to recognize that although the procedure itself is over, the steps you take to heal properly at home will contribute a great deal to the continuation of your progress. For example, you will need to take proper care of the surgical incisions, remain off of your foot for a specified amount of time, and practice proper procedures for walking when the time is right.
Some foot surgeries require that you be on your feet only to do necessary things, like walk to the bathroom. Others require that you use crutches and do not put any weight on your foot after the surgery. It is important to follow the directions of your surgeon and only walk when it is absolutely necessary. This will ensure that the foot heals properly and the surgery will not have to be repeated. It will also be much less painful for you if you follow the instructions that your doctor has provided in order to fulfill your specific surgery.
Take your time
After a foot surgery, it takes some time to get back to the way things were before the surgery. You cannot immediately go back to running or even using your foot a lot after surgery. You must slowly build up to activities again. Your doctor will give you a specialized plan regarding how to begin walking normally again. Often, these plans include walking short distances at a time and taking long breaks in between. Your plan will eventually work up to walking long distances, allowing you to eventually be able to resume your normal activities.
Medication and wound care
Your doctor might prescribe medication and offer bandaging instructions to ensure that you are taking proper care of your foot and are in the least amount of pain possible. Take all medications that the doctor prescribed you with the correct dosage. It is also important to remember to change your bandages exactly as the doctor told you. Doing this will help you to prevent infection and serious complications.
Remember that every surgery is different and specific to the doctor, patient, and condition that requires surgery. As much as the procedures for each surgery vary, the recommendations for medication, activity, and wound care will vary as well.
Dr. Matt Ahmadi is a leading Foot Doctor (Podiatrist) in Mission Viejo. Dr. Ahmadi is a Board Certified Foot Surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Ahmadi is a leading foot and ankle doctor, who has earned the Doctor of Podiatric Medicinedegree from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. He completed his post graduate training in Podiatric medicine and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Ahmadi´s residency consisted of three intense surgical years at a level one trauma center where he performed advanced procedures in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
Dr. Ahmadi specializes in reconstructive surgical and non-surgical care for children and adults as well as a wide variety of foot and ankle diseases and disorders. He places emphasis on educating patients about the function and dynamics of the foot and ankle in order to prevent future problems.