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Surgery is recommended to relieve pain, correct a deformity or restore function of your foot or ankle. Because most foot surgery is elective, you and your podiatrist can decide when to have it performed.

Foot surgery is normally performed in one of three settings: your podiatrist's office, an ambulatory surgery center or in a hospital. Based on the type of surgery to be performed, as well as your age, medical history and health plan, your doctor will recommend the setting and the type of anesthesia (local anesthetic, local anesthetic with sedation or general anesthesia) to be used. Most podiatric cases are done on an out-patient basis, which means patients generally go home the same day of the surgery.

As with anyone undergoing surgery, you may need specific tests or examinations, such as blood and urine screenings, chest x-rays or an EKG. Your podiatrist will review your past medical history and may consult with other medical specialists, depending on your test results or current health status.

Post-operative

To ensure a rapid and successful recovery following foot surgery, it is important to follow your podiatric surgeon's advice. Post-operative instructions will be issued by your doctor describing post-surgery care including: ice, bandages, elevation, walking aids and medication, or just remember RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

 

  After surgery, notify the doctor if:

Blood appears on the bandage (a small amount is to be expected)
Your dressing becomes tight or your foot is cold or numb or turns blue or bright red
You develop a fever of 101F or more
Your cast or bandages get wet
You experience persistent pain and the pain medication does not resolve the pain

You will need to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist soon after your surgery, usually three days after surgery. Follow your doctor's instructions for continued care of your foot and remember that every individual recovers differently.

How soon you resume your normal activities depends on the type of foot surgery as well as the extent of your activities. Discuss this with your podiatrist before the surgery so you will be prepared to reduce your responsibilities until you have had time to heal. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy or special exercises following surgery.

 


 
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