5 Things to Know if You’re Considering or Recovering From Foot Surgery
If you or a loved one is suffering from a painful foot injury, it can be a daunting task to figure out where to start. Oftentimes, people let their uncomfortable injuries persist for far longer than necessary because they fear an invasive procedure or worry about the complications that can appear during recovery. While these are perfectly valid anxieties, choosing to ignore an injury — especially foot-related — can have serious and sometimes irreversible consequences. But, rest assured, you are not alone and with expert care, proper precautions, and the recommended post-surgery recovery tips, you can achieve a healthy and relatively quick recovery from foot surgery.
At Pearl Recovery, we offer a relaxing and rejuvenating experience to those healing after foot surgery and a wide range of other post-op recoveries. We truly care about your health and comfort, and our experienced all-female staff is fully committed to making your recovery after surgery as easy and restful as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a few important guidelines to help you on the road to a smooth and fast recovery time after foot surgery, for a restorative experience that’s free from surprises or complications.
1. Understand Your Operation
When you’re thinking about how to prepare for surgery, it’s imperative that you’re clear on what surgery you are having, why you are electing to have that surgery, what the expected recovery time will be, and what the potential surgical complications are. As all procedures differ, it’s critical that you ask your surgeon specific questions about your foot healing after surgery. Write down your questions, however small, and ask your surgeon and expert medical team to answer them as comprehensively as possible. If you don’t feel like you fully understand one or more of the answers, do not hesitate to speak up and say something similar to, “Here is what I understand from what you are telling me… Is this correct?”
This is especially important if you are undergoing a procedure that requires altering the structure of your foot, such as a bunion surgery. Procedures such as these require strict mobility and pain management plans. When thinking about your bunion surgery recovery, remember that you will require help with changing dressings and bandages, managing swelling, and bearing weight. Though this surgery is a common, straightforward outpatient procedure, a complete and effective recovery time for foot surgery may take weeks to achieve. Once you accept the possibilities of your foot surgery, you are one step closer to mobility relief and freedom!
2. Proactively Prepare for the Recovery Period
Think about all of the things you are likely to need in your recovery period. Some tasks to accomplish would be: stocking up on supplies, like food, hygiene products, and everyday needs; practicing using crutches; enlisting the help of family, friends, or private-duty nurses; getting reading materials and entertainment items to occupy your downtime; going to the DMV and obtaining a temporary handicap placard.
You should also take measures to prepare your household, as well, for the time during your foot surgery recovery. Move objects that would possibly make it difficult to move between rooms. If you live in a multi-level home, consider moving your bedroom to the ground floor. Also, prepare your bathroom and shower area with proper safety features (i.e. a shower stool, grab bars, etc.). These steps can greatly improve your daily routine and speed up the recovery process.
There is also the possibility of enjoying a restful recovery from foot surgery in a luxury wellness center. At Pearl Recovery and Wellness, we offer high-end, expert medical care in a tranquil and relaxing setting. You can enjoy luxury postoperative care, along with the benefits of an exclusive luxury spa experience, all within your own 5-star wellness suite in the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel.
3. Showering & Personal Care
Showering after foot surgery can be a challenging process, and it’s important to bathe in a manner that optimizes safety. Falls in the shower or tub during the postoperative period are extremely common and can easily cause damage to the surgical area or even result in injury to another part of the body. While a shower stool or shower bars would be very helpful, you may want to also consider acquiring human assistance (such as that of private duty home care).
To avoid getting the cast or dressings wet in healing from foot surgery, it’s usually necessary to wear a waterproof covering over your foot and lower leg when showering. Getting your protective bandages wet is not good for the skin or the recovery process as a whole.
4. Downtime (Work & Driving)
As part of your pre-surgery preparation, you need to understand and accept how long your recovery from foot surgery “downtime” will be. If you work, you need to effectively estimate how long you will be away and give yourself ample time to heal. Adding the extra stress of walking around an office or trying to deal with pain medications while on the clock can lead to unnecessary complications. The time you need to recover can vary greatly — from a few weeks to several months — depending on the surgery you need. It’s imperative that you understand the time frame that your surgeon recommends you to be away from work. Clarify any questions you have with your doctor and obtain a letter to give to your employer if needed.
If you drive a car, your ability to safely control a vehicle can be profoundly impacted depending on what foot is operated on and what type of care you receive. You should discuss the likely timeline for returning to driving with your surgeon, and, if possible, arrange for your physician to help you procure a Temporary Handicap placard and a Temporary Disabled Parking Permit. You can also arrange to have someone complete any travel-related and errand needs during your recovery time for foot surgery.
5. Postoperative Pain Management
After your surgery, you will experience swelling and, unfortunately, pain. The pain associated with foot procedures can vary widely. If not managed properly, it can become very uncomfortable, not to mention frustrating. Especially in the days immediately following your procedure, keeping your foot elevated is the best strategy to keep swelling at a minimum.
You may be prescribed anti-inflammatory and/or narcotic pain medication during your recovery from foot surgery. It’s important to understand all possible side effects before scheduling your surgery and to consult your doctor regularly after your surgery to ensure proper and healthy management.
Be prepared to spend much of the first month of healing after foot surgery lying in bed or on a sofa with your leg elevated. Your primary obligation should be the healing and comfort of your foot, so you will most certainly need assistance and should not return to work until you believe you can function at a normal or acceptable level.
As the best wellness recovery retreat in Beverly Hills, Pearl Recovery strives to take the stress out of your recovery. When you stay with us, our experienced staff takes special care to make sure you receive the unique, individualized attention that you need in your recovery from foot surgery so you can heal in peace. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to reserve your wellness suite.