If you’ve recently been told by an orthopedic surgeon that you need foot surgery, then you may be feeling a little nervous or anxious about the procedure. Still, if surgery is your best treatment option, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands at Southeast Orthopedic Specialists. Our experienced surgeons and doctors can provide you with the information and resources you need to prepare for your foot surgery—including valuable tips on recovery and avoiding post-surgical foot pain.Man with broken leg

Avoiding and Alleviating Pain After Your Foot Surgery

While no two foot surgeries are alike, there are some general tips and recommendations that our doctor will likely make to help reduce post-surgical pain and ensure a smoother recovery.

  • For starters, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to staying off your feet after foot surgery. The affected foot’s mobility will need to be limited to give it the time it needs to properly heal.
  • Putting pressure or weight on the foot could result in inflammation and pain, so plan on taking it easy after your procedure and don’t push yourself too hard. If you need to get around, utilize crutches or a wheelchair to do so without applying weight to your healing foot.
  • In addition to resting your foot, your doctor is also likely to recommend a routine of ice, compression and elevation after the surgery. Specifically, ice works wonders when it comes to reducing swelling and inflammation, which can in-turn relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Compression may or may not be recommended depending on the specific surgery you had. However, in some cases, compression is ideal for reducing your risk of blood clots, while elevating the foot above hip level can reduce swelling and pain.

For more information on avoiding and/or alleviating pain after your foot surgery, or if you’d like more information on the orthopedic procedures we perform in our office, contact our team at Southeast Orthopedic Specialists today. We’ve been proudly serving the area since 2001.

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