When can I stop elevating my foot after surgery?
Your foot should be higher than your heart the first 72 hours. You may only be up to use the bathroom or to get something to eat. In the next two to three weeks after surgery you should keep your foot propped up on a chair or footstool with a pillow when you are sitting up.
How long do I have to elevate my leg after surgery?
To reduce swelling and promote comfort, elevation is very helpful. Elevate the foot/ankle above the level of the heart, using several pillows, for at least 14 days after surgery. Do not place pillows directly behind the knee. Elevation for 30 minutes every 2 hours is a good initial recommendation.
What happens if you don’t elevate foot after surgery?
Elevate the Injury
Since you will need to rest a lot the first few days after your foot surgery, elevating your foot will significantly reduce swelling. If you don’t elevate, fluid may collect in the foot and cause additional pain.
How long should I elevate my legs to reduce swelling?
The more the swelling and the longer there has been swelling, the longer and more frequently your need to elevate your legs. Start with 20 minutes twice a day. This might do the trick. If not, go to 30 minutes or even an hour.
How long should I keep my foot elevated?
Keeping your foot raised helps decrease pain and swelling. When you elevate your ankle, try to keep it at the level of your heart. Lying on a couch with pillows under your foot is better than sitting in a chair with your foot on a footstool. Try to keep your foot elevated for 2 to 3 hours a day.
How long does it take to go from non weight bearing to full weight bearing?
For other injuries you may only need a couple of weeks before you can slowly transition to partial weight bearing and then to full, slowly being able to resume your normal activities again. Injuries such as a Lisfranc fracture can require 10 weeks or more of non-weight bearing.
How long does it take for swelling to go down after surgery?
Swelling typically lasts for 2 to 3 weeks after surgery, but may persist for as long as 3 to 6 months. Bruising may last for 1 to 2 weeks following surgery.
How long should I keep my legs up?
Keep them up for at least 15 minutes.
The longer, the better, but if all you can squeeze in is 15 minutes 3 times a day, then do it.
Should I elevate my knee while sleeping after surgery?
Post surgery, you need to exercise and move around as much as your knee can tolerate, but it’s also really important to rest your knee sufficiently in between. When resting, make sure you elevate your leg and preferably ice it at the same time.
Does elevating legs increase blood flow?
When you elevate your legs, ideally at or above heart level, it helps keep the blood from pooling in your lower legs and improves blood flow to the rest of your body.