What do I need after foot surgery?
It’s likely you’ll need to rest your foot for some time after surgery, to give it a chance to heal. Depending on your type of surgery, you may need a few days or several weeks to recover. During this time, you may need to use a cane, walker or crutches to help keep weight off your foot.
What clothes to wear after surgery?
A comfortable set of loose-fitting clothes and cotton underpants to wear home after surgery. The waistbands should be loose and comfortable. A case for your glasses, if you wear them. If you wear contact lenses, it is best to wear your glasses on the day of your surgery.
How should I sleep after foot surgery?
Positioning After Left Foot or Ankle Surgery
- The primary resting position is lying down with the foot elevated.
- Try to elevate the foot above the level of your heart.
- Keep your leg supported.
- Avoid placing weight directly on your heel.
Can I wear shoes after foot surgery?
After surgery, you will need to wear a cast or a special type of shoe to protect your toe and to keep it in the right position for at least 3 to 6 weeks.
How do you shower after foot surgery?
You can take a shower 3 days after your surgery. But you must cover your operated foot or dressing with a plastic waterproof cover or a plastic bag. Make sure you do NOT get your dressing wet. NO baths or swimming until your surgeon says it is safe to do so.
What is the fastest way to recover from foot surgery?
Elevation is crucial to a fast recovery as it helps with pain and swelling. Elevate above the hip level. This is the most beneficial position as it helps bring blood away to reduce pressure and lessen pain. Also, use ice or ice packs soon after surgery by applying for 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off.
Can you wear socks during surgery?
Clothing/Hygiene: We suggest loose fitting, comfortable clothing and shoes be worn the day of your surgery. You may bring socks to wear. Do not wear contact lenses, make-up, nail polish, hairpins, or jewelry, including body piercings.
How should I wear my hair for surgery?
Also, makeup, hair products and nail polish can be flammable and should not be worn when you are having surgery. Hair—If you have long hair, consider putting it into a braid or a ponytail, or bring an elastic band with you so that you can tie your hair back once you get to the hospital.
What should I pack in my hospital bag for surgery?
What to pack for hospital
- a nightdress or pyjamas.
- day clothes.
- clean underwear.
- dressing gown and slippers.
- small hand towel.
- toiletries – soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant.
- sanitary towels or tampons.
- razor and shaving materials.
How long should you keep your foot elevated after foot surgery?
Since virtually all foot and ankle operations require rest and elevation of the operated foot for at least 2 weeks following surgery, it is rare that a patient will be allowed to return to work before 2 weeks following surgery.