What happens after you’re discharged?
Please keep your bandage on and avoid getting your foot wet. IMPORTANTLY, please keep your foot elevated as it helps to reduce the swelling and control your discomfort.
When lying down elevate your foot on a pillow and when sitting down elevate it on a chair. When your foot is lowered down it will throb and swell. This is normal and can continue up two to three weeks following your surgery.
You will be discharged from hospital with pain relief tablets. Please take these regularly in the days following surgery. You may only require pain relief in the evening before bed.
When do I see Mr Keith?
You will be booked in for a follow up appointment to see Mr Keith approximately two weeks after your surgery. Your bandage will come off and Mr Keith will instruct you how to start exercising your toe to help increase movement, strength and flexibility.
Failure to undertake these exercises increases the risk of developing a stiff toe after surgery.
When can I go back to wearing a normal shoe?
On average, expect to spend about six weeks in the postoperative shoe. At your six week review with Mr Keith, you will may be able to wear an open toed sandal, preferably with adjustable straps or loose fitting supportive shoe. Your foot may remain swollen for up to six months after the operation.
It will normally be three to four months after your surgery before you can wear a shoe for a working day, and it is usually three to six months from the operation before you can hope to resume recreational walking or light sporting activities.
If you are slower than these outlined recovery times do not panic, they are only averages, but let Mr Keith know when you attend your follow up appointment.