Look, we totally get it – no one wants to undergo surgery. (Except that woman—her name is maybe Heidi?—who was on MTV’s The Hills and had something like 12 plastic surgeries.)
(Fine, let’s amend that to say “no one wants to undergo non-cosmetic surgery.”)
There are understandable reasons for this. One is the fact you won’t be able to perform favorite activities during your recovery period. Obviously, you’ll need to put the CrossFit, rec sports, and dancing lessons on hold while recovering:
That doesn’t mean recovery has to be boring!
Whereas the truth of the matter is Americans probably watch too much TV, there are some really great shows out there – to the point they say we’re in a “Golden Age” for prestige television.
Now, since you’ll be following your postop instructions—You are going to follow your surgeon’s postop instructions, right?—you will need to rest and keep your repaired limb elevated. While doing so, you can help pass the time in the most American way possible – binge-watching shows on any of your favorite streaming or on-demand cable services!
With so many options, though, where do you start?
At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, we are able to help many patients from our local communities. When we do, we sometimes learn about shows they enjoy. And, of course, we have our own favorites as well.
We’ve taken all of this very scientific data and have created a list of 8 “binge-worthy” shows you might want to check out while recovering from your foot or ankle surgery.
As a disclaimer – Every parent has to make the decision as to what he or she feels is acceptable for his or her children. Some of these shows are not necessarily considered to be “family-friendly” in a traditional sense (depending on the show, there may be violence, strong language, and/or nudity). Please keep that in mind when picking out a show to binge.
Binge-Worthy Shows for Recovering from Foot or Ankle Surgery
Stranger Things – 17 Episodes
One of the more family-friendly binge-worthy shows, Stranger Things is a thrilling, science fiction series created by the Duffer brothers and set in a small Indiana town. The first season takes place in 1983, and the second a year after the events of the first season. Due to the time period, this is a great selection if you remember the 80’s and want to be hit with a wave of nostalgia!
In both seasons, beings from a different dimension are a threat being hidden from the general public by a shadowy government agency. When something happens to one of the local kids in Season 1, his buddies embark on a mission to find their friend (as does his mother and older brother). In Season 2, the interdimensional threat has grown and the now-eighth-graders are determined to stop it.
Child actors aren’t always the strongest part of a television show or movie, but the kids in Stranger Things absolutely shine. This is also the case for Winona Ryder—who plays the mother to the boy lost in the first season—and new star Millie Bobby Brown, both of whom were nominated for Golden Globe awards based on their performances in the first season.
Season 1 is definitely worth checking out and, if you enjoy it, Season 2 is even better!
Game of Thrones – 67 Episodes
HBO’s hit series has one more season left (airing in 2018), so now’s a great time to catch up on the show and find out what everyone’s been talking about. (Especially if you have to keep a surgically-repaired foot or ankle elevated and immobile!)
Based on George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice, the show features a certain amount of magical elements, but is more centered on everything that comes into play with politics, various kind of relationships, and war. Game of Thrones features loyalty and betrayal, honor and shame, families and enemies, and victories and losses galore.
Beyond the themes and intricate plotting, the action sequences and settings are amazing. In many ways, watching an episode of Game of Thrones can very much rival the experience of seeing a blockbuster movie on the big screen.
Clearly, those who think “it’s just a show about dragons” do not realize exactly how much they are missing! Yes, *MINOR SPOILER ALERT* there are a couple of dragons, but this is a dramatic series wherein you really have no idea as to what is going to happen or who will survive. (Well, once you hit the seventh season, there are a couple of characters who are more “safe” than others, but still…)
Veep – 58 Episodes
If you’re looking for lighter fare than a series where absolutely any character might be killed off, Veep is another excellent choice that is also entering its final season. As with Game of Thrones, this is an HBO show. Similarities between the two pretty much end there, however!
This comedic political satire follows the fictional new Vice President of the U.S.—Selina Meyer (portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus)—as she works to manage her public and private lives, all while putting out political fires and improve the dysfunctional relationship she has with her boss. As with any great comedy, the supporting characters (especially Gary, Amy, Mike, and Sue) are fantastic.
Given that most people in 2017 are sick of real-life politics, it can be nice to escape with some farcical exploits and hijinks in a fictional White House administration.
Sherlock – 13 Episodes
Our final of these first “one season left” selections is a modern take on the original genius sleuth – Sherlock Holmes. In this iteration, Holmes and his trusty sidekick Watson solve crimes in a modern London.
If you enjoy crime-solving and detective stories, this is definitely one to check out. The intricate plotting is rather remarkable, but it pales in comparison to the masterful performances of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Holmes and Watson (respectively).
As a note, the episodes run a bit longer than your average series. Each is roughly an hour and a half.
Whereas we did mention there’s only one season left, this might be a bit of a misnomer. The creators have plotted a fifth season—and Cumberbatch is under contract as well—but they haven’t actually decided (as of this writing) whether or not they will go ahead with it. (Many Sherlock fans are hoping they will!)
Making a Murderer – 10 Episodes
If you’re worried about getting too hooked on a show that spans several seasons, or you are only recovering from a minimally-invasive procedure, you may want to binge a single season. If you are interested in true crime stories, Netflix’s Making a Murderer is probably right up your alley.
This documentary by Columbia graduate students—Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi—explores the case of a man (Steven Avery) who was exonerated after spending two decades behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Once out, Avery filed a lawsuit against the county and individuals responsible for his initial false conviction.
That story might be compelling enough as is, but there’s more – shortly after filing his suit, Avery was arrested again (along with his nephew Brendan) on the charge of murdering a photographer last seen on his property.
Making a Murderer is simply a fascinating look into the American criminal system, no matter if you walk away believing Avery is innocent or not. (And opinions on the matter are quite divided!)
Arrested Development – 68 Episodes
Fans of smart humor were rewarded to a truly special show back in 2003 – Fox’s Arrested Development. In spite of a loyal, “cult” following and exceptional reviews, the show failed to garner decent ratings and was pulled off the air in 2006 (due to poor performance). After the show was released on DVD and put into syndication, its popularity spiked – to the point Netflix allowed a fourth season (more on this in a second) to be created ten years after the first one aired.
The first two-and-a-half seasons—the third season was shortened due to Fox cancelling the show—are some of the funniest episodes of television in history. Created by Mitch Howitzer, the show follows a family of eccentric characters, utilizes running gags, and features hilarious, deadpan narration from Ron Howard.
As an ensemble, the cast of Arrested Development did a simply amazing job, and especially Jason Bateman, who starred as Michael Bluth – the proverbial “straight man” perpetually in the midst of chaos.
It is worth noting that the fourth season was a bit different than the other three. When filming this particular season, it was difficult to arrange schedules for actors and actresses to shoot at the same time. To rectify this situation, each episode focuses on a primary character, instead of masterfully weaving storylines (as was done in earlier seasons).
Fans of the series everywhere are thrilled to know that Season 5 is definitely going to be released in 2018.
Ozark – 10 Episodes
Ozark has one thing in common with Arrested Development—a starring role by Jason Bateman—but that’s about it. Actually, this show has more in common with another absolutely binge-worthy series – Breaking Bad (considered by some to be in contention with The Wire as “greatest show of all-time”).
A Netflix-exclusive, there is currently only one season of Ozark released, but it’s a captivating season as this is the story of a man (Marty Byrde) who moves his family from Chicago to a resort town in the Ozarks (Missouri) and has to launder $8 million for a Mexican drug cartel. As you might imagine, Marty faces several obstacles from all fronts, including running up against nefarious characters in his new home.
In addition to Bateman, the show benefits tremendously from the remarkable performance by Laura Linney, who plays Marty’s wife (Wendy). The other supporting actors do a great job, but Linney is, as usual, outstanding.
Now, this isn’t a major spoiler by any stretch of imagination, but there is a “toenail removal” scene in one episode wherein the procedure is not performed by a podiatrist. This is something we definitely do not recommend!
True Detective (Season 1) – 8 Episodes (first season only)
Whereas this is not a one-and-done series—a second season has already aired and a third is being released in 2018—Season 1 of HBO’s True Detective benefited by outstanding performances from Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.
This particular award-winning season takes place in Louisiana and follows detectives Marty Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey) as they revisit an earlier investigation, while also investigating a handful of other unsolved crimes. The remarkable storytelling from creator Nic Pizzolatto follows various timelines and was actually initially planned to be a novel.
Whereas this first season was almost universally-lauded, the second season is more divisive. Given that True Detective is an anthology series, though, the season wraps up nicely and you can take a pass on the second if you’d rather not watch new stories from characters in a different setting (Southern California).
Surgery at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
When patients come to us suffering from foot or ankle pain, we take every measure possible to resolve the problem with conservative treatment options. The good news is Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists stays ahead of the field by offering several advanced, noninvasive therapies. By doing so, we’ve been able to help many patients without needing to perform surgery on them.
Sometimes, however, surgical intervention is necessary (or at least strongly recommended).
Now, there’s good news in this regard, as well – our team consists of certified, experienced foot and ankle surgeons who consistently deliver exceptional results when a surgical procedure is needed.
Even though we are quite proud to have a talented staff of team members who provide first-class surgical care, we know surgery can be a time-consuming ordeal for you or your loved one, especially during the recovery period.
Put simply, it takes time for a body to recover from foot or ankle surgery. The actual recovery timeline will depend, of course, on an array of factors, including the procedure performed, overall health of the patient, and adherence to postoperative instructions.
That last one is particularly important to note. You simply recover more quickly when you follow the provided instructions.
There will likely be a certain degree of physical therapy prescribed, but rest is also an important part of recovering from foot or ankle surgery. And when you need to rest, now you have some choices to help you relax and allow your limb to recover as you keep it immobilized!
For more information about Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists—including the exceptional podiatric services and care you will receive—or to request an appointment, give us a call at (512) 328-8900.