Keeping Off Your Foot After Surgery

You have numerous options for shopping at Barton Creek Square: wardrobe upgrades at Banana Republic, the latest iProduct from Apple, or jewelry at Helzberg Diamonds. In a way, this reminds us of the services you can receive right here at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists. We have an array of state-of-the-art technological processes for conservative treatment, but we are also staffed with highly recommended, board-certified foot and ankle surgeons to deliver optimal care for you.

Just like buying a new product and misusing it at home, we don’t want you to have a successful surgical procedure and then avoid the post-op instructions a couple of days later. Doing so will greatly increase the risk of needing additional treatments and care. Sure, we love seeing our patients, but we all would rather know that you are safe and recovering in the best possible manner!

One of the parts of recovering from surgery that we cannot stress enough is to keep weight off the repaired area. There are some reasons for this, including the fact that most people are simply unable to accurately gauge how much weight they are placing on a foot, even when just grazing the floor. Placing any weight on a recently reconstructed foot could jeopardize the healing process.

Taking it a step further, it is imperative that bones heal following surgical procedures. If we have used screws or plates to support tissue, the affected bones will need to completely heal around them. Placing weight on the area prevents this from happening.

Since you aren’t going to place weight on the area, how do you get around? Fortunately, there are several options to help with this, including time-tested crutches and modern knee scooters. The nice thing about a knee scooter is that they can come fashioned with accessories, like baskets and even cup holders.

At Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists, our skilled, experienced foot surgeons perform successful procedures for our patients, but success also depends on your adherence to post-op instructions. We will provide you with the proper directions for optimal recovery, and it is your job to follow them.

If you have any questions about the various treatment options we use—either surgical or conservative, give us a call at (512) 328-8900 and our staff will be happy to answer them for you. We can also assist you in scheduling an appointment, or you can do that online right now via our convenient form found here. 

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