- Weight-bearing is restricted for between 2 and 6 weeks, depending on the procedures performed.
- In order to prevent weight-bearing, crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, or a scooter type device called a roll about may be used.
- There will be a bulky splint applied to the leg for two weeks after surgery
- Your first follow up visit will be at approximately 2 weeks to remove the stitches
- A removable CAM walker boot is typically applied at this time.
- If the surgery is on your left ankle, you should be able to drive an automatic vehicle at two weeks.
- You may begin to walk with the boot at about 3 weeks, depending upon your level of discomfort, and the instructions given to you.
- Physical therapy may be recommended
- There will be swelling of the foot and ankle for up to one year
- You will continue to improve your strength and movement for about one year after the surgery
- You can expect to have some soreness and aching for about 6 months after surgery
Post Operative Course
Day of surgery
- Foot wrapped in bulky splint; ice, elevate, and take pain medication
- Expect numbness in foot for 12 24 hours
- Bloody drainage is expected
- First follow up in the office, X rays taken, dressing changed, sutures/staples removed
- Boot is applied to the foot, and frequently weight bearing as tolerated is permitted
6 – 8 weeks
- Full weight in the boot, start physical therapy
- By 8 weeks you may start to transition into a regular shoe with an orthotic arch support.