Foot & Ankle Surgery Specialist Q&A
Foot and Ankle injuries can disturb your sports life. Our podiatrists John W. Scivally, D.P.M., F.A.C.F.A.S. & Robin K. Lie, D.P.M. at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates offer surgeries for patients having foot and ankle injuries. We have convenient locations to serve you in Walnut Creek, CA, and Brentwood, CA. For more information, call us now.
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How long does it take to recover from foot and ankle surgery?
Is ankle surgery a major surgery?
How long do you stay in the hospital after ankle surgery?
What happens if you walk too soon after ankle surgery?
How long does it take to walk normally after ankle surgery?
Have you ever broken your foot or torn a ligament in it? It’s no fun. With the pain, you have to adjust to new shoes and an uncomfortable feeling when you walk. Foot and ankle conditions can be really painful and inconvenient, not to mention that they could inhibit future activities. But there is good news, with the advances in modern medicine and surgical techniques, foot and ankle surgery can be much less painful, quicker, and more comfortable than ever before. The Foot and Ankle Associates can help!
Factors such ashow complex the surgery was, your age and general health, and your compliance with instructions, such as weight-bearing status can determine the length of your recovery process. Tenderness and swelling can take three or four months to resolve, while for more complicated procedures, the recovery may take an entire year.
The most common foot and ankle procedure, such as a bunionectomy, typically takes 4-6 weeks to recover. Other standard procedures, such as hammertoe surgery, can take anywhere from 3-9 months to recover. It’s important to remember that healing is an individual process. Everyone heals differently. So your recovery time could be different from someone else’s.
Ankle surgery is considered major surgery. Depending on the type of surgery, you will be in the hospital for a day or two. This type of surgery carries a significant risk of blood clots and infections. Your surgeon will advise you on specific restrictions, and you should not drive for at least one week following your surgery.
A variety of factors can influence how long a patient remains in the hospital after surgery. The type of surgery performed, the patient’s health and the surgery goals are all important factors.
The more severe your foot or ankle injury is, the longer you might need to stay in the hospital after ankle surgery. If you’re having an operation on your ankle to repair a torn ligament, for example, you’ll need to remain in the hospital for several days as doctors monitor your progress and make sure there are no complications during recovery.
If you’re having ankle surgery for a different reason, such as to correct a deformity acquired during childhood, you might be able to go home on a postoperative day one.
After ankle surgery, the most important thing to do is to rest your ankle. The ligaments in your ankle are still healing, and walking or putting weight on the ankle can cause them to tear again or even to break. You should not put any weight on your ankle for at least two weeks after surgery. Even then, you must walk with a cane or crutches and have someone help you until your strength comes back. After that time has passed, you can begin physical therapy. The therapist will have you do exercises to strengthen the muscles in your leg so that you have better balance and more control over the motion of the foot and ankle. This is extremely important because it helps minimize re-injury once you begin putting weight on your foot again.
Patients often ask how long it takes to walk, generally after ankle surgery. The best answer we can give you regarding when you can walk normally again is: “it depends.” Walking normally after foot and ankle surgery depends on several factors, including the type of surgery performed.
Patients may need crutches for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery. Even after this time, patients will still need to use crutches for another few weeks as their ankle gradually strengthens. After several weeks, patients can transition from using crutches to walking with a cane. This process may take up to six months, depending on how quickly the bones heal.
Patients can generally expect to walk without pain within three months after surgery. If you are still experiencing discomfort or pain, additional treatment may be necessary.
So if you are searching for Foot and ankle surgery in the Bay Area, look no further. The Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates, your specialists in foot care. We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Brentwood CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Pittsburg CA, Alamo CA, Antioch CA, Danville CA, and Oakley CA.
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