How To Take Care of Yourself After Foot and Ankle Surgery

Foot surgery is a procedure that can help heal or ease the pain of a number of major foot conditions, like heel spurs and bunions. It’s important that you know how to protect yourself after foot or ankle surgery to ensure a healthy recovery. Take note of these tips from the office of Hastings foot and ankle surgery Dr. David W. Mansky DPM, PC.

Take Your Medication as Prescribed

Before, during and after your foot surgery the doctor will prescribe you medication to help you manage pain. After the surgery, continue to take your medication as prescribed (no more, no less) to minimize discomfort and aid in the healing process. You may also have to take a medication to suppress nausea after the procedure.

Keep Swelling Down

After your Hastings foot and ankle surgery, it’s important that you take steps to keep swelling down. If swelling persists, you could experience pain and complications after the procedure. One way that you can minimize swelling is to keep your feet elevated above your hips as much as possible in the days and weeks following the surgery. It’s also helpful to keep an ice pack handy to place on the affected area, but only if recommended by your doctor.

Avoid Heavy Lifting or Putting Weight on the Foot

The process of completely healing from a foot or ankle surgery can take anywhere from six to 12 months. During your recovery time it’s important that you closely follow your doctor’s orders about putting weight on the foot. In most cases, you’ll be told to put as little weight as possible on the affected foot over the course of a day until it completely heals. Avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity during the healing period, unless it is specifically recommended by your podiatrist. Be sure to attend physical therapy appointments as needed.

Check in Regularly with Dr. Mansky

In addition to these tips, it’s also important that you schedule a post-operative “checkup” appointment with Hastings foot and ankle surgery Dr. Mansky after your procedure. Visit the practice’s home online at or call (269) 945-2222 to set that appointment in advance.