Although you may feel fine when you are discharged, it is best to have someone drive you home. Your doctor may want you to rest and recover at home for a few days. Ask your doctor when you can start walking again. If a compression dressing is used to control swelling, you may need to wear a special surgical shoe. You may also need to wear a short leg brace for up to 3 weeks.
Expect your foot to feel numb right after the surgery. Then, as the local anesthesia wears off, you’ll probably feel some pain. To limit pain and swelling, ice the foot for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day. Also, raise the foot above heart level as often as you can. If you've been given pain medicines, take them as directed
Your doctor may want to see you the first 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. During this post-op visit, your incisions will be checked to make sure they are healing. The compression dressing may be replaced with a smaller surgical dressing. If this occurs, you can probably start wearing tennis shoes.
Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these:
The dressing is too tight or there is marked swelling or numbness of the toes
Pain despite taking medicines
More than a few drops of blood at an incision site
Signs of an infection, including fever, chills, and redness near an incision
Skin discoloration beyond the dressing
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