The time may come when you require foot surgery to relieve a condition, such as corns or bunions, or to correct an organic defect that has developed. You can help your foot doctor prepare you for the surgery and speed your recovery by following a few simple steps.
Foot surgery can correct any of several organic or structural conditions. One such condition is brachymetatarsia, a condition wherein one of the five long bones of the foot is noticeably shorter than it should be. The opposite condition is called Long (Second, or whichever toe) Toe, and both often require surgery to relieve patient discomfort and allow proper walking, shoes to fit properly, etc. Comparatively simple surgical procedures include removal of corns and bunions. The latter category is usually a hospital procedure; the former can be done in the foot doctor’s office. In each case, you can create a better outcome by preparing for the surgery.
Preparation for foot surgery mostly involves preparing yourself for what could be several weeks of relative disability. You should consider relocating items you use every day, for easier access. You can, for example, create a “command post” where your computer, cell phone, desk, TV remote, etc. are all within easy reach. You can relocate items in your kitchen so you won’t have to reach for them. Consider relocating your bed to the ground floor; stairs are hard to negotiate when your foot is healing. Stock up on supplies; going to the store is likely to be a real chore when you’re hobbling around. And one further note: try to avoid doing the things that cause you the most pain or put the greatest stress on your feet. It’s quite possible to aggravate your condition beyond what your Los Angeles foot doctor is expecting. Take it easy.
You’re likely to experience a fair amount of pain; your feet contain many nerves. Fortunately, this pain can be controlled with medication. You might consider ways to have your medications within easy reach during your recovery, such as easy-to-reach pill boxes. You should also have a medication chart handy, to keep track of times and dosages, as it’s very easy to forget that information.
Keep your foot elevated, when you can, and use ice to minimize swelling. Be prepared for substantial swelling and pain during the first week or so of recovery. This means that you shouldn’t expect to be able to go to work or to get anything done at home; your job is to rest and heal. Think of this as a good time to read that big fat novel or to catch up on some old movies.
Ideally, before you have your foot surgery, go to the DMV and get some temporary handicap placards. You can display them in your vehicle and legally park in the handicapped spots. You’ll definitely appreciate not having to walk all the way across the parking lot to get to the store or post office.