Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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What can I expect from foot surgery?
- You’ll need to stop smoking and taking certain meds, and arrange for someone to take you home.
- You need to have reasonable expectations as to results, and your own body’s structure and healing properties will have an impact on how successful the surgery is.
- You may have some pain, swelling, discoloration, and possible joint stiffness from the surgery. You may also need to wear a cast or protective boot and use crutches. Plan on time off work and non-weight bearing for at least several weeks.
- Recovery can’t be rushed. A rule of thumb is fair healing in 3 months, good healing in about 6, and a year until you’re fully back to normal.
- Physical therapy will be needed to regain range of motion and conditioning in your feet.
At Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, we do all we can to prepare you for surgery and help you through recovery. Learn more by calling our office in Gilbert at (480) 981-1800 or Chandler at (480) 963-9000 to schedule an appointment.