Keep your leg propped up on 1 or 2 pillows for the first 2 - 3 days to decrease swelling. Get up only to use the bathroom.
If it does not cause pain, you will be allowed to put weight on your foot 2 or 3 days after surgery. You can use crutches until the pain lessens. Make sure you put weight on your heel but not on your toes.
Most patients wear a shoe with a wooden sole for about 4 weeks. After that, your doctor may advise you to wear a wide, deep, soft shoe for up to 4 - 6 weeks. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
You will have a bandage on your foot that will be changed about 2 weeks after surgery, when your stitches are removed.
- You will have a new bandage for another 2 - 4 weeks.
- Make sure to keep the bandage clean and dry.Take sponge baths or cover your foot with a plastic bag when you take showers. Make sure water cannot leak into the bag.
If you have a wire (Kirschner or K-wire) or pin, it:
- Will stay in place for 2 - 3 weeks
- Is usually not painful
- Will be easily removed in your surgeon’s office
To care for the wire:
- Keep it clean and protected by wearing a sock and your orthopedic boot.
- Once you can shower and get your foot wet, dry the wire well afterward.
For pain, you can you can buy these pain medicines without a prescription:
- Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin)
- Naproxen (such as Aleve or Naprosyn)
- Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol)
If you use pain medicine:
- Talk with your health care provider before using these medicines if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, or have had stomach ulcers or bleeding.
- Do not take more than the amount recommended on the bottle.