The length of time it takes to recover from foot surgery depends on the type of surgery being performed. For example, an ingrown toenail procedure may cause pain for the day the procedure is performed. Patients may require soft footwear or shoes that do not put pressure on the toenail for 1-2 days after the procedure.

However, if you are having a bunionectomy or hammertoe surgery, that is a longer recovery. Most of the time the recovery period is 4-6 weeks in a specialized post-op shoe. This shoe does not allow any bending in the front part of the foot, allowing the surgery to heal. During the healing process you would be able to put full weight on your foot with the post-op shoe.

For more complicated procedures, including rearfoot surgery (at the back of the foot), the recovery can be even longer. This could require you to be off your foot with crutches, and the recovery could be as long as 4-6 months (not all the time would be on crutches).

It is extremely important before you decide to go ahead with foot surgery to plan to have the appropriate amount of time needed to heal. Your recovery will be longer and more painful if you try to rush back to work or life too quickly. Make an appointment with Podiatry Care Specialists, PC, in West Chester, PA, to discuss your individual case by calling (877) 905-5907.

Bradford J. Jacobs, DPM, FACFAS
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