How long will it take to recover?

This obviously varies depending on the type of operation you have. However, some general principles apply and you should clarify these in respect of your operation.

  • You will require home support for the first 4 days. During this time you will need to sit with your foot elevated except when going to and from the bedroom and toilet.
  • You will need to be seen twice for a fresh dressing during the first 2 weeks following surgery, with the stitches being removed at the second appointment.
  • You will be able to get around more during the second week, possibly with crutches but will still be somewhat limited.
  • Some operations require stitches on the sole of the foot. If this is the case, they will be removed after three weeks of non-weightbearing.
  • You will be able to get the foot wet once the stitches have been removed.
  • You should be able to return to shoes somewhere between 2-6 weeks following surgery. 60% of patients report that they can return to shoes at 6 weeks, with 90% at 8 weeks.
  • Whilst you will be walking relatively early, it usually takes 3 months before the foot begins to feel normal.
  • Plaster casts are not generally used but lengthen recovery if they are necessary.
  • Your return to work will depend on your occupation. If you can get a lift to and from work and sit at work, you can return quite early (2-6 weeks). However, if you are active you will require much longer (6-12 weeks).
  • You can generally return to driving once you feel confident you could undertake an emergency stop. However, you should clarify this with your insurance company, as your insurance may prove invalid if you are deemed unfit to drive.
  • All these points assume an uneventful recovery. If you experience complications, the recovery could be delayed.

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