Many foot and ankle surgeries today can be performed in a surgical center on an outpatient basis. They frequently can be performed using local anesthesia, and may be combined with sedation. Most foot and ankle surgeries require a period of immobilization after the procedures with protective devices such as bandages, surgical shoes, casts, or CAM Walkers. Limited weight bearing, elevating and icing the foot, and keeping the area dry are commonly required for the first two weeks following surgery until sutures are removed.
Most podiatric surgeons, including Dr. April, will encourage post-operative exercise of the foot and legs to speed recovery. In addition, many patients need additional therapy or treatments after surgery in order to aid in the healing and recovery process. These may include physiotherapy, orthotic devises and special footwear. After sufficient healing time, which varies from procedure to procedure, most patients can resume wearing their usual footwear.