Patient Name ___________________________________________________________
Proper care during the post-operative period is an integral part of your surgical treatment program. It is imperative that these instructions are followed to insure proper healing and obtain the best results.
- On the way home, elevate your feet on 2 pillows while sitting in the back seat of your car.
- Elevate your feet above the level of your heart for 4-5 days following surgery. You can use 2 pillows with your knees slightly bent to help avoid muscle cramping.
- If pain level is not well controlled, you may not be elevating your feet enough.
- Wear the surgical shoe or boot at all times including to bed at night, and never walk without the surgical shoe or cast boot unless otherwise instructed.
- Walk only to the bathroom the day of your surgery. Then only a maximum of 5 minutes each hour thereafter.
- If instructed to do so, use crutches or a walker and place no weight on your foot.
- Apply an ice pack to your foot (or behind knee if in a cast boot) for 20 minutes each hour for the first 48 hours, unless you have diabetes, circulatory problems, or are told otherwise. Icing helps relieve pain.
- Keep your bandages clean and dry.
- Take a sponge bath for the next two days. Then you may bathe in tub with your foot elevated on the side of the tub. Use a plastic bag on your foot to protect it from splashing water.
- DO NOT SHOWER with a plastic bag on your foot. It will leak and your dressing will get wet.
- DO NOT remove your bandages or cast.
- If you are wearing an ace bandage, you may re-wrap it.
- Take medications as prescribed.
- Do not use alcoholic beverages and do not smoke, especially the four weeks following surgery.
- Do not drive or operate machinery until directed.
- A small amount of bleeding through the bandage may occur, and should not cause concern unless it becomes heavy or persists. If heavy bleeding occurs, then contact our office.
- It is normal to experience discomfort and swelling.
- Do not apply heat to your foot, such as with heating pads.
- Do not cross your legs.
- Bend your knees and rotate your feet and ankles 5 minutes each hour. If you have a cast on, bend your knees 5 minutes each hour.
- Eat a well balanced diet with protein, vitamins A, C, D, and zinc. Drink plenty of water.
- Call the office at 543-2476 anytime day or night:
- If there is continued bleeding through the bandages.
- If you bump or injure your foot.
- If your dressing gets wet, loose or falls off.
- If pain not controlled by medications, elevation and icing.
- If you develop a fever over 101.0 F.
- If your toes turn color (blue or white).
- If you have problems taking your medication.
- If you have any questions or problems.
RETURN TO THE OFFICE ON __________________________________________ AT ______________________.
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: ______________________________________________________________________
I have read and fully understand the above instructions.
Signature:______________________________________________________________ Date: ____________________