Coordinate with Your Caregivers
For some of you, this will be no problem at all. For others? Not so much. Not every person has an easy time asking for help.
When you’re recovering from foot surgery, though, it’s important to make sure you have people around to support you, especially during those first few days and weeks after your surgery.
In addition to having somebody on hand to drive you home immediately after the procedure, it’s good to make sure you’ll at least have someone able to drop by on a daily basis, or just be on hand to shop for you, clean for you, or help you with other tasks you can’t accomplish on your own.
Given the current pandemic, the ideal scenario is that this person already lives with you or is in your “bubble,” such as a spouse or adult child. If not, make sure you take any necessary precautions, including wearing masks and frequently washing hands.
Stock Up on Consumables and Get Ahead on Your Chores
Now, let’s be clear. We’re not telling you to go out and buy up all the rest of the toilet paper at your local supermarket. Especially not now, in the middle of a pandemic. Don’t be a hoarder!
That said, it would be a good idea to at least make sure you’re all set for at least a couple of weeks on common household consumables, including paper products, garbage bags, pantry foods, etc.
If you have time to pre-make some frozen meals, that can also save you not only a trip to the store, but a lot of time and stress in the kitchen, too! And it’s also a great idea to get out in front of any semi-regular chores so you’re not worried about whether you can find a clean shirt two days after surgery.
- Bearing weight for long periods. Standing for long periods of time can cause heel pain. This is especially true with hard flooring or surfaces.
- Age. Your age is a good indicator as to why your heels are in pain. The older you are, the more prone you will be to experiencing discomfort.
- Obesity. If your body mass is higher than average, then your feet and ankles are also under higher–than–average pressure which can lead to heel pain.
- Ill-fitting footwear. Wearing shoes that provide poor shock absorption and support – especially during high impact activities – is actually one of the main causes
The right footwear is, therefore, vital for preventing injuries. So, the most probable solution to your issue is, of course, to wear appropriate footwear. This can minimize – if not altogether eliminate – foot pains. That being said, you should always opt for supportive shoes, keeping in mind the specific industry requirements which apply to your job. A balance between both will be your “sweet spot.”
Prepare Your Home to Be a Place of Healing
In the days and weeks after surgery, you’ll likely be told to avoid putting too much (if any) weight on your foot, avoid unnecessary physical labor, and rest as much as possible. You’ll also, obviously, prefer to avoid any preventable accidents when moving around the house, or navigating up and down stairs.
This is a lot harder to do if your living space is a minefield of clutter, difficult-to-access items, and other “obstacles” that aren’t so bad when you’re healthy, but extremely frustrating when you aren’t!
To help make your home as conducive to healing as possible, consider:
- Moving your primary sleeping, dressing, and bathing areas to the main floor of your home (as much as possible) to avoid unnecessary trips up and down the stairs.
- Thoroughly cleaning your home of clutter, unnecessary furniture, cords, or other obstacles that could pose tripping or navigation hazards.
- Setting up night lights around the house so that, if you do have to move about in the dark, you can always see where you’re going.
- Relocating any frequently used items (pantry items, cookware, clothing, etc.) to places where you won’t have to reach up high or bend over to access them.
- Installing grab bars, non-skid mats, and other aids to bathrooms, kitchens, and anywhere else you need a little extra stability.
Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Care
Again, we get that nobody enjoys dealing with the aftermath of a foot surgery. But if we do recommend surgery, you can take comfort in the fact we’ve been able to help many patients find relief from pain and improve foot function through surgical intervention – and we can do the same for you!
For more information about foot and ankle surgeries, or to request an appointment with Sunshein Podiatry Associates, simply give us a call at (937) 435-7477 or fill out our online form and contact us online right now.