Nobody likes to be in pain, but pain is a natural byproduct of a corrective foot surgery. With that said, if you are smart about how you approach the procedure and your recovery, you can really help to minimize and control pain as you progress through your rehab. In today’s blog, we share some tips for managing and minimizing pain in the wake of foot surgery.
Pain Control Tips After Foot Surgery
There are a number of things you can do to try and keep pain to a minimum following your foot surgery. However, that doesn’t mean you need to wait until after your operation to start making some smart choices. Depending on the nature of your foot condition, you may not have time to pursue some of these tips, but if you are undergoing an elective operation, keep these pain control tips in mind.
- Prehab – Some patients will need to undergo physical therapy to help their foot get back to full function, but you don’t need to wait until your surgery is complete to start strengthening the area. Doing some prehabilitation exercises can help the foot become stronger and better able to handle stress and movement, which will help with pain control after surgery.
- Minimally Invasive – Choose a foot surgeon who can safely and effectively perform a minimally invasive corrective procedure. If the surgeon can correct the issue without exerting as much physical trauma on the foot, pain levels will be lower. Dr. McDonald is well-versed in a variety of minimally invasive techniques to address a number of different foot issues.
- Use Medications As Directed – After surgery, it’s important that you use your medications as directed. You don’t want to become too dependent on painkillers such that you’re always trying to stay ahead of your pain, but you don’t want to wait to take them until pain is significant, because they’ll take a little time to kick in. The best way to manage pain with the help of opioids or medications is to stick to the specific instructions your doctor or pharmacist gives you.
- Listen To Your Doctor – Similar to the above point, you need to follow your surgical team’s post-op care instructions carefully in all aspects of your rehab. If they say you won’t be cleared to drive for two weeks or that you should not bear weight for a month, don’t try driving to work on Monday or hobbling to the kitchen without your crutches. Doing things outside of your doctor’s recommendations can lead to a very painful setback. If you think you’re ahead of schedule or would be able to do some activities, get your surgeon’s clearance first.
- Physical Therapy – Finally, as we touched on in the first point, physical therapy can help with pain control. Dive into your physical therapy exercises following your surgery. Not only will they help you control pain and recover sooner, but your foot will be stronger and more mobile because of it, helping to prevent an aggravation in the future. If you don’t work to regain strength in your surgically-addressed foot, pain and discomfort can linger or uncomfortable scar tissue can develop.
We’re confident that Dr. McDonald and his team can help you effectively control pain and discomfort following your foot procedure. For more information, or to talk to a specialist about your foot issue, reach out to our team today at (860) 244-8889.