It’s important to invest in your own recovery following a foot injury or surgery in order to ensure the long-term success of the treatment. That’s especially true if you are required to wear a cast during your recovery. In this article, we are going to discuss five tips for preventing problems with your foot cast.
Preventing Foot Cast Problems
When it comes to foot surgery recovery, you can do some things to help reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop an issue with your foot cast in the first place. Odds are that your foot specialist will provide you with some specific instructions, but some general prevention tips to keep in mind include:
- Elevate your feet regularly throughout the day to help avoid fluid buildup in the area.
- Ice your foot and your cast to help reduce swelling, just make sure that you seal off ice bags, because your cast isn’t designed to get wet.
- Do some simple toe stretching exercises to help maintain mobility in your feet and help with any potential fluid buildup.
- Clean the skin on all sides of the cast to help reduce infection likelihood.
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help combat swelling and discomfort.
Contact an Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialist
As always, contact your foot specialist at the first sign of a problem. If you suffer an injury that needs to be casted, or you’ll have your foot placed in a cast after a surgical procedure, reach out to Dr. McDonald and his team today! Dr. McDonald is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon with years of experience treating patients with all kinds of foot and ankle issues.