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Discharge Instructions for Foot SurgeryInstrucciones de alta despu©s de una operaci³n del pieDischarge Instructions for Foot SurgeryDischarge Instructions for Foot SurgeryDischarge Instructions for Foot Surgery

Discharge Instructions for Foot Surgery

What to Expect

It is normal to have the following:

  • Bruising and slight swelling of the foot and toes

  • A small amount of blood on the dressing

Arrange to have an adult drive you home after surgery. If you had general anesthesia, it may take a day or more to fully recover. So, for at least the next 24 hours: Do not drive or use machinery or power tools; do not drink alcohol; and do not make any major decisions.


  • Start with liquids and light foods (such as dry toast, bananas, and applesauce). As you feel up to it, slowly return to your normal diet.

  • Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water or other nonalcoholic fluids a day.

Call the doctor if you have:

  • Continuous bleeding through the bandage

  • Excessive swelling, increased bleeding, or redness

  • Fever over 100.1°F or chills

  • Pain unrelieved by pain medications

  • Foot feels cold to the touch or numb

  • Increased ache in your leg or foot

  • Chest pain or shortness of breath

  • Anything unusual that concerns you


  • Take all medications as instructed.

  • Take pain medications on time. Do not wait until the pain is bad before taking your medications.

  • Avoid alcohol while on pain medications.


  • Sit or lie down when possible. Put a pillow under your heel to raise your foot above the level of your heart.

  • Wrap an ice pack or bag of frozen peas in a thin cloth. Place it over your bandaged foot for no longer than 20 minutes. Do this 3 time(s) a day.

  • You can drive again in 7 day(s).

  • Wear your surgical shoe at all times unless told otherwise by your health care provider.

  • Use crutches or a cane as directed.

Bandage and Cast Care

  • Do not shower for 48 hours.

  • When you can shower again, cover the bandage or cast with a plastic bag to keep it dry.

  • Remove the bandage after 4 days.

Date Last Reviewed: 2006-02-03T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:40:28-06:00

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