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Discharge Instructions for Foot Surgery
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.
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.