Foot Surgery Recovery Timeline:  Depends on what has to be done:

  • After minor procedures: expect 75% healing by 3-4 weeks postop.  You can bear weight as tolerated in the Post-Op shoe or sturdy sandals (like Birkenstocks.)  Gradually increase activity as healing permits.
  • After more complex procedures: expect 75% healing by 6-8 weeks postop. You can only walk on your heel for 6 weeks until the bone is solidly healed.  Use a cane, crutches or a walker at first to avoid limping.
  • Full recovery depends on the condition of your foot, how much tissue has to heal, your general health and your commitment to the rehab exercises; it could take up to 1 year for all the swelling to resolve.
  • Your follow-up office visits will be 2 weeks, 6 weeks and about 3-4 months postop to follow your progress and healing. If there are any problems, you’ll be seen more often.
  • You’ll work on a series of exercises, starting 1 day postop, to reduce swelling, regain range of motion, then normal walking and balance as you heal. Most patients rehab on their own; others need Physical Therapy.
  • It’s OK to drive after a few days IF you have LEFT foot surgery and are confident about controlling your car. If you have RIGHT foot surgery, it will take longer.  Use common sense. DON’T drive if you can’t manage the pedals.