Are you due for foot or ankle surgery? The thought of going through surgery can be frightening, but it’s often the best option if you have a serious or painful condition. Surgery can help you regain your favorite sports or activities without pain, but your recovery may take time. Luckily, planning and prepping can make your recovery easier and less stressful.
Before your surgery, we will take the time to answer any questions and give you more specific instructions and some simple things that we recommend to everyone.
Here are four ways to prepare for your foot or ankle surgery:
- Limit yourself to the ground floor. If you have a bedroom on the second floor, going up and down the stairs can be difficult, even dangerous. Consider setting up a temporary bed and recovery station on the ground floor to avoid the stairs and rest more easily.
- Prepare your essentials. Along with where you’ll sleep, consider where you’ll rest during the day. This place should allow you to sit comfortably and elevate your foot if needed. Set up what you’ll need – a phone, computer, TV, snacks, blankets, medications – to avoid getting up often.
- Remove any clutter. Activity should be limited after your surgery, but you’ll likely have to get up here and there to use the bathroom or heat food. Reduce your chances of tripping by clearing your floors and hallways of clutter. This includes cords, rugs, and house decor.
- Don’t avoid asking for help. Recovering takes time! You don’t have to go through this alone. Ask family, friends, or neighbors to help with meal prep, driving, caring for pets or kids, and household chores. If this isn’t available to you, look for a short-term caregiver.
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi and his staff treat various conditions and are committed to providing results. We are conveniently located in Woodland Park and welcome our neighbors in Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Verona, Stoney Road, Sandy Hill, Albion Place, and Great Notch. To schedule an appointment, contact his office at 973-256-0002.