It’s easy to rest when you have a laundry list of things to do! Taking the dog for a walk, watering the yard, and changing the oil in your vehicle are just some things that make you want to rest instead. However, when you have nothing to do and you’re supposed to be resting, why do you sometimes feel restless? After neuroma surgery, you may feel the urge to get up and walk around. However, that’s the last thing you should do.
If you’re required to wear a boot or use crutches, you need to use them without question. If you fail to use them when you need to move around, an irregular scar might form, which could cause permanent, painful damage to your feet. The agitation could open the stitches and create bleeding, swelling, or an infection.
Removal of sutures happens 10 to 14 days following neuroma surgery. When this happens, you need to keep your feet dry to reduce the possibility of infection. Remember to keep your foot elevated and above your heart as much as you can. When your stitches are gone, you can begin to bathe your foot and wear a stiff shoe that still keeps your foot practically immobilized. You will be able to wear normal shoes in about three weeks, depending on your checkup date, when you get your stitches out, and how much healing has taken place.
The amount of time you need to take off of work will depend on what kind of job you do. If your work requires you to stand all day, you may need to plan for four to six weeks of time off. However, if you have a desk job, you should be able to return to work a week after the operation.
If you have any questions while you’re recovering from neuroma surgery, make an appointment with Bil Buksh, DPM, at the Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic by calling (405) 285-7408 or requesting an appointment through our website.