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Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing for foot and ankle surgery can be overwhelming. At Temple Health, our experienced surgeons and care team are here to help answer your questions and get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. Learn answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How long is ankle surgery recovery?

Recovery after ankle surgery can vary widely depending on the type of surgery you have. Minimally invasive procedures tend to have shorter recovery times – anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Complex procedures that address serious conditions may require recovery as long as four to six months or up to a year.

Is flat foot surgery worth it?

Flat foot surgery can be an effective solution for individuals who have not responded to conservative treatment options. The latest advances in flat foot surgery have improved outcomes and reduced pain following surgery.

How long will there be swelling after ankle surgery?

Typically, swelling after ankle surgery can last for three to four months, depending on the severity of your condition and the complexity of your surgery. Swelling will begin to subside in the first week after surgery and continue to go down over the next few months.

How long does ankle surgery take?

Surgical time will vary depending on the type of surgery, your specific condition and overall health.

How long does ankle arthroscopy take?

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that usually takes 45-60 minutes.

What is the standard ankle surgery recovery timeline?

Recovery timelines vary based on your procedure and condition or injury. Your surgeon and care team works closely with you to discuss all aspects of your recovery to ensure you understand the guidelines and recovery expectations.

When can I shower after foot surgery?

Showering after surgery will be discussed with you during scheduling as it depends on the type of surgery, incision and post operative dressing, cast, splint or brace you will need.

What are the best shoes for foot surgery recovery?

When your surgeon OKs you to wear shoes after surgery, choose a comfortable pair with adequate support.

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