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Foot and Ankle Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

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

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about foot and ankle surgery.

Foot Surgery

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.

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 lets you know you can wear shoes again, choose a comfortable pair with adequate support.

Ankle Surgery

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.

How long will there be swelling after ankle surgery?

Typically, swelling after ankle surgery can last for 3 to 4 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 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 4 to 6 months or up to 1 year.

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.

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