Navigating Life Post Surgery: Tips for Foot Surgery Recovery


Recovering from foot surgery can be a daunting process, but adopting effective strategies can significantly ease your journey. This guide covers key tips and methods for a smooth recovery, including adhering to medical advice, implementing the RICE method, preparing your home, and exploring helpful aids like the Freedom Leg to enhance your post-surgery experience.

1. Follow Your Doctor's Recommendations

Every Foot Surgery is Different

Every person having foot surgery is not having the same procedure and won't have the same recovery. Each foot surgery is unique, and most recovery times can vary significantly. Your doctor will provide personalized advice tailored to your specific condition and surgery type. Listening to your body and following professional guidance is crucial for a smooth recovery.

Know Your Body and What It's Telling You

Understanding and responding to your body's signals is essential. Pain and swelling is a given, and common post-surgery, but if you notice unusual symptoms, you should contact your doctor immediately. Adjusting your activities based on your body's feedback can help you avoid complications and speed up the healing process. Maybe the couch isn't the most ideal place to lay because it won't let your head sit correctly, listening to every part of your body is important during this time.

Staying healthy and clean can be a big part of what your body is telling you, consistent showers and clean clothes are vital. Here is our guide to showering with a non-weight bearing foot

2. Use the RICE Method

This is a common practice for smaller injuries that people may skip the doctor's office like, sprained ankle, bruised heels. This can still be a great reminder of the steps you should be adhering to during this post surgery recovery.


Rest is vital in the initial stages of recovery. Avoid putting weight on your foot or ankle to prevent further injury, use walking aids. Giving your body time to heal is crucial for long-term recovery. Plenty of time to catch up on new shows coming out!


Applying ice packs can help reduce swelling and numb the area, providing relief from pain. Use ice packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, to manage inflammation effectively. This can vary depending on what kind of surgery you had and if there is immediate pain.


Using compression bandages can support your foot and reduce swelling, compression socks can be great. Make sure the bandage/sock is snug but not too tight to avoid cutting off circulation.


Keep your foot elevated above heart level whenever possible. Elevating your foot helps reduce swelling and promotes better blood circulation, aiding in faster recovery. Even though this is at the end of RICE it should really be the first thing you do when you get home.

3. Prepare for the Downtime

Get Your House Ready for Non-Weight Bearing

Preparing your home for your recovery period is crucial. Arrange your living space before surgery to minimize movement and make essential items easily accessible. Ensure that you have a comfortable area to rest with plenty of pillows to keep your foot elevated.

Make Life Easy and Accessible

Invest in tools and gadgets that can make your daily tasks easier. Items like grabbers, shower chairs, and meal delivery services can significantly enhance your comfort and convenience during recovery. Trust me the grabber is a life changer!

Ask for Help from Family and Friends

Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from loved ones! Especially in the early days right after surgery having someone in the house with you will make a huge difference. They can help with chores, run errands, and provide emotional support, making your recovery period less stressful.

4. Getting Back on Your Feet 

Physical Therapy After Foot Surgery

Physical therapy is often recommended to regain strength and mobility. Follow your therapist's exercises and advice to ensure a gradual and safe return to normal activities. Check out our guide to low impact exercise after an injury.

A great way to start is sitting stretches, movements you can do without needing to stand up. Rest is important but so is mobility! Physical therapy is a great moral boost and a way to change up your day from a Netflix binge to a stretch session outside in the sun.

Start with Moving Around Your House

Begin by moving around your house with the help of counter tops or chairs or even a walker. Our Freedom Leg is the best alternative to crutches for stairs, if you live in a multi story home. Gradually increase your activity level as you gain confidence and strength. Depending on your activity levels before surgery this time frame can vary, but the end goal is always to get you back on your feet.

Use Walking Aids: The Freedom Leg

The Freedom Leg is an excellent alternative to traditional crutches, allowing you to maintain mobility without putting weight on your foot. It provides support and stability, helping you move around comfortably during your recovery. By strapping to your thigh and letting the foot hang without touching the ground it's great for walking and going up and down stairs. We have a full sizing guide ready to fit everyone!

5. Freedom Leg

Is the Freedom Leg a Good Fit for You?

Consider the Freedom Leg if you’re looking for a hands-free, comfortable alternative to crutches. It’s designed to promote mobility and independence while you recover.

  • Don't experience the pain and inconvenience of traditional crutches.
  • Carry on with your regular activities like nothing ever happened.
  • Our expert support team will guarantee it works for you or your money back with our Freedom Leg Guarantee.

Try the Best Crutch Alternatives

The Freedom Leg stands out as a top crutch alternative, offering numerous benefits like reducing pressure on your arms and hands and allowing you to perform daily tasks more easily. Try the Freedom Leg today and experience the freedom of movement once again after a surgery! 


Can I work out in the Freedom Leg?

Yes, with your doctor's approval, you can engage in light physical activity while using the Freedom Leg.

Will Insurance Cover the Freedom Leg?

Insurance coverage for the Freedom Leg varies. Check with your provider to see if it’s included in your plan.

Is It Compatible with My Boot/Cast?

The Freedom Leg is designed to be compatible with most boots and casts. Ensure proper fitting and adjustment for optimal support.

How to Speed Up Recovery After Foot Surgery?

Follow your doctor's recommendations, use the RICE method, and avoid putting weight on your foot until advised.

What Should I Avoid After Foot Surgery?

Avoid putting weight on your foot, strenuous activities, and any movements that cause pain or discomfort.

How Long Does It Take to Walk After Foot Surgery?

Recovery times vary, but it generally takes several weeks to a few months to walk comfortably after foot surgery.

What Are the Useful Things After Foot Surgery?

Invest in compression bandages, ice packs, the Freedom Leg, and household aids to make your recovery smoother and more manageable.

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