What Happens?

PAIN

You will have had injections to numb your foot so that you are not in pain after the operation. This injection will wear off after 18-24 hours, so you must take regular painkillers so that you are not in severe pain when the injection wears off.

The pain will settle over a few weeks. You may see blood stains on the dressings. This is normal and not a cause for alarm.

The toe can bleed a lot after toe nail surgery. You should keep your foot elevated above the level of your heart as much as possible after your operation, as letting the foot hang down may cause further bleeding. If blood is dripping from the dressings continuously, then return to hospital. Do not remove or change the dressings if the toe is bleeding - this will make it bleed more.

If you are resting on your sofa, keep your foot elevated on the back rest or arm rest. If you are resting in bed, then place a few pillows under the foot to keep it elevated.

SWELLING

The foot will be swollen as well as sore for a few weeks. You should keep the foot elevated as much as possible for the first two weeks. Keep walking down to a minimum - going to the toilet or for meals. Letting the leg hang down will cause the foot to become more swollen.

WALKING

You have been given a special shoe that is for your comfort while walking, as you will not be possible to get into a normal shoe with heavy dressings applied. This will be reduced to a light dressing after two weeks. Crutches are for balance only.

EXERCISES

There are no particular exercises to be performed for the toe, but drawing the alphabet in the air with your foot will keep all the joints mobile.

RETURNING TO WORK

After two weeks, you will be seen in the clinic and the stitches will be removed.   I advise that you do not return to work before this, especially if you are on your feet all day at work. The wound may remain moist for a few weeks and this may require dressings. When it is dry, you can return to normal shoes and return to work. This is normally within a few weeks of the operation. Remember that not everyone is the same, and some people take a longer time to recover from their surgery. Please request a sick note before you leave hospital, if you need one.

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