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. If blood is dripping from the dressings however, return to hospital.

SWELLING

The foot will be swollen as well as sore. 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.

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.

WALKING

You have been given a postoperative shoe that is for your comfort when you walk, as you will not be able to fit into a normal shoe with heavy dressings applied. Crutches are for balance only.

EXERCISES

You should keep all the joints as mobile as possible. Drawing the alphabet in the air with your foot should move all the joints adequately to prevent stiffness.

RETURNING TO WORK

You will be wearing the special shoe for two weeks.  I advise that you do not return to work before this, especially if you are on your feet all day at work. We will remove your stitches and we should have a lab report to confirm that the lump taken out was indeed a fibroma. Most people can return to work after that and drive once they are able to fit back into a normal shoe. 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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