It’s uncomfortable trying to walk when your feet have developed physical problems. After trying to address the problem with non-surgical remedies, you may have decided to have surgery for a painful heel spur. After the surgery, you aren’t home free – you have to stay off your foot and keep the incision site dry. After a prescribed amount of time, you’re allowed back on your foot. It may seem to take a long time, but the weeks you spend resting your foot after surgery will help you get back into good health.
The first week after surgery, podiatrists recommend to their patients that they stay off their feet as much as possible. Doctors encourage their patients to start walking right away but it takes three weeks to begin walking comfortably. See link in Resources.
Doctors advise their patients to stay off their feet so they don’t cause further injury or complications to their affected foot. The surgery doesn’t directly address the cause of the heel spur so it’s important to listen to and follow the surgeon’s instructions. See link in Resources.
The surgery is performed to separate the plantar fascial ligament from where it is attached to the heel bone. Some surgeons prefer to remove the actual heel spur during this surgery. See link in Resources.
Some podiatrists prefer to have their patients wear a surgical shoe or a supportive shoe to protect the foot after surgery; some also recommend the use of crutches. These options are usually made at the discretion of individual surgeons.
Disregarding the doctor’s orders will cause a reoccurrence of the heel pain. If you are required to spend a significant part of your day standing or walking, take time from work to recover; it’s also a good idea to wear orthotics in your shoes to help keep your foot in the best position possible.