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6 Steps To Prep Your Home Before Foot Surgery

Although surgery of any kind requires a little preparation, foot surgery often brings an entirely different set of concerns i

If you’re preparing for foot surgery, there’s a lot to consider for the big day, but what about when you return home? While you still have your full mobility, there’s a lot you can do to prep the homefront to make your recovery as hassle-free as possible. Though some suggestions may be obvious, until you’ve walked (or hobbled) a mile in someone’s post-surgical shoes, there are some small, not-so-obvious things you can do that make all the difference.

Here at Precision Footcare in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City, we offer our patients to following preparation tips to enable them to come out on the other side of foot surgery with great health and great spirits. 

1. Cleaning up

For such a small space, your bathroom contains an amazing number of hurdles for those who don’t have the use of a foot. There’s no jumping into, or out of, the shower for a few weeks, so you should keep that in mind when you prep your home. At the very least, a shower chair or stable stool is a godsend for those who can’t bear weight on both of their feet. As well, a few strategically placed handles will help you get in and out of the shower if it’s located inside a tub.

If you want to go the extra mile, attaching a handheld shower unit to your existing showerhead will save you considerable frustration, especially if you have to be mindful of keeping the surgical site dry.

2. Getting around

Take a look at your house and figure out where you need to go on a regular basis and get rid of anything that’s in your way. Throw rugs, for example, are extremely dangerous for those who are making their way on crutches. And any furniture that’s crowding your usual paths should be pushed aside. 

Next, believe it or not, door handles pose problems when your hands are full with your crutches. Attach cords to your doorknobs so that when you need to close a door behind you, you simply pull the cord as you crutch on through.

3. Station ready

Since your mobility is temporarily compromised, you should create a home base where you have access to everything you need. If it’s on your couch, make sure you can reach outlets for plugging your devices in and place your remotes within arm’s reach. Equip the area with bottles of water because if you’ve ever tried to carry a glass with crutches, you’ll find it’s an impossible endeavor.

4. Wardrobe check

Foot surgery not only takes your foot out of the equation, but your hands are also tied up with crutches. Understand that your ability to carry anything is severely limited, so arm yourself with a vest that’s full of pockets.

As well, you don’t want to struggle with tight clothes, so ditch your fashionable threads for looser clothes that allow you to dress, and move, more easily.

5. In the kitchen

If you live with someone who loves to cook, consider yourself lucky. Trying to cook while hobbling around the kitchen is an exercise in frustration. If you’re on your own, prepare some foods in advance or rely on easy-to-prepare foods that are self-contained.

But you don’t have to give up good nutrition just because you can’t cook. Fruits and veggies that are easy to transport in your handy vest pocket make for great snacks. You can also load up on protein bars, nuts, and other foods that don’t require a lot of preparation.

6. On the road

If you’re having surgery on your right foot, it’s likely you won’t be able to drive. Plan for this in advance, and make sure that you have your transportation bases covered. If we’re performing the surgery on your left foot, you’ll probably still need to spend a few days resting at home, so make sure that there’s nowhere you need to go during this time. If there is, friends and family will have to act as chauffeurs for a spell.

By taking a few simple steps to prep your home before foot surgery, you can make your recovery a far less stressful time, which is great for swift healing. If you have any questions about home life after foot surgery, please give us a call at (212) 750-8344, or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.

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