Dr. Peterson’s Foot and Ankle Post-Operative Surgical Protocols
Foot and ankle surgery typically requires postoperative immobilization and physical therapy. Though each patient’s postoperative care is carefully structured to accommodate specific needs, there are general protocols patients can anticipate. These protocols–along with patient compliance–will facilitate proper stabilization, comfort, and improved mobility.
Arthroscopic ankle procedures and forefoot/toe surgery
- Ankle scope and debridement
- Hardware removal
- Bunion and hammertoe correction
- Neuroma excision
- Soft tissue mass excision
- Plantar fascia release
- Forefoot fusions
No weight on the foot or ankle for one week with strict elevation and ice for comfort. A follow-up exam with Dr. Peterson will occur after the first week. A walking boot will be used for an additional four to six weeks. Physical therapy may also be necessary.
Ankle procedures and tendon, ligament reconstruction
- Ankle OCD microfracture
- Peroneal tendon repair
- Achilles repair
- Tarsal tunnel release
- Total ankle replacement
No weight on the foot or ankle for one week with strict elevation and ice for comfort. Following the first week, the leg will be immobilized in a non-weight bearing cast for three weeks. A weight bearing boot will then be utilized for four to six weeks. Each procedure has specific physical therapy protocols that will commence six to eight weeks after surgery.
Hindfoot and Ankle Reconstruction and Fusion
- Flatfoot correction
- Hindfoot fusions
- Ankle fusion
- Midfoot fusion
- Foot and ankle fracture repair
No weight on the foot or ankle for one week with strict elevation and ice for comfort. Following the first week, the leg will be immobilized in a non-weight bearing cast for six to eight weeks. A walking boot will then be placed on the leg for an additional three to four weeks. An ankle brace is typically used following boot immobilization. Physical therapy will begin eight weeks after surgery.