Post-op Instructions

It is important when you are seated or in the bed to keep your foot elevated at least to heart level during the first several days after surgery. Elevation is extremely important. Swelling slows the healing process and increases the likelihood of infection.

Call the office immediately if there is persistent throbbing, pain, considerable swelling or redness or if a fever develops. If you’re in doubt, please call the office at (510) 796-2191.

General Instructions

The amount of pain and swelling which you may have to contend with varies with each patient. It is these two factors which determine your activity level.

  • It is important that when you are seated or in bed to keep your foot elevated at least to heart level during the first several days after surgery. Elevation is extremely important. Swelling slows down the healing process and increases the likelihood of infection.
  • If you are feeling throbbing type pain, the foot is swelling and you are feeling the pressure of the non-yielding bandage; your foot is telling you it is time to elevate it!
  • If throbbing persists one hour after elevation please call the office.
  • Do not tamper, remove or get the bandage wet!
  • You may sponge bathe or take a bath with your foot out of the tub. Plastic bags don’t work. If you get your foot wet you are inviting an infection.
  • If you notice any minor seepage of blood in the bandage immediately elevate foot and apply ice (in something that will not leak) directly to the area that is bleeding for 20 minutes. If bleeding persist, or becomes more profuse, contact the office immediately.
  • Ice should be applied to all surgical sites, unless told otherwise, at least 4 times a day, 15-20 minutes at a time, for the first 48 hours after surgery.
  • If you are taking a pain medication, do not mix with alcohol or operate any machinery, i.e., driving an automobile.
  • If surgical shoes are dispensed to you, they are to be worn with all weight bearing!
  • You may find that a small cardboard box placed under the sheets can be helpful in keeping the covers off the feet. Simply slip your foot into the box.

Nail Surgery

  • Don’t get your foot wet the day of the surgery, however you may swim, bathe or shower thereafter.
  • Ice should be applied to all surgical sites, unless told otherwise, at least 4 times a day, 25-30 minutes at a time, for the first 48 hours after surgery.
  • If throbbing develops despite elevation and ice, remove the bandage, apply Neosporin cream with a Q-tip, then lightly re-apply a band-aid.
  • Apply Neosporin cream and a fresh band-aid at least twice a day, especially after getting the foot wet. This protocol should begin after surgery and continue until the doctor tells you to stop.
  • If you perspire quite a bit or drainage is profuse, place 5 capfuls of white vinegar in a pint of warm water and soak the involved toe(s) for 10 minutes, gently dry, apply Neosporin cream and band-aid, repeat 3 times per day.

Wart Surgery

  • Do not tamper, remove or get the bandage wet for 3 days.
  • If you notice any minor seepage or blood in the bandage, immediately elevate your foot and apply ice in something that will not leak directly to the area that is bleeding, for 20 minutes. If bleeding persists or becomes more profuse, contact the office immediately at (510) 796-2191
  • Ice should be applied to all surgical sites, unless told otherwise, at least 4 times a day, 25-30 minutes at a time, for the first 48 hours after surgery
  • After 3 days you may remove your dressings, bathe your foot, apply Neosporin cream to your wound and then lightly apply a band-aid.