So you’ve decided to get foot surgery to repair that broken ankle. Good for you. Have you thought about what you are going to do after the foot surgery is complete? If not, there is never going to be a better time to prepare for the post-surgery recovery period than now. Here are a few recuperation tips from our St. Louis podiatry team:
Remember that foot surgery will limit your mobility for many weeks. Thus, it is crucial to order durable medical equipment for delivery and prepare your home. The list of durable medical equipment that you may want to have on hand after undergoing foot surgery includes, but is not constrained to the following:
- Shower chair, hand-held shower head and waterproof foot protectors
- Orthopedic footwear with adjustable Velcro straps
- Walker, wheelchair, scooter, cane or crutches
- Reclining chairs with foot rests
- Gait belts and transfer benches
- Lift slings or bed pulley hoists
- Hospital bed with side rails
- Grabber extension tools
When it comes to preparing the home, have it assessed for fall hazards and potential mobility issues (e.g. stairs and high thresholds). If such problems exist, make arrangements to have them corrected prior to your return home.
It might also be a good idea to hire an in-home care caregiver that is willing to do laundry and run errands too. Doing so will ensure that you won’t run out of clean clothes or other items while you are recuperating from foot surgery. Many times, the cost of in-home care and durable medical equipment for home use will be covered by healthcare insurance providers.
If you don’t want to hire a caregiver, at least think about stocking up on easy-to-prepare meals, medications, toiletries and other items that you’re likely to need during the recovery period. Should you have limited storage space, setting up a series of home deliveries may help the situation as well. For example, you could order your medications from a CVS Pharmacy. Many of them will let customers order online and request home delivery. There are also stores like Net Grocer, Walmart, Peapods and Vons that are willing to deliver groceries to customers’ doors too.
Lastly, for communication purposes, be sure to have a cordless phone as well as an Internet connection established. That way, you will be able to communicate with your St. Louis podiatrist, pharmacy, family members and other people that may be able to provide assistance during your post-op recovery period.