Haglund’s Deformity Post Surgery A Comprehensive Guide

Haglund’s Deformity Post Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide

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Each surgical procedure has a unique recovery period, no matter how minimally invasive it is. There will be certain things you will need to do and limitations prescribed by your doctor. So, here is everything you need to know about Haglund’s deformity post-surgery care and recovery period. With our comprehensive guide, you will handle Haglund’s deformity surgery with ease. 

When it comes to Haglund’s deformity post surgery care, you should know that you will go home the same day, you will be wearing a cast for a week or two, you won’t be able to walk without crutches for a few weeks, and you will be advised to keep your foot elevated. You should keep your cast from getting wet, and you may need physical therapy. 

What to Expect in the First 48 Hours After the Procedure?

The first 48 hours after the procedure will be the most intense part of your recovery. For starters, you should know that you will have to wear a cast below the knee right after the surgery in order to protect your foot, and you can’t get it wet, so be careful when bathing. 

Woman touching the heel of her foot

Your doctor will prescribe you pain medication to help you with foot pain management over the next couple of days or weeks. You will most likely also need to take anti-inflammatory drugs to prevent swelling. Your doctor will also advise you to keep your foot elevated and to avoid standing up and putting pressure on your foot as much as possible. Here are a couple more things your doctor may advise:

  • Do some simple exercises to promote healthy circulation in the foot (move your toes around),
  • Put ice bags on your foot to reduce swelling,
  • Drink plenty of water as it can help prevent blood clots from forming. 

How Long Will You Be in Hospital?

Haglund’s deformity post surgery is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that only lasts around half an hour to an hour, and you will be able to go home the same day. In more severe cases, you may have to spend the night before going home the following day. 

What Are the Main Mobility Concerns After Haglund’s Deformity Surgery

After the procedure, you will have limited mobility for a while, and you will be strictly advised against putting weight on your foot.

When and How Mobility Will Be Limited?

Your mobility will be limited for the first three to four weeks after the procedure. After a week or so, once the pain has subsided, you can start moving around with the support of crutches, and you can also use a stationary bike. When those three to four weeks have passed, you can go back to normal mobility and start walking without crutches.

Should You Use Supports Like Casts or Crutches?

Yes, you will have to use supports like casts and crutches. The cast will be placed on your foot immediately after surgery, and once it’s taken off after a week or two, you may have to continue wearing a surgical boot. For the first three to four weeks, you will need to get around using crutches. 

A person walking with crutches and a surgical boot
You will need crutches to get around for a few weeks

How to Take Care of the Wound? 

All you need to do to take care of the wound is to keep the cast clean and dry and go to your post-operative appointments regularly. 

Should You Consider Physical Therapy

In some cases, the doctor will prescribe physical therapy, which will start about two or three weeks after the procedure. 

What Should You Know About Long-Term Care and Precautions Post Surgery

Your foot will heal completely after around six months. In the meantime, you shouldn’t engage in excessive physical activity like running or other sports. Once you get comfortable with walking without crutches and in your own footwear, you can start driving again. 

Schedule the Procedure With a Professional in Miami

If you want to minimize any risks regarding the procedure and make sure your recovery process goes as smoothly as possible, you need to find a reliable surgeon to perform Haglund’s deformity surgery. So, contact us and schedule an appointment with our experienced surgeon at the Luxe Foot Surgery clinic. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedure or the post-operative care, our team will be happy to assist you. 



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