The return timetable after foot or ankle surgery can vary, depending on many factors—the type of surgery selected, the severity of the initial condition, your current physical fitness and wellbeing, your ability to follow all post-surgical guidelines, etc.
Below is a very rough sketch of what a typical recovery timeline would look like for a foot surgery. Again, understand that this is just a general average, and individual results can be faster or slower (mostly based on the complexity of the surgery being performed).
- Very limited weight-bearing allowed for the first 2 weeks.
- Gradual return to normal activities by 4-8 weeks after surgery.
- Residual tenderness or swelling fully or mostly resolved by 3-6 months.
At your appointment, we’ll be able to give you a much more accurate and detailed timeline for what you can expect from recovery based on your specific circumstances.