Depending on the details of your procedure following an ankle fracture in Singapore, you may need a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months to get better. Most likely, this will come after rehab and a slow return to the amount of activity you were accustomed to.
You can do various activities during your recovery time to make the process easier and more enjoyable. You can consult a foot and ankle specialist in Singapore for routines that accelerate the healing and ensure the quickest possible recovery.
Here are some tips for better recovery (post-surgery) with help from an ankle and foot specialist in Singapore.
While at rest, elevate your foot.
Patients undergoing foot surgery may experience pain, discomfort, and numbness in the region. Following surgery done by a foot and ankle specialist in Singapore, they would advise you to elevate your foot while resting for at least seven days to address this issue.
Clean the cast often.
Contaminated casts serve as a breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria that can cause infection. Use covers designed for surgical dressing or two plastic bags when taking a shower. Immediately dry the cast with a dryer if it becomes wet.
Follow the weight-bearing instructions provided.
Utilise a wheelchair, crutches, or a walker to avoid placing unnecessary strain on the operated area. Patients who bear weight and those who do not must limit their movement to limit complications. If you’re planning to wear shoes but have flat feet, and visit Singapore, you can put weight on the heel and outside of your foot, but you can’t squeeze the area.
To reduce pain and swelling, apply ice packs to the affected area.
Patients should not leave the pack on bare skin for more than 20 minutes to prevent frostbite. If the dressing is still in place, it can be on longer because it protects the skin and mitigates the effects of overexposure to cold temperatures.
If you need urgent foot treatments, contact Dr Kannan Kaliyaperumal or you can visit the Specialist Orthopaedic Centre for more info.