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Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF): After Surgery

Although you may feel fine when you are discharged, it is best to have someone drive you home. Your doctor may want you to rest and recover at home for a few days. Ask your doctor when you can start walking again. If a compression dressing is used to control swelling, you may need to wear a special surgical shoe. You may also need to wear a short leg brace for up to three weeks.

Ice the foot to limit pain and swelling

Recovering at Home

Expect your foot to feel numb right after the surgery. Then, as the local anesthesia wears off, you’ll probably feel some pain. To limit pain and swelling, ice the foot for 10 to 15 minutes several times a day. Also, raise the foot above heart level as often as you can. If you've been given pain medications, take them as directed.

Doctor replacing compression dressing with surgical dressing

Your First Post-Op Visit

Your doctor may want to see you the first one to two weeks after surgery. During this post-op visit, your incisions will be checked to make sure they are healing. The compression dressing may be replaced with a smaller surgical dressing. If this occurs, you can probably begin wearing tennis shoes.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • The dressing is too tight

  • Pain despite taking medications

  • More than a few drops of blood at an incision site

  • Signs of an infection, including fever, chills, and redness near an incision

  • Skin discoloration beyond the dressing

 

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