Hammertoe Surgery Recovery: Wrapping your toes after hammertoe surgery is an essential part of the recovery process. It helps provide support, reduce swelling, and protect the surgical site.
Materials you’ll need for Hammertoe surgery recovery:
- Sterile gauze pads or non-stick dressings.
- Medical tape or adhesive bandages.
- Soft cotton or foam padding (optional).
- Elastic bandage or toe separator (if recommended by your surgeon).
Steps how to wrap toes after hammertoe surgery:
Clean your hands: Start by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water to reduce the risk of infection.
Inspect the surgical site: Check the surgical site for any signs of infection, excessive bleeding, or discharge. If you notice any concerning symptoms, contact your surgeon immediately.
Apply gauze or non-stick dressings: Place sterile gauze pads or non-stick dressings over the surgical area. Ensure that the dressings cover the incision site and any other wounds. This helps protect the surgical site from contaminants and promotes a sterile environment.
Padding (if necessary): If your surgeon has recommended it, you can place soft cotton or foam padding around the toe or between toes to provide cushioning and reduce friction.
Wrap with medical tape or adhesive bandages: Gently wrap the surgical area and the dressing with medical tape or adhesive bandages. Be careful not to wrap too tightly, as this can impede blood circulation. Secure the dressing in place without causing discomfort.
Toe separation (if recommended): Some surgeons may advise using toe separators or an elastic bandage to keep your toes in the correct alignment. Follow your surgeon’s specific instructions regarding this.
Check for circulation: After wrapping your toes, check that there is no discoloration, numbness, or tingling in your toes. This could indicate that the wrap is too tight, and you should loosen it.
Keep the dressing clean and dry: Make sure to keep the dressing clean and dry to prevent infection. You may need to change the dressing periodically as instructed by your surgeon.
Follow surgeon’s instructions: It’s essential to follow your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions carefully. They may have specific recommendations for dressing changes, toe exercises, and weight-bearing restrictions.
Elevate your foot: Elevating your foot above heart level when resting can help reduce swelling. Prop your foot up on pillows or cushions while sitting or lying down.
Monitor for complications: Keep an eye out for any signs of infection, excessive swelling, severe pain, or other concerning symptoms. If you experience any of these, contact your surgeon immediately.
Recovering from hammertoe surgery can be a challenging process, but with the right techniques and tools, you can promote healing and minimize discomfort.
Always consult with your surgeon for specific instructions tailored to your condition and the type of hammertoe surgery you underwent. Proper wound care and toe wrapping are essential for a successful recovery and to minimize the risk of complications. Visit Feldman & Leavitt Foot and Ankle Specialists about the best treatment plan for your needs.
As a general rule, procedures are performed on an outpatient basis in an Alberta Health Services (AHS) approved Surgical Center or in a Hospital. Surgical procedural costs are covered by AHS or the patient may opt for private surgery to avoid a waiting time. A visit to Feldman Foot And Ankle Specialists will CLEARLY define all available patient options.