Activity and Exercise Guide
exercise and a gradual return to everyday activities are important
for your full recovery. Your orthopaedic surgeon and physical
therapist may recommend that you exercise approximately 20 to
30 minutes, two or three times a day once you are out of your
postoperative dressings. This guide can help you better understand
your exercise/activity program, supervised by your physical therapist
or orthopaedic surgeon.
Early Postoperative Exercises
Proper walking in a postoperative shoe is important. At first,
you may walk with a walker or crutches. Your surgeon or therapist
will tell you how much weight to put on your foot. Stand comfortably
and erect with your weight balanced on your walker or crutches.
Advance your walker or crutches a short distance; then put your
operated foot forward so that the heel of your foot touches the
floor first. As you move forward, most of your weight should remain
on your heel. You will later be instructed when you can put your
entire foot on the floor and when you will no longer need crutches
or a walker.
Move your foot up and down rhythmically by contracting the calf
and shin muscles. Perform this exercise periodically for two to
three minutes, two or three times an hour in the recovery room.
Place a small towel on the floor and curl it toward you, using
only your toes. You can increase the resistance by putting a weight
on the end of the towel. Relax and repeat this exercise 5 times.
Toe Raises, Toe Curls
Hold each position for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
Big Toe Pulls
Place a thick rubber band around both big toes and pull the big
toes away from each other. Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
Put a thick rubber band around all of your toes and spread them.
Hold this position for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
Place small corks between your toes and squeeze for 5 seconds.
Repeat 10 times.
Marble Pick Up
Place 20 marbles on the floor. Pick up one marble at a time and
put it in a small bowl. Repeat with all 20 marbles.
Soon after your surgery, you can gradually begin to walk short
distances and perform everyday activities. This early activity
aids your recovery and helps you regain mobility.
Once you are able to wear athletic shoes comfortably, you may
begin walking for exercise. Your physical therapist and orthopaedic
surgeon will advise you.
Once you can walk pain-free and most of your big toe motion returns,
you may begin running. Your physical therapist and orthopaedic
surgeon will advise you.
Once you can run pain-free, most patients may return to competitive
sports. This includes team sports, aerobics, and step-climbing.
Pain or Swelling After Exercise
You may experience mild foot pain or swelling after exercise or
activity. Elevate your foot and apply ice wrapped in a towel.
Exercise and activity should consistently improve your strength
and mobility. If you have any questions, contact your orthopaedic
surgeon or physical therapist.
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