Minor Foot and Ankle Surgery

Examples of minor surgery:

  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Some bunion surgeries
  • Surgery to remove hardware such as pins or screws used in a previous surgery

Minor surgery has a shorter healing period than major surgery.

After minor surgery you might be allowed to stand and walk on the foot as soon as 1 to 14 days after your surgery. Your surgeon will let you know when you can put weight through your foot. Your surgeon will tell you if physiotherapy is required after your surgery and when to begin.

Major Foot and Ankle Surgery

Examples of major surgery:

  • Ankle replacement
  • Fusion of arthritic joints in the foot and ankle
  • Bunion surgery
  • Toe deformity surgery
  • Tendon transfers (moving a tendon from one place and sewing it onto to a different place)

It takes longer to fully recover from major foot and ankle surgery.

You are usually in the hospital for one or two nights after major foot or ankle surgery. You might not be allowed to put any weight through the foot for up to 6 weeks or longer.