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You had surgery on your foot to remove the joint at the base of your toe. After your surgery, your foot may be red and swollen. Pain and swelling should slowly improve over the next 6 weeks. You may not be able to put weight on the foot during those 6 weeks. You may have some minor pain and swelling that lasts as long as 6 months to a year.
After surgery, you may need to wear a special type of shoe or boot for 3 to 6 weeks. It will help protect your foot and keep your bones in the right position. Your doctor will remove your stitches about 2 weeks after the surgery.
Follow your doctor's instructions for putting weight on your foot. And follow any other special directions your doctor gives you.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Robert B. Keller MD - Orthopedics & Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Marco Mannarino MD - Family Medicine
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