NYU Langone rehabilitation specialists help with your recovery from plantar fasciitis surgery.
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Your doctor may prescribe pain relievers for you to take in the first few days after surgery and then transition you to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory inhibitors, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, to reduce pain and inflammation. You may also need to wear a walking boot for a few weeks to take pressure off your foot.
You typically return to your doctor’s office to have sutures removed about 7 to 10 days after your procedure. Your doctor also checks on your range of motion of your ankle and foot and asks about any discomfort you may be experiencing.
Physical therapy at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center may also be part of your recovery from surgery for plantar fasciitis. A physical therapist can show you exercises to stretch the plantar fascia, the calf muscle, and the Achilles tendon. Exercises to strengthen muscles in the foot and the calf muscle are also beneficial.
Our specialists work with you to modify your physical activity to reduce the amount of stress on the foot so you can continue to heal. You most likely won’t be able to run or jump for a few months. Your physical therapist may ask you to perform stretching and strengthening exercises at home. The physical therapy schedule varies depending on your needs.
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