Humpbacked Tarsus, Postoperative Pain
After surgery for humpbacked tarsus, postoperative pain is manageable as long as you follow the surgeon and anesthesiologist's recommendations.
A humpbacked tarsus can be painful when wearing shoes, especially when a bursitis develops. This red and painful swelling can be debilitating in daily life and should be addressed. Depending on the size of the bony prominence and your discomfort, percutaneous surgery for humpbacked tarsus is an option. It involves making small incisions in the tarsal area to shave off the hypertrophic bone, removing the protrusion to eliminate the conflict and pain.
Less invasive than an open surgery, it reduces the risk of postoperative complications. Indeed, for the operation on your humpbacked tarsus or other forefoot pathologies, percutaneous surgery allows for faster recovery from surgery-related trauma.
Pain Immediately After Surgery
A regional anesthesia is performed for your surgery, typically lasting several hours and allowing for immediate walking after leaving the clinic. After the procedure, Dr. Julien Lopez applies a dressing that needs to be changed every 2 days by a nurse.
You will leave the clinic with a removable boot or a medical shoe to protect your foot during walking. Full weight-bearing is allowed with or without the boot; the boot is only meant to facilitate walking and movement by reducing pain.
Elevating your foot at home is recommended when it is swollen. Cryotherapy is also recommended to reduce bruising and alleviate pain.
Bruising, swelling, or irritation related to incisions are common. Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications are prescribed to provide relief.
Duration of Work Leave After Humpbacked Tarsus Surgery
The duration of work incapacity averages 3 to 6 weeks. The leave after humpbacked tarsus surgery depends primarily on your professional activity. Those who can work remotely may only need to take a few days off. During your first appointment, Dr. Julien Lopez takes the time to assess the expected duration of work leave based on your age, sports and professional activities, previous foot surgeries, the nature of the procedure to be performed and more.
It is recommended to avoid long walks and regularly elevate your foot. Your daily activities during the first 10 days should be limited. Resuming sports is possible after about a month, as determined by the surgeon, based on the progression of healing. This will be evaluated during your postoperative follow-up.
During your work leave, rehabilitation exercises are recommended.
Rehabilitation for Humpbacked Tarsus
Rehabilitation for humpbacked tarsus involves physiotherapy exercises. The tarsus is essential for bearing the body's weight and aiding in foot movements. It is involved in multiple joints, making it crucial for body propulsion, or in other words, walking. Good rehabilitation is essential for the resumption of your daily activities.
These solutions are proposed before any surgical procedure. Here are the treatments that may be recommended:
- Wearing wide and comfortable shoes
Proper footwear is crucial, such as wearing loose shoes to avoid worsening inflammation.
- Orthopedic insoles
To regain foot balance while walking, orthopedic insoles are an option. They compensate for deformities and distribute body pressure on the foot, enhancing comfort.
Similar to insoles, orthoses help compensate for and support the forefoot. They also protect the foot from friction and, consequently, inflammation.
Rehabilitation during physiotherapy helps restore the range of motion and flexibility of the foot. For your humpbacked tarsus, it aids in regaining foot balance by strengthening the various muscles around the metatarsals. Physiotherapy accelerates recovery and allows for the anticipation of physical activity resumption.
Rehabilitation for humpbacked tarsus is mainly self-directed. Flexion and extension exercises will help you regain your range of motion.
Swelling is common after foot surgery and is not a complication. When it becomes painful due to swelling, lymphatic drainage methods help alleviate pain. Physiotherapy accelerates edema elimination and promotes overall healing of the condition. After your exercises, cryotherapy helps relieve exercise-related pain. Applying ice to the foot reduces bruising and inflammation following your session.