Showering After Foot Surgery

July 27th, 2016

showering-after-foot-surgeryAfter foot surgery, you’ll have a walking boot on your foot that will make even the simplest everyday activities a challenge. The boot will keep your foot in the right position as the bones and muscles knit together.

One challenge that many of my Plano patients face after surgery is how to shower. Well, more like how to shower without getting their boot wet and not slipping.

After years of working almost exclusively with traumatic foot injuries, there are a few ways to make showering easier while your boot is on.

The Safe Way to Shower After Foot Surgery

I tell all of my patients that the best way to shower safely after foot surgery is to prepare beforehand. What I mean by this is buy the right equipment and arrange for friends or family to assist you with tasks. This includes:

  • Shower stool. Rather than balancing on one foot to shower, a shower stool lets you stay seated and comfortable. If you want even more support, you can also install handrails to grip while you go in and out of the shower.
  • Cover your boot. Whether with a plastic bag or a waterproof cast cover, you’ll need to find a way to keep your boot dry as you shower. If your boot gets wet, it can delay healing, cause skin irritation, and require replacement.
  • Ask for help. Many of my patients find it hard to ask for help from their loved ones after surgery. But having someone around, at least for the first few weeks after surgery is always a safe bet. If you slip or get your boot wet, you’ll be happy to have someone around to help.

Adjusting to your new routine may be difficult, but it will help your healing. Discuss your needs with friends and family to help you get back on your feet safely and comfortably.

For more information about foot surgery, contact our Plano office at (214) 385-8822 to schedule a consultation.