Quick Tips from Our Concord Foot Surgeon to be Non-Weight Bearing After Foot Surgery

October 20, 2017

You’re getting ready for an upcoming ankle or foot surgery and are expected not to put weight on it after the procedure, per your orthopedic surgeon’s orders for proper healing. What activities constitute weight-bearing, and how are you going to get from place to place while healing?

What is non-weight bearing?

N.W.B. or non-weight bearing is a term that refers to restrictions imposed on you right after surgery. Your doctor will tell you, under no circumstances, should you put that foot or ankle on the floor to ensure it heals properly. A second or two can be damaging, meaning when your doctor says no, they expect it.

What are the risks of putting weight on my foot immediately after surgery?

It’s not feasible to expect someone, even your local foot doctor, to know exactly how much pressure and weight they’re putting on a foot by standing or even grazing the floor with it. Any screws or plates used during the foot surgery procedure need to stay in place while the bone grows around them. Putting any amount of weight on during the delicate healing process can cause your foot to heal incorrectly.

Incisions also need time to heal without disruption, especially when repairing an Achilles tendon or a fracture. You’ll also help keep swelling and pain levels down by taking it easy and following the advice of our Concord foot and ankle surgeon.

How am I supposed to get around?

Keeping weight off your injured ankle or foot doesn’t mean you’re completely immobile. You have a couple of options to get where you need to go.

  • Crutches – Most patients use crutches made of metal or wood to stay NWB. Ensure they’re adjusted properly for comfort and support with room for two fingers between your armpit and the top of the crutches.
  • Knee Scooter – This device allows you to roll using wheels and a kneepad for support. Handle bars provide balance and stability and accessories such as a basket or cupholder can carry essentials.
  • Seated Scooter – Seated scooters are convenient and comfortable. They’re narrower than wheel chairs, and many are powered, so you only need to press a button to move. They also include brakes for safety.

Avoid complications with the healing process after surgery by strictly adhering to the advice of our Concord foot surgeon. Contact us today!