Post-Operative Foot & Ankle Care: The POLICE Principle

Immediate Post-Op: Limit movement and weight-bearing activities as per your doctor’s advice.
Use of Supports: Utilize crutches, braces, or splints as recommended to protect the area from further injury.

Optimal Loading
Gradual Weight Bearing: As your healing progresses, slowly reintroduce weight-bearing activities.
Physiotherapy Exercises: Engage in prescribed exercises to strengthen the area without causing undue stress.

Reduce Swelling and Pain: Apply ice packs to the affected area for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours.
Careful Application: Use a cloth barrier between the ice pack and your skin to prevent ice burns.

Manage Swelling: Use an elastic compression bandage or garment as instructed.
Balanced Compression: Ensure the bandage is snug but not too tight to avoid restricting blood flow.

Reduce Swelling: Elevate your foot and ankle above heart level when possible, especially after activity or during sleep.
Supportive Positioning: Use pillows or cushions for comfortable elevation.

Recovery Tips
Monitor Your Progress: Be aware of your pain levels and swelling. Contact your physiotherapist if you notice increased pain or other concerning symptoms.
Follow-Up Appointments: Regularly attend your scheduled follow-up appointments for optimal recovery.