How Soon After Foot Surgery Can You Get a Pedicure?

Posted by Dr. Jeffrey L. Adler

Jun 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

woman_getting_a_pedicuresGetting a pedicure is relaxing and revitalizing. It’s a therapeutic way to take care of your feet and also take some time out for yourself, leaving you feeling pampered and well-cared for. Some people enjoy getting a pedicure so much it becomes a weekly or monthly ritual, especially during the warm summer months. If you’re someone who consistently enjoys pedicures for both cosmetic and therapeutic reasons, then you may be wondering how soon after foot surgery you can get a pedicure.

If you’ve recently had a foot surgery procedure you’re probably anxiously waiting for the all-clear to get back to your daily activities. Your readiness should be cleared by your podiatrist, but in general there are some post-operative tips to follow that can indicate if your feet are ready to resume your pedicures.

Follow instructions

After your foot surgery you should have been given post-operative instructions related to your specific case and the treatment you received. Make sure you follow these instructions! The actions you take the first 48 to 72 hours after your surgery are critical to your healing and comfort. For example:

  • Taking all prescriptions as directed
  • Staying off your feet
  • Elevating your feet
  • Wearing the post-op shoe/boot if you were given one
  • Keeping bandages clean and dry

If you’re supposed to stay off your feet for a certain length of time, required to wear a walking boot, and must keep bandages clean and dry, then getting a pedicure will compromise all these instructions. In general, it’s safe to say you shouldn’t get a pedicure in the 2 to 3 days following your foot surgery.

Gauge your foot pain

If your feet hurt following the surgery, it’s a good indication you aren’t ready for a pedicure. Your feet need time to heal. The length of recovery time will depend on the type of foot treatment you had, and the type of treatment you had will help decide when the right time is to get a pedicure again.

If you just had toenail fungus laser treatment, you will want to wait until the new nail grows out or else you risk spreading the fungus or even getting the fungus again. If you had minimally invasive surgery, the area of the small incision may be tender, so your foot may be sensitive to any scrubbing and rubbing that usually comes with pedicures.

Consult with your podiatrist

While you should be able to get a pedicure following your foot surgery, the length of time you’ll have to wait really depends on your specific situation and the type of treatment you had. For this reason, the best answer is to consult with your podiatrist. Your feet may feel great and you may think you’re ready for a pedicure, when in reality there may be an underlying reason your podiatrist recommends you wait.

If you suffer from common foot problems contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to find out the recommended treatment for you. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.

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Topics: Foot Care, foot surgery, Pedicures