If you need any type of foot/ankle correction or surgery, the winter (or when you are least mobile) can be a great time to schedule your treatment.  If you have any existing injuries such as an ankle sprain, fractured toe, etc., this article can also be helpful!

  1. Get comfortable – If you’re planning on healing quickly, you want to be sitting and staying off your feet and ankles for as many hours as possible. The more you put pressure and stress on your injuries or while you are healing, the longer the process will take. Create a comfortable area that is supportive for your back (so that you don’t cause other injuries from sitting too long) and make a place to prop your feet up.
  2. Foot Soak with some Epsom salt – Take some time while you’re sitting to soak your feet in warm to hot water. It will help with circulation and healing. If you have the energy, you can put essential oils, or Epsom salt into the bucket. They’re not necessary, but may make you feel better.
  3. Exercise – You still need to get some exercise even if you can’t exercise standing up. Slide down to the floor every now and then and do some ab workouts and arm/shoulder exercises. This will also help you from feeling like a couch potato.
  4. Drink Tea – Because you’re not as mobile, it’s especially important that you don’t binge eat junk foods (fried, fatty, sugary foods.) You don’t have to eat salads every day, but you should eat foods that are relatively easy to digest since you won’t be moving very much.
  5. Change your Mentality – It can be hard sitting around waiting to get better. If you feel like your time is passing by and you’re missing out on things you need to be doing, take up a project you’ve been meaning to do for a while but never had time to. Your time doesn’t have to be wasted staring at the TV, you can knit, compose music, read a book, or even get your personal business and bills in order.

Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients in the Centreville, VA area for over eighteen years. If you have any questions call our office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.

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