When can I drive after foot and ankle surgery?

closeup of foot drivingKnowing when you can expect to drive after foot and ankle surgery is a VERY important consideration when you decide to have a surgical procedure to correct your foot and ankle problem. There will be a splint or a removable boot that will be used after surgery that will interfere with driving.

If the procedure only involves soft tissue (neuromas, joint cleanup procedure, and ganglions), it may be 2-3 weeks before an athletic shoe can be worn. If bone healing is involved (joint fusion or osteotomy) it may take 4-8 weeks to return to an athletic shoe.  Of course, we can only provide a very rough estimate unless we see you here in our office, but this does provide a starting point.

Another variable is which foot will have the surgery. If your car has an automatic transmission, the right foot has to be functional and a splint or post-operative boot cannot be used for safe operations. This will make a 2- to 4-week difference between a left- and right-sided surgery. There will be no difference with a manual transmission since both feet are used.

This is one of the many small details that need to be considered when electing surgery. When you come to see us here at our Indianapolis, IN office, we will be able to better assess all the factors and give you a more realistic timeframe with regards to driving after your surgery. Call us at (317) 545-0505 or request your appointment online right now!