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Minor Procedure:

1) Leave the dressing intact for 3 days and do not get it wet.

2) When bathing or showering, put a plastic bag around the foot and duct tape it to your ankle. Repeat with a 2nd bag, taping higher up on the ankle than the first bag

3) Wear your surgical shoe for at least 3 days, while the bandage is in place

4) On the 4th day, you may remove your bandage and gently clean the foot with a washcloth or moistened paper towels. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the incision and cover with 1-2 band-aids

5) Continue using the band-aids at least once daily, change more often if the bandage becomes bloody or wet.

6) You may wear athletic shoes if comfortable. If regular shoes place too much pressure on the incision area, continue wearing the surgical shoe.

7) Minimize your walking and exercise until the stitches can be removed (2-3 weeks)

8) Call your physician immediately if you experience any of the following:

            • Bleeding that won't stop after you apply pressure for 20 minutes

            • Severe pain that worsens

            • Redness and swelling to the toe

            • Toe feels hot to the touch

            • Thick white or yellow drainage from the incision

            • Fever of 101 degrees or higher

If you have any questions, please contact us.