Re: Flat Foot Reconstruction Surgery Recovery
I also had a calcaneal osteotomy (along with four other procedures) last August. Since they were all done at once, it is hard to say exactly how long the recovery for just the calcaneal osteotomy was, but overall my recovery followed the following timeline:
Non-weight bearing (plaster cast) - 6 weeks
Partial weight bearing (walking boot) - 3 to 4 weeks
Full weight bearing (with walking book) - 4 weeks
After that I was full weight bearing, but I had an air cast to wear in my shoe to support my ankle for many months. I am not our of that completely, but I am still finishing up physical therapy to get full range of motion and strength back into my ankle. I will have having the same surgery on my other foot again in August, so I need my first foot to be 100% functional, which it will be.
It sounds like a long recovery, but I promise it is manageable. Also, I am currently 20, but I had to have other foot surgery when I was 14, and age definitely helps with the recovery.
My biggest piece of advice is just to try to stay positive about the whole thing as much as possible. Myself, and others I have talked to, had times where you feel rather depressed throughout the process. You are forced you rely on other people, and I know I really missed my independence, and at times you don't progress as fast as you would like to which is frustrating, but it will all work out in the end. And in my opinion, the surgery was totally worth it!
If you have any questions, myself (as well as anyone else on here I am sure) would be more than happy to try to give you some answers!
Best of luck to your daughter with her surgery!