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A 19-year-old male asked:

I had foot surgery on my left foot to fix my flat foot and the doctor said that they fused my bone and put a screw. when can i walk? physical therapy?

5 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 40 years experience
Ask your doc: Surgeon knows best as to when u can walk on your reconstructed foot depending on the type of repair and fusion done. IN general it is 6-10 weeks before you can walk on the foot and usually start off in a short leg boot with crutches and progressive weight bearing. Guided by the X-rays that are used to determine when the bones are fused
Dr. Michael Genkin
Podiatry 13 years experience
Ask your surgeon: Your surgeon will take care of your post op care so I suggest following his advice. But to answer your question around 4-6 weeks, could be more depending on how you heal plus what else was done ie tendon work.
Dr. Sandra Gotman
Podiatry 37 years experience
Flat foot surgery: The doctor who performed the surgery would be the best person to answer your question/
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
This discussion : Should ONLY take place with your surgeon. From your description it is unclear if you had a subtalar stent placed in or if you had a flatfoot reconstruction. If a subtalar stent was put in then the "screw" isn't really a screw its an implant and it did not get placed into any bone, rather was placed ina a canal between the ones.
Dr. Robert Hadfield
Podiatry 14 years experience
6-8 weeks: If you had a fusion it takes 6-8 weeks for full healing before you can put weight on it. Physical therapy is usually needed afterward as well. I recommend you ask your surgeon these questions since they know exactly what type of surgery you had.

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