Question:

Yesterday I had surgery on my fibula. How long does it take for the numbness to go away? How long will I be able to move my toes?


Answer:

Thank you for your question! Without knowing the procedure that was performed, or other details regarding your current situation, we are limited in our ability to provide specific information regarding your symptoms. However, we can provide general information regarding post-operative numbness and the ability to move areas around the surgical site.

After a foot or ankle surgery, the amount of time that patients typically feel numbness and have difficulty moving the toes is variable person to person. It depends on several factors including the anesthesia (numbing agent) used, the amount of swelling present, and what structures were involved in the original cause for surgery. In some instances, the numbness and ability to move the toes can take longer to return, but in most cases, the numbness will go away and the ability to move the toes will gradually return in the days and weeks following surgery.

There are often things that can be done to speed post-operative recovery. We recommend reaching out to the surgeon and seeing a Physical Therapist to provide more specific education, decrease swelling, improve range of motion, and increase function to help make recovery as easy as possible.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.