Foot Care Videos
Putting on a Trilok Ankle Stabilizer
The day after a procedure, your doctor will give you one of these options for soaking. Please be sure you consult your doctor for which option to implement.
- Option 1 – Shower as usual. Before getting out of the shower, place a drop of antibacterial liquid soap (Dial) on a wet, clean washcloth. Gently wipe washcloth over the affected area. Afterward, rinse the area with warm water. Blot the area dry with a soft cloth and cover it with antibiotic ointment (neosporin, polysporin, bacitracin) and a bandaid, gauze or tape.
- Option 2 – Place 3-4 drops of antibacterial liquid soap in a quart of warm tap water. Submerge your foot into the water for 20 minutes. If a bandage was applied after your procedure, leave it on to allow for a few minutes to loosen it, and then remove and continue with the soak for the remaining time. Next, blot the area with a soft cloth and cover with a new bandage. Apply other medications as directed by your doctor, such as cortisporin, otic solution (eardrops) or neosporin antibiotic ointment.
Apply ice or cold pack in the affected area at least 3 times a day for 10-15 minutes each time. You should also use ice after prolonged activity or vigorous exercise. Do not apply ice longer than 20 minutes at one time. Always keep a cloth between your skin and the ice pack to prevent burns. Being consistent and following these instructions will help control your symptoms. We suggest you purchase a gel ice pack because they are reusable and do not leak. Some of them are designed to wrap around the area. Use the method that works best for you. Here are some other suggestions for icing in addition to method shown in the video above:
- Use a frozen bag of peas or corn – it is inexpensive and molds well to your body, and usually stays frozen for 10-20 minutes.
- Wet a towel with cold water and squeeze out the excess until it’s damp. Place the towel in a bag in the freezer for 20 minutes. Then remove and use.