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You've Had Foot Surgery: How Long Until You're Active Again?

HealthDay reports on HSS study results presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting by HSS foot and ankle surgeon Scott J. Ellis, MD, finding most people who have had surgery to correct progressive collapsing foot deformity are able to return to the activities they enjoy, but it may take a long time.

Dr. Ellis said, "[It's] a debilitating condition marked by several progressive deformities that require a combination of extensive reconstructive procedures, from cutting and reshaping bones in the foot to rerouting tendons in the fallen arch.”

He added, "Although patients can expect to eventually resume at least light to moderate physical activity, the recovery period can take many months to a year or more, and some of the most vigorous sports may not be possible.”

HSS clinical research scientist Robert Fuller said, "We think this study gives us the ability to say to a patient, 'If you're interested in doing yoga again, you can expect to return in about six to nine months, and be back to full form in about a year.' It can help provide clarity for a lot of people showing these surgeries can be life-changing in terms of getting them active again, but a substantial amount of people will face some extended recovery."

Read the full article at Healthday.com. Additional coverage: Healio.com.