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Post Surgical Shoe

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

A post surgical shoe is a medical shoe used to protect the foot and toes after an injury or surgery. It is also called a postop shoe, rigid sole shoe, or hard sole shoe. It looks like on oversized shoe with a flat, hard sole, fabric or mesh sides, and adjustable straps. The shoe is open in the front, where your toes go. The shoe helps change how your foot carries weight. This can help decrease pain and increase movement after an injury or surgery so you can heal.

Postsurgical Shoe


Call your doctor if:

  • You have pain or discomfort that does not go away.
  • You cannot seem to get the shoe to fit correctly.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

How to put on the post surgical shoe:

  • Sit down and place your foot comfortably in the shoe.
  • Close the fabric or mesh sides over the top of your foot.
  • Tighten the straps of the shoe so they are snug but not too tight. The shoe should limit movement but not cut off your blood flow.
  • Stand up and take a few steps to practice walking.

What else you need to know:

  • Check your foot and toes often. Check your foot and toes for redness and swelling. If your toes are red, swollen, numb, or tingly, loosen your straps. Over time, the swelling from the injury or surgery will decrease. When this happens, you may need to tighten the straps.
  • Be careful when you walk on wet surfaces. The shoe may be slippery.
  • Ask about removing the shoe to bathe. Your provider may want you to leave the shoe on when you bathe. Cover it with a plastic bag and tape the bag closed around your leg.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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