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Heel Cord Lengthening Care

Your orthopaedic doctor has recommended that your child undergo a heel cord lengthening to improve the position of his or her foot.

Most children are able to go home after heel cord lengthening surgery. Your child will come back from surgery in a short leg weight bearing cast, which goes from the toes to the upper calf. The cast will remain on for three to six weeks.

Your child will be given a prescription for pain medicine. A muscle relaxant may be prescribed for spasms or "charley horse" pain for the first two days. Ice may be used on the outside of the cast at the calf level.

Before you go home, a nurse will teach you how to take care of your child and the cast. Excessive swelling of the toes, drainage through the cast or excessive pain should be quickly reported to your orthopaedic doctor or the orthopaedic clinic nurse.

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Last Updated: 08/2013