Following heel spur surgery, most patients are able to walk normally with very little discomfort three weeks after surgery, explains the Podiatry Network. Typically, the doctor allows the patient to walk immediately following surgery, but limits the amount of walking for the first week to bathroom and kitchen trips.
Depending on the doctor, the patient might need a leg cast or crutches to protect the heel while it heals. A doctor removes the stitches in 10 to 14 days following surgery. The patient's doctor takes the kind of work the patient does and shoes worn at work into account when advising a patient on the best time to return to work, says the Podiatry Network.