Having a bath

If you’re at all unsteady or anxious, you should have someone with you to help you get in and out of the tub safely. A walk-in shower may be a better option than bathing in a slippery tub until you feel more confident. Some hospitals tell patients that they shouldn’t get into a bathtub until three months after surgery.

If you are still in a cast and feel steady enough to get in and out of a bathtub, be sure to avoid getting your cast wet. Wrap it securely with a plastic garbage bag or other protector (sold in many pharmacies).

With that in mind, here are some general tips for using a standard bathtub:

  • Keep your ankle precautions in mind at all times.
  • DO NOT step out of the tub onto a scatter rug or towel. If you want a soft surface, tape a non-skid bath mat securely to the bathroom floor beside the tub.
  • You should use a tub bench or seat which rests on a rubber mat or non-skid adhesive on the bottom of the tub itself.
  • A long-handled sponge or hand-held shower hose can be used to wash your lower legs and feet. 
  • If you will be using any grab bars beside the tub or on the wall, make sure they are properly installed and can support your weight.