Do and don’ts after ankle surgery?
In the days and weeks after surgery, you’ll likely be told to avoid putting too much (if any) weight on your foot, avoid unnecessary physical labor, and rest as much as possible. You’ll also, obviously, prefer to avoid any preventable accidents when moving around the house, or navigating up and down stairs.
When can I exercise after ankle surgery?
It’s important to allow an adequate amount of time (at least a week or two) for your foot to start to heal before putting it through exercises. Make sure your doctor instructs you on when you can begin light exercises again to be certain. If you don’t let your foot recover after surgery, you can cause even more damage.
How long does it take to recover from ankle tendon repair surgery?
Recovery from surgical repair of your peroneal tendon typically takes about four months. Your ankle will feel weak when it comes out of the cast and it is important to perform gentle range of motion exercises three or four times a day for three or four weeks after your cast is removed.
What should I avoid after ankle surgery?
Do not consume alcohol, drive, operate machinery, or make important personal or business decisions for 24 hours. What hurts most often is the swelling. Try to keep your foot, ankle, and knee above the level of your heart as much as possible for the first few days to reduce swelling.
Is it OK to wiggle toes after ankle surgery?
Within the next few days try using Tyle- nol to help wean you off the prescription drugs. Unless you have had toe surgery we suggest that you wiggle your toes for 15 seconds and rest for 15 seconds. Do this for four minutes. This should be done approximately 4 times per day, separated by at least four-hour intervals.
What happens if you walk too soon after ankle surgery?
Putting any weight on an operated foot or ankle can damage the repair that’s been done. Bones need time to heal. Plates or screws that may have been added during surgery need the bones to heal around them. Adding weight too soon can interrupt this important internal healing process.
Can you feel plates and screws in ankle?
In some cases, you may be able to feel a plate or screw if there is very little muscle or soft tissue covering them — for instance, along the outside of your ankle or the top of your hand.
Can you walk 6 weeks after ankle surgery?
Weight bearing status:
2-6 weeks: Non weight bearing with crutches/scooter and CAM Boot . Boot for sleeping. May be permitted to commence gradual, progressive weight bearing in boot. 6 week review – Progressive weight bearing initially in boot then wean as comfortable, then strengthening, reintroduction of exercises.
Do tendons ever fully heal?
“Once a tendon is injured, it almost never fully recovers. You’re likely more prone to injury forever.”
When can I walk after ankle tendon surgery?
Use your crutches, walker, or knee scooter for a total of 4 weeks after surgery. You may begin walking without the boot when you are 8 weeks from surgery. Returning to driving will depend on which ankle has surgery and use of narcotic medications.
What helps tendons heal faster?
- Stretching and flexibility exercises to help the tendon heal completely and avoid long-term pain.
- Strengthening exercises to help you rebuild tendon strength and avoid future injuries.
- Ultrasound heat therapy to improve blood circulation, which may aid the healing process.