On average, ankle surgery recovery time can range from 6 to 12 weeks depending on the surgery performed. There are steps to help aid in the healing process.
Reasons for ankle surgery
There are many reasons one would elect to have ankle surgery. Although surgery is not the first line of action with any ankle concern, it may be necessary to resolve the issue at hand. Injury is one of the most common reasons to have surgery. This can mean fracture to bones or torn ligaments that run through your ankle. Trauma to your ankle is not the only reason to have surgery. Deformity’s can occur from birth or naturally as the body ages. These deformity’s can cause pain and discomfort much like injury’s. Surgery would be an option to correct the deformity in severe cases.
What to expect after surgery
You will have several post operative visits with your doctor. This will ensure your ankle surgery recovery time is as fast as possible. The most important thing you can do to help aid in the recovery time is stay off your foot and keep you ankle immobilized until instructed. Therefore, allowing the tissues to stay connected and not separate. Patients will be instructed when to bear weight. In this phase of recovery, it is common to be placed in a boot or cast for several weeks. In some cases, physical therapy may be needed to regain strength.
- Post operative visits
- Non-weight bearing until instructed
- boot/cast for several weeks
- physical therapy as needed
Alternatives to surgery
Depending on the case, there are alternatives to ankle surgery. One alternative to surgery would be physical therapy. This will strengthen your ankle and can help diminish pain. Patients with weak ankles can wear custom made AFO braces. This provides support for the ankle making it more stable, thus relieving pressure and alleviating pain and discomfort. Physicians will inform you for the best and fastest solution to your medical needs.