Recovery and Rehabilitation
The amount of recovery time you will need depends on the condition and type of procedure performed. For example:
Ligaments and tendons take on the average 6 weeks to completely heal. Your ankle and foot will be immobilized in the beginning. Once the ligaments and tendons have healed, you'll begin bearing more weight on your foot and ankle.
- People who have endoscopic plantar fasciotomy can walk without pain almost immediately.
- Bone procedures require more immobilization. Bones on the average take 7 weeks to heal to about 80% of their normal strength.
Recovery at home
Always follow your surgeon's instructions carefully.
- Always wear your surgical shoe, if one is prescribed.
- Sit with your foot elevated to the level of your chest as much as possible for the first two or three days after the surgery.
- Take pain medication as prescribed by your surgeon.
- Walk with assistance for the first few days. Use a cane, walker or crutches or lean on someone's arm.
- Put ice on your ankle or foot to reduce swelling and bruising Apply ice packs about four times a day for the first few days. Some patients prefer to use bags of frozen peas or ice cubes in a plastic bag.
- Keep the bandage and dressing dry. If you want to shower, wrap your foot in a large plastic bag and tape it closed around your calf.
Don't overdo it. Avoid walking for more than a few steps at a time.
Riverside rehabilitation centers
Depending on your injury, surgery, overall health and home situation, your doctor may recommend that you stay at one of our Riverside rehabilitation centers rather than home for the first few days of recovery. The advantages of a rehabilitation center are many. You'll have the experience of working with our physical therapists several times a day. You'll learn to navigate everyday living without re-injuring your joint. In addition, you will continue to be closely monitored by the medical staff.
Whether you recover at home or at a rehabilitation center, you should follow your physician's advice to avoid complications after your surgery.
Your surgeon may prescribe post-surgical physical therapy at one of theRiverside Therapy Centers. Treatment will give special attention to bringing back joint strength, range of motion, and flexibility. The treatment program will be customized for your type of surgery, your overall condition and your goals.