How long will my ankle hurt after surgery?
For most foot and ankle operations, tenderness and swelling can take 3-4 months to resolve, while for more complicated procedures, the recovery may take a full year (or more). On your first return visit, your cast or bandage will be removed for the first time.
Do ankles feel better after surgery?
The ankle is a complex joint made up of three bones, interconnected with 4 major ligaments, making each ankle surgery unique. Because of this complex nature, ankles need ample time to recover. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities in 3 to 4 months after surgery.
What are the side effects of ankle surgery?
Risks for ankle replacement surgery are:
- Ankle weakness, stiffness, or instability.
- Loosening of the artificial joint over time.
- Skin not healing after surgery.
- Nerve damage.
- Blood vessel damage.
- Bone break during surgery.
- Dislocation of the artificial joint.
- Allergic reaction to the artificial joint (extremely uncommon)
Is it OK to wiggle toes after ankle surgery?
After 72 hours
Unless you have had toe surgery we suggest that you wiggle your toes for 15 seconds and rest for 15 seconds.
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.
Why does my ankle still hurt after surgery?
Pain After Surgery May Indicate a Nerve Problem
It’s worth noting that a certain amount of lingering, residual discomfort and swelling after a foot surgery is a normal part of the healing process.
How long is physical therapy after ankle surgery?
Physical therapy usually starts two to four weeks after ankle surgery, with sessions two to three times per week, and often continues for six to eight weeks.
What can go wrong during ankle surgery?
Complications of foot and ankle surgery can include infections, swelling and stiffness, and wound haematoma (bleeding). If you’re generally healthy the risk of a serious complication from an operation is very small. Every possible care is taken to prevent complications, but in a few cases these do happen.
What can you not do after ankle surgery?
Activity Level. After surgery, you should avoid walking on your foot for at least six weeks. Instead, you may use crutches, knee scooters, and/or wheelchairs to move around. It is important to rest and elevate the operated foot and ankle as much as possible over the next few weeks.
How long does it take to walk again after ankle surgery?
It takes around six to 10 weeks to recover from a broken ankle. During this time, you will probably need to wear a cast or boot. Most people are able to walk normally again and resume their daily activities by around three months. Endurance will improve over time and as your strength improves.