What is recovery like after ankle surgery?

Joan R. Williams, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Recovery after ankle surgery depends completely on what type of surgery is done. Depending on if there are any bones cut, fractures put back together or ligaments repaired, the person will be in a splint or cast and be required to keep weight off of the foot for anywhere from six to eight weeks. This means crutches, a walker, or other assistive device will be needed for a time period. Physical therapy is often started about six weeks after surgery if needed.
Paul J. Switaj, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Learn the typical recovery process after ankle surgery. Watch this video with Paul Switaj, MD from Reston Hospital Center. 
Recovery from ankle surgery can take several weeks or several months depending on how involved the surgery is. In this video, Thomas San Giovanni, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health, describes the process.

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Bone & Joint Injuries

Bone & Joint Injuries

Often caused by falls, trauma, or injury, bone and joint injuries can sometimes be serious enough to require surgery. A broken bone can occasionally puncture your skin, causing intense pain. If you suspect that you have a broken b...

one, you will need medical treatment right away. In serious cases, pins, screws, and plates are placed into the body to stabilize the bone and help it heal. Joints connect our bones, and joint injuries can often occur in the elbows and knees. To reduce your risk of joint injury, stay healthy. Staying at a healthy weight and keeping your muscles strong and fit reduces the wear and tear on your joints.

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