What is recovery like after ankle surgery?

Dr. Joan R. Williams, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

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.

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