Many patients suffering with severe discomfort from a foot and ankle injury may sometimes be advised to have ankle replacement surgery. This technique substitutes the injured rudiments relating to the joint of the ankle, reducing any pain and discomfort felt by the patient. Below are 5 tips to help you on your road to a quick recovery after having ankle replacement surgery.

  1. Reduce Inflammation

It’s inevitable that you’ll experience some inflammation after you’ve had your ankle replacement surgery. However, it’s vital you try and reduce inflammation as much as you can post surgery. A great way of reducing the swelling is to ensure your foot is elevated for the initial fortnight whenever you’re resting and sleeping. A great tip to ensure you get the right elevation regarding your ankle is to ensure your knee is aligned with your chest (where the heart is) and that your ankle is slightly higher than your knee.

  1. Support Your Ankle

After you’ve had your ankle replacement surgery, you’ll usually be sent home on crutches to support your ankle. Crutches prevent you from putting too much weight on your new ankle too soon whilst you heal. Use your crutches as much as you can whilst you recover from ankle replacement surgery.

  1. Gently Exercise & Stretch

Some patients are recommended physical therapy, so if this applies to you then follow your exercises regularly! At Dr Usuelli’s foot and ankle clinic we offer unrivalled physical therapy for many UK patients. We recommend all our patients regularly exercise their new ankle joint in order for it to become as mobile as possible.

  1. Track Your Progress

Ensure that you pay careful attention to your new ankle replacement after having surgery. Look out for any additional inflammation and document any pain that you may experience post-surgery and let us know as soon as possible. We’re here every step of the way to ensure you receive the best treatment possible pre and post-surgery and we do this throughout your recovery process.

  1. Take Your Time

It’s crucial that you take your time to rest during your recovery process and don’t rush back too soon. We offer constant advice and support throughout your recovery process as you learn to mobilise your new ankle joint. During your recovery it’s vital you give your body the best chance to heal. As you take your time to recover, look forward to this new chapter in your life where you’ll experience a reduction in discomfort and an improvement in the mobility of your new ankle joint.