Most individuals know the ankle’s crucial role in facilitating walking, running, and overall body mobility. This pivotal joint comes from the convergence of the tibia and fibula leg bones with the talus bone located at the foot’s apex. The spaces between these bones contain articular cartilage and various elements contributing to movement and shock absorption. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to severe arthritis or injury can lead to the erosion of these vital components, resulting in inflammation and rigidity. Consequently, everyday activities such as walking, running, and ascending stairs become challenging, significantly impacting one’s quality of life. In cases where conservative approaches prove ineffective, ankle replacement surgery becomes a viable option. After the surgical intervention, patients typically undergo physical therapy (PT) to regain optimal mobility.
The First Couple Months Post-Surgery
After undergoing ankle replacement surgery, an extended phase of physical therapy follows. During the initial two weeks, patients must refrain from putting weight on the foot to minimize inflammation and promote healing. Elevating and applying ice to the treated foot is recommended to alleviate swelling. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication manages any postoperative discomfort. Physical therapy visits commence shortly after the surgery, involving ankle pumps and rotations while the foot is elevated.
After two weeks, the surgeon removes stitches and transitions the patient into a walking boot. Additional physical therapy exercises are introduced at this stage to enhance the patient’s gait, strength, and balance. The rehabilitation continues with ankle-strengthening activities performed in a non-weight-bearing position for up to six weeks. These exercises, including pumps, rotations, flexions, ankle eversion, and extensions, use tubing or a resistance band to build strength gradually.
Given the extended periods of immobility, incorporating upper body exercises targeting the core and hips becomes beneficial. As the ankle gains strength, visits to chiropractic professionals are recommended to align the body and mitigate unnecessary stress, thus reducing the risk of prolonged recovery times.
Therapy at Kim
Embarking on your path to healing involves:
- A unique blend of education.
- Supportive relationships with friendly professionals.
- A deep understanding of your needs within a comfortable environment.
Our licensed therapists deliver personalized, one-on-one physical therapy and rehabilitation tailored to individuals of all age groups. The recovery process from an injury encompasses physical and mental hurdles, and the synergy between our staff and patients, combined with our expert clinical knowledge, fosters a positive and highly effective healing experience.
Access to state-of-the-art equipment enhances your recovery journey. Clinic exercises, thoughtfully designed to push your limits, instill a sense of accomplishment after each session, particularly when complemented by at-home activities prescribed by our therapists. While recovery times may vary, consistent effort will likely guide you back to your usual self within a relatively short period.
At Kim Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic, our team of doctors and staff provides each patient with the same level of care and attention that we would extend to our family members. With a wealth of collective experience, we assist you in reclaiming your quality of life. Apart from post-surgery therapy, the professionals at Kim can diagnose and effectively treat your pain, perhaps avoiding surgery entirely. If you seek high-quality, friendly, knowledgeable, and professional chiropractic care, contact the experts at Kim Chiropractic. We invite you to visit one of our three convenient locations and establish a collaborative relationship to enhance your overall health or post-surgery needs!