The type of surgery you have and your doctor’s recommendations will determine how soon you can begin moving and walking again after the surgery. If you have arthroscopic surgery, you may go home in a few hours after surgery, but you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home because the pain medications and anesthesia are likely to make you sleepy.
Physical therapy is an extremely important part of the success of any surgery and your full participation is necessary for an optimal outcome. Some degree of pain, discomfort, and stiffness can be expected during the early days of physical therapy. You will start walking using a walker and/or crutches, depending on the type of surgery you had.
You will be given a number of home exercises to strengthen the muscles. The medical staff and therapist will teach you proper movements and exercises to do so that your foot and ankle heals properly. Whether you’re recovering at home or in a rehabilitation facility, sit and move the way you were taught by the physical therapist.
Return to activity slowly. Practice walking a little every day and soon you’ll be able to walk without aid. Don’t be surprised if you feel a little stiff at first; it may take a few months for complete recovery. It is very important to keep all your scheduled follow-up visits with your surgeon.