What to Expect During Recovery From a Foot or Ankle Injury
No matter how seemingly minor the injury may be, a foot or ankle injury can significantly impact your daily life. Your injury can cause a lot of frustration if it feels like the pain will never go away.
Tips for recovery after a foot or ankle injury
- Reduce swelling: To help reduce swelling, elevate your injured leg above your heart. Swelling might be present no matter your foot or ankle injury. Don’t forget to ice your injury several times throughout the day for up to 20 minutes.
- Don’t resume normal activity too soon: It’s very easy to re-injury yourself if you return to normal activity too soon. Speak with your doctor on when you can resume normal activities.
- Expect difficulty: Don’t be afraid to ask someone for help driving you places; it’s not easy to move around with a foot or ankle injury. If you need to use crutches, have someone help you move items in your home so you can easily move around without the risk of falling.
- Do foot and ankle strengthening exercises: Rehabilitation is very important in helping reduce the risk of re-injury when you return to normal activities. Make sure to follow your doctor or physical therapists’ exercises for foot and ankle strengthening.
Common foot and ankle injury recovery questions
How long should it take for a sprained ankle to heal?
A sprained ankle is a very common injury and will often start to feel better within a few days to a week and resolve completely by six weeks. If the sprain is severe, it may take weeks or a few months to recover fully.
How long does it take to recover from a fractured ankle (broken ankle)?
Broken bones usually take six to 12 weeks to heal. Ligaments and tendons can take longer to heal after a fracture is fully mended. Most people can resume their normal daily routine within three to four months after breaking an ankle, but it may take as long as two years to recover motion and strength completely.
How long is the recovery period after ankle surgery?
It will take at least six weeks for your bones to heal; however, everybody heals at their own pace. If you’ve also torn ligaments or tendons, the healing time will be longer.
Speak with an Orthopedic Specialist Today
Are you suffering from a recent injury? Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists today to start your healing journey. OrthoArizona has nearly two dozen offices throughout the Valley, each focused on quality care, compassion, and excellent customer service. Since 1994, OrthoArizona has been dedicated to compassionate care of the highest quality.
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational, medical material.