Ankle surgery can be a useful treatment method in a variety of patient situations. Whatever the scenario, it’s always a good idea to work with a skilled physical therapist after an ankle surgery operation. In this article, we are going to talk about the importance of physical therapy after ankle surgery, particularly how physical rehab can help get you back on your feet after a surgical procedure.
Ankle surgery comes in many forms. The specific procedure used will depend on your unique situation. Here are a few situations that may require ankle surgery:
- Acute Trauma (Sports Injuries, Car Accident Injuries, etc.)
- Achilles Tendon Tears or Injuries
- Ankle Instability
- Ankle Fractures
The Importance of Physical Therapy After Surgery
Physical therapy is a recommended course of treatment after most surgeries and ankle surgery is no different. In the days and weeks following your ankle surgery, your ankle and foot will likely be sore, and your mobility decreased. This happens for a few reasons. First, your body needs to heal from the surgical trauma (primarily the incisions). Second, your body needs to get used to your post-surgical ankle. Perhaps the surgery involved hardware insertion. Your body needs to adapt to these changes. Physical therapy can be a huge help in expediting this process. Targeted exercises and stretches can help your body adapt and recover more quickly – reducing pain and increasing range-of-motion in the process.
Minneapolis Ankle Physical Therapists
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our Twin Cities physical therapists have decades of experience helping patients throughout the state of Minnesota. We offer direct access to physical rehab. That means you can set up an appointment with us even if you don’t have a referral or a prescription. We also have existing referral relationships with more than 600 physicians. Whether you’ve just had surgery, been in an accident, or have another condition that’s preventing motion – physical therapy can help. Contact our physical therapists today at our Edina or Minneapolis clinics to set up your appointment.