I’m not answering; I’m asking the same question. I had ankle fusion surgery 2 years ago; I no longer have a surgeon or a physical therapist. The bone should now be fully fused, so there is no longer any risk that exercises will wreck the surgery, but it is very difficult to come up with exercises that will stretch the muscle in that calf because the ankle doesn’t bend much. All of the people that answered the question just say to consult the surgeon or the physical therapist. Does anyone have any other ideas?
I’m having the same problem I have no movement what so ever in my ankle, and what makes it worse is my surgeon was in an accident and broke both his arms, I have asked for physical therapy and been told it’s no good for me. 12 weeks later I still can’t walk because of the pain. I try to massage my calf muscle to stop it seizing up all together. Good luck to you and hope you can share what treatment you do get
There are a couple of questions that need to be answered first. Is there any mobility at all left at the ankle? Why did the client need this surgery? Has there been physical therapy? What were the results of any therapy? Is there pain in the ankle? Are other joints being affected and if so, how?
I know this question was asked a long time ago. If you are still getting emails on this question, get back to us on how things are going. And let us know about your experience with this and what worked/didn’t work, etc.
Its great to think about your recovery. If you haven’t already had the surgery, that’s a great question to ask your physician, orthopedist, podiatrist, etc. They will usually have an aftercare plan for you to follow and can recommend many more exercises than we could that are specific to you, your surgery and your case. They should also have a rehabilitation plan that you will follow to maintain your current fitness level that will include a specific amount of work with a physical therapist or exercise physiologist.
These are great questions to ask! And I commend you for thinking about this prior to your surgery! I hope it all works out well for you,
I’d be concerned, too! But I’d also be concerned about the safest, most effective ways of managing my ankle post-surgery.
Have you already had the surgery?
-If so, did your doctors not recommend physical therapy?
-If not, are you able to do any “pre-hab” for your ankle? (AKA exercises/movements that will hopefully help set you up for an easier time with your re-hab after the surgery)