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Ankle Surgery Recovery Part 2: Pain and Swelling

Posted by Brooke Williams

DCPPlate-resized-600Once you have ankle surgery, recovering from that surgery will be your main focus and goal.  You will have a lot to manage and it is all very important.  When it comes to managing your pain and swelling, though, especially during the early recovery process, you will want to do the best you can to keep things under control.  Here are a few guidelines to help you manage your pain and swelling when you are recovering from ankle surgery.

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Topics: Ankle, Recovery

Ankle Surgery Recovery Part 1: Discharge and Warning Signs

Posted by Brooke Williams

Ankle Surgery Recovery Part 1: Discharge and Warning SignsBefore your surgery, you made a lot of preparations for the big day.  Once you have the surgery, all of those preparations will pay off and you will enter into a new period…one of recovery.  For the next several weeks, the site of your surgery will heal and you will have to balance y our activities with your rest.  You will want to make sure that you do not push yourself too far and put yourself in too much more pain.  Here are some guidelines to help you understand what will happen while you recover from your ankle surgery.

Discharge from the Hospital

If you do not have to stay overnight, you will likely be discharged anywhere from one to four hours after your surgery is complete.  When you are able to leave will be determined by your doctor and it will all depend on how the surgery went and how you do in the immediate recovery period.  You will go over any instructions you will have for your recovery before you are discharged.  It is a good idea to have someone with you when those instructions are laid out so that you have an extra set of ears.  After surgery, things may still be foggy and you might be concentrating on other things.  When you go through the instructions, you will also likely schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor.  These appointments are very important for the prosperity of your recovery.

Before you are discharged, you will also be given any prescriptions you might need for the recovery process.  You will likely be able to take medications that you took before your surgery as well, with your doctor’s permission.

Be sure that you have someone available to take you home.  You may not be able to drive at all for a certain length of time and, at the very least, you will want someone to help you in and out of the car and into your home.  If you need added therapy, you might enter a facility that can help you with that, but most people recover in their own homes.

Symptoms to Report Immediately

After surgery, once you are at home, you will want to keep a close eye on your ankle to make sure you do not have any bad signs.  Symptoms to report that could mean you have an infection include redness, swelling, a high fever, or drainage around the incision site.  If you have any of these symptoms, you will want to contact your doctor right away.

You may also have decreased circulation to your ankle and foot and signs of that include cold temperatures in the area, paleness, numbness, increased pain or a change in the color of your toenails.  If you have any of those symptoms, you will also want to call your doctor right away.


One of the most important aspects of your recovery is going to be how you get around. Whether you are off your ankle for two weeks or two months, there are going to be things you need to do.  Many surgical centers will send you home with crutches, but there are easier ways to get around.  Goodbye Crutches features three such easier ways including the Hands Free Crutch, the Knee Walker and the Seated Scooter.  Think about your daily life, examine the three options, and choose which one will fit into your life and your recovery the best.  You can order the device in advance so it is ready to use the day you come home.


Ankle Surgery Recovery Part 2:  Pain and Swelling

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Topics: Ankle, Recovery

5 Questions about a Knee Walker Central to your Recovery

Posted by Tom Schwab

5 Questions about a Knee Walker Central to your RecoveryThere is never a good time to be recovering on one foot after a surgery or injury.  You've quickly found that crutches don't fit your needs.  They are often more painful and limiting that the initial surgery.  With them you loose the use of both your hands as you try to balance on one foot.

Someone might have mentioned a knee scooter (also known as a knee walker or roll-about) as a modern option to crutches.  They've provided relief for millions of people, just ensure you ask the right questions to make sure you get relief, not more struggles.

This is a medical device that you will rely upon for your safe recovery.  Make sure the device is not a disposable toy but a device registered with the FDA as required by law and your insurance company.

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Topics: Knee Walker

How to Take Out the Garbage On Crutches

Posted by Brooke Williams

How to Take Out the Garbage On CrutchesThere are many tasks that you will find hard to do if you are in the non-weight bearing mode and stuck on crutches. Some things you will think about before you have your foot or ankle surgery, such as showering, and you will be able to prepare in order to make it as easy as possible. Other things, however, will not even cross your mind until you have to do it. Taking out the garbage, for instance. It happens every week and yet it’s not exactly the most important thing going on in your life. And yet it must be done. Use these tips to learn how to take the garbage out on crutches! Keep in mind that many of these tips were meant to be funny so you may not actually want to try them!!


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Topics: FAQ, Recovery

4 Reasons People Hate Crutches

Posted by Brooke Williams

4 Reasons People Hate CrutchesBeing in the non-weight bearing category of the popular is never going to be an easy thing. If you had an accident or had to have foot or ankle surgery, you might assume that you will be on crutches in order to get around and do the things you need to do. However, you might be surprised to learn that many people who have been in your position and have used crutches actually hate them…with a passion. Here are some of the reasons…


Reason 1: They Slow You Down

Crutches can get you from place to place, but they can also slow you down greatly. You will no longer be able to simply walk where you need to walk at the same pace as always. First, you have to try to get up and get situated and then you have to get a rhythm going. It’s a struggle! You may start to hate your crutches when you realize just how much they slow you down.


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Topics: Recovery


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