So you’re considering foot or ankle surgery, and your foot and ankle specialist has said you’ll need to be non-weightbearing for a period of weeks after your procedure. What does non-weightbearing mean, and what options do you have for getting around?
How to Be Non-Weightbearing After Surgery
How to Care for a Sprained Ankle
Ankle sprains are common, so it’s good to know what to do if you or a family member sprains an ankle. An important part of gaining this knowledge is knowing what to do and what not to do while the ankle is healing. Click the button below to find out the best way to care for a sprained ankle, including the three phases of rehabilitation.
How to Decide If You Need to See a Foot and Ankle Specialist
Sometimes, it can be hard to know when you should see a doctor. As a general rule, if you have a problem that seems to be getting worse instead of getting better, you should see a doctor—and if you believe you have an infection, you should see a doctor immediately. Click the button below to access a detailed checklist that can help you determine when you should see a foot or ankle specialist for your health issue.
How to Get Back Into Shape After an Injury
When recovering from a foot or ankle injury, it is important to follow proper care guidelines provided by a doctor. However, recovering doesn’t necessarily mean you need to stop exercising altogether, and in fact, exercise is an important component that can aid in recovery. Click the button below to learn more about how to get back into shape after a foot or ankle injury.
How to Identify an Ankle Fracture
To understand if an ankle is fractured (broken), it helps not only to know the symptoms but also to understand how the bones, muscles, and other soft tissues work together. Click the button below to learn more about the anatomy of the ankle as well as signs that indicate it may be broken.
How to Prepare for Foot or Ankle Surgery: Part I
If you will be having foot or ankle surgery, you can contribute to a successful outcome by being well-prepared long before the day of surgery actually arrives. This includes stopping certain medications, obtaining any devices you’ll need while you heal, like crutches or a walker, and more. Click the button below for expert advice about the things you need to consider or address prior to your surgery.
How to Prepare for Foot or Ankle Surgery: Part II
What will happen on the day of your foot or ankle surgery? What documents do you need to bring with you? What should you wear and when should you arrive? Even if your doctor has provided basic information, it can be helpful and put you at ease to review the steps so you’ll know what to expect. Click the button below for information about preparing for the day of surgery.
How to Prepare for Foot or Ankle Surgery: Part III
Part of preparing for foot or ankle surgery includes knowing what recovery will be like in the hours and days immediately after your surgery. Click the button below for tips on how to prepare your home for your return, how to bathe after surgery, how to prepare foods in advance, including good food choices, and more.
How to Strengthen Your Ankle After a Sprain
After an ankle sprain, most people hope to recover as quickly as possible. One way to help make this happen is by resting the ankle and elevating it whenever possible. However, performing strengthening exercises is just as important. Click the button below for a series of ankle-strengthening exercises you can do at home.
How to Stretch Your Ankle After a Sprain
Helping a sprained ankle heal requires caring for it in different ways. One of these care methods is stretching, since it will help restore the ankle’s range of motion and help you get back on your feet faster. Click the button below for a stretching routine you can perform at home, after the initial pain and swelling from the injury has subsided.