You will be encouraged to walk with the help of physiotherapists as soon as possible after surgery, but there may be an initial period non-weight bearing which will mean crutches or a walking frame.
Swelling is quite common after foot and ankle surgery and this is best managed by elevating the foot at regular intervals. You are advised to elevate the operated foot/ankle on a pillow every night and during the day on three separate occasions, e.g. 11am, 3pm and 6pm for about one hour each time. The above measures will help to reduce swelling of the ankle. These instructions should be followed for at least 2-3 weeks.
Your wound dressing will be changed and stitches removed (if applicable) at the clinic during your follow up appointment, which is usually 10-14 days after the operation.
After the wound check, you will usually be allowed to increase the amount of weight bearing, if the surgical wound is healing well. A walker boot is usually used until 6 weeks post-operatively.
You are advised not to fly after surgery for about 6 weeks. Driving an automatic car is usually possible after 2-3 weeks with a left TAR, otherwise driving is not permitted until at least 6-8 weeks. You may return to an office-type job at 2-3 weeks, but if prolonged standing is required a 2-3 months absence may be required.