One or both tendons on the outside of the foot and ankle has torn or stretched out.
These tendons are responsible for preventing the ankle from “rolling”.
When the tendon degenerates the ankle loses its support.
In patients with particularly high arches, in order to protect the repaired tendon(s) and to prevent reinjury, the heel bone and/or other bones may have to be realigned at the same time (procedures such as calcaneus osteotomy, 1st metatarsal osteotomy, etc)
You will not be walking on the leg for between 2 and 6 weeks depending on the added procedures done, since the timing of walking depends on what exactly is done at surgery.
In order to stay off your foot, you will need to use crutches, a walker, a wheelchair or a knee scooter.
There will be a splint applied to the leg for two weeks after surgery.
Your first follow up visit will be at approximately 2 weeks.
We will usually apply a removable boot for you to wear at this timeIf the surgery is on your left ankle, you should be able to drive an automatic vehicle at two weeks. If the surgery is on the right foot, you may drive between 3 and 4 weeks.
You may begin to walk with the boot at about 2 weeks, depending uponyour level of discomfort, and the instructions given to you.
Physical therapy is very helpful to regain the strength and movement of the ankle. You should plan to use a physical therapist for about 1-2 months.
There will be moderate swelling of the foot, ankle and leg for about 6 months.
You will continue to improve your strength and movement for about 9-12 months after the surgery.
You can expect to have some soreness and aching for about 4-6 months after surgery.