How high should I elevate my foot after ankle surgery?
Elevate the foot/ankle above the level of the heart, using several pillows, for at least 14 days after surgery. Do not place pillows directly behind the knee. Elevation for 30 minutes every 2 hours is a good initial recommendation.
How long should I keep my foot elevated?
Keeping your foot raised helps decrease pain and swelling. When you elevate your ankle, try to keep it at the level of your heart. Lying on a couch with pillows under your foot is better than sitting in a chair with your foot on a footstool. Try to keep your foot elevated for 2 to 3 hours a day.
How long are you non weight bearing after ankle surgery?
Weight-Bearing: You will not put weight on the affected leg for 6 to 8 weeks after surgery (non-weight-bearing). Physical Therapy: You will start physical therapy 6 to 8 weeks after surgery.
Should I wiggle my toes after ankle surgery?
After 72 hours
Within the next few days try using Tyle- nol to help wean you off the prescription drugs. Unless you have had toe surgery we suggest that you wiggle your toes for 15 seconds and rest for 15 seconds. Do this for four minutes.
Can you elevate your foot too much?
It is possible that you can elevate an injury too much. For instance, you can physically raise the injured body part too high. You can also elevate your injury for too much time every day.
How long should I elevate my legs to reduce swelling?
The more the swelling and the longer there has been swelling, the longer and more frequently your need to elevate your legs. Start with 20 minutes twice a day. This might do the trick. If not, go to 30 minutes or even an hour.
How long should a broken ankle be elevated?
Keep your ankle elevated above heart level as much as possible for the first five days, then as needed when symptomatic for up to two weeks. This will prevent painful swelling and promote healing.
Can I sleep on my side after ankle surgery?
You can sleep comfortably and safety on your side, as long as a pillow or other support is between your knees. Other sleep positions are not recommended and are potentially dangerous because they can require you to twist your legs and cause dislocation.
How long should I keep my legs up?
Keep them up for at least 15 minutes.
The longer, the better, but if all you can squeeze in is 15 minutes 3 times a day, then do it.
Does elevating legs increase blood flow?
When you elevate your legs, ideally at or above heart level, it helps keep the blood from pooling in your lower legs and improves blood flow to the rest of your body.