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    Post-operative (after surgery) exercises for the ankle and foot

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    Ankle/foot - resisted plantar flexion

     

    resisted plantar flexion 

    • With tubing around foot, press foot down.
    • Repeat 30 times.
    • Do 2 sessions per day.

    Ankle/foot - resisted eversion

    resisted eversion 

    • With tubing anchored around uninvolved foot, slowly turn involved foot outward.
    • Repeat 30 times.
    • Do 2 sessions per day.

    Ankle/foot - resisted dorsiflexion

    resisted dorsiflexion 

    • With tubing anchored in doorjamb, pull foot toward face.
    • Return slowly to starting position.
    • Relax.
    • Repeat 30 times.
    • Do 2 sessions per day

    Ankle/foot - resisted inversion

    shoulder range of motion 

    • Cross legs with involved ankle underneath.
    • With tubing anchored around uninvolved foot, slowly turn involved foot inward.
    • Repeat 30 times.
    • Do 2 sessions per day.

    Instructions

    • Perform one session of these exercises in the morning and one in the afternoon/evening
    • Apply ice to the injured body part for 15-20 minutes after these exercises.
    • Exercises should be somewhat challenging: If too easy - increase tension on tubing. If too difficult - decrease tension.
    • If any of these exercises cause pain/ stop performing them and contact our office.
    • Rubber tubing may be purchased inexpensively at most physical therapy places.

    This information is not intended to replace specific instructions from your physician. 

    Check with your doctor to make sure these instructions apply to your case. 



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