If you have ever played the game never have I ever you know that you hold five fingers up and go around a circle of people, and say something you have never done before. I always had a go to ‘never have I ever’ which was, never have I ever broken a bone. Until now.
In January 2023 our company had our National Sales Meeting in beautiful Denver, CO. After our sales meeting, a group of us all decided to stay after and enjoy some fun in the snow out in Breckenridge. It snowed almost everyday that we were there. We did all the snow activities and had an absoulte blast together. Not many people can say that they would want to hang out with their coworkers on vacation, but our company is just different.
Fast forward to the last day of the trip I was snowboarding and taking advantage of all the fresh pow, when all of a sudden I slipped and fell while I was waiting in the chair lift line. You read that right, I was just standing there and fell, and yes I wish I had a better story. I felt a ‘pop’ and instantly said, “I think I just broke my ankle.”
I broke my ankle while standing in line so bad that it required a metal plate and seven screws. It felt ,ike it all happened so fast it was hard to process the recovery and healing part of everything. I quickly learned ankle surgery recovery takes time, and while recovery is unavoidable, there are steps you may take to speed up the process. During your ankle surgery recovery, be patient and follow these tips:
1. REST YOUR ANKLE
For some people, especially athletes, this is one of the most challenging things to do, but getting plenty of rest in the days following ankle surgery can improve the healing process. Your body heals a lot while you sleep, and by staying in bed with your ankle elevated, you can lessen the stress you impose on the healing tissues.
2. APPLY CRYOTHERAPY
Completing a cycle of cryotherapy sessions can help speed up the body’s natural healing process and reduce pain and swelling after surgery. In addition, cold therapy reduces blood flow to an injured location, reducing pain, inflammation, swelling, blood loss, and narcotic use after.
3. ELEVATE YOUR FOOT
The more you elevate your foot, the less discomfort and swelling you will experience. You may have throbbing pain, and the bandages may feel tight if you are not elevated. Above the heart, elevation is crucial. Place two cushions beneath the foot when lying down; this should be enough to lift the foot above the heart. When you are not on your foot or ankle, it is critical to keep it elevated. You should keep it elevated for at least 48-72 hours if possible.
4. PERFORM GENTLE ANKLE MOTIONS
Swelling is expected after ankle surgery, but it can be reduced with early gentle mobility. The more you can move your ankle following surgery, the better your general circulation and blood flow returning to the heart will be.
5. USE COMPRESSION THERAPY
Because it helps reduce swelling and sends newly oxygenated blood to the healing tissues, compression is vital for speeding up ankle surgery recovery. Compression therapy involves applying light pressure to the leg with compression socks, stockings, or bandages. Compression boots are becoming increasingly popular because they frequently produce the most pronounced effects.