Getting Back to Normal

Living with your new ankle joint
Exercises to speed your recovery

Tips for Everyday Living

Here are some general guidelines about how to carry out common activities after ankle replacement surgery. Your therapist can give you more specific advice based on your overall health, how well you have recovered so far, your weight and height and more.

ImportantIMPORTANT: The information presented here (including videos) is meant to remind you of what you have already learned. Always follow the specific advice of your physical therapistyou’re your surgeon.

Going up and down
Going up and down stairs

Secure your stair railings at home. Limit your stair climbing to one round trip per day if possible and always hold onto the railing to keep your balance.

Sitting down and getting up
Sitting down and getting up

Chairs with arms are ideal for people recovering from joint replacement surgery because they can make it easier to lower and raise yourself in a controlled way.

Getting in and out of bed
Getting in and out of bed

Getting in and out of bed can be difficult while recovering from joint replacement surgery. Take control with these tips.

Having a bath
Having a bath

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling unsteady or anxious about getting in and out of the tub. A walk-in shower may be a better option until you feel more confident.

Having a shower
Having a shower

Things to consider when showering after your surgery.

Using the toilet
Using the toilet

A raised toilet seat with arms can make a huge difference after joint replacement surgery.

Getting dressed
Getting dressed

Stay safe while dressing with these therapist-approved tips.

Driving and car travel
Driving and car travel

Find out when you are road ready after joint replacement surgery.

Going back to work
Going back to work

Have the discussion about “modified” work with your employer.

Putting on shoes and socks
Advice about foot care

Bending to put on socks and shoes after knee or hip replacement surgery can be tricky. Here are some tips from therapists to make sure you stay safe.