Driving and car travel

How soon you can start to drive depends on many factors: the type of surgery you had, whether your new ankle joint is on your right (i.e. your driving foot) or left side, and what kind of car you drive. Here are some general tips:

  • It’s not a good idea to drive if you don’t feel well or if you are taking prescription medications for pain relief. If you feel unsteady or it’s the first time you are getting into a car, have someone standing by to help you.
  • If you do drive, keep your ankle precautions in mind at all times.
  • Avoid traveling in cars with low bucket seats, or trying to climb into the back seat of a two-door vehicle until you are fully weight-bearing.
  • If you’re traveling as a passenger, a plastic trash bag placed across the car’s back seat helps you slide across more easily.