Going back to work

If you work outside the home, how soon you can return to your job will depend on many factors. These include whether your work is physically demanding, how easy it is to get to and from your job, and whether your employer is willing to discuss what is known as “modified” work. This means you might return and do a different job for awhile, or work fewer hours and/or days until your recovery is complete.  Here are some general tips:

  • Try to ease back into your regular activities to avoid becoming over-stressed physically and mentally. For example, see if you can work from home on some days until you feel stronger.  
  • Once you do return to work, allow yourself the proper time to rest, and make sure you continue to exercise and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Avoid the temptation to overdo and prove you’re back to normal.  Because your new ankle joint isn’t part of your normal anatomy, you may not feel warning signs caused by too much activity. Talk to your doctor/physiotherapist about what is realistic for you.

If you’re self-employed and work at home, it may be easier to return to your responsibilities. But don’t expect too much from yourself right away. For the first six months you are still recovering from the stresses of surgery and rehabilitation, so pace yourself. Do what’s most important and try not to take on too much too soon.