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Rehabilitation following ankle surgery or injury

We can help you regain your strength and mobility in our state-of-the-art rehabilitation centre in Birmingham

If you’ve recently had an injury or operation to your ankle, we know you’ll probably feel quite anxious and concerned about regaining strength and movement in it.

You’ll want to know that you’re going to get the support you need to help your ankle recover and to get back your independence as fully and quickly as possible.

At Circle Rehabilitation in Birmingham, we’re here to support you both physically and emotionally, and to help you regain your independence following an injury or operation on your ankle.

Our rehabilitation programmes are medically-led - your care and rehabilitation is overseen by one of our specialist rehabilitation consultants and physicians.

We offer residential physiotherapy/rehabilitation courses, with comfortable and spacious on-site accommodation, as well as seeing outpatients for day sessions.

Our purpose-built rehabilitation centre in Birmingham offers world-class care, state-of-the-art facilities and an expert team of dedicated healthcare professionals.

The most common ankle injury is a sprain involving the ligaments and bones in the ankle. This might be the result of a sports injury, but is also known to happen when people are running for a train or down the stairs, or could happen if you catch yourself on the kerb (especially if you’re wearing high heels).

Ankle sprains are common in all ages, though elderly people with reduced balanced and mobility may be particularly susceptible.

Other common ankle injuries and other conditions that could benefit from rehabilitation with Circle include torn muscles, overstressed tendons, ongoing ankle instability, and ankle fractures.

At Circle Rehabilitation, we specialise in ankle physiotherapy and post-operative rehabilitation for ankle surgery, helping people get back on their feet after procedures including ankle impingement surgery, ankle fusion surgery and lateral ankle stabilisation surgery.

The first task in rehabilitating an injured ankle is to try and get the swelling down, which is done at Circle Rehabilitation with a Game Ready cold compression pack, widely used in professional sports.

A cuff is placed around your joint and pumped full of a mixture of water and ice; at the same time, it provides a pulsing compression to take fluid away from the joint. Then, your physiotherapist will manipulate your ankle to try and get movement into the joint.

Circle Rehabilitation has a suite of state-of-the-art machines in Reading and Birmingham, for treatment and exercise, unique in the UK outside specialist facilities for members of the armed forces, police officers and sports professionals.

If you’re walking with a limp because of an ankle injury, sessions on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill could help you to get back to a normal walking pattern.

The machine creates a vacuum, removing up to 80% of a user’s bodyweight, allowing them to exercise for longer and harder than they could unaided, and without risk of injury. As the swelling goes down, patients can use the Biodex balance system, which assesses ankle stability and balance on a dynamic footplate with gameified exercises.

For sports enthusiasts with ankle injuries, we might suggest biometrics to assess your movement, and muscle isokinetic testing on the sophisticated Biodex System 4 to evaluate your strength as you return to sport and exercise.

Our therapists can perform ankle taping to provide stability and pain relief and we can provide ankle orthotics and braces for support. We have gym equipment such as Bosu balls and AIREX cushions to help patients strengthen their calf muscles and feet.

With its holistic approach and multidisciplinary, experienced team, Circle Rehabilitation offers the advantage of ongoing rehabilitation with frequent assessments, so that our patients with ankle conditions can see the change in their condition over time.

The range of equipment and opportunity for barrier-pushing exercises both enables a quicker recovery and makes for a stronger ankle in the long run.

Ankle stabilisation surgery can strengthen the ligaments that support the outside of the ankle in patients who sprain or turn their ankle regularly in spite of trying adequate physiotherapy.

At Circle Rehabilitation, we are well-equipped to help you accelerate your recovery after this type of surgery.

The first phase of your recovery will be focused on managing your pain and reducing swelling. Your lower leg will be placed in a plaster and you will be provided with elbow crutches and be instructed to take no weight or partial weight through your operated leg for at least two weeks after surgery. Throughout this time, it is advisable to elevate your lower leg regularly to help reduce swelling.

For most people, after two weeks the plaster will be removed, you will be able to take full weight on your operated ankle, and your ankle will be placed in a softer ankle/foot brace to limit movement.

The second phase of your recovery will focus on enabling you to be able to walk with a more normal gait pattern, wean off your ankle brace as quickly as possible, and strengthen your ankle and foot muscles.

For this, your physiotherapist will prescribe exercises to target each of your ankle/foot muscles, with particular emphasis on strengthening your peroneal muscles and tendons. As your strength improves, your physiotherapist will advise you on some weight bearing strengthening and balance exercises to further improve the stability of your ankle and support your lateral ligament complex.

Over this period, stretching exercises of your ankle joint into dorsiflexion (foot up position) will also be encouraged to prevent any longer-term stiffness developing (which can limit function).

The third phase will begin once your walking pattern has normalised and you have enough strength and stability to begin more complex movements and impact work. You will typically start off with light impact work such as jogging on the treadmill and exercises for ankle strength such as squats, lunges and heel raises.

Your physiotherapist will guide you but, under normal circumstances, once the strength of your operated leg is equal to your non-operated leg, you’ll be able to start activity- or sports- specific ankle rehabilitation exercises.

Remember, recovery is a journey - but Circle Rehabilitation can help you on that path. A normal time frame for a full return to sports after a lateral ankle stabilisation is nine months.

Often, the right rehabilitation after an ankle operation or injury can make a real difference to the extent of your recovery and long-term function.

Although some people will recover quickly from an ankle injury or operation, some will need more intense therapy and support to help them regain their independence.

If you’ve recently had an operation or injury to your ankle and are now finding yourself struggling to weight bear without problem, or finding it difficult to get your sense of balance back, effective and focused ankle rehab can be a major factor in helping you to adjust, adapt, recover and regain a level of independence for yourself.

Starting your ankle rehabilitation at Circle Rehabilitation as soon possible after an injury or operation (once you doctor is happy that clinical stability has been achieved), it can help to lower the risk of further complications and improve the chance of restoring full function.

At Circle Rehabilitation, our two priorities with your ankle rehabilitation are to:

  • Provide you with the best combination of specialised ankle therapies possible to ensure you get your ankle strength and mobility back quickly
  • To support you emotionally and physically through the rehabilitation process, and to encourage you to achieve the best recovery of your ankle function possible

While many people who have an operation or injury to the ankle can recover fairly quickly, sometime more intensive therapy will be required to help to regain lost strength and mobility.

This rehabilitation can involve physiotherapy, exercise and the use of specialised therapeutic equipment.

Unfortunately, though, due to the ever-increasing demand on resources in the healthcare system, many people who require it can find themselves waiting days or weeks to receive any form of ankle rehabilitation. This means days or weeks of debilitating ankle pain and reduced mobility that could have been avoided.

Our rehabilitation centres in Reading and Birmingham provide world-class ankle recovery programmes in a purpose-designed environment, with no waiting lists.

Our rehabilitation centres were designed with just one aim in mind: to give people like you their independence back following an ankle injury or operation as quickly as possible.

We offer intense and personalised help with ankle recovery that goes far beyond what many rehabilitation centres are able to offer their patients.

Our highly specialised and experienced multidisciplinary team will work with you (and anyone who is helping to support you) to ensure you receive the level of help and support you need, all based on best practice and the latest research and medical knowledge in ankle rehabilitation.

Circle Rehabilitation offers you full support in a comfortable, friendly and relaxed environment. When you visit with us, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the state-of-the-art facilities we offer and the luxurious environment you’ll be in. From the tasty and nutritious meals through to the spacious rooms available you’ll be well looked after from the moment you walk in the main entrance.

If you’re experiencing problems with your ankle following recent surgery, get in touch with Circle Rehabilitation today to see how we can help you.

For a no-obligation chat about your options, or to book an initial assessment, call the Circle Rehabilitation team on 0121 820 5700 or email [email protected]

Once we’ve spoken with you, your case will be reviewed by one of our specialist ankle consultants who will be able to assess your requirements. We deal with all enquiries quickly, as we know how important your ankle rehabilitation is for you.

If we think we’ll be able to help you with your ankle rehabilitation, we’ll be in touch to arrange a meeting with you. This can be done at one of our Rehabilitation Centres if you live nearby and are able to travel, or alternatively we can visit you at home. If you live a significant distance from our centres, we can carry out our initial assessment over the phone instead.

Circle Rehabilitation, Birmingham is ideally placed in the West Midlands for people in Birmingham, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Stoke, Shrewsbury, Worcester and beyond. 

People travel to us from all over the UK to benefit from the amazing level of care and support we can offer. You don’t have to be living near one of our Rehab Centres to benefit from our facilities, as we offer high quality on-site accommodation.

At Circle Rehabilitation, our team will devise an individual treatment plan for you, including up to three hours of personal therapy a day.

Having visited with you (or talked with you on the phone), we’ll draw up a comprehensive plan for your ankle rehabilitation. This will be tailored specifically to you and based on your requirements and what the best possible treatment and rehabilitation therapy would be for you.

We offer state of the art equipment, ample therapy space and care from a highly experienced team of therapists who are led by a rehabilitation consultant.

Your treatment plan is adjusted every day based on how you’re progressing. We measure your progress daily and can adapt the treatment plan as required.

We know that everyone is different and so we’ll make sure that your treatment plan is:

  • tailored just for you
  • based on up-to-date best practice knowledge
  • reviewed daily to ensure you’re making the progress you should be

Circle Rehabilitation offers a variety of treatments, from sports physiotherapy to acupuncture, hydrotherapy to gait analysis.

The duration of your ankle rehabilitation will depend on the nature and severity of your ankle problem. As a very general guide, at Circle Rehabilitation we tend to have people stay with us for their ankle rehabilitation for anything between 3 nights to 14 nights, although this does vary as everyone is different.

Our model of rehabilitation aims to provide treatment that is both cost-effective and tailored to an individual’s requirements, rather than being based on the “one-size-fits-all” approach that is sadly all too common nowadays because of pressures on healthcare resources.

This rehabilitation model shifts the role of patients and their families from passive recipients of care to active participants and can enable patients to move back to an independent life as soon as possible. We carefully select rehabilitation technology and equipment, including:

  • Anti-gravity treadmill: can help to shorten recovery time, improve mobility and reduce injury
  • Biodex Balance System 3D: this helps to increase balance and agility
  • Hi-Tech Hydro Physio: this can help relieve joint and muscle pain and increase your range of motion
  • Biodex System 4: this measures the control and strength of isolated muscle groups
  • Shockwave Therapy: this is used to stimulate healing of muscles
  • LiteGait: this enables partial weight-bearing rehabilitation

When you have your ankle rehabilitation with us, you’ll benefit from our team of highly specialised and skilled physicians. They work together to ensure you’ll receive the best care, treatment and support possible.

For example, we often find that family members can benefit hugely from talking with our specialist clinical psychologist. Recovering from a ankle injury or operation can be challenging for everyone involved, and family members often find that being able to talk with someone about the unique pressures they’re facing is really helpful.

At Circle Rehabilitation in Birmingham, we’re not just here for you. We’re here to support you family as well while we all work towards your ankle rehabilitation and getting your independence back.

Everything we do – whether with our state-of-the-art equipment and technology or through focused individual time with one of our physiotherapists – is directed to giving you back your independence as fully and as quickly as possible.

If you are struggling to regain strength and mobility in your ankle after a recent accident or operation why not have your ankle rehabilitation from the very best specialists, in the very finest purpose-built rehabilitation centre and with the very best possible care?