Ankle and Foot Surgery Rehab Specialists in Orange County

Dr. Cheng,

Bethany from Orange County. I tore my Achilles tendon and I'm scheduled to go in for
ankle surgery in a day or so. Am I going to be normal again after my Achilles tendon
repair surgery? Have you seen good results for people after ankle or foot surgery?

                                                                   Bethany, Fullerton - Orange County


You're going to be normal again. Trust me, you'll be fine.

When you go through ankle or foot surgery, in your case, Achilles tendon repair, you're
going to have swelling, stiffness, pain, and loss range of motion, that's normal. You will be
in a pain for 5-7 days but then it'll get better.  After 6-8 weeks at home and being
non-weight bearing, you will be referred to physical therapy for your ankle and foot surgery

From what I have seen with my patients after ankle or foot surgery, the first week is very
uncomfortable but by the second and third week, most are doing pretty well. So give it
some time. For you, it will be tough the first 8 weeks because you won't be able to put
much weight on your foot. Once the doctor clears you for full weight bearing, things will be

What most people don't realize is that ankle or foot surgery takes a lot longer to heal than
what you would expect. Most of what I have seen is about 6 to 9 months before you actually
feel "normal" again. However, having said that, it doesn't mean you have to be in
excruciating pain everyday. There are a lot of things you can do for your ankle or foot to
make it more comfortable.

One of the things we do is use acupressure to relax the deeper ankle muscles. Once the
muscles are relax, we work on the joints that are stiff, putting them on slack to relax them
and alleviate any tensions in there. We then take you through a series of stabilizing
exercises to help strengthen the ankle and foot muscles so you won't have to compensate
so much with your other leg. That's usually what causes the tightness and stiffness in your
other leg after ankle or foot surgery.

We help ankle and foot surgery patients all the time and it's amazing what the right
treatment can do for you. If you feel you would be more comfortable talking to one of us,
please give us a call and we'll be more than happy to go over all your questions regarding
your surgery.

Dr. Cheng, Garden Grove - Orange County

If you had an ankle or foot surgery and you live in Orange County, please give us a call so
we can help you. Knight Physical Therapy has 2 locations to serve you in Orange County.  

Garden Grove office is only minutes away from Orange, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana,
Westminster, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Tustin, Irvine, and Central Orange County.

We specialize in helping patients get rid of chronic and acute pain after ankle or foot
surgery with our unique treatment approach. We use a combination of acupressure,
deep-tissue massage, stretching, and exercises to help you with your ankle pain.

Call today for an immediate appointment with one of our doctors.

Garden Grove 714-750-4097
Garden Grove Physical
Therapy Office
13341 Garden Grove Blvd, # B
Garden Grove, CA 92843
714-750-4097 Phone


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