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Ankle Surgery

Liverpool Physio are experts at creating specialised and graduated rehabilitation programmes for all age ranges following ankle surgery.

There are many reasons why ankle surgery might be required but whatever the cause our expert physiotherapists are able to promote your prompt recovery in a safe and supportive environment ensuring your personal goals are met.

Soft tissue friction massage of the ankle ligamentsAbove: Soft tissue friction massage of the ankle ligaments

Aims of ankle surgery

Ankle surgery may be necessary for a variety of reasons and the overall general aims of surgery may include:
  • Greater stability
  • Pain reduction
  • Greater joint range of movement
  • Repair of injury following trauma
  • Enhanced function
A graduated return to sport may also be your aim and can be advised by your physiotherapist as the above goals are achieved.

Types of ankle surgery

Surgical teams are able to help you to achieve these benefits through a range of types of surgery. Our physiotherapists are familiar with many different types of surgery including:
  • Peroneal tendon surgery
  • Achilles repair
  • Ankle arthroscopy
  • Achilles lengthening
  • Ligament reconstruction ? ATFL repair
  • Ankle replacement
  • ORIF talus
  • Ankle fusion
  • Mobilisation under anaesthetic (MUA)
  • ORIF ankle
Our physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio assess and treat patients following any type of ankle surgery, to get you back to normal as quickly as possible.

How can physiotherapy help following ankle surgery?

Physiotherapy following ankle surgery is extremely important to promote healing and to ensure that your ankle can function as well as possible, thereby maximising the success of the surgery. The general benefits of physiotherapy include:
  • Reduction of pain
  • Increased range of movement
  • Enhanced stability
  • Greater strength
  • Promotion of independence and function
  • Reduction in swelling
  • Accelerated return to activities and sports
These benefits are made possible through the dedication of our motivated physiotherapists who are here to make your recovery as fast as possible whilst taking into account your own personal goals and needs.

What does physiotherapy treatment involve following ankle surgery?

Physiotherapy treatment following ankle surgery makes use of a variety of treatment techniques available and depends on the type of surgery you have had and other factors such as your goals and physical fitness. Treatment methods may include:
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Stretching and strengthening work
  • Electrotherapy
  • Taping for increased proprioception and support
  • Balance exercises
  • Gait assessment
  • Advice regarding any necessary assistive devices
  • Home exercise programmes
  • Sports specific drills

Mobilisations and stretches applied to the connective tissues in the ankleAbove: Mobilisations and stretches applied to the connective tissues in the ankle

A combination of these techniques will be chosen after a thorough assessment and consideration of your own goals whether these include basic daily tasks such as climbing the stairs or more demanding activities such as sports.

All programmes are graduated to allow your ankle to recover whilst challenging it in a safe and supportive environment.


A period of rehabilitation is always required following ankle surgery to ensure effective healing and to make sure that your ankle can cope with all the activities you enjoy going forward. Participation in a treatment programme with the physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio ensures that you can get the most from your surgery and that the chances of future problems are much reduced.

Mobilisations and stretches applied to the connective tissues in the ankleAbove: Mobilisations and stretches applied to the connective tissues in the ankle

If you would like to book an appointment please contact our friendly team at or call us on 0151 558 0077.

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