Afterwards, your ankle will be placed in a plaster cast and will not be able to bear any weight for the first 10 days. Crutches will be provided and you will be taught how to use them by a physiotherapist. Your first clinic appointment will be 10 days after surgery when the sutures will be removed and a new cast will be applied. You will normally be allowed to bear your weight through the cast at that time. Four to six weeks later the cast will be removed and you will be fitted with a removable ‘Moonboot’ to support the ankle joint and aid recovery.
You will need to use this boot when mobilising for the next 4-6 weeks, but can take it off in bed or when sitting. This allows you to bathe more easily and start moving the other joints around the ankle.
Although the fusion will be ‘solid’ at three months from the time of surgery, it usually takes up to a year to reach the final result.