A Closer Look At Allografts For Lateral Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
- Volume 23 - Issue 11 - November 2010
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Pertinent Insights On The Post-Op Course
Place the patient in a non-weightbearing compression splint for two weeks. The position of the splint is everted and dorsiflexed. The patient then wears a walking cast for two weeks. Then advance the patient to a walking boot for four weeks. I also recommend a night splint during this period of time. Patients can start range of motion exercises. At eight weeks post-op, the patient can wear a shoe with an ankle brace when walking outside.
Physical therapy can also start at this time. The physical therapist must be aware of the extent of the surgery and not treat this like a typical ankle sprain. Return to sports takes about four months on average. I recommend the use of an ankle brace with return to sports for at least six to nine months.
Dr. Grambart is the foot and ankle surgeon for the Division of Orthopedics at the Carle Clinic Association in Champaign, Ill. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine. Dr. Grambart is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
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