This protocol provides you with general guidelines for initial stage and progression of rehabilitation according to specified time frames, related tissue tolerance and directional preference of movement. Specific changes in the program will be made by the physician as appropriate for the individual patient.

****Please fax initial assessment and subsequent progress notes directly to IBJI at 847-234-2090***

REMEMBER: It can take up to a year to make a full recovery, and it is not unusual to have intermittent pains and aches during that time!  Swelling may be on-going for 6 months following surgery.

Recovery at a glance:

  • No casting during recovery
  • Non-weight bearing 4 weeks in a boot, followed by 2 weeks of protected weight bearing in a boot.
  • At 6 weeks progression to regular shoe wear
  • At 8 weeks progression to sports specific strengthening and return to 

activity as tolerated

Detailed recovery / rehabilitation protocol:
Phase I: Week 1-2


  • Control pain and swelling
  • ADL (activities of daily living)
  • Non weight bearing crutches /knee-walker


  • NWB (non weightbearing)
  • Elevate to control swelling
  • AROM hip and knee
  • Sutures removed 14 days

Phase II: Week 4-6 


  • Normal gait
  • Strength motion restoration


  • Progressive wt bearing in boot or regular shoe based upon surgeon recommendation
  • Strengthening and ROM ankle

Phase III: Week 6-10


  • Full ROM (range of motion)
  • Full strength and endurance
  • Good proprioception


  • Wean from boot as tolerated
  • Massage for edema
  • AROM (active range of motion) and PROM (passive) in all directions:
  • Gait retraining
    Manual mobilization if required
  • Progress to WB exercises
  • Single heel rises
  • Proprioception retraining
  • Dynamic training: hopping skipping running
  • Progress to plyometrics

Phase IV: Week 10 +


  • Return to work +/or activity


  • Full activity as tolerated
  • Work or sport specific retraining

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