Role of physiotherapy in ankle joint restoration

An individual with a twisted ankle

Our ankles are an essential part of our mobility and the stability of our legs. Injuries to these joints can often be painful and are almost always debilitating, even if only in the short term. This fact makes caring for ankle injuries quickly and effectively essential to our lasting mobility and quality of life. When treated properly, restoring normal functioning to our ankles is often possible. That’s why you want to ensure experts like the Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration team are providing your ankle restoration care. Physiotherapy is essential to your recovery as it helps ensure the joint strengthens and heals properly.

Ankle Joint Restoration and The Importance Of Physiotherapy

Once the initial procedure to restore the health and stability of your ankle joint is complete, it’s time to focus on your recovery. Physiotherapy is critical, allowing your joints to strengthen and heal slowly. When guided by a professional physiotherapist, it’s often possible to restore the full mobility, flexibility, and strength of the ankle joint following treatment for an injury. The physiotherapeutic process often involves several steps and techniques, each ensuring a full, healthy recovery. Exercises stretches, and manual therapy is common treatments you’ll receive. However, electrical stimulation and temperature therapy (both hot and cold) may be called for to help you achieve the best possible recovery.

Physiotherapy is often used to help those recovering from:

  • Fractures
  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Ankle arthritis
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Ankle sprains or strains
  • Other degenerative joint conditions

When guided by a trained professional, those undergoing physiotherapy have greatly improved chances of a full recovery. Physiotherapy treatment requires personalized treatment plans targeting the specific needs of the patient. These plans can help reduce inflammation and pain, improve range of motion, retrain normal movement patterns, enhance balance, and strengthen the muscles around the ankle joint.

Those just starting on their physiotherapy journey will first undergo a consultation. During this consultation, you’ll be asked a variety of questions, including:

  • When did your condition begin?
  • What makes your symptoms worse? What makes them better?
  • What treatments are you currently receiving for this condition?
  • What do you hope you will achieve through physiotherapy?

In addition, they’ll go over your medical history and collect information about any medications you may currently be taking. You’ll design a treatment plan with your physiotherapist to help you rebuild strength and mobility on the road to a full recovery.

Our Team Is Here To Help In Your Recovery

Recovering from an ankle injury requires maintaining a firm adherence to the recovery plan put in place by our team. These steps will help protect your ankle and ensure that it has time to recover while building strength and stability properly. You can contact our Menlo Park, CA offices to learn more about our physiotherapeutic care options. You can also call and speak to our staff at (510) 818-7200 to arrange an appointment or ask more questions about treatments like this.


Dr. John Dearborn - Dearborn & Associates

Dr. John Dearborn is a top-performing orthopedic surgeon in the Bay Area and Northern California. Dearborn & Associates Institute for Joint Restoration’s narrow focus and high volume, yields a wealth of clinical experience in the field. Dr. Dearborn and his team have performed over 16,000 successful joint replacement procedures in the last 20+ years.