Compartment Release Surgery Home Exercise Program
This program is designed to help you return to your normal level of activity. It is a sequence of events that will take away much of the guesswork as to what your activity level should be.
REMEMBER: Pain and swelling are the key. If either is present, you are doing too much, or you are not ready to move onto the next step.
If you have little or no swelling and/or pain
48 hours after surgery
1. Begin active movement. Move your foot and ankle through entire range of motion. Do 1 set of 25 repetitions, four times daily.
- Dorsiflexion – Move the top of your foot toward your leg, stretching the back of the leg.
- Plantarflexion – Move the top of your foot away from your leg, relaxing the back of the leg and stretching the front of the leg.
- Eversion – Move your toes and foot outward at the ankle (away from the centerline of your body).
- INversion – Move your toes and feet toward each other at the ankles.
2. Walk as tolerated.
3. Apply ice to the surgical area 3-4 times daily for 15 minutes per time.
When you have full pain-free range of motion
1. Begin heel cord stretching. Stand facing a wall. Place the palms of your hands on the wall. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly lean forward, keep your heels on the floor until elbows touch the wall. Hold for one minute. Relax for 30 seconds, repeat twice.
If you have questions about these exercises, call the Peripheral Vascular Surgery Clinic at UW Health West Clinic Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at (608) 263-8915 or 1-800-323-8942
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 02/19/2013
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