I had my first PT session this morning, three weeks to the day of my surgery. Not a whole lot to speak of, mostly just teaching me the exercises i can do. They measured my active dorsiflexion at minus 16 degrees and active plantarflexion at 28 degrees so my range of motion is pretty limited. How does that compare to where many of you have been at 3 weeks post op?
They had me do a few sets of circumduction (20 reps/set) both clockwise and counterclockwise, movement was very, very slow as i hadn’t worked anything other than plantar/dorisflexion on my own. Next was isometric inversion/eversion which felt good. I could really feel stiffness/soreness in my ankle ligaments on the inversion. After that was a set of toe curls pulling a towel on a wood board. One therapist who had an ATR last year said the toe curls on a towel were brutal for him but they weren’t too bad for me going for a minute. I have been curling the toes and squeezing the foot a lot on my own. I’m sure the difficulty of those will amp up once they put a weight on the towel. Finished up with some ice and they told me i can do those exercises a few times each day on my own before my next session Tuesday.