The outcomes of ankle arthroscopy are generally good. Your foot and ankle may be swollen for up to three months after surgery. Up to two weeks after surgery you can start working from home but keep your ankle elevated. If you have a heavy manual job it may be a month until you can return to work. You will be given ankle exercises to aid recovery.
By week two your wound should have healed and the stitches removed. This means you can swim, start low impact gym work as well as return to driving. After three to six months you may be able to gradually increase sporting activities, but this will depend on the damage that was caused to your ankle and the treatment carried out during your operation. Flying should be avoided within six weeks of the procedure due to the increased risk of blood clots.