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Returning Back to Work After an Ankle Fusion

As an active person, you enjoy keeping yourself healthy, strong, and independent. But after experiencing an ankle fusion surgery, you may feel frustrated at your limited mobility. While an ankle fusion procedure can lead to pain-free activity in the long run, the thought of going for a jog months from now isn’t exactly making you leap for joy (besides, it’d be too painful). What’s more, you’re anxious about returning back to work after an ankle fusion.

You may have good reason to be nervous about going back to work after an ankle fusion. An ankle fusion surgery is designed to reduce the surface area of your ankle joint so that your back foot and tibia (or the lower portion of your leg) can be fused together. While it might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, ankle fusions are actually relatively common and can lead to less pain while performing physical activity.

However, the knowledge of that isn’t exactly helping you out when you’re hobbling around the office. If you’re nervous about how you’ll get back into the swing of things when you get back to business, not to worry: here are some helpful tips on returning back to work after an ankle fusion.

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Don’t Push Yourself

If you work within an office setting, you may be tempted to go back to business as normal, but ankle fusion recovery necessitates that you take things easy. Don’t go strolling down the hall to your boss’s office or walking across the building to visit Bob in Human Resources just yet. Give yourself the leeway you need to take it easy. Ease back into work by letting your boss know you might need to tackle a little less work at first. By reducing your work stress and the number of times you might need to get up and move, you can help make your ankle fusion recovery easier within the office.

Alert Your Boss

Your higher-ups deserve to know that you’re going to need a little time to adjust to work after an ankle fusion surgery. With this in mind, don’t expect everything to go back to normal. After your ankle fusion surgery, send an email to your boss letting him know that you’ll be experiencing limited mobility at the office for some time. This way, your boss and other higher ups can prepare for you by lowering your work load or adjusting your work space so that it can accommodate your limited mobility.

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Increase Your Mobility with a Knee Walker

A knee walker – otherwise known as a knee scooter – represents an excellent way for you to increase your mobility at work after an ankle fusion. A knee walker is a unique device that frees you up from the heft of crutches. A knee scooter is exactly what it sounds like – you simply position your injured leg so that you’re “kneeling” on a soft pad, while the other leg is used to propel you forward. In short, it looks a lot like a walker with wheels – except it’s tons more fun to use. Just make sure that your office or cubicle is adjusted to accommodate your knee walker, as you don’t want to be accidentally bumping into things while you work.

Returning to work after an ankle fusion doesn’t have to be a hassle. Just use the tips in this article, and you’ll discover that you’ll be able to punch back into the 9 to 5 world faster than originally thought.

How to Work From Home While Recovering From Foot Surgery

Working from home while recovering from foot surgery might seem like an ideal situation to most people. After all, working from home gives you the opportunity to enjoy all the comforts of home without missing out on work (or that paycheck). Add to the fact that working from home allows you to avoid driving or taking public transportation with crutches (yikes!), and it’s no wonder more people think it’s easy to work from home while recovering from foot surgery.

However, don’t let the term “work from home” fool you. Working from the comfort of your living room couch can present just as many challenges to your foot surgery recovery as working from the office. Therefore, it’s critical for you to understand how to effectively work from home while optimizing your foot surgery recovery…

And these tips will help you do exactly that!

Set Up A Foot-Friendly Workspace

Many of the advantages to working from an office just don’t exist within your home. You won’t have any elevators to get from floor to floor in your home, nor will you have the open spaces of your workplace. That’s why it’s essential for you and your family to set up a foot-friendly workspace.

Identify a place in your home where you’ll be working. Pick up all the loose objects in that area, and remove any loose rugs that could pose a tripping hazard. Set up a workspace that allows you to elevate your foot (an essential part of recovering from foot surgery). Finally, you may want to consider investing in an ergonomically designed chair, as supporting your spine can be crucial to minimizing the pain of foot recovery.

Put Your Work Tools Within Easy Reach

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If you don’t have the luxury of a separate workspace, you’ll want to put your work tools within easy reach of where you’ll be recovering. If you’re planning on spending time on your couch or in bed, consider placing a temporary end table nearby where you’ll have your work laptop and phone. This way, you won’t have to get up and walk every time you need to send an email or answer the phone.

If you need to move around your house while you’re working, you may want to consider getting yourself a knee walker. This is a fun and unique approach to your mobility problems, as the knee walker allows you to practically glide around the house without the pain and annoyance of crutches.

Optimize Your Productivity

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Working while recovering from foot surgery can present its own challenges – and so can working from home. Throw both of these scenarios into the mix, and it’s easy to see why people can have a hard time working from home while recovering from foot surgery. That’s why it’s important to optimize your productivity so you can get your work done.

If you’re often distracted working in front of the television, be sure to place your workplace in a room where there isn’t a TV. If you’re often distracted by all the temptations of the Internet (Facebook! Twitter! Reddit!), invest in software that blocks access to these sites during work hours. It may feel like torture at first, but it’s a great way to ensure you get your work done without being distracted by the temptations at home.

Turn Coffee Breaks Into Foot Recovery Breaks

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One of the major advantages to working from home (besides working in your pajamas, of course) is that you can take time out of your busy day to indulge in foot surgery recovery exercises. Make sure that your foot and ankle surgeon provides you with a list of exercises that can help you with recovery (or just take a look at our other blog posts). Take time out of your day to follow these exercises. This may not only expedite the recovery process, but it can also help you clear your mind to tackle those tough work issues.

These techniques can make it much easier to work from home while recovering from foot surgery. By optimizing your home space for both work and recovery, you’ll be able to remain productive while ensuring that your foot heals quickly and safely.