I had a total ankle replacement about six months ago. I'd like to get back on the tennis courts now. Are there any guidelines I should follow?
You should contact your orthopedic surgeon to ask this question. He or she will have a better idea what you can and can't do based on the type of implant and surgery done.

Research comparing active patients before and after total ankle replacement (TAR) offer a few suggestions. More studies are needed in this area. For now, some general guidelines include:

  • Increased use may mean increased wear of the polyethylene parts; loosening can occur.
  • A full physical therapy rehab program is advised before jumping into sports activities.
  • X-rays must show good bone stock and no signs of implant loosening.
  • Orthopedic surgeon must approve activity level, rate, and type of sport; a support brace may be needed.
  • Avoid quick stops and high-impact activities.
  • Let pain be your guide; any pain or discomfort must be reported to the surgeon as soon as possible.