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:
Victor Valderrabano, MD, et al. Sports and Recreation Activity of Ankle Arthritis Patients Before and After Total Ankle Replacement. In The American Journal of Sports Medicine. June 2006. Vol. 34. No. 6. Pp. 993-999.