I do not perform ankle arthroplasty, so I cannot comment on the recovery. My advice is to ask your surgeon for recommendations regarding resumption of specific activities, as each surgeon has his or her own protocols. I do allow my hip, knee, and shoulder arthroplasty patients to return to swimming after surgery once their incisions are completely healed. I am a strong advocate for the benefits of water based exercise.
To your musculoskeletal health,
Thomas A Dwyer, MD
You need to ask your surgeon regarding limitations and what your recovery will look like.