Your ankle performs many crucial functions, such as the balance, support and shock absorption needed for standing, walking or running. So, whether you’re a long-distance runner, a casual golfer, an avid dancer, or simply stay active through day-to-day tasks like housecleaning, lawn work and shopping, you need strong ankles.

Three bones make up the ankle joint, primarily enabling up and down movement, and 28 bones constitute the foot, along with dozens of joints and multiple muscles, ligaments and tendons. Many ankle problems are a result of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and post-traumatic arthritis, which can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty walking.

Surgery is required when other forms of treatment – such as medications; cane, braces or orthotics; or physical therapy – have not fixed problems or reduced pain, tenderness or swelling. While recovery after surgery can be long, painful and have complications, it doesn’t have to be. Lytle’s recovery equipment will help you return to normal functioning as soon as possible and with less pain.

Listed below are common ankle procedures where Lytle Recover Now will allow you to shorten your recovery by preventing post-op blood clots, reducing pain and swelling, and providing safe motion.


  • Total Ankle Replacement (TAR): Removes the very end of your tibia (shin) and shapes your talus (anklebone) to allow an ankle implant to fit. Total Ankle Replacement is needed when you have osteoarthritis that causes severe deterioration of your cartilage.

  • Achilles Tendon Repair: Sutures the two ruptured ends of your Achilles tendon together. As they grow together and heal, strength returns to your food and ankle. Tendon rupture can be caused by the tendon being strained and weakened over time.

Whatever procedure you’re undergoing, you are at risk of developing a blood clot, experiencing significant pain and swelling, or having scar tissue form around the ankle that limits your range of motion.

To prevent these types of recovery complications and delays, Lytle Medical, in concert with your surgeon, provides you with a number of Rapid Recovery Services. These include a compression therapy device that prevents blood clotting that is common after surgery; a cold therapy device that minimizes the number of narcotic pain pills needed after surgery while simultaneously reducing swelling; and a motion therapy device that improves your range of motion.


Preventing Blood Clots After Ankle Surgery

Why would a blood clot form in my leg after ankle surgery?

As you rest following surgery, the blood returns to your heart slower than usual and may form a clot. While everyone is vulnerable to blood clotting during post-surgical activity, your risk is increased with obesity, smoking, hormone replacement therapy, birth control medication, cancer, immobility, or a personal or family history of blood clotting – also called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

Why be concerned?

Developing a blood clot will significantly delay your recovery and is potentially life threatening. If the clot breaks free and travels to your lungs, it can restrict blood flow and the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen to the blood. If you must to be treated for a blood clot while recovering from surgery, regaining your strength and function are put on hold while dealing with the more immediate crisis.

How to address it?

Blood clot prevention usually involves either a mechanical device that uses intermittent pneumatic compression to squeeze the calves to keep blood moving, or a pharmaceutical blood thinner that limits the blood’s ability to clot. These drugs are administered either orally or through self-injection and carry significant risks associated with stomach ulcers and uncontrolled internal bleeding.

Recover Now with the Rapid Recovery Preventer

Lytle equipment, Preventer. For all orthopedic procedures. Prevents blood clots.
Lytle’s Rapid Recovery Preventer is a mechanical solution to blood clot prevention. The Preventer intermittently squeezes your calves to force blood to flow using a wrap placed around the lower leg that supplies a gentle and intermittent compression of the calf muscle. The Preventer pushes blood up and out of your leg every 45 seconds or so even when you’re sitting or sleeping. Between compressions, the Preventer partially deflates to allow fresh blood to take the place of the pooled/stagnant blood.

  • Reduces swelling and edema
  • Allows for a portable safe and convenient recovery
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • Improves soft tissue healing
  • Provides consistent therapy
  • Provides the optimal dosage of therapy – correct hours/repetitions per day

How to get the Rapid Recovery Preventer

To prevent a catastrophic delay in your recovery or serious complications from a blood clot,
make sure you use the Preventer. Follow these easy steps now:

  • 1

    Download and print the
    DVT Preventer order form,
    then take the risk assessment quiz.

  • 2

    Review the sections on Reducing Pain
    and Swelling and Providing Safe Motion
    to see if these Rapid Recovery services
    also should be included with your order.

  • 3

    Have your surgeon or primary care physician
    sign the order form and return it to our
    company via email at
    or fax it to 248-626-3113.

  • 4

    Answer a call from our Rapid Recovery specialist
    who will initiate your Rapid Recovery Services.

Reducing Pain and Swelling After Ankle Surgery

Why does surgical trauma cause pain and swelling?

All orthopedic surgeries of the ankle involve at least one invasive action that results in pain and swelling. It’s a result of an overabundance of restorative fluid accumulating in the joint that your body then needs to remove. The excess fluid causes you increased pain and swells the ankle area making it difficult to move.

Why be concerned?

Normally the pain and swelling caused by your body’s response to an invasive event is a good thing. It discourages you from bearing weight or bending your ankle. However, in the case of surgical recovery, the swelling and pain associated with a traumatic event will delay recovery.

How to address it?

Cryotherapy and compression therapy are two common ways to reduce the pain and swelling after surgery. Cryo and compression help avoid any delay or detriment to your ankle healing. Applying intermittent cryotherapy to the repaired ankle lowers pain levels and constricts blood vessels that temporarily reduce blood flow to the area allowing the blood to remove injured cells and return oxygenated and replenished blood with healing nutrients. Compression also reduces swelling by slowly squeezing the fluid out of the area. The dynamic and sequential compression found in the Reliever helps gently massage the swelling out of the area.

Recover Now with the Rapid Recovery Reliever

The best combination for accelerating your post-surgical recovery is to combine cryotherapy and compression therapy to reduce pain by deadening the nerve endings, limiting swelling and allowing for earlier motion. Lytle’s Rapid Recovery Cold Compression Reliever does both. The Reliever turns the cryotherapy cycles on and off while compression stays dynamic, a design that makes it an extremely safe device as there is little risk of tissue damage due to too tight compression.

  • Lowers narcotic use
  • Improves soft tissue healing
  • Improves fluid and lymphedema drainage
  • Increases blood flow
  • Operates easily
  • Reduces stress on the repair and ankle joint
  • Allows for safe, convenient recovery
  • Provides the optimal dosage of therapy – correct hours per day
  • Reduces your out-of-pocket cost

How to get the Rapid Recovery Reliever

To reduce pain a speed up the recovery process, make sure you use the Reliever. Follow these easy steps now:

Regaining Complete Motion After Ankle Surgery

Why does scar tissue form after ankle surgery?

After surgery, the cells in your restorative fluid heal your connective tissue. The orientation of
the repaired connective tissue is influenced by movement. If the tissue is immobilized it can form in a random pattern. Sometimes this random pattern leads to scar tissue.

Why be concerned?

Scar tissue can cause significant delays in healing and in some instances require a second surgery to regain the motion in your ankle. Scar tissue can cause pain, stiffness and trouble moving your ankle.

How to address it?

Moving your ankle after surgery is critical to a healthy recovery because the movement helps you form strong tissue – not scar tissue. The way to properly move your ankle is by a therapy called passive motion. A physical therapist (PT) can provide this motion at his/her office, or a Continuous Passive Motion device can be used at home to slowly move your ankle in a safe, controlled manner. A continuous passive motion (CPM) device is a great way to provide the movement needed for a successful recovery.

Recover Now with the Rapid Recovery Mover

Lytle’s Rapid Recovery Mover is a safe and convenient way to provide passive motion therapy to maximize the formation of strong tissue and accelerate the speed of your recovery. The microprocessor-controlled device automatically sets the speed and the range at which your ankle is moved according to what your surgeon has prescribed. This safe and controlled motion does not over stress the repaired tissues and provides PT-quality therapy in your own home.

  • Allows for safe increases in motion as you heal
  • Improves soft tissue healing
  • Reduces swelling and edema
  • Speeds up recovery
  • Helps muscle stay passive (not fire while fighting the urge to contract and guard the joint)
  • Provides consistent therapy – not dependent on availability of physical therapist
  • Allows for safe, convenient recovery – less driving to/from physical therapy
  • Provides the optimal dosage of therapy – correct number of hours and repetitions per day
  • Reduces your out-of-pocket cost

How to get the Rapid Recovery Mover

To get your range of motion back after surgery, make sure you use the Mover. Follow these easy steps now:


Whether you are considering surgery to repair an orthopedic issue, or are already scheduled for surgery, contact us about Lytle Medical’s safe, research based, at home therapy. Call, chat or message us for more information.

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