Leave the dressing undisturbed until your follow up appointment, which is normally about two weeks after your surgery. The puncture wounds will have a dissolvable stitch and steristrip tape keeping the wound edges together.
After the surgery your ankle may be painful and swollen. This is normal and can be treated with regular pain relief such as ibuprofen for the first few days.
You will be advised to wear a compression bandage or flight sock after your initial follow up appointment. Wear it for support during the day but take it off at night.
Applying ice packs twice a day for ten minutes (protect the skin with a damp towel) will also help to reduce the swelling.
When you are resting you should keep your leg elevated on a stool or chair, to help keep the swelling down. It will take at least three to four weeks to recover if a soft tissue procedure has been performed and twice this time if bone fragments have been removed.