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Broken Ankle

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Comment from: Kiwanna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

My broken ankle was put together with 2 plates, 1 on each side of ankle, and 14 screws.

Comment from: lindaj, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

I slipped on a piece of board and twisted my ankle badly. I ended up in the hospital, ankle broken in 3 places. It was x-rayed and maneuvered into a hard cast. I stayed in bed in hospital till the swelling went down, and after a week I had an operation to insert 2 plates and 6 screws. The next day I was sent home with my leg in a half open cast, unable to weight bear for 6 weeks. Checkup in 2 weeks, they will see if screws and plates are stable then a full proper cast will be put on. I am home now waiting for the 2 week checkup. It is very, very painful, hard to hop about with a walking frame.

Comment from: Charlene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I was taken to the emergency room by ambulance and examined, x-rays were done, and they applied a temporary cast on my broken ankle. I went home on crutches and a week later returned to get a walking cast; three weeks later I was re-examined (and re-x-rayed) and permitted to take the cast off. It's now five weeks post my accident and I'm still on crutches and have just started physiotherapy. What frustrated me were the blithe assumptions the health care providers made; that I lived with other people, that I drove, that my housing was accessible so it was no big deal to suggest a wheelchair or a wheeled knee support which I could not have used even within my old, narrow-halled apartment let alone hauled it up half a flight of stairs to the entrance.

Comment from: Karen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I fell from my horse in a cross country jumping accident on 23 April, 2016. I broke my left ankle (medial malleolus) after being catapulted off the horse and landing on my feet. My left ankle rotated inwards and caused the break. I have been in a non-weight bearing cast with crutches ever since. The cast is due to be removed tomorrow and then I will begin physiotherapy to get moving again. You don't realize the extent of how much of your independence is lost with this type of injury. Almost everything that you took for granted doing normally during the course of any day is almost impossible to do hobbling on crutches. I have gained a new appreciation for the severity of a leg injury after having experienced one now myself. Still a way to go until fully healed but nevertheless well on the road to recovery now.

Comment from: UpMt Evans, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

After falling on a mountain hike, I drove myself to Urgent Care. X-ray showed closed fracture of left lateral malleolus (end of fibula). Very painful! I was placed in bulky brace, non-weight bearing, and on crutches. Two days later I was seen by an orthopedic surgeon, who allowed me to walk without crutches, which I am surprised about. Maybe the fracture is 'minor'. I have to repeat x-ray in 4 weeks to see whether I can move on to a lighter support, and start physical therapy. I have two more weeks to go to see the doctor, and just last night I missed the last step inside the house, and banged the injured foot hard on the floor trying to catch myself. As a result, the ankle is now more swollen and painful than it was before!

Comment from: sharon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

After a broken ankle it is 7 weeks since surgery in my left ankle with 2 screws.

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