Broken Ankle (Fracture)

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Comment from: Jayne , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I broke my ankle in 2021 in January. It was a severe break, a trimalleolar fracture. I have 3 plates and 14 screws. It has been 10 months now and I am still in severe pain. I've paid for physiotherapy and acupuncture to try to help with my pain, and now I've started swimming. I am waiting for appointment with my surgeon. I feel so down most days with the pain and really thought I would have less pain than this.

Comment from: Lynnf8709, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had trimalleolar ankle fracture surgery on May 15th, 2021. I fell on a flagstone in a state park on the last stop on our trip. I am a 65 year old female. My left ankle right where a foot bracelet would lay in the ankle has been numb and very tight pretty much since my surgery. Today, October 29, 2021, 5 1/2 months later and 2 months into therapy, it is still tight and somewhat numb. But I am walking without assistance and with variable pain. I expect probably around the 1 year mark, it will be better. Fingers crossed.

Comment from: Annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I suffered fracture/dislocation of my right ankle on 7 December, 2020. The fibula and lower end of the tibia were displaced. ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) was done 10 days later, with plate and multiple screws. I started weight-bearing in CAM boot early February 2021. Rehabilitation has been uneventful, but my right hip and shoulder and left knee are now causing problems as a result of using crutches, so I'm having to work on those areas now. The damaged ankle is mostly pain-free though still intermittently swollen.

Comment from: Fishy, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I fractured my tibia, broke my fibula in 3 places and had an ankle dislocation that cut off blood supply to my foot. Doctors considered amputation but they did immediate surgery to save my foot. Then I was in a cast overnight and had another surgery the next day to place plates and screws. Eight weeks non-weight bearing, 2 weeks partial, 20 percent weight with crutches, and then a boot for 4 weeks. Recovery was slow, 3 years on I still have no feeling in the top of my foot, and pain, but I can still do most things I used to.

Comment from: Luqman, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 27

I broke my fibula and medial malleolus on 24-July-21 and got them fixed with a plate with 6 screws and two pins, with tension band wiring. I was non-weight bearing for the next two months, started walking about a month ago with crutches, and eventually without any support. Although I am walking without any support since last week, swelling around my ankle is still there, but no pain.

Comment from: kimberleedesilva, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I had a plate and screws placed on July 19th, during my surgery for broken ankle. I still hardly have any range of motion (trying to write the alphabet with my toes), am still non-weight bearing, and getting very depressed that I am not getting better.

Comment from: faye, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I broke my ankle in June 2020. My bones were sticking out of my ankle. I had broken the 3 major bones. I had surgery in June, September, and November. I had gotten an infection. Now, one year and two months later, I have to have an ankle fusion. I expect another year of recovery. I was very active for my age. I was clearing a trail to ride golf carts within our property. My foot was under a tree root when I pitched the limb and I went with the limb, but my ankle did not.

Comment from: Alan, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I tripped over our electric car charger cable on 16th of May, 2021. I was admitted to the hospital immediately with dislocation and pilon fracture, near the ankle. Never in my 37 years alive have I had so much pain and constant discomfort. I had surgery with plates and screws, ORIF (open reduction internal fixation). I was in cast for 6 weeks and boot for 4 weeks. I had physiotherapy constantly at home and now on week 14, I can walk a small bit unaided with pain and swelling. I just hope the pain eases soon. I have to get back to work as soon as possible; the bills still come.

Comment from: Liv, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

July 19th, I experienced a trimalleolar ankle fracture. I was on a run and slipped on some moss. My ankle was totally pointing the other way. I was rushed to the hospital. While there, they reset the ankle. I got surgery on the 21st. I am four weeks out. The pain is now tolerable. The first two weeks were horrible. Crying, depression, pain, the whole 9 yards. I even went to the emergency room thinking something was wrong. It wasn't, ha. If you're new to this injury, rest assured this is normal, it just is awful!

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Comment from: Zzz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

I broke my fibula on 6/17, and had surgery with a plate and 7 screws on 6/19. I was in soft cast for 2 weeks, non-weight bearing. Then came boot for 4 weeks, still non-weight bearing. I did exercises on hips, thighs, and used a light exercise band to stretch my foot, to get range of motion (ROM) during that time. Stretches in foot, side to side, point and flex toes. I had large screws holding the bones together replaced with tight rope on 8/11. I started walking that night. Hoping luck and healing continue.

Comment from: Bakoinker, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 05

I am still doing physical therapy, 6 weeks splint, non-weight bearing, 1 week off and hobbling. I had a non-displaced fibular ankle fracture at 50 from riding an ANVL Skatecycle. My foot was pinned in the round bit and it was tipped away as I fell backwards, the metal plate you stand on crunched the bone like celery, sounded like it. I bagged the crutches and rolled around on my skateboard sitting. Range of motion is not all there yet, I still have pain on the top of my foot because of the tendon tightness, etc.

Comment from: Sad lady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I broke my ankle in September 2020 and had surgery in October 2020 for a trimalleolar fracture. After a cast, boot, walker, cane and physical therapy 3 times a week for 10 months, I am still having problems with flexibility. They say time is best and I can walk slowly with a cane, but it’s just not what I’m used to before the injury. It’s now 10 months after surgery and I’m so sad.

Comment from: awbnet, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I had a nondisplaced fracture of interior ankle of right foot. I declined crutches and cast. Weight-bearing x-rays taken 9 days after the injury showed the ankle bone still in alignment. They gave me walking boot, but I rarely use it. It causes pain. I found an ankle stabilizer worked just fine. For first 2 weeks I also used a can to keep non-weight bearing. I am able to put almost full weight on that leg, although I try to avoid being in that situation. I rest a lot and elevate a lot. So far so good!

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

On February 6, 2021 I slipped on ice, and broke my fibula, spiral fracture. Surgery was done on 2-22-21 to repair the break, with a plate and 8 screws. Two weeks later, stitches were removed and physical therapy started up on March 16th. It was a long haul. I was not allowed to do weight bearing for 12 weeks, then had to start slowly. Physical therapy was 14 weeks and without it, I wouldn't have been able to return to work, or build up strength. Recovery time was 3.5 months. Now, 5 months out and doing good!

Comment from: Audrey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I broke my ankle in 2 places on 4/6. Spent a month in rehabilitation and a month with a physical therapist. I had a cast and a boot on. I had the boot removed 7/2. I have my last visit with my physical therapist (PT) tomorrow (7/7). She's been a terrible PT. Told me to come out of my boot on the last day of treatment (7/2). Waited until the last minute, had me do very little exercises, and called me the day before to schedule appointments. Wouldn't know she was coming back until the last minute.

Comment from: Pammy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had ankle surgery and six weeks out, I was put into a boot. My surgeon asked me to put weight on my ankle. I couldn't believe it as I had no pain. I am still in the boot and have been using crutches for a week and it still is painless when I put weight on it. I had nine screws and a plate. Honestly it seems like a miracle. I will start physical therapy next week.

Comment from: Aashima, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 09

Eight weeks after a broken fibula repaired with a nail and 3 screws, I am just beginning to walk with crutches. Sometimes one crutch but, only around the house. I no longer have pain but, a lot of stiffness and swelling. I drink at least 3 liters of water a day, have a vegetarian diet with very little processed foods. I am discouraged with the progress of my healing, and fear I will not be able to hike or climb again. I would love to hear some positive healing stories to help with my mental attitude.

Comment from: Providencia C, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I wonder how long it will take to start walking again after a broken ankle. She is very healthy, no conditions, an active woman and this is starting to make her depressed with anxiety, and worthless. Four months passed already and she still has her leg so swollen and has the burning sensation. I don't even know what else to do besides changing her physical therapist.

Comment from: 92VAvbmullato, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 30

June 7, 2020, a lady in an uninsured car totaled me and my new motorcycle, 9 weeks after I bought it for USD 12K cash deposit. I left the scene in an ambulance, with a displaced comminuted open fracture to my lower left tibia and fibula. She got failure to yield right-of-way, and a scuffed bumper. I had 2 surgeries, 13 screws, 2 plates, and it took 8 weeks to walk again. My ankle is still fat, in pain, I can't run, and walk with a limp. Was a hard worker always, active and doing well, now lost in debt, depressed, and hate life.

Comment from: Joyce, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I broke my right ankle 9 weeks ago. I had ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) surgery with pins on the right, plate and pins on the left. I was non-weight bearing for 7 weeks. I have had two sets of X-rays since the break to assess progress. I wore splint only prior to the surgery, splint worn at night, and boot during the day for 7 weeks. Week eight, no splint at night, with weight bearing in boot for 10-15 minutes at a time, rest same amount of time, then I could walk again. Week nine, no time restrictions for walking. Shoe and ankle brace next.

Comment from: Talia, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

Here is my time so far, I hope it make sense the way I wrote it, I kind of was counting down my days. April 25th, I dislocated my ankle (trimalleolar fracture). April 26th, I had surgery and went home. May 5th, stitches were taken out, and boot was placed (non-weight bearing). May 26th, I could start full weight bearing with crutches or any other walking device. June 3rd, my first day of physical therapy. I will love some feedback, I’m ready to drive again, and not wear this boot anymore.

Comment from: Kate, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I had ankle surgery on May 10, and had a plate with 6 screws put in. At my 2 week follow up, the doctor took out the stitches and rewrapped my foot and put me in a walking boot. I’m not supposed to walk or put weight on it yet. I use a walker to get up to go to the bathroom and to take a shower. I wonder if I am supposed to wear the boot when I’m in bed or just when I’m up doing something. I have been doing ankle exercises as my doctor recommended. I was told not to walk on it for 2 more weeks.

Comment from: Ss, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I fell from the stairs 8 weeks ago and broke my tibia and fibula near my ankle joint. The doctor said that I will need surgery if the ankle doesn't heal in cast in 6 weeks. Now, after cast removal, it has been 1 week and I can walk very slowly without crutches, but it pains and goes stiff after sometime. I don't know how much time it will take, but at the moment I have pain only under my ankle joint.

Comment from: xcski48 , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I had a trimalleolar fracture and dislocated a bone in October 2020. I am a 73 year old active woman. I had surgery on November 4, 2020. I was weight bearing after 4 months. I have 2 plates and 5 screws, and lots of physical therapy. I can swim, ride stationary bike and walk 2-3 miles, but every step and every moment of every day is pain. At one year I might have hardware removed, but still, in the meantime, I am in constant pain.

Comment from: Tim, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I broke my fibula and a large piece of medial malleolus while stretching out cramps. I went to the emergency room (ER). I had an X-ray and was put into a splint on April 3, 2021. Surgery was on 4/8, with 2 screws holding the medial malleolus piece in place, and 8 screws and plate holding fibula in place. I was placed in splint. Nerve block wore off 3 days later. Oxycodone 10 barely managed pain for days. On 4/16, I had staples removed, had X-ray and was placed in splint again. Pain was unbearable, and they won't prescribe more pain medicines. By 5/9 I was put in boot. I drink alcohol to relieve pain.

Comment from: Marvina, 65-74 (Patient) Published: May 05

I fell off a step stool on May 29, 2020. I broke inside and outside ankle bones on my right foot. The emergency room (ER) put me in a splint and I had surgery on June 5th. They drilled into my knee to get soft bone to replace the ends of the bones that had turned to dust. They fused the bones and put a plate and 8 screws. He put me in another splint for 2 weeks and then a cast. It was horrible! It’s been a long process! Long story short, eleven months and it is still swollen and painful.

Comment from: Bubba5678, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I broke my ankle on December 21, 2020; trimalleolar fracture and dislocation. They put in 9 screws and a plate. Surgery was on January 6. I got the cast removed on February 23. I returned to full weight-bearing 5 weeks after. I've done physical therapy (PT) for about a month now and can walk with an ankle brace and one crutch. My gait needs a lot of work and I have a really bad limp. It is painful but gets better week by week. Started driving again today, April 19. I am getting one screw removed in a few weeks.

Comment from: Kay , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I fractured my ankle in 3 places last August 2020. My dogs and another ran sideways into me and I snapped it. I was plated and pinned the next day. Six weeks ago I had the pins removed due to massive discomfort and lots of pain. I’m in so much pain it’s affecting my whole life. I was discharged after the pin removal and now basically no one cares! I just don’t know what to do. I cannot believe, over 8 months later, I’m suffering so much.

Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have a trimalleolar fracture with syndesmosis. I had ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) surgery with screws and plate and band. I’ve been reading the comments where people are going back to weight bearing earlier than 6 weeks. I’ve been researching this a lot. The immediate risk is displacement of the fracture. But then the less obvious risk happens a year or so after injury; onset of arthritis! It’s tempting to rush. But I’m waiting for an X-ray that shows my bones are healed enough to bear my weight.

Comment from: Jennifer , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

Unfortunately, I broke my tibia and fibula in 4 different places along with a long spiral fracture. I am 8 months post-surgery and now recently began feeling loss of feeling in my ankle. Seemed like everything was going well. I will know soon why this is happening. Wonder if there is anyone else in this position.

Comment from: LAT, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I broke my left fibula (spiral fracture) on July 9, 2020. I was non-weight bearing for 4 weeks but the bone moved. I had surgery with plate and seven screws, on July 27th. I was non-weight bearing again until cleared to bear full weight on August 29. I did physiotherapy for six weeks. Range of motion is decent but I still have swelling in my foot, and pain where the plate is, if I walk a lot (especially stairs). I was told it will take time for the swelling to go away. I have final follow up with the surgeon on November 5th. Fingers crossed.

Comment from: Lori, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I dislocated my right ankle, broke bones in my tibia and snapped the fibula on September 1st when I fell down the stairs in my house. I had extreme dislocation to the outside of my ankle and needed to call 911. They put me in a temporary cast (hard forming material) until surgery on the 9th. I got a plate and screws to reduce the tibia, but apparently the snap in the fibula aligned up well after they played the tibia. I've been in another hard material cast with crutches, but I've put some weight on it. Wonder if that is bad.

Comment from: ClumsySam, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I slipped on the 30th June. I ended up with partial dislocation, a few hairline fractures and in a spiral 1/3 up my leg, a separation of my bones needing to connect my ankle on the inside. I had a plate, 12 screws, one going through both bones and 2 on the inside of my ankle. The operation was on the 7th July, discharge on the 9th, staples out in 2 weeks and out of plaster at 6 weeks. I can’t get the screws out because of COVID but now 2 months after the operation and with no boot, I’ve started walking on it with crutches; painful!

Comment from: Leedle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 02

I was hit by a large dog running full out. Broke my left ankle (fibula in 4 pieces, tibia in 3) and dislocated the ankle. I had ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) with syndesmosis repair 4 days later (July 2). Spent 4 weeks in a splint, then 4 weeks in a Cam boot, all non-weight bearing. Now, I am 1 week into starting to walk in the boot with crutches. Walking at about 25 percent body weight and it gets very sore. Looking forward to getting out of the boot in 3 more weeks if all goes well. Will have hardware removed (2 plates, 12 screws) in 6 months.

Comment from: MPMC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

Twelve weeks ago, I slipped and broke my left fibula at the knobby part of the ankle. Surgery was not required. I was on Aircast boot for 10 days. Started physical therapy at week 7, now with 7 sessions and still counting. I am able to walk with one crutch and learning to walk without the crutch and boot. One step at a time... listen to your body. I get swelling and stiffness when overworked. Be kind and patient with yourself and persevere with the exercises.

Comment from: Vonyastar, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

Four weeks after my ankle fracture I was told I had to get surgery. In total it's been 55 days I haven't been able to walk. I have been in chronic pain as well. I also have kids at home and a very horrible lazy husband, who yells and calls me names. I have been through agony, and trying to find hope now. In three weeks I am supposed to be able to start weight bearing in my boot. I'm afraid, I have nonstop fear. I need to walk again. I want to clear out and file a divorce. Wonder what it is like to start bearing weight again.

Comment from: ALG, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

On August 6, 2020 I slipped on my patio (it had just rained) and dislocated my ankle with a trimalleolar fracture. The emergency room doctor was awesome and put me in a splint. I declined surgery as it seems to be more painful based on the research I’d done. Now at three weeks I’ve been in a boot and can walk without crutches but there is some pain. Fingers crossed, at six weeks I’ll be good as new.

Comment from: Janet, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had surgery with 2 plates and 9 screws for my broken ankle, just a week out of boot, and can't weight bear as they've told me to. No physiotherapy and no help whatsoever. I am 63 years old very scared of not being able to walk again. Excruciating pain is reducing me to tears all the time.

Comment from: Anne, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 18

It’s been 2.7 years since I broke my ankle and upper tibia and fibula bones. I had a titanium rod along the tibia and fibula. I was still having pain while walking and standing and the screws seemed to irritate my ankle. So the surgeon removed all the hardware 3 months ago. I’m able to bend my knee normally at this point. But the foot and ankle have the same chronic pain as before. I can’t walk or stand very much before my foot and ankle get really stiff and painful.

Comment from: Shae ankle journey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

On July 2nd, 2020 I fell and broke my ankle in two. I went to the emergency room, they assisted and wrapped my broken left ankle, and then put in a splint. I followed up with the orthopedic doctor on July 7th and had surgery on July 8th. I now have a plate and 12 screws in my ankle. I was discharged after surgery, non-weight bearing. It was wrapped in soft bandages, and a wrap and a boot must stay on at all times. Two weeks post operation, July 22nd, I still can’t bear any weight on my foot. Wonder how long the process for a healing ankle is.

Comment from: Pn Glasgow , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I broke my ankle 6 weeks ago. My fibula and tibia were both broken. I had surgery to repair my left ankle. My ankle was placed in a walking boot and I managed well resting with this and walking in it. I attended the hospital today and I was told to start trying to walk without my boot now, as from the x-rays it seems to be healing ok. I feel I wasn’t given much advice from the doctor just told to rotate my ankle.

Comment from: Carrie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I had trimalleolar fracture on 16th May, 2020. I literally only cockled off a patio step. I had my foot facing the wrong way. I was given morphine whilst my foot was straightened, then put in a splint by the ambulance team. Then Accident and Emergency put me to sleep to reduce the broken ankle. I had 10 days for swelling to go down, then surgery. The surgery meant I had two plates and 13 screws. Non-weight bearing, but had stitches out at two weeks. On 9th July I will have X-ray and hopefully be able to weight bear. I am in a CAM (controlled ankle motion) boot.

Comment from: Mojavewolf, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I broke my ankle in March, I decided not to have surgery as I was scared of the COVID epidemic. I had a bimalleolar closed fracture. It is the end of June now and I have been trying to weight-bear fully. The doctor said my alignment was good. I still have a small fracture along the top of my foot. But I was told not to be afraid to weight-bear. I have a lot of pain sometimes, after I weight-bear with crutches. I am going to be fitted with a brace on July 1st to help me with my walking. Hope I will walk again.

Comment from: Mojavewolf , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I’m discouraged and feel like I’m never going to walk again. One girl in my group had surgery for a broken ankle 7 weeks ago and she is already walking in her boot without crutches. I’m 12 weeks and still can’t do it. I just got the ok at 9/10 weeks to partial weight bear for a week and then try to full weight bear. That’s within two weeks. I thought I was doing good but last night my foot was hurting badly. My leg was sore too. So I’m taking a few days off to get it soothed. I see the doctor on Tuesday, the 23.

Comment from: Faedominae, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I fractured my distal fibula and ankle on April 26th. I saw the surgeon 1 week later. He was on the fence about surgery, so I declined. I saw him 1 week later for the weight bearing x-ray. I declined surgery again. He scheduled our next appointment for June 26th and wanted me to be non-weight bearing until then. No thanks. Three weeks in, I was walking with the boot just fine. I am now doing foot exercises and practicing walking without the boot.

Comment from: Roz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I fell off a 4 foot ladder 4 weeks ago breaking my tibia in 3 places, my fibula in 1 place, and destroying my ankle. The leg bones were displaced. I now have a rod in my tibia, and 5 pins and screws in my ankle. My ankle feels pretty good, but my knee and above, the areas in my leg are still so sore, that I can’t kneel on the knee scooter I got.

Comment from: Liz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I broke my ankle in two places in March and spent six weeks in plaster. I had a physiotherapy assessment over the phone one week after removal of the plaster. I am exercising with a ball but still unable to weight bear and spend a long time, especially during the night. I am worrying about this.

Comment from: Peggy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I broke my ankle on the 28th of February. I had surgery on the 2nd of March. Cast was removed on the 14th of April. I was told to start exercising and put weight on the foot. Until today the ankle is still extremely weak and stiff, and my scars are painful on the inside. I still cannot walk on the foot properly, and the ankle is not bending properly. I'm worried, but have to wait to see my surgeon because of the lockdown. I wonder how long it takes for an ankle to heal to a point where I can walk unassisted by crutches.

Comment from: Catherine L, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I'm 53 and broke my ankle 7 months ago. I slipped on my brother’s driveway and my leg went behind me. I broke both my major bones and dislocated them. I also tore some of my calcaneus bone off. I had a cast, then fixation and finally an operation with plate and screws, staying in hospital for nearly a month. I had a boot on for 6 weeks, then discharged and told to walk and do physiotherapy. I have done so many exercises and went to the pool every day. I've got good stretch and some strength. Constant pain remains.

Comment from: Scenicpower, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I broke my ankle and have a plate on one side and couple of screws on the other. It’s been 18 days. I was put in a boot two days ago, non-weight bearing for 4 more weeks. I am able to take off the boot to shower and rest and was told to start flexing my foot back and forth twice a day. It’s not easy, I have very little range of motion. Looking for tips to increase range, early post operation.

Comment from: Anyone, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I broke my ankle in three different places. I had to get ten screws total and a big plate. I was in soft cast for a little while after surgery, and then put in a hard cast for two months. I didn’t use crutches, I used a scooter which is way better, just a little bit harder to get around in very crowded places. After I got my hard cast off I was put into a boot which I could only take off to shower and sleep. I had to wear that for the next month, and then I was finally allowed into physical therapy.

Comment from: Cecile , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I had surgery for a broken ankle 8 months ago; 3 torn ligaments, bone chip and ganglion cyst. My ankle still hurts and is black. My surgeon retired. Physical therapy does not help. I’m in trouble after going grocery shopping. Now I can’t get an MRI because of the Covid-19 virus bringing elective surgery to a halt!

Comment from: Bloodofthelamb143, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

On January 16 of 2020, I slipped on ice breaking my fibula. The fracture I have is a closed fracture. I ended up in the emergency room (ER) having a sugar tong splint for five days before seeing the orthopedic doctor. After seeing the orthopedic surgeon, he did a stress test on my ankle twice. Since then I had complications of the top of my foot and my toes going purple. I’ve been through two casts, four sugar tong splints and now in an air boot that ER supplied me with. It’s been a long journey.

Comment from: Badger1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

My left leg was struck by a forklift at work causing my ankle to roll under the tire, breaking both ankle bones and causing damage to my heel and foot. They put in 10 screws and a plate. Two weeks post-operation, I have lots of nerve pain at night. Taking gabapentin to help.

Comment from: Mandy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I broke my ankle on September 1. I had an operation to do the bones, then 6 weeks in a cast, and then a 2and operation to put pins in. I had crutches and boot. I went back to work before Christmas. My ankle still hurts, but today even after painkillers that normally work. It is like every time I walk I am being stabbed in my foot.

Comment from: Caribare, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I broke my ankle and it was so swollen I could hardly fit the boot. After 3 weeks of foot up and crutches I can start to bear weight! Per doctor, at 4 weeks I can walk for as long as it feels ok. I walked 1 1/2 mile slowly in the boot and now it hurts to the point of distraction; today is just 5 weeks. I have no swelling and it feels good.

Comment from: Cheryl R., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I broke my ankle slipping on ice. Felt the crack and sure enough I broke my fibula and right ankle bone. I’ve been sleeping in a recliner keeping it elevated doing leg bending as much as possible; slow consecutive getting back in the recliner and elevating it, making sure the swelling stays down and blood circulates. When standing my foot still goes purple though it is after two weeks. Wonder if anybody else has had this problem. Pain is still there, not as strong though. Wondering if it is safe to fly, I have concerns about developing deep vein thrombosis.

Comment from: Lucyanne, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had a crush injury after a horse fell on me breaking my tibia, fibula and talus in the ankle in several places along with ruptured ligaments, etc. I had an open reduction, then two plates and 13 screws. One screw is now removed and I am meant to be fully weight bearing, however, the pain is totally unbearable. The physiotherapy waiting list is longer than both my arms and I am now experiencing bad swelling and a lot of clicking within the joint. If anybody has any experience, please let me know this will get better! Injury was 4 months ago.

Comment from: DJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I broke my ankle 9 years ago and had surgery with 8 pins and screws in it. It is completely healed. However, I get extreme swelling quite often. Wonder if anyone else experiences this after so many years!

Comment from: Me, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I was playing football with my kids and my daughter’s boyfriend fell on my ankle. I have an ankle fracture. I was put in an air boot for 5 weeks non-weight bearing. I went back to the doctor and he said I could bear weight and put me in a splint which really hurt, so I'm wearing a brace. I cannot walk. I still have pain on both sides of my ankle and my ankle is stiff. He said to come back if I had pain at 2 weeks. The whole process has seemed weird, as I wasn’t even told where the break was until the boot was taken off and I asked.

Comment from: Steve, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I'm 6 weeks in after a broken ankle, and going by eggs, vitamins and beef. I had a trimalleolar fracture and it looks good. I have little pain and good movement. It was caused by a pothole grass. For 56 years no injury and this is a concern. I have a leg scooter. It is looking good so far even with screws and bolts.

Comment from: Sky, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

It’s been 9 weeks since my trimalleolar fracture happened. I had a plate and 7 screws put in on the outside of my left ankle and 3 long screws put in on the inside. I’ve noticed a very large bulge still on the outside of my ankle right where you should see my ankle bone. My ankle is still very swollen and I have no feeling on my skin on the left half of my left foot. I also cannot physically point my toes. Not because of pain, but because my ankle and foot won’t physically bend that way anymore.

Comment from: Stephinie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I broke and dislocated my ankle. The first surgery was to put an external fixator on while the swelling was reducing. The second surgery was to remove the fixator and too add plates and screws. The second surgery was outpatient. The pain I have experienced so far has been mind-bending. I was not prepared for that. I am told that the best pain level I can have is a 5. I have 2 weeks before the incisions are released and then hopefully a boot. I don't envy anyone who is undergoing this process.

Comment from: Twopence, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I dislocated and broke my ankle in 2 places. I had surgery on both sides of the ankle to put it back together with steel. I had a cast for two weeks, then a moon boot and started physiotherapy when I went into the moon boot. Six weeks post-surgery I am partially weight bearing on elbow crutches. After the next x-rays I expect to fully weight bear in the boot for another 2 weeks. The physiotherapist has really helped with the flexibility of my ankle, and the massage she showed me has helped reduce swelling.

Comment from: Sadie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I broke and sprained my ankle falling on black ice. It was a slow motion crushing tearing fall. I felt everything along the outside of my foot tearing as I fell. I have a stable ankle fracture (Weber B) that doesn't want to heal after almost 8 weeks. And I think I have torn ligaments judging from where my pain is, about which the doctor hasn't shown much concern. It's very frustrating as the doctor said it was ok to bear weight on the fracture, but if I have a high ankle sprain, which I suspect, I should not have done any weight bearing for at least 6 weeks. I am very worried about non-union of the fracture and needing surgery for ligament damage.

Comment from: SavannahJul, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I broke both tibia and fibula after slipping on wet grass on 9/22/15. I had plate with five screws put on one side and one huge screw on the other side. That was 9/30. I was never in a cast, just an air cast. Two weeks ago my bones were pronounced totally healed and I was able to bear full weight again, with just a DonJoy brace. I have had one physiotherapy session and am trying to do exercises on my own. I have daily swelling but very little pain. I try to elevate my ankle an hour for every 3 to 4 not elevated, and ice it when I do. The swelling does subside quickly when I ice. Ankle looks almost normal first thing in the morning. It's depressing but the recovery on this ankle is not going to be fast. Doctor just doesn't like to tell you that since he knows you'll find out soon enough!

Comment from: Cidewoodr, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 22

I broke my fibula just above the ankle after a fall on ice. I had a plate and screws to hold the bone together and plaster cast for 7 weeks and had to be non-load bearing. When the cast was removed I was given a support boot and was able to put about 50 percent weight on the foot whilst using crutches. It’s now another 3 weeks on and I am able to walk carefully without the boot with a bit of a limp as the ankle tends to swell without the boot. The ankle is still quite sore, but is now starting to improve. I saw a physiotherapist yesterday and she has given me some stretching exercises to do on my ankle. She said the stretching would reduce the swelling and free up the ankle, as long as I do the stretching on a regular basis.

Comment from: Dory , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I broke my ankle and had a trimalleolar fracture for which I had surgery on 9/24 (injury on 9/12). I had screws and a plate or 2 placed. I had my 2 week follow-up appointment today. No x-ray was done. Stitches and staples came out, I was put in CAM boot and told I can be full weight bearing, 2 weeks after surgery. This sounds crazy to me! So far I am using crutches to assist. I can’t put weight on it though. Wonder if anyone else was told to weight bear so soon.

Comment from: Mojavewolf, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had a bimalleolar ankle fracture. Wonder if anyone who had this fracture did not have surgery. I’m in a brace now, weightbearing, just started. I broke it in a hard fall from wet cement floor.

Comment from: Esty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

Wondering how long the pain lasts after ankle surgery. I broke my ankle last Thursday and had the operation last week. I'm in agony with it today.

Comment from: lucia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I have a distal fibula break. I am in splint until Monday which would be 5 days and then will see the orthopedist for a walking cast.

Comment from: B, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I Broke MY ankle in several places. I had surgery and had a plate and pins put in. I was in bed most of the time. For two months, I used a walker or wheel chair. I though after I got my cast off it would be all better. I had gone to therapy, but my walking was not good so the doctor decided I need to have pins and plates removed after six months. I am now walking better after seven months, but I’m still really stiff.

Comment from: Beckii, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I fell and had a trimalleolar fracture of the ankle and two fractures of the fibula over six months ago. I had a plate and five screws put in. I was non-weight bearing for 12 weeks and then had two of the screws removed. I had physical therapy for one month. I am still having trouble walking distances which is frustrating. From what I understand, this is an accident that occurs with Marines and athletes. I hope I’ll be back to normal in a few more weeks.

Comment from: Charlotte, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I broke my ankle in two places about a month ago, and just had the opportunity to get rid of the moon boot yesterday! I required open ankle surgery on one side of the ankle and the other side was a straight fracture not requiring surgery. Both sides hurt! So I'm wearing sneakers and the foot is very painful, still, around the ankle and above the foot, and it feels weird if I stand on the injured foot without sneakers. I am taking Mobic to reduce the swelling and am not walking a lot to minimize swelling. I start rehab this week on the ankle and hope that I can regain range of motion and reduce the pain I now feel.

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