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Broken Ankle

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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: 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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