Broken Ankle (Fracture)


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Comment from: Distalfibula, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 26

I broke my left ankle and left fibula 21 years ago wrestling with a buddy in the service. He fell on top of me, and he weighed 250 lb., plus he was a wrestler in high school. I should not have been playing around with him. Today, the right side of my left ankle at the ball to the left gives out. I am lucky now if I can walk to and from the house one mile before I need my new cane. It is frustrating on several levels and I am trying to get compensation from the Veterans Affairs (VA), and so far no luck.

Comment from: Ebuka, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

I got hit by a vehicle while I was in motion, so after the X-ray I discovered I had a distal fibula fracture and a slight subluxation of the tibia. I refused the surgery and just used cast. I feel better now with the fibula as it is strong now and no longer swollen. As for the subluxation, I was told it will enter itself. It’s been 6 months now and I can’t bear weight without serious pains. I don’t know what to do now.

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

I fell on a 6 foot snow bank, and fractured my ankle in 6 places. It was the worst year and a half of my entire life. I had an external fixative put on for weeks, and then plates and screws were put in. Plates and screws had to be removed because of pain and allergy to titanium. Total nightmare.

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

I was upstairs in my house when I saw a snake that was on my stairs. So, I couldn't go back down the steps. So I jumped 15 ft down from my loft area into my living room and broke my ankle in 3 places.

Comment from: Brittany , 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 11

I broke my ankle playing soccer. I ran towards the ball, only to end up screaming in pain with my foot at a 90 degree angle. I didn’t undergo surgery, but the doctor had to manually wrench my foot back into place. I have a bright pink cast with glitter, and all my friends want to sign it. I hope to get back in the game soon.

Comment from: Leeanne , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

He slipped and fell on the stairs and had an ankle fracture.

Comment from: Jerry, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 31

I fell about 20 something feet from a tree landing on my right ankle, crushing and fracturing it.

Comment from: Cassidyfres , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I suffer from poor foot mechanics along with laxity of ligaments. My whole life has been filled with issues with my feet, and my right foot and ankle are worse. I had triple arthrodesis (fusion of the joints) recently due to dislocated foot. I have just got out of the hospital, and this is the first 20 hours since my 3 hour surgery. No weight bearing at all, I will be in bed most of my time. I accidentally bumped it tonight and a little worried; looking online to try and find someone who’s had the same experience to console myself.

Comment from: RJS, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 24

I fell off a roof and broke my ankle in three places. I fell about 15 feet landing on my feet. It's been about 12 weeks now and still no hard cast. The doctor says my bones are healing nicely but I have had 2 surgeries and the place that they went in isn't healing. In fact it has gotten a lot worse. It's been an ordeal since I fell, it's like having to learn all over again how to get around. I'm hoping by Christmas I'll be back on my feet. I can't stand not being able to work.

Comment from: BELLA, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I fell down a very steep rickety staircase, got up on the broken leg/ankle and the pain was so excruciating it blew me off my front porch into my front lawn. I went to the emergency room and was told I had broken my ankle in 3 places and had to undergo surgery. It took a week to find a good orthopedic surgeon and I went into surgery the next day. The nerve blockers they gave helped to diminish some of the post operation pain, but when it wore off, the next day was as painful as the night I broke it. That was a rough night.

Comment from: Sunflowers , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I twisted my ankle by tripping over a tree root and got a stable spiral lateral malleolus fracture - a Weber B; no surgery but Aircast for 8 weeks. At 10 days, he said to put light weight on it with crutches and to come back in two weeks to check with x-rays if it was still stable. It was fine and he said to walk with or without crutches as I’m comfortable, until the cast comes off in four weeks. The first two to three weeks are the worst. The pain and getting around got much easier at about 3.5 weeks.


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

I was skateboarding- the first and only day ever - and I fell off the board and landed on my left foot and broke both tibia and fibula. I was in splint for 2 weeks, then surgery (4 screws), then 2 more weeks in soft cast, and then 4 weeks in hard cast. I just got the hard cast off yesterday. It hurts so badly, man! Weight bearing again today, trying my best with it. I’m in a boot until my next surgery in 4 weeks, then physiotherapy until I can walk again.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I walked out the front door to take my dog out, missed the last step, rolled my ankle, and broke it in three places. I had surgery, it's been ten days, and it feels better. I only have to take pain pills at around 7 at night. Because I hate the soft cast I want to cut it off so bad, it has plastic in it and I can feel it. I really hope the hard cast is better. Please say it is better!

Comment from: sandisassy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I had a wood wardrobe next to the bed, plus a bin of books. I fell out of the bed and the upper part of my body was raised because of this. Thus all the weight was on my ankle and leg bone. It broke completely.

Comment from: Fairy dust, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I was awake at 1:30 am. I went to the kitchen to get a snack; my basement door stays open due to my having to go downstairs. I had my tablet in my hand playing a game. I turned too fast and down I went 13 steps! I landed on my left shoulder. I crawled up the steps to my side door to unlock the storm door. I tried to stand up but I couldn't! I crawled back to my bedroom. By this time I was screaming in pain. I called my daughter and told her what happened. I think she was here in 10 minutes! I called my neighbor. When she got here she said I was going in shock. She called the emergency medical technicians. They came and the man said it looked like I just had a sprain. I told my daughter to go back home. I knew she had to work. At 7 am I called her and told her I thought I needed to go to the hospital. I couldn't walk. My neighbor had to carry me out. They told me my right ankle was broken in 2 places. They gave some crutches but I couldn't use them. Come to find out my left shoulder was broken too. So left shoulder and right ankle. This was 2 weeks ago. I called the orthopedic doctor they told me to call. I couldn't get in until Tuesday. By this time my shoulder was dark purple all over! That is when I found it was broken! I will be 60 in 2 months and never broken anything before!

Comment from: Chester , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I got an ankle fracture running. I misstepped, rolled ankle and fell over, then had to walk 2 km home on it because no car would stop, and I didn’t have my phone. Not sure if that made it worse or if damage was done.

Comment from: Val, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I fell and broke three bones in my ankle; the main ones. It’s been 2 and a half months and it is still swollen and hurts real bad.

Comment from: Bubbebaby, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I stepped on a segment of walkway that was a few inches lower. My ankle turned outward and fractured.

Comment from: laurakim, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

My husband and I took a trip down to Panama, and, while stepping into a large wooden dugout canoe, I slipped and fell hard. It happened so fast that I'm not really sure what way my right foot went, but I do know that it was the wrong way. I heard the pop, and was concerned about my knee, as I had recently had a right knee replacement. Oddly, I had no ankle pain at all, it was totally numb. As soon as I tried to get up, I realized that my foot was flopping around like it wasn't attached. I reached down and forced my ankle bone to go back in place (still no pain) and then instructed the people who were with us how to make a splint out of the Mae West life jacket I had been wearing. This worked very well to keep my ankle stabilized for the 2 hour drive back to civilization. Thirty hours later I was in the emergency room in my home town. All this occurred on 2/12/16. Today is 5/5/16, and I just got my walking cast off 2 days ago. I still have 4 weeks of physical therapy to go, and then it's all up to me to keep going. I know it's still going to be a while before I can walk normally again. What I can't believe is that through the whole ordeal, especially before I had surgery, there was no pain. My foot stayed numb during the ordeal of flying back to the states. I am thankful for that.

Comment from: Twigah, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

On February 6th I wiped out on ice while walking my dogs. My right ankle was turned in an awkward position and I heard the loud pop and from that sound I just knew I had a broken bone. As well, the pain and look of my ankle was like nothing I have ever known before. Upon presentation to emergency I was informed that I had a right distal fibula Weber B fracture with a talar shift. I needed surgery, and a metal plate was inserted. I now have to be in a cast, hop around on crutches, and no weight bearing for at least 8 weeks. The inconvenience is bad, but I know clearly that this accident could have been worse if I had hit my head. Also, I have a wonderful family and friends who are just rallying around me. And, I use a lot of my time now to read all the books I have been waiting to find to read. As well, I have plenty of quiet time for contemplation and introspection. I have learned to look for the positive aspects of every bad experience!

Comment from: GBG, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I was golfing and walking back to the cart, and stepped wrong on a tree root. My left foot curved over it and next thing I knew I heard a pop and was down in the mud. I broke my lateral malleolus in a clean horizontal break. This was December 26. I have another week to go before my next evaluation on January 20. My leg hasn't touched the floor since and my muscle tone is already gone. I scoot around the house on an office chair, and on crutches and a knee walker when out, but out doesn't happen often. I can drive but getting the crutches and scooter are difficult on my own. I broke my collar bone last year too and developed arthritis in it after it healed. I'm scared this will happen to my ankle causing pain and no more heels! Good luck to everyone who is dealing with a similar issue.

Comment from: Berimom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

This is enough to make any one crazy! I stepped on a cheap vinyl hose that had condensation on it. It was like stepping on ice. The hose was on a concrete patio on a hill. I broke my tibia into my ankle and chipped a piece off the bottom on July 27. After surgery on August 3rd, I am now in a heavy walking boot for the past 6 weeks with two more to go! I was looking to see if I can take this darn thing off my leg! I have a 4 to 5 inch plate and eight screws. I don't think my husband would dare to buy another vinyl hose. The rubber ones are worth every penny!

Comment from: Mark H, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

I broke the end of the tibia and slightly up the fibula with my foot turned the wrong angle when I fell back on it from about 1 foot high. This was a task I've done thousands of time before with no problems.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

My kids are in middle school and high school now. I still kept their favorite board games and books at a corner of our family room. Last night I was reading an online book on a sofa and my youngest child asked me to move over and sit next to her in case she needed help on her math homework. I walked with laptop, a big one with its power cord, and accidentally stepped on to an uncovered Battleship board game box and then the box slipped. My left ankle was rotated over 90 degrees, I think. And I saw the swelling in seconds. The emergency room doctor told me I had fractures on all three bones. She helped me align them and I am waiting to see the specialist tomorrow. I regret that I did not pay more attention when I walked with both my hands full and miss the days that I could move freely.

Comment from: Jniedi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I broke my lateral malleolus (fibula) on my left ankle after I fell on roller skates on 10/18. It's been 3 weeks and I'm counting the days when I can walk and be independent again.

Comment from: joseph, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 29

I broke my left ankle playing soccer on Wednesday and am hoping I can get back and play soccer within 6 to 8 weeks. I had surgery.

Comment from: suz, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 22

After tandem bike riding at the park, walking back to our truck, I stepped into a sprinkler hole (without a sprinkler) spraining my left and breaking my right ankle resulting in a fibular fracture. It's been nearly 6 weeks the first week with a splint on right leg, then a cast using crutches, now a boot from toes to knee. This has been difficult for me as my husband and I are active seniors; however, I am so grateful, as this accident could have been so much worse.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I play rugby as a hobby on Saturdays. While playing, my team got a penalty when I screamed for the ball. With only meters to go before scoring I was tackled by two players from the other team, and all I remember is hearing a loud snap. Everyone must have heard this and all players from both teams stopped. As I put my foot on the floor the pain kicked in, I remember looking at it quickly and seeing my foot at a 90 degree angle and I passed out. Anyway I was in hospital for 4 days before I had an operation. The ankle fracture happened in the last weekend of August and I was unable to work for at least 6 months.

Comment from: HikingEvans, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

Descending among large boulders on a mountainside, I made two mistakes. One, I started talking to an approaching fellow hiker while walking, lost focus, footing, fell, and fractured ankle. Bigger mistake was I hiked alone. I crawled and limped 1.5 hours back up the mountain to my car. Never hike alone!

Comment from: Ellie83, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I got up out of bed to shut my bedroom window. Once I stood up, my left ankle went out from underneath me like it wasn't even there and I fell full force to the ground. I got a spiral fracture on my left fibula. Guess my ankle/leg twisted as I went down. Very scary moment.

Comment from: Kathynoel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I was leaving my son's graduation ceremony and slipped on a small grassy incline and heard an unmistakable crack. X-rays confirmed my tibia was fractured and the rest of my ankle was severely sprained. My doctor put me in a boot cast and I started physical therapy about ten days after I broke the ankle. My follow up appointment with the doctor is in a week and I hope to be out of the cast and allowed to wear a gym shoe and drive instead of being carted around. Having a broken ankle makes me miss my freedom but I appreciate that I have family I can rely on because I know many others do not.

Comment from: Rosydi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

Just this past weekend my husband and I were leaving to go shopping. I fell down the front steps, twisting both of my ankles. My left ankle immediately started to swell and I immediately began to lie on the ground in the worst pain I have had since childbirth. My husband quickly got me in the car and we went to the emergency room. I broke my fibula in 2 places, and my tibia in 1 place. They just gave me a boot, and sent me home though. I saw the orthopedist on Monday, I am non weight bearing for at least another week. This thing is so painful, and swollen. Just awful!

Comment from: noveleagle, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I am 83 and I have no idea what caused my ankle to fracture. I was walking across an uncluttered floor when I took a step and heard what sounded like 4 shots. Knowing it was my ankle breaking I slumped to the floor, attracted my neighbor's attention and she called the emergency squad. All 3 of my right ankle bones were broken and I had a linear fracture in my left that was quickly booted and allowed to heal on its own. The right, of course, required surgery. That was 3 months ago and although I've been able to bear weight on it for about 5 weeks it is still weak, swollen and painful.

Comment from: Pili, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I'm 53 years old and was jogging at night, as I do usually when I get out of work. There was an opening on the sidewalk and I stepped in. My foot went to one side, then the other and I fell forward to the ground. Since I got scraped all over I did not know which was the more painful, I was able to get up and walk to the bus stop till my son picked me up. I thought that the swelling and the bruises around my ankle were normal so I waited till the following day, and the pain got worse and I could not put weight on my foot. At urgent care they took x-rays and sure enough I had a fractured distal left fibula, I was first placed on a soft cast till I saw the orthopedic surgeon, and I was placed on a hard cast with crutches for 4 weeks. My follow up visit was this week and even though my fracture is healing I still have another 4 weeks to go and I now have a boot with minimal weight placed on my left foot. It has been hard working because at the end of the day my foot feels like it’s got a cylinder block on it and is still swollen and bruised. The doctor said it was normal, I hope my next visit will be good news that I get my boot off and start my rehabilitation back to normal activity.

Comment from: Rodster, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I was working on an aluminum multi ladder which snapped a pivot bolt. I was at 12 ft. and fell straight down onto concrete. I didn't feel the pain for several minutes after I saw my foot was twisted and upside down. I shattered the tibia and fibula in 6 places, mostly around the base right by the ankle joint. Fortunately I was taken to a trauma center as they were concerned about head \ neck injuries. I was rushed right in to see trauma crew without any long delays, which is normal for this hospital. The surgeon determined that the swelling was too bad to operate and I ended up with an external fixator. Steel rods and screws that hold everything together until soft tissue heals. Three weeks later I had the operation. I have 4 plates and 24 screws aligning my ankle bones. The pain was 9 to 10 on the scale for two days. I had a follow up exam with x-rays a week later and my surgeon says my ankle looks good. I still have bad swelling and numbness. I am going stir crazy with boredom as I'm not one who sits around all day. I'm told swelling is normal and can last months! No weight for 3 months. However, the pain is manageable. I'm looking at a knee walker to help keep my upper leg in shape and to gain back some mobility. I just hope I can outlast the boredom!

Comment from: Rose, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I've been playing rugby for almost 10 years, and never once had I been injured until 3 weeks ago. I gained possession of the ball, turned to pass it off while falling, then someone fell on my already turned ankle. I didn't feel too much pain at all, maybe because of the adrenalin, but I definitely heard my bones crack. When my teammates carried me off the field, it felt like my ankle was floating around inside my leg, it was pretty gross. I finally made it to the hospital about 2 hours later, where I learned that I needed to have surgery that night and I couldn't go home. I had a double fracture to both sides of my ankle. I was awake during the surgery where they inserted a metal plate and 8 screws. Skipping the horrible hospital stories, I'm now home and it's been a little more than 3 weeks. Still no weight-bearing, but my scars are healing pretty well. For someone who doesn't do anything all day, I'm pretty sleepy. But I guess it's my body trying to heal itself.

Comment from: Felicia k r, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I missed the last step going down some steps, fell hard, and my ankle was twisted. Now it's swollen and aches with a throbbing pain. Worried I have an ankle fracture.

Comment from: Shattered Ankle, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I shattered my ankle, broke in 2 places and dislocated it. This was Sunday, and surgery was on Monday at 8 am. Today is Saturday, I lost control of my crutch since it was defective, slammed forward all toes spread out, and felt the heel slam against the rear of the cast. No new pain and toes are still moving. Well, I must say, the site where I was cut, as well as in the heel I feel somewhat a discomfort but no new pain or swelling! I wonder if there is any chance there’s a new issue brewing or screws and plates unaligned.

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

Slippery surface caused my ankle fracture.

Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

Walking on an icy sidewalk, I slipped and fell. I slowly and painfully made my way back to the house (luckily I had not gone too far). I thought I would be all right if I just sat down for a while and relaxed, but I then tried to walk to my bedroom to lie down, and it hurt like crazy just to put any weight at all on it! I got a ride to the emergency room (ER) where I got an x-ray, and learned I had broken my fibula. I was put in a splint, due to there being some pretty good swelling. I had surgery a week later, got a plate and 8 screws in it. Two weeks after that, I was put in a hard cast. After two more weeks, I got that cast off, and was finally able to get rid of my crutches. It's now a week after that, and I still can't quite walk like I used to, but it's slowly getting better! I am still taking ibuprofen, was taking Norco but don’t really need that anymore.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I am a 59 year old female and fell down the back steps where I work. I knew my foot was hurt badly because I couldn't even put any weight on it. They took me to the hospital and my ankle and the top of my foot is broken. I was off work for a week and have it in a boot with crutches. I have been back to work for a week and I thought setting at a desk would not be bad, but by the time I go home in the evenings I am nearly in tears. I am wondering how long it takes for the pain and swelling to ease up. I don't go back to the doctor for six weeks.

Comment from: Stelaraemo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

Hi, I'm a caregiver and a patient. I live in an old house that has five large concrete steps on the front porch. I was leaving for work when my overloaded hands and packages wobbled, then I wobbled and thus began my downward spiral down the front steps. I was grabbing for the rail, and the large shrub next to the rail, to no avail, my left foot wrenched downward to the outside, I hit the first step with it bent and then another, and another. Foot scraping all the way down. I finally landed on the concrete walkway and into the grass. It took a bit before I could get up, no one anywhere in site to help. I finally got up and managed to hobble to the car. I thought it would be okay once I settled down in my office and rested, but it didn't and the pain and swelling just got worse. I went to the emergency room to have it looked at. Hours later, I was finally seen and they determined there were no beaks, but they couldn't tell about fractures because of the swelling. It's now three weeks later and I'm still swollen, pain has been pretty bad. I'll see my primary. After reading about fractures on this site and what causes them, I could easily see it being a fracture and understood a little more about my dilemma. I didn't get this much information from the emergency room doctor. When I see my primary on Friday, I will have my list in hand so that I don't forget to tell him any of the signs from the list that I feel apply to my situation. The straight forward layout of information was so helpful.

Comment from: Christine , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I broke my ankle when I was 13. I am 48 now. It’s been bothering me. It tingles and gives out on me.

Comment from: 2soon old 2late smrt, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I fell approximately 3.5 feet from a step ladder while trying to clear 2 feet of snow from my roof on 2/10/2015. My ankle is still quite bothersome 10/15/2015.

Comment from: jappier, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I fell down the stairs in my house. I went to the emergency room in my town. I had to have four X-rays, then a CT scan to see if anything else was broken. They finally told me that I broke my ankle. I had to have surgery and I stayed in the hospital overnight.

Comment from: Laura, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I rolled my ankle going down three steps to the laundry room. I fell to the ground and immediately knew my ankle was broken. I had three-hour wait in emergency room. I am home now and I am frustrated out of my mind. I am so bored that I want to clean my house more than anything.

Comment from: Libbie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I slipped on my front steps after a light rain. I have lived 69 years without a broken bone. I knew my left ankle was injured so my husband wrapped it with an ACE bandage, put an ice pack on it and I kept it elevated all day. The next day I went to my primary care physician and she sent me ASAP to an orthopedist. After an X-ray, I was diagnosed with a fractured fibula, put in a walking boot and told not to put any weight on it. I go back in three weeks for follow-up X-rays. I am keeping it elevated and not putting any weight on it. I do not want to have surgery, so I am following the doctor's orders! I appreciated the other stories of similar breaks as they gave me some insight as how to handle my injury.

Comment from: Lloyd ., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

Hi, I'm a 21 year old male. I was freestyle motorbike riding when I cleared a 60 foot Jump. I went about 25 feet in the air and came down flat, nearly breaking my back. The impact shattered both ankles. I was in the hospital for nearly three weeks waiting for surgery, then another week after surgery. The surgery took five hours, my left ankle has 20 screws and two plates. The right ankle has 10 screws with one plate. I am now in a wheelchair for three months, non-weight bearing, then learning how to walk again. Joint fusion is on the cards. Before the accident I was super fit which is probably a lost cause now - according to the doctor I will never even be able to walk on the beach again because of the uneven surface. Doctors don’t always know everything. Anyway - Love, peace and chicken grease.

Comment from: momof3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I was on my way to work. I stop to get gas and step over the hose and step wrong and my ankle rolled and I went down. My husband was there to get gas on his way to work also, thank God. I knew right then it was broken. I could not stand up. I got X-rays that confirmed that it was broken in three places. I had surgery the following week. I am 6 weeks in from surgery and I’m told no weight bearing for 8 weeks then a boot for 4 to 6 weeks. This is my first break at 55 years old! Just the day before my fall we were talking about broken bones and I was bragging how I had never broken anything but a toe. I pray I never do again this has not be fun at all. I turned my walker over and hit the floor the other night. Nothing broke but my spirit.

Comment from: aakms, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was out riding my horse without a saddle. The horse ended up taking a weird step and so I lost my balance and fell off. When I fell, I landed on the side of my ankle. I ended up dislocating and breaking my ankle as well as breaking my wrist.

Comment from: MimiMouse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I was pushing my shopping cart to my truck when an elderly man stomped on his gas pedal, hit me, and plowed me through the guardrail, glass, bricks, of the store front and through shelving and merchandise. I landed on the floor in front of the cash registers. I have nightmare flashbacks. My ankle fibula snapped, splintered, and I had another fracture in the lower ankle bone that sits on the top of the foot, as well as a fracture in my collarbone.

Comment from: Jec, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

On December 24th 2013 I was visiting relatives and fell outside on the ice-covered driveway. Without a cell phone and all alone in the country I whistled and yelled until my niece heard me. My right foot was laying on the ground and my knee was pointing upward. I was brought to the hospital, X-rayed and operated on. I had three broken bones and two bones that splintered. I had plates and screws to hold everything together. I spent 6 weeks in a hard cast. I now have a boot that I can remove to exercise my ankle. I can have no weight on my right ankle until after April, 2014. I use a walker to get around. A few tricks are: put fanny packs on the walker to carry stuff (drinks that have covers), go up porch steps backwards (using walker on flat bottom surface for stability), get a medical toilet that will give you height and less stress on your good leg. I am getting good at hopping around. I have not had much pain but swelling is still a problem. I am doing everything I am told so hopefully I can return to work soon and to my home. My relatives got a visitor for Christmas, New Year’s, and a few holidays not celebrated yet. LOL. Recovery is slow so find a sit down hobby to keep you busy and sleep whenever you can. Surround yourself with happy people and you will recover mentally and physically.

Comment from: babyjewelz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

When I was about 16 years old I injured my right ankle by slipping on ice.

Comment from: erna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I fell in my backyard. I stepped on wet leaves, and my foot slipped out from under me. I came down on my right foot. I knew immediately that my ankle was broken. I could not stand up and there was immediate swelling and pain. I went to ER and got X-rays, which showed a broken ankle and fibula. I have had surgery where the surgeon inserted pins and plate to hold my ankle together. I had a hard cast for 3 weeks. There can be no weight bearing. Today, I got a lighter cast, which I will wear for 5 weeks. Still no weight bearing. Then I will have surgery to remove the plate and pins, then rehab. I will be off work for 4 months! This is probably one of the worst things to happen to me! The boredom is the worst!

Comment from: Mary Merc, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 21

Walking to the mailbox on the street, I turned and stepped on uneven raised berm and rolled my ankle. I bruised my right knee, two ribs, and hurt my hand. I walked around for 10 days in pain. I went to an orthopedic surgeon, had x-rays, and discovered that I had broken my ankle in two places. I am in I am in a walking boot for eight weeks.

Comment from: Michele, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

My left ankle got run over by a truck. I didn't have insurance, so every E.R. I went to said I just had a "dropped" foot. They gave me a few pain pills and sent me on my way. Three years after walking on it, my foot was almost upside down. I got disability and an orthopedic. My ankle was crushed so badly that I had plates and screws. They may have to do some grafting. I’m not sure. As I stood up from the wheelchair in the bathroom, I fell and broke four toes on the right side! I can’t put weight on either foot.

Comment from: Tricia123, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

My husband has twisted/sprained/broke his foot in a hole in our yard yesterday. He still hasn't gone to the doctor! He is limping around and his ankle is swollen. We have iced it down we have wrapped it.

Comment from: Jan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I broke my ankle playing with my son’s dog Dakota, a 90-pound chocolate lab. She won! I have Parkinson’s disease and I don’t have good balance anyway. She hit the back of my leg, I went down, and the rest is history. I am in a walking boot but cannot put weight on it at all.

Comment from: Maddie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I was attempting to dismount the horse I was riding when he spooked. I fell to the ground. It happened very fast. When I went to stand up I knew I had injured my ankle. The urgent care doctor put me in a boot.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 10

I was rollerblading and rolled my ankle splitting the fibula up from the ankle. I had a plate and nine screws installed . I spent five weeks in a cast and then two weeks in a boot non-weight bearing and then four more weeks in the boot and allowed to walk . I took the boot off a week ago and now have a splint that I wear in my shoe . I have no bone pain and haven't since a couple days after the surgery . There's muscle pain and stiffness but I walk every day and the muscles are getting stronger and there's less stiffness . I listened to my Dr. and did exactly what he said and the only thing that was unbearable was the boredom . Listen to your Dr.

Comment from: Piano<3, 7-12 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

It was during field day and we were doing the sack race. The school decided to put it on uneven ground. When I was hopping my way back I hit an uneven spot and my right ankle went to the right side. My ankle bone touched the ground. I still participated in some of the activities but I was writhing in pain.

Comment from: sunny, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

After 20 years of not being in a pair of skates… I was only on the skates 15 minutes when I fell backwards twisted my ankle and landed on it! I have torn two ligaments on the inner ankle and broke the outer bone of the ankle. I will need surgery to repair the damage I did. That means a metal plate and two screws. I ordered a knee scooter because I cannot bear any weight on my ankle for three months.

Comment from: walker, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I fractured my ankle walking a dog. At 55, this is my first broken bone. Thought I was being careful by wearing my heavy duty snow boots since I knew the area would be wet and muddy. While my right foot 'gracefully' slid in the muddy grass landing me on my right side (without any bruising), my left boot stuck in the mud, didn't move. I thought I just sprained my ankle - I could bear weight & walk on it - it was just sore. At home I did the R.I.C.E. and limited my walking. At first the swelling and pain went down, so I started working the ankle as rehab. After a week from the fall, the improvement had stopped, so I saw my doctor. The X-ray showed a fracture of the fibula near the ankle. Now the specialist has my leg in a hard cast & I have orders to be non-weight bearing cast for six to eight weeks with the goal of avoiding surgery. My doggies are not happy!

Comment from: Monique, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I fell down the stairs from the third step from the bottom. My left ankle slipped off of step and rolled. I guess I shifted my weight to the right and went off of the side of the steps (there was no rail) and my leg snapped and ankle dislocated. I have three fractures in my right ankle that required two plates and screws and a long screw through inside of ankle. The left one had two fractures with one plate and screws and another long screw. My right one was also dislocated. It has been 13 weeks. I was in a non-weight bearing on the left ankle for four weeks and a non-weight bearing on the right for almost eight weeks. I expected to be able to do more and have less pain by now. It seems to get worse. I am hoping physical therapy will change this and I can put this behind me.

Comment from: Kelley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I slipped on black ice. It has been a little over a month since my surgery. I have a plate and six pins. The first two weeks I was extremely sick from pain meds. Now swelling is a problem. I'm having a problem sitting still too. I hate not being independent. I’m so bored. The waiting to heal is the toughest part now. Hopefully the worst is behind me.

Comment from: Horserider, Published: March 05

My horse slipped and fell while I was riding. She landed on my right leg, and have broken ankle and lower tibia fracture.

Comment from: HardWorkingWomen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I did this at work, I was prying some cement/stucco from a side of the window and started pulling with my bar when I slipped and fell straight down about five feet very hard. I thought I was fine until lunchtime when I couldn't walk that well. When I got home and took off my right side shoe it swelled like a balloon. The next day I couldn't even walk so I went to the doctor and was told it was fractured.

Comment from: TED, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

I slipped on black ice.

Comment from: busybee527, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 15

I slipped on the stairs that had no siderail and fell about seven feet. I landed directly on both feet. My left foot had injury on the instep, right foot had 3 fractures to my ankle that required surgery to implant a plate and then I had it casted. My left foot was in 'surgical boot' for 2 weeks. I still find myself limping on occasion.

Comment from: Bobie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

Back in 2011 I fractured my left ankle. I was attempting to get on the riding mower to start the grass which was still damp from a lot of rain. My foot slipped on the riding mower and I landed on the left ankle and when I did it went inside and then to the outside. I heard the popping and knew right away it was bad. I was taken to the ER at our local hospital and X-rays done. I was told I fractured it and was put in a temporary cast until the following Monday when I saw the orthopedic doctor. He put me in a regular cast and was told 6 weeks in it. I ended up having it removed and a walking boot put on after just a week. At my 8 week check-up was told it was all healed up nicely and I was good to go. Well 7 months later I started having pain and swelling in that ankle. I went back to the doctor and he was very rude and said, “Well if you would lose weight, it wouldn’t bother you.” That was the last time I saw that doctor and I went to another. The new doctor did an MRI and only showed some swelling around the Achilles tendon. He sent me to another specialist. This is my very first broken bone of any kind and it happened when I was 45 years old. I pray I never have another one after all of this. LOL

Comment from: jenn, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I fell down the stairs at school.

Comment from: Rose, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I fell walking down steps leading into back yard. I rolled over my ankle and tore ligaments.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I slipped on a wet front step and lost my balance, breaking the ankle. I am told it will take about four weeks in a cast, then in boots for partial weight bearing and then physiotherapy etc. I am following full instructions in order to fully recover.

Comment from: shirley nelson, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I slipped wearing flip flops, going down steps which had only just been washed. Both sides of my ankle and my heel are broken. I’m in agony and I am totally immobile in a plaster cast.

Comment from: Ca Mom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

While on a family camping trip, I rolled my ankle; I knew instantly that it was broken (I heard it snap and saw my ankle in a position that it should not be in). My husband had to rescue me by canoe and drive me 1 1/2 hours down a mountain to an emergency room. There they discovered it was broken and needed a visit to the orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Three days later, I was operated on and had 6 pins and a plate installed. I am 14 days postop and bored, bored, bored. I know the road to recovery is going to be long, but knowing that I will get better eventually is making this alright.

Comment from: Jasmine Tiah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I slipped and fell at work after housekeeping cleaned the floors. I was wearing high heels and when I slipped, I broke my ankle in three places. A month has passed and my foot is still swollen.

Comment from: horsewoman, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I broke my ankle when my horse rolled in a snow bank. I took ibuprofen for nine days until I saw an orthopedic surgeon who said ibuprofen does not promote bone healing. She also said I needed surgery.

Comment from: Wendy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I fell down the stairs after treading on one of my grandchildren's toys. I suspected I had damaged my ankle as it was so painful. Five years previous to this accident I had slipped down a curb and torn all the ligaments and tendons in the same ankle. I have done this again on the inner ankle bone and fractured the outside ankle. So far I have been in a full cast for two weeks after having a back slab cast for nine days as the ankle was too swollen to cast fully. I am just hoping that as I am an older lady with a history of arthritis in my family that this will recover fully and leave me with no problems in the future.

Comment from: Tammy L., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am 31 years old and this is my first time breaking a bone, getting surgery, being put under and having stitches! Ya, I figured I'd get it all out of the way in one shot! I was walking in a parking lot to my car and there was a piece of ice beside my driver-side back tire. I slipped once, catching myself; but as I caught myself with my left foot my right foot slipped again and I came down sideways on my left ankle. I was diagnosed with a fracture-dislocation. I can't remember how many screws are in my ankle but there's one plate. Its been 16 days since my accident and 15 since the surgery. This Thursday I have an appointment with my surgeon to get my staples removed (which have been the worst part of the healing process), and my full cast put on ( as I only have a half cast bandage on atm). After that my doctor said it will be 4 weeks before I can put weight on my left leg which is better than the 12 weeks that I was previously given. Apparently I'm healing well due to taking care of it. So if you are reading this and you just broke your what your doctors tell you to do and you will heal! Thanks for listening :)

Comment from: Mythili, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I was walking with sports shoes on an uneven road. I remember my lower leg twisted and as I fell down I heard the cracking of the bones and was in severe pain. People around me literally lifted me and put me in an automobile and took me straight to hospital. I have seven screws and a plate on one side and a large screw on the other bone. Recovery time is said to be six to eight weeks.

Comment from: Christine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

I slipped in the snow. My left ankle curled under my foot and crunched. I fell to the floor and could not move. I was taken the A & E and had my left foot X-rayed after a consultation. I had to have my foot realigned as it was dislocated and told I had broken all three bones in my ankle, tore the ligaments and damaged all the cartilage. I would need an operation to correct my fracture. Due to the swelling on my ankle I had to wait five days after being admitted to hospital before my operation could go ahead.

Comment from: Kalpana Mahanta, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I slipped and fell and broke both the ankles.

Comment from: Nancy, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 13

Seven months ago, I fell down the steps and broke my left ankle on three places. I ended up with eight screws and two plates. My body was rejected the plate and two months after that, I broke my ankle again. I had a second operation and one plate and three screws were removed. My ankle became infected after the second operation and I was one miserable person. I'm still left with five screws and one plate in my ankle, and still have pain.

Comment from: hesore, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I fell down two steps and broke both ankles. Now I’m in a wheelchair for 45 days.

Comment from: Biaz, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

It took me almost 50 years to break a bone. It was my left ankle. I was playing softball, left field, made a catch then threw in one motion. The field was muddy, my foot was planted firmly and my ankle dislocated and snapped. I have seven pins and a plate on one side and a pin on the other. The recovery period is two weeks elevated, followed by no weight for 6-8 weeks. It seems like an eternity. Worse part right now is blood thinner injections, twice a day.

Comment from: cea, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I am a flight attendant and was getting out of the van at the airport to go to work and missed the last step. Knew something was wrong when I couldn't stand on it. They sent me to the emergency room and I found out that I had three broken bones in my foot. A plate and four screws later I still cannot put weight on it.

Comment from: mountain artist, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I am a 66 yr-old female with no previous balance issues. Five months ago I fell from a lower stair landing onto a concrete basement floor after reaching for a light switch. I was taken to an emergency room and one broken ankle was put in a temporary cast. Three days later at an orthopedic clinic in my home state, I was properly diagnosed with 2 broken ankles: one a simple fibula break, and the other with four fractures in the ankle & foot. Now, I am very thankful for excellent PT where work continues.

Comment from: Leo, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 11

In had teed off on my golf course and the tee was a bit elevated. The grass was slippery and I slid down and twisted my foot. I went home, put ice packs on it for 30 minutes and looked up on Google what I could and should do. It said to go to the emergency department. They took an X-ray which showed a thin crack in the ankle bone. My foot was swollen it all was a bit tender. They placed a cast from the toes to the knee and gave me crutches. They referred me to go after seven days to the fracture clinic of the hospital. I now have an appointment on Monday which is exactly seven days after the accident. I had some discomfort with the cast but the swelling went down withintwo2 days. Your article is excellent and informed me well.

Comment from: Nicole, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I was in soccer camp when a girl from the opposing team kicked me hard in the ankle.

Comment from: G. I., 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I broke my ankle when I slipped on a wet surface and missed a step.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I am female aged 51. I tripped over an uneven curb and landed heavily on my ankle causing a break in the small bone at the base of the ankle.

Comment from: marlene, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I sustained an open fracture of the ankle from falling downstairs (my right foot got caught in the turn-up of my trousers).

Comment from: lanov, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I fell down the last four steps of stairs. Now I have a broken fibula and a bad sprain.

Comment from: pamina, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I am female aged 77. Two weeks ago I fell, wrenching my ankle inwards. I felt initial pain but after a few minutes was able to use the foot. It was slightly swollen and tender at first. I suspected a sprain. I then experienced discomfort, verging on pain, plus swelling, intermittently for about 10 days, with periods of normalcy in between. I consulted a doctor on about the 14th day, was x-rayed and diagnosed with avulsion fracture.

Comment from: Batman, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

I'm 16 yrs old. I am practicing football and basketball. I was playing on my High School summer basketball team. I jumped up and came down on my teammate’s leg. He is okay and I couldn't walk. They put ice on it immediately the next day I went to see our orthopedic team doctor. He x-rayed it and said I had a small fracture and he put a boot on me. I am a QB on the football team. We are going to camp July 11th.

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