Sunday, January 4, 2009

The mental side of recovering from ankle surgery

I now realize how important the ankle joint is to my life. It means walking, being in nature, exploring, doing yoga, skiing, working, taking showers. Being non-weight bearing for 8 weeks is confining & solitary. It means the only people you see are those that come to visit you. It means you cant prepare foods, get most things, carry anything. Won't someone invent pockets for crutches so you can carry stuff as you hobble along? In science we learn that the neural pathways for depression are very similar to those for pain. However, when you take a very active person, like myself, & you confine them to having their leg up, not moving much except with crutches, you get one unhappy person. I'm not saying that my entire identity is wrapped up in the things I do, like taking care of patients, being active in the outdoors & in yoga; but it is a large part of myself. To cope, I am exploring the more internal part of myself & my relationships with others. It helps, but is still depressing.

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  1. I am just beginning this road - fell and dislocated and broke my ankle on Monday 4/13. Had surgery Thursday, 4/16 and had my first post-op appointment today to check out the healing and get a new cast. I'll have this for 2 weeks then another one for 3 and then I will hopefully move to a boot. I am a runner and extremely active and the inactivity is really hard to swallow. I can tell that has been hard for you, too. I will be doing upper body weights and core exercises and whatever it takes to stay strong. I am fighting lots of worry about not being able to resume my high level of activity without pain. I just try to take a day at a time and am luckily able to work from home so my days are busy - but the sad thoughts do creep in. I just still can't believe this happened! So - I have appreciated reading your blog and your thoughts on your various stages of recovery. I have told myself that I will be out of any cast or boot and into therapy by July and my stretch goal is running by the Fall - perhaps LATE Fall! It will just break my heart if I can't run again - but I can't go there now - lots of work to do before I will accept that outcome. So - I'll continue to follow your progress and I appreciate you sharing your journey. Thanks!

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  2. I can understand what it has been like for you both, I broke my ankle after a fall back in January. I have spent several months in different casts, and when that didn't work, my doc decided to do surgery April 1st, and here I am, almost 4 months since the break, still not walking and still not able to go to work. I wasn't so bad when it was cold and snowy outside, but being trapped in the house when the sun is starting to shine, friends are getting married, and that European vacation I planned months ago is only weeks away; and I still have no idea when I will be walking again. As someone who works in mental health I can recognize the signs of depression are in full force, I know there is is an end and I will heal eventually, but I have a hard time feeling positive right now.

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  3. My husband had surgery yesterday for a dislocation/fracture of the ankle. I am trying to get insight into what he is going through so i can help him better. he is normally a very active peron as well. Any suggestions on how I can make this transition easier for him considering you have all gone through this?

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  4. I fell a few weeks ago and dislocated/broken in 3 places and ripped a ligament. I had surgery the following day, and am non bearing for 3 months, a cast for a month, boot for a month, then a walking boot for a month. I am using a wheelchair partly due to my good leg having a very bad knee. I am going crazy being so inactive and having to depend on other people. My anxiety level is way up so I am finally going to my GP fjor that tomorrow. I don't worry about myself but I start fixating on my family.I am so frustrated with myself and don't want to upset my family. I am also sleeping on the pull out couch in the middle of my house because my bed is too tall for me to get in and out of. Any words of encouragement?

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    1. I hope you still look at this site first of all. I am in the same position as you were. I am on the couch broke my fibula tore all ligaments on the inside of my ankle and tore the cartilage of my foot. Had 7 screws and a metal plate piut in two weeks ago. Been sleeping on the couch for three weeks. How long until I can sleep in the bed with my husband again? I miss the companionship and it is driving me crazy. Please any insight you can give me would be awesome. You can email me at abright004@live.com

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    2. Hi- I broke and dislocated my ankle 12 weeks ago. Got a boot now but am still very inactive. It's been really hard. I work in a wood with children who struggle with school. I have kept going- hobbling around on crutches and sitting by the fire.This is my blog about that! http://debsmillar.blogspot.co.uk/
      Good luck.

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  5. I broke my ankle in three places and dislocated it as well, have had x 3 surgeries, nine months of physio.. it seemed like it was a never ending round of pain and hospital appts but you all will get through it stronger than you were before.. take care xxx

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  6. I had an ankle fracture + ligament tear and bone dislocation while playing tennis on Jan 09, 2010. I had to wait 9 days for the swelling to come down and had surgery on Jan 18, 2010. I now have a steel plate and 6 screws on my right ankle.

    I am worried about my recovery as I read the Web forums. I am able to move my ankle up and down as advised by the Doc. He is allowing me to put my foot down and bear weight only by Feb 17. This is because prior to this my leg was weak as I had a mild case of Chikun Gunya (mosquito bite that leads to pain in legs and joints).

    The doc says he will not let me run till June 2011 and from March I can walk, swim and exercise on stationary bike.

    Can you or someone please let me know by when :
    1. I can walk normal again without a limp
    2. Do I need to have the hardware removed?

    Regards,
    R

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    1. I think depression is normal when you can't go outside by yourself, I'm only speaking to friends and family on the phone or they come over for a visit, or I go out once a week on "date night" with my fiance. It has been 4 weeks and on the 21st, I took a shower without my boot for the first time and I'm taking it off for small periods of time and "walking" around the house on the healing foot. It feels weird and a little sore, but when I sit, I try to gradually bend it forward and then put my foot on the floor and slowly and gently raise on the ball of my that foot. I'm sitting down though. I still feel a bit of numbness in the 3rd and 4th toes. Maybe, it's nerves that were pinched or something. I take my time getting in and out of the shower, but make sure I'm clean. I apply lots of lotion to both feet and legs and the massage does them good. I'm doing this because I miss working out everyday and miss my independence. I'm not trying to rush anything, I thank God I didn't need surgery, and I am doing my chores on a daily basis. The only thing that's bothering me is depression is creeping in and today I am teary. Last night, I took an Ambien and fell asleep because the nights before I had insomnia. I feel emotional today and don't like it, so I decided to come here and will search the internet for answers to overcome it. I think it's just lack of exercise that's doing it. Well, hope everyone is progressing. Take care.

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    2. I think depression is normal when you can't go outside by yourself, I'm only speaking to friends and family on the phone or they come over for a visit, or I go out once a week on "date night" with my fiance. It has been 4 weeks and on the 21st, I took a shower without my boot for the first time and I'm taking it off for small periods of time and "walking" around the house on the healing foot. It feels weird and a little sore, but when I sit, I try to gradually bend it forward and then put my foot on the floor and slowly and gently raise on the ball of my that foot. I'm sitting down though. I still feel a bit of numbness in the 3rd and 4th toes. Maybe, it's nerves that were pinched or something. I take my time getting in and out of the shower, but make sure I'm clean. I apply lots of lotion to both feet and legs and the massage does them good. I'm doing this because I miss working out everyday and miss my independence. I'm not trying to rush anything, I thank God I didn't need surgery, and I am doing my chores on a daily basis. The only thing that's bothering me is depression is creeping in and today I am teary. Last night, I took an Ambien and fell asleep because the nights before I had insomnia. I feel emotional today and don't like it, so I decided to come here and will search the internet for answers to overcome it. I think it's just lack of exercise that's doing it. Well, hope everyone is progressing. Take care.

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  7. I broke my ankle falling with a ladder while stripping wallpaper. Ankle bone connected to the ladder edge and snap went the fibula. Spent 10 days sinking into depression as I'm on short term disability from work, housebound, and staring at a lack of tidiness in the house that is screamingly frustrating. Decided I needed to pull myself back. Some ideas that are helping me include downloaded hypnosis session that I listen to once a day - for 20 bucks this is a great daily relaxation and attitude adjustment shot in the arm - recommend it highly; just hired a neighborhood girl to come in twice a week for two hours to tidy, sweep and do laundry - another attitude boost to see the house straight again. So moving on, but it is easy to get completely bummed out at having to sit and be inside. Thanks to this site for some good ideas and being able to know I'm not alone in feeling down.

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  8. Thank you for posting this. I am a college student and had to have surgery in December for chronic ankle pain. I got to a point where I could barely walk for 6 months after my last sprain (in May of last year), then underwent surgery this december and am currently still unable to walk around campus. My ligaments were completely shot and had to be shortened and sewed to the bone... Cast for 2 months and am now starting physical therapy. Slow going and frustrating...
    My friends expect me to be able to spend time with them like I used to- hiking, going shopping, etc. I think it's funny that a lot of you have posted that you don't know how important your ankle is until you can't use it. I used to joke before my surgery about being a cripple (total denial) and my friends picked up on it. Now they all tease and joke about me being a cripple and it's really getting to me. It's nice to know there are others going through the same thing and working with it.
    I'm trying to go swim at least twice a week (in between the 3x a week, 2hrs/time physical therapy)... Hopefully that will help.

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  9. I had my ORIF surgery June11,2009. My right ankle flipped around 180 degrees, now I have two plates and 8 screws! Nine months later and I am in constant pain, the swelling is getting worse day by day, I still limp. Recently, when I cough, laugh, sneeze or even go to the bathroon I get radiating sharp pain at my ankle! Help! Please can someone tell me what happens next?

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  10. I had to give up running and hiking because I became very flat footed. But I took up bicycling and enjoy it alot. The speed is exhilarating, though dangerous, and the sense of mobility is wonderful.

    It's not as easy to get to get your heartbeat up as when you're running, because you're dependent on working a relatively small percentage of your muscle mass. But it can be done.

    THe upside to bicycling is that it is much more social than running, which I typically did on my own. Most places have bicycle clubs that you can join, which will permit you to go on group rides. So take heart: there's an athletic life even after your careers as runners have come to an end.

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  11. I broke my ankle 3 times when I fell on the way to take the kids 2 the beach the 1st time and we travel for work and know noone here. I will be non weight bearing for at least 3 months and have no clue how to continue caring for our 2 very young kids when hubby works. I cannot seem to find anyone willing to help unless they charge at least $10 per hr. And can't afford it. I am majorly depressed and honestly feel as if I will lose my mind.

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    1. hi amy

      need you to please share ur experience.. i am 4 weeks post ankle surgery..and a mother of a 1.5 year old.. can u please advice whethrr you are able to carry your kids.. as in lift them up.. if yes when did u start. i have lots of fears.. whether i will miss out on him childhood.. whetger i will be able to do things normally.. play with him.. and how much time willl all this take.. i really miss being woth my son.. had planned lots of things now they all seem to be at standatill.. please let me know how is it now for you

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    2. Hi Priya,

      I broke my tibia and fibula in Dec when my daughter was only 4 months old. I had surgery 6 days after and have a metal plate/screws in my leg. Since my daughter was still so young and not crawling yet, I did not feel like I missed out on all that much. I was walking in a boot 6 weeks after my break and walking without a boot by about 9 weeks after. By 3 months I was able to fully care for my daughter again without assistance and now at 6 months post operation I am training to run 1.5 miles for a job I am applying for. It is painful and I probably shouldn't be trying to run quite yet, but it is manageable. I tell myself, "no pain no gain". As I'm sure you know by this point, you can still be a part of your kids lives and can probably start being active with them again. Every month your mobility will continue to improve and the pain will subside. Good luck on your recovery!

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  12. My left ankle was broken 16 years ago; I have a plate and eleven screws and have had very little trouble all these years. However, for the last year I have been experiencing sudden sharp, excruciating pain in the inside ankle bone, in an area in which there are three screws. These episodes last only a few minutes but are so severe that I can't put any weight on that foot, and, therefore, cannot walk until the pain lets up. These episodes are occurring more frequently and I am wondering if something could be going on with those screws in that particular area of the ankle. Anyone with similar experience, ever? Eloise

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  13. Had ORIF to my right ankle after a fall, shattering my tibia at the ankle in 6 pieces 6/7/10. Non weight bearing for 12 weeks. I also have a 22 month old toddler that I stay at home with. I was pretty depressed for the first couple of weeks but decided it wasn't helping and just conceded to the reality of the situation. My husband takes our daughter out for 30 minutes when he comes home, and that helps. Also get people to take her out in the day once or twice a week. I also found a life-saving thing: a single leg crutch. It is from goodbyecrutches. I still use the crutches, but with the single crutch, i can hold things and feed my daughter, etc. It does bother my knee a bit, as I had reconstructive surgery on the same leg to my knee 8 months earlier. But it has made caretaking bearable. Six more wks to go until I can put my foot down...literally.

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  14. Hi,

    I slipped on a wet stair and fell down the flight, resulting in a trimalleolar fracture to my left ankle. Reduction and surgery done that day. I had a non-weight bearing cast for 6 weeks (wheelchair and walker-bound; I never was able to use crutches due to equilibrium problems). I started intense physical therapy a week after they took my cast off. Went to a special Rehab Center where they worked exclusively with post ortho trauma patients. 3 hours/day, five days/week. PT included pool therapy which was fantastic.

    My last session was today. My ankle is still very swollen, and feels like a belt is tightened around it. There is pain and I don't yet place my foot correctly due to the shortened Achilles' tendon and lack of total ROM because of the edema. I can't walk unsupported yet but that is due to my balance problems which I had prior to the injury (but which got worse due to immobilization). I walk with one crutch or holding onto someone's arm. Can't walk far yet (too painful) but I know that I will be fine....just keep walking and doing the exercises.

    I can totally relate to everybody's depression and frustration. These are horrible injuries. Relying on other people's timetables and goodwill is extremely frustrating. I hated being confined to a wheelchair and watching the dirt pile up in the house, or the shopping go unattended. I hated feeling so fragile and scared all the time, scared I would fall and refracture my ankle. But today, three months post-surgery, I'm in much better spirits and really believe I'll walk again, one day. My body will do this in its own time.

    Courage to all!

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  15. I broke my ankle and shin on 11/13, had surgery 11/18 and have been using a wheelchair/walker ever since.I am so thankful I came across this site because I have been feeling the frustration and sadness kick in big time these past few days and reading that I am not alone and this is totally normal makes me feel so much better! I have been staying with family since my apartment is an upstairs unit, I can't even go home! Depending on others is so hard, but at the same time, I am grateful for all the help.I need to regroup and refocus!!! Will I ever walk again??Yes!!!! Best Wishes to you all!

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  16. I fell down one step and broke my right ankle on both sides on 10/26/10 - had surgery on 11/4/10 and just got the cast off yesterday (12/21/10)I am in the boot now which is almost more uncomfortable that the cast, and a lot heavier! I have 3 kid and my husband travels a lot. I am on all of their PTO's and sports boards and work for myself. Major depression set in rather quickly as I am a control freak and had to relinquish most control upon falling.my oldest son recognized this and called 2 of my best friends and told them that I would not ask for help and that the should take the first step. they did and thank God - they have kept me from going insane although I still have down days. hopefully I will be walking without crutches and more importantly driving soon! I think the 9 screws and plate are in for good but my tattoo looks a little different than it used to!!!! Good luck and find a good book and a good friend!

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  17. hello all - it's great to see a community of folks helping each other get through this adventure of the broken ankle. five days ago i slipped in our kitchen while carrying my daughter - i landed with my left ankle tucked under my butt. then, for good measure, my 40 lb child came down on top of the pile-up. thank god she's perfectly ok, but i broke the fibula and 'disrupted' the opposite ligament. after initially telling me that i probably wouldn't need surgery, my ortho changed his mind 2 days later and recommended surgery after all. i go in on monday. bummer.

    i can really relate to others' fears of falling again. i've broken both an elbow and a toe and i can tell you that neither of those injuries made me feel as frightened and out of control as this one. the last several days have been extremely rainy here in LA and i've been terrified of slipping on my crutches and breaking something else!

    i can't imagine what it would have been like to deal with this injury in my 70s or 80s. i'm almost 45 and i feel way too old to be cruising around on crutches.

    has anyone attempted exercises on other body parts to try to strengthen them while waiting for the healing process to happen, especially during the immobile period?

    and has anyone done ankle surgery with spinal block instead of general anesthesia? how was that experience for you? i'm really scared of going all the way under - haven't had GA since i was 11 and had hernia surgery.

    TIA, and good luck to us all.

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  18. I fell doing laundry 12/1 Two plates, twelve screws on 12/6. I had a spinal and it was fine except for the migraine headaches for four days. Ask the doctor if he can put a pain pump during surgery as it really helps.
    Wonderful site. Glad I'm not losing my mind alone. Can anyone else feel the screws in their ankles? It doesn't hurt so much as grossing me out. It feels like it is poking out the side of my skin at times...make sure to take calcium, vitam C and G/C it is suppose to help the healing process.

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  19. I just fell recently (December 9)and had a bimalleolar fracture to my left ankle, had surgery (December 22) Quite frustrating because I broke it on my last day of my academic coursework of grad school and was supposed to start my clinicals for Occupational Therapy (Ironic, i know) January 3. But now unfortunately I have to postpone my internship and possibly my graduation that i've worked so hard for. I have no idea when I'll be able to go back and it's worrying me not to mention the cabin fever and boredom.

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  20. Well I am really glad I found this site! I just broke my left ankle on both sides on Dec 15th 2010 after slipping on ice! Yes it is a horrible feeling to feel so dependent on other peoples help! Well it is one moth later now,and after spending the 1st month at a friends house I am now at my cousin and his wife's house. But eventually I know I will have to go home where I live alone! I am really not looking forward to that,and not sure about how to do it! Damn that ice!!!!! I have plates and a bunch of screws in my leg too! I am hoping in a month or two to be able to actually walk on the left leg again! Good luck to everyone here!!!!

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  21. Hello All,

    I fell a little over a year ago, January 6, 2010, in a poorly plowed parking lot at work. I went to the workers comp. doctor; he took x-rays and said there were no fractures and it was a "simple" sprain. The comp doctor had me wear a post surgical "shoe" and walk with a cane for 4 weeks. After 6 weeks I told him that it was still painful so he sent me to 6 sessions of physical therapy. I don't think he believed how much pain I was still in and I think he sent me to PT just to "get me off his back." When he released me from his care I told him that I wasn't comfortable with being released and he told me that I was "just fine." I was unaware that after 2 weeks of comp care that I was able to go to my own doctor. So, I finally did and I was referred to an orthopeadic surgeon. He took x-rays and saw that my ankel/hindfoot and totally turned. He put me in custom made orthodics hoping that this would help adjust my ankle/hindfoot. Needless to say, it didn't. On August 25, 2010, I had ankle/hindfoot reconstruction. I had a tendon replaced, 2 screws drilled in, a bone graft, some bone reconstruction and my achilles stretched 1.5 inches. As I was going through PT things were still hurting. A piece of the bone graft cracked off and was poking me - I could feel and see the tip of it and it was pointy like a sharpened pencil. The screws were extremely bothersome as well. I have 5 incisions in my foot from that surgery. On December 29 I had another surgery to get the screws taken out and to take the piece of bone out. When the doctor went in he saw that the bone graft didn't take and had to do more so it would take and stay in place. I now have a "gap" between 2 bones in my heal that need to come together so I don't get "pinched" when I walk. So, PT has been put off again until the graft "falls in place" and the "gap" comes together. I have an appointment in 4 weeks to see if I can start PT. During this whole endeavor, I also have been having terrible arm and shoulder pain from crutches and laying on my back. The pain had been so bad that I can't hardly move my arms! So, I haven't been on 2 feet in over a year. And, I am a teacher and am on long term disability indefinitely. Talk about being depressed! I also live alone. I continue to try to have a positive attitude about everything but it's been difficult! ALL of this because of a wrong step off of a snow covered curb. My doctor did warn me about the depression part....it's hard, especially when you gain a lot of weight and were an extrenely active person before the whole accident. I wish everyone luck and will come back to keep you posted!

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  22. Hi I Fell down and broke my ankle on January 5th. Had surgery on January 6th ORIF of my tibia and fibula
    http://brokentibiafibula.blogspot.com/

    i started a week by week blog to keep up with the updates.Depression is starting to creep in but i am trying to be positive. on my 4th week post op my brother will drive me to and from work so maybe that will keep me busy. When did people start to go back to work if you sit at a desk ?

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  23. Hello! Jan. 31st 2011, I was returning home from work, we have a puppy gate up on our front porch, being tired, I just decided to "step over" the gate instead of opening it......MISTAKE!!!! I fell shifting all my weight over on my right ankle. Long story short, I had a spiral break to my fibula. Had ORIF surgery on Feb.14th(of all days) I had a plate and 6 screws and I begged him not to put me in a cast, so he placed me in a tall walker boot, everything went well. I am 6 weeks post surgery, my doctor has taken me out of my boot and told me to start wearing tennis shoes again. I am in physical therapy, learning how to walk again. My biggest complaint is swelling. I am having to buy shoes a size to big to fit my foot and ankle. Has anyone else experienced this? My doctor says I can return to work around April 25th....I do not have a sit down job, I am an oral surgeon's assistant so I am on my feet most of the day...I'm worried. Can anyone help me? Thanks Melodie

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  24. I actually damaged my ankle over 12 years ago, in a pickup basketball game my freshmen year of college. I got my right ankle locked between two other guys feet going for a loose ball and it got twisted up in all directions. The doctor I saw originally told me it would be 3 months off my foot (turned into over 9 when I finally stopped seeing that doctor). It started out as a 3rd degree sprain, left untreated, with continued sprains over the next ten years. I finally went in to see a Physical Therapist. Again, not being taken seriously, I was told my ankle was "completely healed to full strength" after six months. Then six months later, I rolled my ankle again at work, and some abnormalities turned up on a simple X-ray. I was immediately sent to a Podiatrist, who with one look at the X-ray, decided it was time to take things seriously. Some MRI's and other ankle scans, and it was revealed that I had severely damaged all 3 ligaments holding the ankle together, also my tendons were damaged, and the ankle bone itself doesn't sit right and needs to be cut and reshaped. I've waited over a year now, and will finally have all this work done in 2 weeks. I'm anticipating getting it all over with, but dreading the recovery. I met with my doctor today, and was told in no uncertain terms, that I will be completely off my foot for 4 months to allow a full recovery. Each particular segment of my operation is 6 - 12 weeks recovery, with limited mobility after the first 3-5 (according to what I have researched online), but apparently when you add it all up into 1 surgery, it makes for a very long recovery time. Any suggestions out there in helping stay positive when I am expecting to be down for so long???

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  26. Hello, I broke my ankle 13 days ago while walking on a dock after finishing a dragon boat race in hong kong. It has been a week since my surgery. I know that I have two broken bones , two plates and some screws but I don't know the details. I will find out at my first follow up appt with m ortho surgeon next week. All I can say is that this is physically and emotionally draining. I am pretty well always in pain or so itchy that I feel I'm going to go mental. I never feel comfortable unless I drug myself but when I do that, I often get nauseous and spend the whole day sleeping.
    I feel like my husband doesn't understand at all and doesn't really give me much moral/emotional support. My mom has been amazing and really helpful....she has been cooking and taking care of my 7 year old son for me.
    I feel so frustrated, exhausted and alone. I can't believe it's still just the beginning.

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  27. I fell doing housework. I know I should come up with a better story. I am now three weeks past surgery with probably nine more weeks before I can put any weight on my ankle. Today was the first day everything really sank in. I felt better after a little self-pity cry, but what really helped was finding this blog tonight. Thank you for sharing all of your stories. It means so much to know that someone else understands. What has helped me is sending postcard updates to a friend who lives far away. Every couple of days I challenge myself to come up with something a little humorous to write to her. (I'm a big girl now--I went to the potty by myself! Robocop wants his boot back. I'm the new family pet--they just put food and water in my bowls, walk me every couple of hours, scratch me behind the ears, and let me sleep in the corner.) Looking for the humor has helped keep the sad away. Best wishes to you all!

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  28. I fractured my ankle 11 weeks ago both fibula and tibia. Two screws (the size my husband who is a carpenter uses), 1 pin, and 11 plates.

    To all those who arrive on this page because of a recent fracture - chin up, it does get better! Yes, it is tough at first but it gets better day by day.

    I was in a plaster cast for 2 weeks then progressed to an aircast. I was able to begin physio as soon as I was released from the plaster cast. I'm not sure how much the initial physio helped while I was still non-weight bearing but psychologically it did help having my physio's encouragement and letting me know what I was experiencing was perfectly normal.

    I would be remiss if I didn't tell you the first 6 non-weight bearing weeks were frustrating - they were. There were cranky days and some tears shed. The most difficult for me was going out on my own in a wheelchair. I felt vulnerable and didn't venture out often on my own. I also gained a new respect for those in wheelchairs or on crutches - even so called wheelchair friendly cities like Vancouver are land mines of adventures. Got stuck in a big depression on a sidewalk and had to wait for a passerby to help... more than once. ;D

    I was lucky that I had healed well quickly (I'm 54) and was able to begin walking after 6 weeks - I know that it could have been 2 to 4 weeks longer non-weight bearing.

    Now I walking around my home without crutches and a significant limp. Outdoors I'm using crutches for minimal support and will be switching to a cane soon. By days end I have considerable ankle swelling. I try to ice and elevate 2 to 3 times a day and wear a compression bandage most of the day.

    I am doing physio prescribed exercise: stretch band for sideways motion, one leg balancing, balancing on point, and range of motion exercises. I've been diligent because I want to put this injury behind me quickly. I've been riding a stationary bike and will begin swimming soon.

    My physiotherapist tells me I will be limping for another month or two if all goes well and can expect swelling and some discomfort for up to a year. Compared to what I felt like 6 weeks ago I feel like I have wings.

    So for victims of the nasty ankle fracture (and don't let anyone convince you it is a cakewalk - it is not) have patience an be kind to yourself. It is okay to get cranky but know that it will all pass. Use the time to reflect and get caught up on reading, movies, or daydreaming.

    I'm rooting for you!

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  29. I broke my ankle falling from a cruiser bicycle. To look at my leg, you would think Harley - which might have been more glamorous. I broke my ankle on the 13th of August. I had surgery on the 18th. When I went in for my second cast, after I complained mightily about knee pain, they finally decided to x-ray it. Sure enough - busted - not the patella - I think they called it a tibial planar fracture. Anyway, my knee is two weeks behind my ankle and that really is awful - same leg. Crud. The worst thing for me physically has been the constipation from the pain pills. Oh my goodness. The little instruction paper they gave me "suggested" stool softners, but I had no idea how bad this could get. I eat healthy, good, fresh food - lots of veggies and stuff - but that was awful. A couple of times, I nearly passed out on the toilet. Yep. It was that bad.

    I had read a little article about recovery and the author mentioned that he cried a lot. Now, four weeks in, I can totally relate. I get frustrated and bored and I cry. This is crazy. I can tell I am depressed, and I already take antidepressants. I quit taking the pain meds, which kept me in a pleasant sort of haze, because of the constipation.

    I have been looking on line for exercises. We are small business owners and on the verge of bankruptcy. No insurance. Both surgeries were super pricey - so I don't think I will be doing rehab. If anyone can point toward something I can use on-line I would appreciate it.

    I am encouraged by reading your stories. All in all, it seems what I am going through is fairly typical, but I still wish this had not happened.

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    1. I can relate to that constipaion thing! and on top of a broken ankle...so at 39 i thought i could rooler skate like i could at 7yrs old..nope my left leg flew under my butt cheek and i felt my bone break and i passed out from the pain in front of all the kids [geez] so i feel ill never be the same again and never thought id have metal in my body [gross]i havnt been for my docs visit yet but was told ill have my splint tookn off and have a air cast or boot put on.This has stopped me in my tracks of walking everyday and pumping iron at the gym and i have to ask god [why me?] type thing.iv cryed been pissed and everything now im just rolling with it.I will alawys look at people on crouches and in wheelchairs in a different light.

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    2. You can try Miralax (or the CVS immitation) but I rely on simple, cheap generic magnesium tablets. No cramping at all. I have used them for several years on Dr. Oz' advice due to high calcium intake for osteoporosis. Magnesium is good for every muscle in your body (even your heart) and simply encourages muscle movement in your colon. I take 220mg twice a day and have not had any increased problems even with the Oxycodone.

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  30. I didn't say "thank you, thank you, thank you" to all of you who posted here. I felt better immediately and as I go through all the different stages of this recovery, I come back and read your stories. I got back to the doctor on the 17th of October and I hope he will send me to PT - but he did say 8 weeks non weight bearing on the knee. I hope I can at least be walking in November. Thanks to all of you again.

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  31. All I can say is, don't break your ankle when you're pregnant. I stepped wrong off a railroad tie and broke the tib and fib in my ankle when I was 6 months pregnant. Fortunately, the breaks were only displaced a tiny bit, so surgery was avoided because of my pregnancy. I spent a week in a dinky splint from the ER before I got in to an ortho.doc, then spent 9 weeks in a boot non weight bearing. The biggest issue was not being able to lay on my back with my foot up because of how prego I was. I had to lay on my right side with my foot up. Trying to stand up was hard as well because of my belly and if I stood up for more than. Few minutes, my good foot would start to hurt because of the extra pregnancy weight. It really was miserable. I had to rely on family to help take care of my three year old daughter. Happy to say though that I got out of the boot one week before having my son who was perfectly healthy. Now 15 months later I'm back on crutches and in a cast because I never got my forward flexibility back. The surgeon did a capsule release that will hopefully release my ankle joint enough that I'll be able to bend and squat again and have less pain. I can't believe I volunteered to do this again with a 15 month old! Life is really hard without two good ankles!

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  32. I started PT today. It hurt. It wasn't awful, but it wasn't pleasant. Lots of work on my achilles tendon, which is major stiff. Lots of work on my patela, which apparently is also super stiff. The first goal is to get my leg straight so I can plant my foot on the floor. The only home exercise I have so far is to stretch my achilles tendon. I have to say that the Chair Aerobics DVD - Exercises for the Bedridden helped me. When I first saw it, I thought it was for half-dead people, but I was surprised at how much my body had weakened in just 4 weeks. The exercises are this little, dinky movements, with weights if you want - and I was breaking a sweat. They also helped me pass the time, to tell the truth. I still have the shower chair - too dicey balancing one one leg and the ball of my other foot for very long. I mistated the date on my first entry. First surgery was 8/18 and the second on 9/1. I opted for the walker instead of the crutches - I have a boot and wear it if I am going to be going out. I am not sure how long PT will be - and from what I have read here, it looks like it is going to a while before I can really walk.

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  33. Rushing down the stairs to take a picture for Christmas present opening of my fiance, I skipped two steps and slipped on landed on my right ankle fracturing the distal tibia or fibia? Need to remember. Anyway, they put me in what looks like a metal and velcro transformer boot. It is very depressing to not be "in charge" for a while. I mean I've always been independent and would handle it if I lived alone, but I thank God everyday for my guy. He now cooks, cleans, and serves me all of meals. It is hard for me to stay in bed reading or watching tv (guilt), so I use one crutch and go dusting furniture, sorting laundry. Sometimes, the pain is too much.

    I was on strong pain killers and I liked that I slept a lot, but they constipated me terribly that I too, almost passed out when I tried using the bathroom. Problem solved when the new doctor changed my meds, but the meds DON'T WORK! My ankle feels like hot grease is running around in there. I found Senekot laxative to be extra-productive, so I want the old pain meds back! The Senekot is not only a laxative, but a stool softner as well.

    I'm getting married in June '12 and want to be able to walk down the ailse without a crutch or boot on. The boot's kinda cool, but I miss my independence and started feeling sad this morning until I found this site.

    Thank you!

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  34. Hi! I am a competitive soccer player and a year ago I had a 3rd degree compound ankle sprain and had No ligaments to hold my ankle together so I could bend it at a 90 degree angle. Because of soccer I would tape it and put a brace on and continue to practice, until I began to have severe ankle pain nd went to my doctor who told me I broke off some of the bond because I have No more cartilage. I had surgery on the 23rd of December and it has been the hardest recovery I've ever had to go through, I have to take a year off of soccer my senior year and I can't work out for 5 more weeks. I am obsessive about working out and eating healthy to stay in shape for soccer and with my leg I measure it every single day to see how much muscle I'm losing. I've been in competitive soccer for 8 years and have never not worked out 2 times in one week. My doctor said it would be hard to get over but he never said it would be this hard. I'm so excited to work out again I have been planning out everything I'm going to do starting in 5 weeks. Thank you guys for making this site it helps put things in perspective and helps me see how other people cope!

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    1. You should stop measuring it, it will drive you crazy. The muscle you lose comes back quickly through regular activity and rehab.

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  35. I just had an ORIF to repair a shattererd fibula and a dislocated ankle one week ago. I was skating and some idiot was apparently skating with his eyes closed and ran into me. So after a week of sitting in the house, the depression is setting in. Not only am I a very active person but I had JUST taken a quarter off from my PhD program so that I can focus solely on training, weight loss and over all condition. I had made that decisions 3 days before this happened and the three months that I WAS planning to spend training will now have to be used to recover.. to make matters worse, all of this elevation is aggrevating a back injury so my leg is uncomfortable and my back hurts all of the time. So sleep is terrible, laying around the house is terrible.. It all sucks. I am trying to hang in there.
    Its good to hear other peoples stories

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  36. Here is my story to give others some hope as well as a timeline for their own recovery:

    - Fractured my fibula Dec. 8th, 2011. Because of denial, I didn't go into a doctor until 5 days later. The doctor said it was a very bad break and dislocation (on a scale from 1-3 he said it was a 3), tearing all supporting ligaments in the lower leg.

    - Had surgery on Dec. 16th and was placed in a surgical cast for 2 weeks and then a plaster cast for another 4. For the first 4 weeks I was extremely, deeply depressed. I have to admit I used my pain medication more than I had to to help numb myself and help pass the day. I didn't want to go anywhere, I didn't want anyone to come over, I just wanted to sleep. All day, everyday, until the cast came off. Before the injury I was extremely active (a bodybuilder and competitive power lifter who had JUST won my first pro contest 3 days before injury).

    - FINALLY got cast off on Jan. 26th (6 weeks after surgery). The doctor said my leg healed 2 weeks before he expected because the severity of the break. My leg muscles were so wasted from being in the cast it was scary and very depressing because at that point I thought I'd have a loooong road to recovering and being able to dead lift again. I got a walking boot to wear and doctor told me to use that for 2 weeks or until I had no pain for one week. Because of my torn ligaments, I had some sharp pains for a few days but nothing where the bone was broken.

    - Used boot for a week and a half and then was using my shoe. When i first started walking my leg was extreeeemely weak and for the first time ever, I felt how heavy my body really was because usually, your calf/shin/foot muscles support your upper body weight and take pressure off your bones/ligaments/tendons, but because the muscles were basically gone, all the weight was on them. I thought I'd never be back to normal.

    - Started PT Feb. 9th and have been doing it for a couple weeks now. At this point (almost 9 weeks after surgery), I can walk everywhere, run (but don't to be safe), squat, walk on my for a lap or more and balance on just my injured leg. The doctor said, because my healing has gone so well, i'll be cleared to dead lift heavy, run/ sprint and do all other activity in 3 weeks (and his estimate was a careful one, its probably more like a week and a half). It still swells up anytime I put weight on it but the swelling doesn't cause pain, just a puffy look. The doctor said that will go away soon.

    Here is what I did to have a speedy recovery while in the cast and after:

    - Took a calcium/magnesium/zinc/vitamin D pill 3 times a day (can't just be calcium by itself because you need the magnesium, zinc and vitamin D for calcium absorption).

    - Took multi vitamin and ate lots of veggies and protein.

    - Used and electric bone stimulator device (ask doctor for one).

    - Excercised as much as I could while in cast to help with blood flow and also depression.

    - Worked hard in PT and rested leg on off days.

    Hang in there everybody! It WILL get better and you'll be back to normal.

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  37. ohhhhhhhhhh i needed to hear that dre1988 i was lifting hard in the gym and then i had to break my ankle so i want to do whatever it takes to heal up and go back to normal so im taking your advice thank you

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  38. Hello, I also broke my tibia and fibula and tore the main ligament that flexes your foot up which is the extensor. I 3 weeks ago while making a routined gas stop before going to work I fell at the gas station, never thought in a million yrs tht a simple fall can change your life. I spent a whole week in extremely bad pain in a cast up to my thigh, finally after 7 days I recieved sergery. I was told that I would get 2 wires in my foot and that would be it. I ended up with 2 wires on metal plate 5 screws and only one removable. I am in my 30's a mother of 5 children and it feels like took the air out of me, I feel totally deflated. Feb 29, I had mt stiches taking out and I just cried not only because I was in pain but I have severe nerve damanage and I can't feel anything in my foot or move my feet. A month ago no one could have told me my life would flip flop upside dwn and mo no one could have told me that fracturing my leg would be this much of a mental breakdown. I jaut started a really good job working at a hosp on the ortho floor (ironic), it took me a year to find. I recently split from my husband, I thought for the first time and a very long time I seen the sun shine above me. I was let go from my job and I am just completely lonely, my friends have lives and I just sit here with my thoughts (which there is a thing of too much thinking) I am no weight baring on my foot for 3 months and I have to do 3 plus months of PT. I dpn't want to be as depressed as I am but I am not use to being so helpless. My mother has been here since the begining and she has took a leave on her PT job to help me, which eventually she will have to go back, I just dnt knw wht to do. Everyone things I am just being whinny or it's not tht bad but hey try sitting in one place in pain at times and see how fun it is, right. I am glad I am not along and glad to see that you all have gotten over it and I hope you can help me thru this very rough time of my life...Thanks for reading

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  39. So nice to read posts from others!! I'm a teacher and the first day of my mid-winter break I heard my daughter screaming, proceeded to run down the stairs to get her, missed the last 5 steps, rolled my ankle inward and slammed into the hardwood floor. Heard a very loud pop and immediately went into shock! A week and a half after the break I went for ORIF surgery. Broke both my tibia and fibula and now am the "proud" owner of 2 plates and 6 screws. The doctor told me that because I have such thin ankles he assumes I'll need to have the plate on the outside bone removed in a year. The first two weeks were very rough. LOTS of tears and feeling sorry for myself. I have two children, work a full time job and and am a very active person. To top it all off I have some major anxiety and claustrophobia issues! This has mentally been the hardest thing I have ever encountered. Surgery was very hard on my nerves. The pain was unbearable the evening after surgery...wish I would have known that in advance!! Now that I'm home pain has been much easier to handle. The doctor gave me Valium (life savor) for muscle spasms as well as to keep me calm. I am returning to the doctor tomorrow to have the (VERY ITCHY!) stitches removed and to hopefully be put into a boot. He generally puts people in a plaster cast for 3-4 weeks but because of my severe claustrophobia agreed that I could go into a boot if I was compliant. Out of everything I've been through thus far, the mental aspect of all of this is the most difficult! I am a very independent person. I've lost 14 pounds simply for the fact that the only time I can get something is if I ask for it, which I'm not good at! I attempted to make my own plate of dinner the other night only to realize you can't carry a plate with crutches! The first weekend after the break my daughter had the flu and I had to sit on the couch in tears as my husband took care of her and she cried for mom. It's so difficult to be dependent on other people BUT I've learned so many life lessons along the way. People from all over bring dinner over and share their sympathy with me. My step mother came down to help take care of the kids. My kids that have always been very needy are now getting be snacks from the kitchen. Yes, this has been mentally disabling more than anything but it is times like these that I really do appreciate all of the caring people I have in my life. My only major anxiety right now is even thinking about walking on my leg again! The initial pain and mental trauma of the break itself has caused me so much stress. I'm nervous that when the doctor tells me I can put weight on my ankle that I mentally won't be able to do it. Wondering If I'm alone in this fear??!! I am hoping to return to my teaching job at 6 weeks post surgery (8 weeks post break). I have set up "shop" on my couch. Laptop next to me. I've taped my kids school calendars to the wall next to the couch and have bins of everything I need within reach. It makes me feel better knowing that almost all blogs I've read have included a section on depression. We live in a society that feeds into multitasking and being a "do it all" person. Being stuck in a cast on the couch for 6 weeks is a good reminder that sometimes we need to slow down. I hope to have speedy recovery as many others have had. My doctor has instructed me to stay off the internet as many of the stories I read are of patients who have many issues with their break. I try and try and then find myself going right back to reading these stories. I would love to find a blog dedicated to success stories! I wish everyone a speedy recovery and thank you all for reminding me that I'm not alone...or crazy :-)

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  40. Hi Everyone,

    I broke my ankle March 4, roller skating. These past 6 weeks have been a roller coaster of emotions. First I was in shock I broke my ankle in 2 places and required surgery. Then depressed I wouldn't be able to do anything on my own. Then I accepted it and embraced my time off. Now I'm at the 6 week mark, I got my fibre glass cast off and I'm in a walking boot. I had a partial plaster cast for the first 2 weeks. Now I'm completely devastated I'm not walking yet. The worst part about is that my husband is becoming extremely irratied with me and that I'm healing process is taking so long. Doctor said I should be walking in about a week. This seems unlikely to me, seeing how I'm pain anytime I put weight on my ankle. Doctor said I should begin weight bearing on my foot. I'm terrorified of the pain I just can't do it. I was never in real pain before but now it's unbearable. The walking cast is also very uncomfortable. Everyone excepts me to be walking and being able to do everything on my mine. I hate how everyone tries to downplay my injury. Doctor said it would be 3 months before I can go back to work. (Im a sales rep, who needs to be on the floor 8hrs/day) I'm sick of being at home alone during the day and then having my husband come home at night to make me feel useless. No one comes and visits me except my mom. I'm sorry for complaining so much I just have no one to vent to. It's hard to keep a positive attitude when the people around you bring you down. Well thanks for reading. Any comments would be helpful.

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    1. Mrossi
      LET ME TELL SOMETHING RIGHT NOW, LOOK AROUND AND SEE WHO'S GOT YOUR BACK THIS IS WHEN REAL FRIENDS SHOW WHAT THEIR MADE OF. SO WHEN NOT IF YOU GET BACK ON YOUR FEET WHAT'S THE PLAN?

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    2. I just got my fiber glass cast off Friday and this is Tuesday. I start PT today. My doctor told me that I was healed and could get up and walk. Yeah Right!! Has he ever broken his ankle? Probably not. The thing is...physcially you probably in theory could walk. I mean all the parts are there, bones are healed but you can't and you want to know why? Because we all have these things called ligaments, tendons and muscles that have been sitting around doing nothing for 6 weeks or more. All those things work together to support your weight.

      Here is my advice: Start putting some weight on your foot. Just a little. If that doesn't hurt then put some more on the foot until it feels uncomfortable then stop. Every time you get up do this. When you take a shower, see if you can move your foot in circles using the warm water to massage the foot. If you can't put any weight on it...then start with Range of motion exercises and work up to putting weight on the foot.

      People are nuts when they say you can just get up and walk after being in a cast for 6 weeks. We can't always listen to those people. Listen to your body and remember it takes a long time. If you can, go to Physical Therapy they will help alot.

      And whoever said to look around and see who has your back is right. I have found out through this who really cares and who doesn't. It has been a huge eye opener.

      Oh and just as a side note: I cry for no apparent reason out of the freaking blue every couple days and my accident happened on Feb 22nd. Broke my ankle in 2 places one on each side plus dislocated it and I dislocated my elbow which now suddenly they say I can bear weight on HA, yeah right. I did something to the tendon in there because it hurts constantly. I am taking it slow, one day at a time. It all we can do. I cry when I feel like it and move on.

      It will get better, we will walk again because I am not sitting in this dang bed for the rest of my life typing on my lap top. I can't even use crutches but am confined to a wheel chair because of my stupid elbow/arm issues. Of course now suddenly after 6 weeks of my arm being in a brace I can just jump up and get out a walker and walk on...good grief folks its a miracle. Come on, it takes time.

      Sorry if I sounded aggravated at times in my post. I am not trying to be. It is just these doctors and well meaning friends and family aggravate me with things like: Oh you should be walking by now, and no pain no gain speeches when not one of them have ever broken anything. Plus all the people who have not even said, hey I am sorry you broke your ankle. You know heck with them..they never cared about me to begin with I say. Oh and lets not forget my job. I was part time working 30 hours a week and they fired me 2 weeks after my injury and said they reserved the right to call me back. I reserve the right to tell them no...

      Anyway, good luck in your recovery. Remember we will recover some day ..this is not forever. Yeah it sucks and it is going to hurt every freaking day but we will survive and we WILL walk again.

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    3. It's been a week since I've had my walking boot. I started PT last Tuesday. My first appt I could barely do anything. But now I'm "walking" with crutches. I'm only at about 25% weight bearing. It's getting better physically. But mentally I'm still pretty depressed. Since I still need crutches I still need help to cook, carry things, and basically all the regular things. So that is still irritated my husband. We're still fighting alot. I tried to get out of the house aleast for an hour a day just im not so depressed. What my husband doesnt understand is that yes I'm going out, but it's still so hard. I can't go out by myself, I need my mom or my sister. And they have to carry my purse. It's almost the 8 week mark and yes it does get better. I just wish I could recover faster. The doctor said it could be another few months before I can drive, I broke my right ankle. I'm use to have my independance, having my car so I could go out whenever I wanted. The fact that my husband's license is suspended for 2 years doesn't help either. We have a car but either of us can drive, it's pretty funny. I hope everyone else is and feeling a little better.

      It's true we will all recover, and go on with our lives. This will helps us to be more careful and see who truly is with us no matter what.

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    4. Sounds like you need to put your trust in god and ASK HIM TO STRENGHEN YOU

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  41. First of all ladies lets keep our bodies up clean and smelling sexy, don,t foget we are still sexy girls. The only thing broke is the foot not or fingers order dinner and handle your business with you man.

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  42. Hello All. I am so glad to read these messages. I fell last Sept and after 3 doctors they finally did an MRI and found I tore every tendon and ligaments in my ankle. I had surgery on Jan 12th, 2012. He opened both sides of my ankle and repaired all the tendons and ligaments and did an ankle stabilization. I didn't know such pain was possible! LOL!

    I have always been a very active person and not being able to do for myself for 3 months, then PT for 3 months and still counting has turned me into a depressed and anxiety ridden mess. I didn't think until I read your post that this was "normal". I now doubt my life and what I should do. I hope this passes soon.

    Thanks for listening.

    Miriam

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    1. I have read alot of blogs during these past couple months, and I have learned that depression is very common. I was made to feel like I was 'being a baby' and was told to suck it up. At first i did feel alone and though it was just me that felt like this. But its not true. For me I had ppl tell me that I'm overreacting and I'm just too emotional. Unless you've had a broken ankle there is no way you can understand what it feels like. It takes an emotional toll on a person.

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  43. Hello again. Wow, what a difference a month makes. I have now been in PT for 4 weeks, this is week 5 and am walking with just a cane. There is light at the end of the tunnel folks. Just hang in there. Depression is normal during this period. I was also told I am too emotional. Yeah whatever. Have they ever broken anything to where they can't walk? An arm or wrist is different than an ankle or a leg.

    This injury is hard on your physically and emotionally. I have struggled with being afraid to walk on this foot and having to get over it and trying to move on. I fell right outside my PT building when I went from wheel chair to a walker. Luckily I was not hurt. But that fear of falling again stays with you too.

    Now, I am moving on and am walking with a cane. I am less depressed because I can see there is an end to this. I have issues with my arm that are finally being addressed. Part of my muscles in there are frozen so it is tons of fun at PT trying to stretch those out.

    My shoulder muscles became weak from my arm being in a sling for so long due to them not wanting me to move the elbow much. Then, that weakness led to pain which made me not move it much which led to some of the muscles and stuff in there trying to freeze up. Sucks now to move it. I am going to take a pain pill to go to PT today. But if that is what it takes to be normal again, then so be it.

    Good luck everyone with your recovery. It does get better. =)

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    1. I know what you mean about falling after surgery. I must be a major klutz. I fell 2 times off my rolling leg support walker, 1 time off my crutches and 1 time with my cane. Like you, I was lucky and didn't hurt anything.

      My depression is starting to get better, too. I think seeing and living what it's like to have to have someone take total care of you was just too much for me.

      It does get better . . . hang in there.

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  44. I'm a college student and I broke my ankle the week of finals. Unfortunately, I was taking summer classes so I was going to stay on campus instead of going back home (on the other side of the country.) The doctor told me I'd need surgery and I was scared so I decided to get surgery back home, but I could only be away for 2 weeks because of my job here. When I got back home, the doctors there told me it would take a while for me to be able to get an appointment for surgery (about a month) and I couldn't do that so I went back to campus after the two weeks. Unfortunately, the bone started healing a bit abnormally. I felt so stupid. So now I'm here waiting to see if my ankle heals up okay. The worst part is, because it is the summer, I have absolutely no family or friends around for support. Reading the posts here have made me feel a bit better though. Thanks for sharing, everyone.

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    1. Luna, you poor thing! I hope this works out for you. I know how important school and work is, but I'd get that surgery as soon as possible. This is the future of walking and take it from me, that is SUPER important.

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  45. I'm about 80% healed. I can walk, drive, go down stairs pretty much everything I was doing before. I still have a slight limp but it's getting better. Ankle doesn't swell up any more which is awesome. I'm back to work, sitting most of the time tho. Since now I can go out, shower, make my own food etc the depression is gone. Trust me you'll be back to normal eventually. June 4 will be the 3 month point for me. Good luck to everyone!

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    1. Thank you so much for all your status and updates. Especially what week you are all in. It's very helpful.

      I fell 2 weeks ago with my 1 1/2 year old, he's ok but I'm not because obviously I had to save my baby. I had surgery 5 days later. They put a plate and 3 screws in. It's been only 8 days and it's unbearable. My post op appointment is not for another 7 days. I still have the half cast splint on which hurts a lot.

      It's especially hard taking care of my 1 1/2 and 5 year old boys. (My older daughters are home from school and are doing everything). No one understands how hard it is. I can't believe you literally spell it out and no one understands.

      I don't want to get too graphic but does anyone have problems with how you all broke your ankles? I keep having daymares of what happened and don't know how to handle it. My 5 year old keeps telling me he can't get my screaming out of his head. It's so sad.


      I too agree with looking around on who has your back in this utmost time of need. Especially if your not the type to ask for help.


      Thank you for this website and good luck to you all.

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    2. I am struggling with the recurring images of my accident as well. It is like constant flashbacks for me. I am in my 11th week of this injury, and at my last appointment the ortho surgeon asked me to take a step. I was so filled with fear, my foot was glued to the ground. I could not lift it, and I could NOT will it to move. He told me to go home and try walking with my ortho boot, work up to full weight, and that I would feel better. All I can think about is that next week I have to graduate to an ankle brace,and he will expect me to walk on it, and I am terrified it will snap again. I watched it break and dislocate. It's all I can see now. I have broken bones before so I don't know why this one is so traumatizing, but I need to move past the fear. I just wanted to let the above poster know that I know what she's talking about. Deep down I know this will go away, and I will walk. I just don't know when the fear took over.

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    3. Hi Roanna,
      I was involved in a car accident on May 11th and had to get 6 screws and a plate (it was a pilon fracture--both ends of my tibia and fibula were shattered. (the other driver was texting and failed to yield on a left turn and we hit each other full speed). I still cannot put weight on it and have about 5 more weeks of NWB. I wanted to say that I COMPLETELY understand you when you say you have nightmares of your accident. I thought I was the only one! Although I am sorry to hear you are having flashbacks, it is comforting to know I am not the only one. Have your flashbacks gone away yet? I am really having trouble dealing with the accident psychologically speaking. I am only 19 years old, and am scared that I won't be able to walk without pain. I am also dealing with lots of anger-- a negligent driver did this to me! If you have any tips on how to de-stress or how to get rid of the flashbacks that would be great. I hope you are recovering okay... I know this is hard. I am not a mom yet, and I cannot believe how difficult it must be to have children that are depending on you. I have to say, this accident has given me a whole new appreciation for MY MOM. She has been so supportive and helpful during this process. It really makes you realize what is important in life and the true meaning of "unconditional love".
      Anyways, if you could reply back that would be great- I would love to know more about your journey thus far- it looks like you are a little more ahead of me in the recovery process.
      Hope to hear from you soon!
      Anna
      Also-- I definitely know what you mean when you say you are scared to re-break it. I am not sure if this will be comforting to you, but literally 2 days after surgery (my first day at home) I completely slipped and put all my weight on the ankle that was operated on and started screaming because I thought for sure that I had rebroken it, but when I finally calmed down I realized that it did not hurt at all-- my screams were just completely out of fear. It did not hurt at all and upon further inspection of the doctor nothing had been damaged-- and that was literally 2 days after surgery when I was not supposed to put any weight on it. My advice to you would be that if the trained ortho doctor says you can put weight on it, You CAN. I know it's hard, because I also saw my ankle dislocate in the accident, but trust your doctor. He/she knows what they are doing. I also talked to my doctor about fear of a screw accidentally coming out of place and poking through my skin and he assured me that they are placed deep in the tissue and bone and that there is NO WAY it will come out. I know this is long, but it sounds like we have had similar concerns, I am hoping this will maybe help you to calm some of those fears.

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  46. Well im an extremely active guy basketball is my passion been playing since I was three. On june 12 I was at the gym playing and I went up for a layup and cam down on my leg wrong and knew immediately something was wrong. I had fractured my ankle I went to a nearby hospital and they told me I would need surgery and my recovery time would be 6 to 8 weeks now im only 20 years old so the doctor told me ill recover just fine. For a while the pain was terrible but eventually got better I went six weeks without no surgery being done due to other family issues so it healed but not properly. This past friday I did get surgery and for the first few nights and even after surgery it was the worst pain I ever felt in my life im hoping though because there is very little pain only after five days of surgery my due date of aug 12 two months ill be able to go back to regular activity but I have learned patience and not being depressed has really helped me and staying positive has done wonders for my mental toughness I know there will always be that fear of this could happen again but I know I cant think about it and have to continue to do the things I love I really thank everyone for sharing there story and just stay positive and be strong

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  47. I have a question for everyone since I recieved my surgery six weeks into my healing and my scheduled time to fully heal is aug 12 do you guys and ladies of course lol think that time still stands or will it get pushed back some

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  48. I have been reading all the posts here and am happy that I am not alone. I did not break my ankle but had surgery in March for a torn ligament. OMG, this has been the worst thing that I have ever gone through. I would rather give birth! It is not so much the pain, but the helplessness and having to depend on everyone for help is terribly depressing. The first months were hard, wheelchair, splint, boot, crutches - just awful. Now I am walking and have been in PT since mid April. I still limp, and have pain and it is almost 5 months! I feel like I will never be normal again. Sometimes I stress and think that maybe it is torn again. Today I felt like I did before surgery, sore and a heaviness, not knowing where to put my leg so that it feels comfortable. I do what I am told, I exercise it at home when not in therapy, but still have such trouble. I have full range of motion but I guess it is not strong. If I try to lift the bad ankle off the ground while holding my good one up, it doesn't budge. No strength at all. I read somewhere that it could take 8 months to a year. That is so crazy! Hang in there everyone, and I will do the same.

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    1. I am in the same boat with you, in terms of the condition being 100% sprain (Ligament totally torn, a tendon partially torn) Underwent surgery one week ago because my OS said it would not get better on its own. I injured my ankle about six months ago and ignored the pain, thinking it would eventually heal. When it didn't, went for X ray which revealed nothing. With pain persisting, went back and had an MRI which revealed the exact damage to my ankle. I had this surgery with the expectation that it would alleviate the pain, but after reading all the posts on this site it's really hard to stay positive and hopeful. I too, am fighting depression like never before. No one is coming to visit. My daughter who works full time and has two preschool children is trying to drop by every day or so, but the despair is growing. I am finding myself wishing I could just go to sleep and awaken at the end of the (what I was told to be non-weight bearing period) recovery time of six weeks. It's difficult to restrict eating to three meals, as a leg injury does not impair one's ability to consume food and beverages. Prior to this injury I was getting in shape after bilateral hip replacement and walking miles every day, getting more and more stamina. I continued to walk with the pain of injury, but now I'm wondering if this surgery will have served to only replace that pain with a new kind of pain. Surely I would not have had the surgery if I had imagined anything less than a full recovery. In the aftermath of last week's surgery I have found myself placing the toes of my casted foot upon the floor to ambulate a bit. Could this cause damage to the stitches without my knowing it? Is this acceptable? I guess to rephrase my question; Can I let pain be my guide as to what to do and what not to do in the initial post operative/healing period? Any words of wisdom or encouragement out there?

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  49. Hi, I'm glad I found this blog. I'm a 47 year old very active woman and was walking my 2 young dogs and let down my guard at the end of the walk and they were running chasing each and hit me from behind. Felt like I had been hit by a train! I'm pretty familiar with my body and have had a lot sprains from sports, and I could walk on my ankle, but it just felt weird and felt like it was flopping in a weird way. Turned out to be an unstable fibula - non weight bearing bone beside your big lower leg bone) fracture (that's why I could walk without much pain). But because the fracture was unstable, I had to have surgery a week later to put in a plate and screws. It's been about 9 days since the surgery and I'm feeling a little depressed. I had a really bad reaction to the anesthesia (I was supposed to get a nerve block on my leg so they wouldn't have to use much anesthesia, but stupid people didn't arrive in time). anyway - bad reaction to the anesthesia and hydrocodone had me vomiting for two days, so I stopped taking the pain meds the day after the surgery. Fortunately, a friend had given me an awesome recirculating ice machine that I think really helped reduce pain and swelling ... I can post a pic if people are interested - highly recommend! But now that my stomach is better, I am going soooo stir crazy! I so miss being outside and walking the pups and bike riding. I cannot wait until I can at least stationary bike ride and swim ... my doctor said there is a float specially designed so you can hold it in your legs and it keeps your legs afloat (no kicking w/ankle) so that you can just use your upper body. Of course the ankle is my right ankle so I have NO idea when I'll be able to drive. Anyway ... I was just glad to find somewhere I could commiserate - I want to be careful so that my ankle heals right, but it's hard! Going to ask my doc about a knee scooter or knee crutch when I see him this week. I just feel so lethargic and tired ... I'm hoping that's because my body is healing and maybe not thoroughly recovered from surgery, but I feel like if I could get a bit more around and active my whole body would feel better. Anyway - good luck everyone and I wish you good recovery ... hopefully the venting will help me too :-)

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  50. It's nice to know that I am not alone and thank you all for the stories which helped comfort me. I hope everyone has a fast recovery!

    I recently broke my ankle and had surgery, now with a plate and 9 screws on my fibula. It's been 3 weeks since surgery and am in a new cast for another 5 weeks before getting the boot. I was a very active person exercising at least 5 days a week and now mostly in bed elevating my foot as instructed by the surgeon to get the swelling down and to just rest. Using crutches is something I'm starting to get use to and it is definitely a workout. I am beginning to feel tired of sitting during most of my day. I am trying to stay in shape and not turn into mush. I miss walking, anything to do with being outside, and playing sports.=(

    What types of exercise or activities do you suggest that I should do to keep me busy and my mind off while I'm healing.

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  51. I'm a 47 yo male. 8 weeks ago while playing soccer I rolled my ankle really badly, suffering a maisonneuve fracture (torn ligaments, broken fibula). Two weeks later I had surgery (suture bridge, no plates or screws) after the swelling had gone down enough. Four days ago I finally ditched my crutches and can hobble around. At first my legs (calves, thighs) hurt like crazy from not having been used. Now, on Day 5, they still ache but not so bad. My ankle swells up a lot during the day and go backs down during the night. I started PT three days ago and have been doing four exercises (three sets each) twice a day. Despite my discomfort walking I can now look after myself, climb stairs slowly, walk around the grocery store, get my own breakfast, etc. so I am much happier than I was for those first 7.5 weeks. I have been back at work for 4 weeks because I work at a computer. I also logged in from home during the first 4 weeks. I know it is mentally very difficult to be so helpless, but remember it's only a relatively short time in the overall scheme of things and one day you'll be back to normal. I already feel grateful that I can use my hands to carry things. I never fully appreciated this before my injury.

    To jenshungry - in PT I am doing leg raises while lying on my back. Also hip adductor exercises. Lie on your 'good' side and raise the injured leg up about two feet. You need to keep the leg BEHIND your body while you do it which is difficult to do. You couldn't do my other exercises yet. I did lots of crunches while I was recovering. And watched an awful lot of sport online.

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  52. Hi everyone, I had surgery on my right ankle on Nov 13. My ankle story goes back almost 20 years! In 1992 or 1993 I broke off the tip of my fibula. The pain was excruciating and I spent 10 minutes on the ground trying not to throw up or pass out. I finally got to the hospital where they put a plaster cast on. Saw an ortho doc a week later who put a fiberglass cast on and said it would heal on its own. Can't remember if I did PT but it did heal ok, or so I thought. Fast forward about 10 years and down I go again. Wasn't even sure it was broken, but went to the ER for x-rays and found I had broken the same fibula tip off again. Saw another ortho who said I needed to have the tip pinned or I would break it again. Surgery wasn't so bad and recovery seemed to go fast. Well..... fast forward another 10 years to Nov 5, 2012. While working outside in the yard, down I went. Waited until the next day to get it x-rayed. Yep, broken again. Referred to another ortho doc. I finally found a good one :-D who specialized in foot and ankle injuries. I technically didn't break the ankle, just chipped off a piece of excess bone growth from the previous breaks. He also mentioned the bad shape my ligaments were in and that I really needed to do something about it or I would continue breaking or spraining the ankle. Note that no previous ortho doc had ever mentioned ligaments.

    Had my surgery on Nov 13. Before I went into the OR they put in a nerve block in the back of my thigh which I admit was pretty painful when they put it in. When I woke up in post-op I had a ball about the size of a tennis ball attached to the nerve block which kept administering pain meds for 3 more days at home... my leg and foot were numb so absolutely no pain for 3 days!!! Never heard of this before but it was wonderful. When I saw the doc 1 week post-op he said the pin previously put in was working its way out (he could see the shank) so he removed it. He also removed the chip of bone and generally cleaned up my ankle. He then tightened up the 3 lateral ligaments.

    The crutches have been brutal (even though I've used them 6 times previously for ankle and 3 knee surgeries). Finally rented a wheelchair for around the house. My husband hasn't been much help and Thanksgiving was really fun (note my sarcasm) since his daughter and her husband came to visit. My husband had to do all the cooking and his daughter wound up doing all the cleaning which I'm sure she didn't expect. Anyway the pain hasn't been all that bad but the sitting in a recliner all day is driving me crazy. It didn't occur to me that depression was seeping in until yesterday and reading everything from all of you has helped me tremendously.

    I see the doc again tomorrow and sincerely hope he tells me I can move to a boot and start putting weight on my foot. I really don't think I can handle another week or 2 of just sitting here. TV is boring, I'm tired of reading, and I can only sleep so much. Thanks to all of you for the support and listening to my long story.

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  53. I fell down my stairs in September of 2012 while carrying my 2 year old son. I righted my body in a way so that I didn't fall on him. I immediately felt the worst pain shooting up my ankle to the back of my left knee. I went to the ER and was given x-rays and told it was "bone bruising" In the next few weeks the swelling was not going down in my foot and ankle area, from the top of the middle area it was black, not bruised in color, but actually black. I was worried since this was not going away. The pain was bad at times, but not horrible as long as I took about 8-10 ibuprofen a day, I basically just kept waiting for it to go away and it never did. I took it upon myself to make an appointment with my GP, who also took his own set of x-rays and told me he did see a "little something" but wasn't sure. I went home and dealt with the pain for about 5 more weeks, my first mistake. Well into December (3 months after my injury) the swelling was down and bruising gone but there was an odd bone jutting out about 3 inches down the left side from my ankle (this was my left foot that was injured). I took it upon myself, once again to go to an orthopedic foot specialist. She (the Dr) ordered the x-rays from the original hospital and also took her own set. The news she came back to me with was pretty unpleasant. The original hospital misdiagnosed me. I had a silver dollar size piece of bone, about 3 inches down from my ankle that needed to be removed. In the 3 months I walked on my foot I did more damage than I did originally in my fall down the stairs. I also had 3 spots from the left ankle area, across the bridge of my foot and under the bottom right area of my foot, that needed to be cleaned out, have bone sawed and smoothed down and put back together with screws. I had foot surgery 3 months after my incident (December 21, 2012) and had 3 screws inserted to hold my bones together and 1 plate over my ankle. It has been 5 weeks now and next week on February 1st, I get to go get another x-ray to see if I get my non-weight-bearing cast off. I am crossing my fingers. This has been very hard, with the depression as most of you are all having. I have 4 children and also run a daycare. I lost 2 of my families due to not being able to care for their babies, had to give up a puppy due to not being able to potty train properly and basically my house turned to sh!t. Having to ask everyone to do everything has been very hard and trying and I have no family here. I try to remember that there are many out there with no legs that live their daily life with no complaints, that is what keeps me going. My only grievance now is what my foot orthopedic doc told me. I will never be able to put direct pressure or full weight on that foot again. I can never run again, I have to be extremely careful around uneven ground and will always have a bit of pain in my foot. My Dr. told me if the original ER had not misdiagnosed me that I would have been cast for 3 weeks and back to normal in 4 weeks. Now I have to deal with this pain basically the rest of my life AND the original hospital's misdiagnosis. Hang in there everyone and thanks for all your input and stories. We can do this :)
    Keri

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  54. Hi everyone, I went skiing for the first time last week. All was going well, then at the end of Day 1 was talked into tackling a slope I wasnt ready for - ended up falling and breaking tibula and fibula. Spent the rest of my holiday in a French hospital, with surgery and three pins towards the end of the week, once swelling had dissipated enough to allow it. Now back home, and wondering how on earth I can face the next 6 weeks in a plaster cast with crutches. My fiancee and I run a bed and breakfast - guest rooms are all on the ground floor, and we live above - just can't see how we're going to make this work. My fiancee has been terrific - and is really looking after me - but I am used to being very independent. Hate being invalided. The other issue is that our wedding is happening, at home, in 7 weeks time. Am I going to be able to dance at my own wedding? or walk down the aisle without crutches?
    I am determined to get through this with the least amount of delay, and to stay as positive as possible, as the mental side of things seems to be the biggest issue for most of you who have already posted on this blog. It has been really helpful to read all your posts, thank you. Jules

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  55. Hi all you ankle breakers, thank you for your comments. I broke the right fibula on Dec. 10, had surgery with plate and six screws on Dec. 21. Six weeks non-weight-bearing; the first week in a plaster cast, then five weeks in an airboot.
    As the day approached when I would see the surgeon for the six-week check-up, I became terrified of what would happen when I started to engage the foot again: would it be really weak and unstable, with risk of reinjuring the ligaments, or be really painful, or swell up like a balloon again? How many weeks or months would it take for me to get my life back, to be able to just do the simple things on my feet? The surgeon told me that the bone looked great and could support my weight, so just start stepping a little on the foot on crutches, and I should be walking unassisted within a month. I went home for my moment of truth: I needed to step fully on the foot to see just what I was facing. Instead of doing it on crutches, I stood next to the table and took a step, really really scared. It was okay! Holding on to the table, I took another step and another, and after walking all the way around the table, I realized that I can walk, the ankle is stable and the foot loves being used! So I just continued walking. It's been a week and a half now, and I've never used crutches again. The ankle is a little stiff and achy, restricted range of motion, I walk with a slight limp. All of the fear dissolved during that first trip around the table, taking those first ten steps, replaced by intense gratitude and happiness: I can walk! I have my life back! I am taking it slowly, not overdoing it, just allowing my body to readjust to biambulation, and wildly happy with every step.
    Here's what I did during my six weeks post-surgery to improve my outcome, and I think I was successful:
    1. I kept the aircast off except when I would be moving around a lot and needed to protect the bone in case of falling, like when doing massage, going out somewhere on crutches, or busy moving around the kitchen cooking. I didn't want the foot to be held in a rigid position for six weeks in the aircast because the ligaments would stiffen more. I wanted the foot to get natural movement, and spent lots of time massaging the ligaments and flexing the foot. The ligaments were very stiff when I first got out of the plaster cast, but within a few days of massaging them extensively, they loosened up a lot.
    2. I got a rolling stool to do massage, and soon discovered that it was a great knee scooter! I propped the knee on the stool and could just roll around my house. So I never used crutches at home. This helped keep my whole body stay in better alignment, because with the crutches my left leg and hip were bearing all my weight, which would eventually throw the whole body out of whack, but with the knee scooting, I was using the body in a more symmetrical way.
    3. I maintained upper leg strength in the right leg by knee scooting and crawling. There was some loss of muscle mass in upper leg, but not significant. So the upper leg was still very strong when I started walking again.
    4. I received lots of whole-body massage, again to help the body recover from being used asymmetrically.
    5. I asked the doc at my six-week appt whether I needed some ankle support as I started to use the foot again. He said no. So for the first week I was walking without any support. Then I decided to see what it felt like to wrap it in an ace bandage. It is great! I couldn't believe what a difference some ankle support makes -- the ankle doesn't get achy when I'm on my feet for a while, and my gait is actually better, just because of the small help in keeping the foot in alignment.

    So there is a lot that you can do to improve your outcome post-surgery. I am walking! I feel patient about how long it will take for the ligaments to heal completely because I am functional again on my feet. Best wishes to all of you other ankle breakers :-)

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    1. Hello Linda, when the dr sad to start weight bearing you walked without the aircast or you used a regular shoe. Can u pleas send reply to xxdazzlindxx@gmail.com?

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  56. On 2/15 I was moving 1 row down at a concert (wearing my Dansko shoes) not sure if I turned my foot or if it slipped off the step. I looked down and saw my contorted foot and knew it was broken. After a crew stabilized my foot and got me to the ER I found out I had fractured my fibula near the head and I had torn my deltoid ligament.. Reduction and cast put on in ER. Saw surgeon who took the cast off, examined me, discussed surgery and put a new cast on. Surgery is set for 2/27.

    I have fibromyalgia and I'm really worried about pain management. I have found quite a few Drs. who don't believe in fibro, so I forgot to inquire about post-op pain management during the first 48 hours. I initially got crutches, but fell a couple of times. One fall was backwards and my right shoulder and buttocks hit a pull out tray from an end table. Really bruised, but the right shoulder is hurting. I'm hoping that will resolve when the bruising goes away.

    I rented a wheel walker and have found that is a better mobility method for me. When I use the crutches my right hip kills me. Not sure why. I want to get this surgery behind me so I get back to work.

    I want to thank each and everyone of you who took the time to post their stories and suggestions. Anyone with suggestions for a fibro patient would be greatly appreciated.

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  57. Hi everyone, I brook my fibula and ditched a ligment from the tibia on January 3 and had surgery on January 22. I was misdiagnosed so that's why it took so long.. The surgery itself went well but I had a hard time recovering. I had to do general anesthesia, and I had a lot of side effects and felt so bad for 3 weeks afterwords. It was so bad that I didn't even care about my ankle and the fact that I can't do anything. I was just thinking about why can't I have a normal recovery and be depressed from the fact that I can't do a thing and that I am stuck at home. After 3 weeks most of the side effects went away, but.. And it's a big but, I have a few symptoms that are not leaving me.
    I have defeculty in breathing, my chest and throat feels tight, it comes and goes but it happens a lot. I keep reading all the stories about people going through ankle surgery, looking for someone that might experienced something similar to me, but I can't find anyone.
    I had Come to a point that I really don't care about my ankle. I am not doing my FT at home as I should. The only thing that I care about is to be able to breath normally again. I don't go anywhere. The only time I went with my husband to a restaurant I couldn't stay there because I felt so bad and couldn't breath. I saw general doctor and he said he can't think about anything that might be wrong. I did a blood test and a cat scan that were ok. He also gave me some pills for enxaity. i didn't took them because i really don't think that's the problem.
    I feel like something happend to my body from surgery, i feel like this surgery ruined my life, and my big concern is that its not going to disappear.

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  58. I am a 47 years old male from Coventry, UK,

    I recently (11/02/13) broke my left ankle, fractured a bone on the inside of my left leg and also suffered ligament damage. This was done playing football (soccer to my USA friends).

    My ankle was put back into place, took two attempts. And I went home on crutches with a plaster slab cast, see below. I was told to wait for an appointment for an operation.

    https://www.google.co.uk/searchq=ankle+back+slab&rlz=1C1PQHA_enGB531GB531&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=zVRuUdarHqKM0wXosYHwDQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1034&bih=665

    I was called into hospital on 15/02/13 for the operation which resulted in me receiving a plate screwed into place (6 screws). And sent home the next day with another plaster slab cast. I noticed the cast was becoming loose, probably due to the swelling going down. About a week later 23/02/13 I decided to go back, they took out the stitches and put a proper cast on.

    I took pain killers for about 3 weeks and injections to stop blood clotting, after 3 weeks I only had discomfort rather pain.

    I asked to have the plaster removed after 5 weeks (a week earlier). The doctor said everything was fine and told me to wear an aircast boot for a further 2 weeks. I used the crutches with the aircast boot for the first couple of days after that I was walking without crutches.

    https://www.google.co.uk/searchq=aircast+boot&rlz=1C1PQHA_enGB531GB531&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=R1duUaqVBcPT7AbW2oCwAQ&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1034&bih=665

    When the 2 weeks were up (7 weeks in total now!) I weaned myself of the aircast boot. I started walking around the house with my ankle boots on and only used the aircast boot when going upstairs for the first couple of days. Subsequently I started walking up the stairs with my boots (normal footwear). There was discomfort and pain but nothing to write home about!

    9 weeks on I still have swelling and bruising, however I can walk around with some discomfort bare footed. I was denied a Physio by the hospital and my GP. Probably due to cost cutting.

    The reason I wrote this blog is that when I first read blogs by other people I was frightened that this was going to be a long and painful road. Not everyone is the same. We will all experience different healing process. I can assure people that there is light and the end of the tunnel and if one looks after themselves and listens to medical advice they will heal faster. Keep that ankle raised and rest. Chin up!!

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  59. I fell from a ladder on the ground and my right foot was dislocated 180 degrees. I couldn't get back in the house and when someone saw me on the floor they rang my bell, but kids mis-took it as a canvass caller. So I took the decision and pushed my right foot back into its normal position.(Like Reduction)
    When I walked I could feel my angle was off set.

    When my brother took me into A & e I was then informed by the Ortho surgeon, who looked at my xrays that it would require surgery. I was kept in hospital for 11 days due to swelling. I had a malleoular break on my right ankle in two places at the tip and above on the same bone. This required a plate with seven screws in total. I was really upset to have this, but this was the only way to hence safeguard from future problems. I am very anxious to have this hardware out after a year, as my leg just doesn't feel normal. I am now almost three months post surgery, physio is happening very slowly at a snails pace. I have sleepless nights and can't walk too far, but started driving which helps. The right foot has swelled from the left side, which was opposite to the surgery end. This is a collection of fluid building up. I Have been raising on three pillows daily with 30 - 40 mins of ice compression gel in a cloth. In the night I feel as if my body is aching from a fever. I have been on Nepofam since 4 days after switching from Tramadol. This has to stop, as it isn't good for bone health on the long run. I haven't seen any painkillers helping me in any way. I am an active person and would like to know if I should have the 4 Inch or so plate removed, if the surgeons will permit. My two kids really keep me on my toes and their activities. I have always been into my DIY and now at times get depressed. I do have faith that may be things will improve. The mental effect of having such hardware is frustrating.

    If someone can please advise me what I should do.

    1) to handle the pains/swelling
    2) rempval of hardware.

    This is my third month post surgery ORIF.
    I was fortunate that I was treated by a RAF Surgeon who was fantastic, since I was treated in a military wing. I am taking osteouguard tablets and pyncnogel, cod liver tablets as supplements for a few months.
    The daily pains is getting strong and very sharp.

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  60. My boyfriend cheated on me because I have a broken ankle. I only found out because he left his Facebook open on the laptop that was close enough for me to use. I confronted him when he came home and he just left and only texts ME to tell me he just couldn't deal with me. I'm on my 3rd week in a plaster cast and can't believe how much I can't do. Without him to help me I have 2 dogs who are hard to take care of and huge, and since he left ny garden that I worked hard on for years is dying because he watered it for me daily. I'm broke and cannot afford to hire help. Friends take care of my food and laundry. I feel like a huge burden. I feel like the first 2 weeks I broke my ankle by body and emotions were both in shock and depressed. I was needy and not sexy. So he cheated on me, and it makes me sick. Alone with a broken ankle all summer is not something I think I can handle. I'm heartbroken and ankle broken. Help me internet!

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    1. Your boyfriend didntcheat on you because you have ap broken ankle. He cheated cause he is a cheat and not worth your time. I was married to a cheater, they tear down your self esteem. Im sorry about what you are going through. I just broke my ankle, had surgery and have till mid july dependent on others. I have a 14 year old dog that wants his mommy to walk him again.

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    2. Don't feel you are a burden to your friends! They are helping you because they care about you and are real friends! When things like this happe you find out who are your real friends. I just had surge and the pain is pretty bad...I feel for you!

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  61. I broke my ankle three weeks ago and had surgery a week ago. I have to say that I have little pain. I get around with crutches and A wheelchair. The wheelchair is my savior. Because you can not carry with the crutches, try to rent one. I cook, I garden and I go out often. I think if you are mobile you are less likely to sink into any depression. Good luck and keep positive

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  62. I have had three surgery's on my ankle. They put screws in my second operation but now it is all swollen around where the screw is located and it has punctured through my skin. Half of my foot is numb and numbness is going up my leg. Has anyone ever experience this before?

    Thanks, Rhonda

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    1. I had ORIF Surgery in March 2013 with seven screws in total. I have swelling on the opposite side to the surgery which has been consistent. The best way to avoid too much selling is to do these things:

      1) Keep Leg elevated on three pillows above waist height a few times in the day (or like myself when going to sleep)

      2) a few sessions of Ice Cooloing on swelling uder a cloth bag/ Forzen peas in a Pillow case helps!

      3) PAIN killers - Tramadols (Not the Best though - psychological if u ask me!
      (I have taken Osteoguard by a company called Natures best - helps/aids bone health and Pharma Nord Bio-PycnogenolP tablets

      4)Some form of foot spa helps with salt....

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  63. I lost my 10 years relationship during April. My ex left me with so many pains and since then I have been heart broken and shattered. I have contact 15 spell casters and 10 of them has rip me off my money without any result. I have Emailed so many sites online looking for a good spell caster till I was directed by a 25 years old girl to dreromuselaspelltemple@gmail.com At first I never believed him because he was requesting for some amount of money to buy items, it took him three weeks to convince me and something occur to mind and I said let me give him a trial. I was very shocked when Ruben called four days after I sent Dr Eromusela the items money. He apologies for all he has done wrong and I am very happy that we are together today because he proposed to me last night. I will advise you contact Email dreromuselaspelltemple@gmail.com because he has done wonders in my life and I believe he can help you out in any problem.

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  64. I lost my 10 years relationship during April. My ex left me with so many pains and since then I have been heart broken and shattered. I have contact 15 spell casters and 10 of them has rip me off my money without any result. I have Emailed so many sites online looking for a good spell caster till I was directed by a 25 years old girl to dreromuselaspelltemple@gmail.com At first I never believed him because he was requesting for some amount of money to buy items, it took him three weeks to convince me and something occur to mind and I said let me give him a trial. I was very shocked when Ruben called four days after I sent Dr Eromusela the items money. He apologies for all he has done wrong and I am very happy that we are together today because he proposed to me last night. I will advise you contact Email dreromuselaspelltemple@gmail.com because he has done wonders in my life and I believe he can help you out in any problem.

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  66. Hi all
    i broke me ankle two weeks ago im so frustrated with everything. i cabt do this i cant do that me and my husband have three children two are disabled and my husband has been an absokute gem he has been doing everything. and it makes me feel so sad and hopeless. Ive never broken a bone before so its all new. and were also packing to move house which will be in a week. and my son is having an external fixature fitted on his leg and foot as he was born with clubfoot. what am i going to do i feel like im sat watching everyone else live there lives ive been very tearful angry and tired. i say things i dont mean cause i feel done to. having a broken ankle is like pressing pause on your life its horrid. good luck to everyone al the best

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  67. My friend broke her ankle about six months ago. We recently went on vacation and she was having a lot of trouble walking. She is 63 and I am 64. I take daily walks and she does not do any exercise. Her doctor told her older people should take breaks after about two hours of walking. It's not like we were running a race, just shopping and sight seeing. I think she needs more exercise and was maybe telling me a slight fib to cover up the fact that she cannot keep up with me physically. What are your thoughts?

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  70. Hi everyone,

    I just recently fractured my ankle and fibula and had the ORIF surgery a few weeks ago. I'm still waiting to see the orthopedic doctor since I had the injury in Australia and was put into a half cast so I was able to fly back to the US. It's definitely been difficult because I tried to jump back into my normal life and do things I would have normally without my fractured ankle. I realized that was not the way to deal with it because I had to face the truth that these next few months will be different. I'm trying my best to be optimistic and reading everyone's posts were extremely helpful. l've learned a lot these past few weeks about patience and appreciating what I have because you really don't know what you have till its temporarily gone. If anyone has anymore tips about how to go about your day to day activities or things you found helpful to speeding up the recovery, please feel free to share! Best luck to everyone and hope you all have speedy recoveries.

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  71. I fell and broke my left lateral malleolus - end of the fibula 'ankle' had to wait 5 days for surgery due to swelling.They put in a plate and 7 screws, and im wearing a moonboot! After 2 weeks I got my stitches out and was able to wash my foot, that felt good I tell ya! After 3 weeks I could take boot off to shower, roll and stretch my foot and to sleep... such a relief! Im now at week 5 it still swells a bit depending on how long im up and about but I have been randomly standing and walking in and out of the boot without putting to much pressure on it and its feeling good, so hopefully il be on both feet again very soon! Best of luck everyone.

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  72. Im also a single mum to 3 kids so life has been extremely difficult, im lucky to have such great parents who have been here to take me shopping, help me clean, cook and help with my kids :)

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  73. I am so glad I came across this blog. I have a fibula stress fracture that could become a full fracture if I bear weight on it. I ran my first 10k in Disneyland and had done a few 3-4 mile runs prior but thought I'd be fine since I do T25 and other Beachbody programs almost daily. The doctor put me in a cast and the first day I showered it got wet (despite having two trash bags and packing tape on very securely). I asked my doctor if I could wear a boot instead and he said that's fine but absolutely no weight bearing and must have crutches. I'm in tears because this is so frustrating having to rely on my husband and other people to do the most simple tasks that I realize I take for granted when I don't have a broken bone. I've already screamed at my husband and was so bummed at work when people notice you can't open a door and don't offer to help. Ugh. At least Im in a boot now and not a cast.

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  74. Greetings to every one that is reading this testimony.

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  75. Hi everyone,
    Thought I would just share my experience with you all.
    I had a bimalleolar break in my ankle that I did back in January. Two weeks later I had ORIF and metal plate screws and a pin put in my ankle! In total I was non-weight bearing for 8 weeks and I can say it was absolute torture!
    I got very depressed seeing as I'm a Uni student away from home and my family, all my friends could live their lives going out and having fun and I just had to sit and watch. Although everybody was so helpful and I couldn't have asked for more, it's just not the same as being able to do things for yourself!
    My top tips are; carry a satchel/sash bag around with you in the house and out so that you can actually carry things whilst crutching. This is helpful for carrying things such as snacks upstairs or around the house. Also, if you haven't invested in a good leg shower cap then I recommend you do so! Although I paid £20 for mine, it was a god-send, completely worth the money. Another thing that made me very frustrated was not being able to carry drinks and cups of tea up to bed with me. Solution; thermos/travel mugs! Because there is a lid you can carry it (hop with it) without spillage and it keeps the tea hot too. In addition, with regards to cooking, as I am a student I have to do all the cooking for myself, so my innovative housemates came up with the idea of putting a wheely desk chair in the kitchen!! So I could sit down and slide across the kitchen floor allowing me to have the ability to cook and that little bit more independence, and of course not starving to death!
    I would just like to say, it does get better. I've been out of my cast for nearly two weeks now and it is absolutely amazing, the whole experience makes you appreciate how precious your body is as well as makes you feel extremely lucky that it was only temporary. It made me completely appreciate how hard mere day-to-day life is for those without limbs or with other disabilities.
    So keep your head up, and use this time to watch that film you've been meaning to for ages or that dusty book that is on your shelf. Also, really do appreciate the people around you, they make tough experiences like this bearable.

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  76. I broke my medial malleolus (ankle) in January from a horse accident and had two screws put in. I was bumming until I got a knee scooter/walker (you can rent them). It kept me in shape plus made it possible to go to the store, prepare meals and take things from room to room (it has a basket). I was able to speak on stage about stand-up fish fighting techniques on the scooter and see everyone I needed to at the boat show and speak with them on eye level. Plus I could use it as a seat when I got tired. Insurance doesn't cover it but worth every penny. I met a lot of people while using it who gave me encouragement to keep going. Get a little squeeze horn for the handlebars and see people smile when you honk. When you have lemons make lemonade. I am just starting to walk in regular shoes and have a ways to go. Ouch! I miss the knee scooter and all the attention it brought when I so needed to talk with people to keep my spirits up. I wish all you the best!

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  78. I want to share my testimony and also thank prophet Adams for what he has done for me, Am so happy today and i have stopped thinking. After my husband Rick left me for another woman because I can't give him a baby and that he hates me, i cried because i really loved Rick with all my heart. Then i decided to come online and look for a spell caster to help me bring back Rick, Until God directed prophet Adams to me. When i met prophet Adams i was thinking his not real, But he told me to give him a chance that what will he gain if he adds more pain to my pain,That all he want his my happiness. So i decided to give him a chance, and he told me that Rick will be back to my arms within 48hours and I will be pregnant and have a baby,i said okay truly when prophet Adams casted this spell my lover Rick called me and said he wanted to tell me something i was shocked, He told me that i should forgive him, That he loves me with all his heart and promise never to leave me till the rest of his life. Prophet Adams also told me that ones Rick comes back to me he is going to buy me a gift. Rick Bought me a Brand New Car, And i also had access to his account to prove to me that he will never leave me and now am pregnant. You can contact prophet Adams for any kind of help and he will never disappoint you. His email - dradamsjohnsoncentre12@gmail. com or +2348188192948

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  79. i slipped on ice in february...i been out of work since. it sucks. every day i gotta call this person that person...my friends left me alone because i feel like they didn't want anything to do with it. i only lucked out that mine was a fibular fracture not a tibular or requiring surgery, but regardless it really has impacted my life. i wouldn't shower for days because it was such a hastle...i felt so gross i eventually would cave in and get one. i went from a plaster cast to an air boot to now just a brace...but am still told i can't go back to work...i was just going to be possibly promoted before my inury...i feel everyones pain.

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  80. i slipped on ice in february...i been out of work since. it sucks. every day i gotta call this person that person...my friends left me alone because i feel like they didn't want anything to do with it. i only lucked out that mine was a fibular fracture not a tibular or requiring surgery, but regardless it really has impacted my life. i wouldn't shower for days because it was such a hastle...i felt so gross i eventually would cave in and get one. i went from a plaster cast to an air boot to now just a brace...but am still told i can't go back to work...i was just going to be possibly promoted before my inury...i feel everyones pain.

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  81. Hi Everyone
    I've found this board so helpful. Broke my ankle 6 weeks ago (another dog injury -- our two labs knocked me over). NWB for 2 more weeks. My main recommendation: buy, borrow or rent a medical knee scooter. I was hopping around with a walker for 2 weeks and it was misery. With the scooter I have a lot of freedom, and I can move relatively quickly. I've figured out, using the hand brakes, how to get in and out of the house. My family has been wonderful to me, and I am fortunate to have them. I too am anxious about learning to walk again...

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  82. Hi all,
    I broke my right ankle skateboarding about three weeks ago 25/04 and had surgery last friday 2/05. It was a pretty bad break but am lucky that i only have to be in a cast for about eight weeks in total and hopefully no boot. The first week i was on the basic crutches which did not allow me much freedom but decided to change to the three quarter crutches which have been more freeing, although it has become more raining in recent weeks and i actually had a fall not long after surgery, from slipping on the wet ground with the crutches. Thankfully no harm was done just more of a shock.
    I have been handling my decreased ability to move around on my own quite well, learning more about myself and enjoying time spent by myself and with family and friends, as well as studying more as i am in my last year of Nursing. Although within the past two days i feel like my thoughts have gone down, the reason i am unsure. It begun when i couldn't attend my boyfriends cousins engagement party because i would not have many places to sit down/general exhaustion will be caused. Usually i would be ok with not going but for some reason it really upset me and made me feel really lonely and vulnerable. Which are similar feeling that i felt last night and tonight. I have been getting a lot of support from all areas which i appreciate. I decided to do some research for some help and actually stumbled upon this blog which is were i see a lot of people in similar situations have come, any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

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  84. What a great resource this blog and all the comments are! I don't know if anyone will ever see this, but I am hoping someone reads my question and may be able to shed some light on my situation. I have a trimalleolar fracture, including a break through the joint. I had surgery and now have to plates and 9 pins. As of today, it has been 9 weeks since my surgery. I've been doing PT for four weeks now, and I'm not getting any mobility in my ankle joint whatsoever. I can walk in my boot, but not without it. I can put weight on the bad ankle without any pain, But can't walk. My calf muscle and plantar fascia are so tight they hurt when a finger touches them with hardly any pressure, so I know that's a problem overall, but it concerns me very much I am getting no movement in my ankle - it's just like it's fused, which it is not. I think my PT is getting frustrated with me and doesn't think I am doing my home exercises. What can I do to get movement in this frozen ankle? Thanks!

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    1. I'm a physical therapist but I also broke my ankle this year (broke the fibula and tore all the ligaments keeping the tibuia and fibula together at the ankle). There are two things that can prevent increasing range of motion (rom). Tightness of the soft tissue (muscles skin ligaments etc) or a blockage in the joint. Depending on where the screws are your bones may not beballowed to move normally preventing movement. If u have screws connecting the tibia to the fibula this could def be the case. I had my hardware removed because it was causing a severe pain (my post is a few sections down) but I also felt it was not allowing my ankle to move. Since the removal the sharp pain is gone and my range is coming along nicely. So hardware removal might be something to look at. Does your therapist do any thermal (heated) ultrasound to your achilles or plantar fascia before stretching? This would help loosen the tissue and allow for a better stretch. Moist heat is nice but just doesn't heat the deeper tissues like ultrasound or short wave diathermy can. Good luck and let me know what happens!

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  87. Hi all, very interesting reading about similar injuries so I thought I would add mine to the mix.
    I dislocated my ankle and broke my fibula on January 26th 2014, bad tackle whilst playing football (soccer if not in the UK). Had it reset a few times over many hours and then the following day it was decided to operate. I have a plate and numerous screw on the fibula and I also had a large screw/bolt fitted across the ankle to allow the ligament trauma to heal. I was non weight bearing for 9/10 weeks before the cast was removed and then became partial weight bearing.
    At 12 weeks I went back for more surgery to remove the large screw/bolt (some leave this in apparently) and within hours my movement and strength was so much better.
    I began walking without crutches a couple of weeks ago but have had to return to one crutch now as the pain and swelling is the worst it has been, even compared to the early stages which is disheartening. I think this is due to returning to work (light office duties for now), driving and walking in from the parking place, physio work increasing and trying to do more all at the same time.
    To be honest I think I had convinced myself that I would be walking staight out of the plaster and running again by June...I cannot see me getting anywhere near that at the moment as the swelling is ridiculous. Back to the fracture clinic tomorrow for a check up so will hopefully get some positive answers there.
    I need to be playing and coaching as soon as possible so if anyone has similar timelines to give me an idea that would be great.
    My ankle dislocation saw my foot go 45 degrees outwards which is less common apparently I was told...whether that is better or worse I do not know.
    Just to finish, whilst I was non weight bearing I did buy a guitar and yotube has taught me to play a little which was a great help.
    Keep strong folks!! How long before I can run again though lol??


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    1. You can read my post a few below yours. I broke my fibula and tore the ligaments holding the ankle together as well on jan 4 2014. My hardware was causing significant pain so that was removed may 8. Its so frustrating to have so little strength and control of a body part that used to be very strong. I want to know when I will feelnsafe walking on uneven surfaces especially with my dogs and when I can go back to work full duty. I'm hoping to get some answers at my appt in a week or so. I just don't trust my ankle and def don't have the strength back yet. I didn't think the strength and control loss would be this great. I know if I keep working at it it will get better....just a question of how long. I hope we are both cleared for our activities very soon!

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  90. I have a question about broken ankles and insomnia. I fell Jan 4, 2014 on ice and broke my fibula in two places and tore several of the ligaments that keep the tibia and fibula where tbey belong. Since that night I've had insomnia. I had surgery Jan 16 and had a large plate, 7 screws and 2 syndesmostic screws put in my leg. I was non weightbearing and immobilized for 6 weeks, then got a walking boot for 6 weeks with progressing weightbearing and tben was told I was healed and could go back to work. I reminded my doc I'm a physical therapist in a nursing home where its my job to keep my patients from falling. I couldn't do that yet...I coukdnt even walk in two sneakers right away, how could I help someone else walk? So I started PT and after a couple weeks I started getting a very sharp literally take your breath away pain in my ankle when I woukd try to bend it walking. Back to the doc, CT scan showed no cartilage tears or bone spurs so the hardware had to be removed. At this point I was just starting to get back some sleep normalcy but still needed the sleeping pills. I had surgery may 8 to remove all the hardware (and thankfully I didn't need a bone graft for my fibula like they thought). I was in a cast for 2 weeks then a walking boot which I have now almost completely weaned out of. My sleep however has gone back to insomnia with the sleeping pills not always working. I think my mind is too busy thinking but I also feel like my body just can't relax no matter how tired i am. I go back on june 23 to find out how its healing and when I might be able to return to work full duty. Has anyone else dealt with this sleep issue???

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  91. AM Michelle SWILLS me and my boy friend just broke up last week and it has been almost ten months we have been together. i kept calling him last night, and of course he was getting annoyed and getting very mad at me for doing this. i left him alone and i got a good night rest. when i woke up i remember that i don't have him in my life anymore. i texted him right away and we were talking normally. he was talking about how we could be "best friends" and or "best friends with benifits" which i don't want. i want him to just love me again. he keeps telling me "you need to get through this" or "it's not easy." the reason he broke up with me is because he doesn't want a girl friend. he tells me he loves me and he is acting perfectly normal towards me. he said that we can still hang out and such but i just want the lable "girl friend" and i don't know why he did this. i didn't do anything. i can do anything, eat, sleep, or hang out with my friends. i just dropped the plans with them because i'm too sad to do anything. i cried all yesterday. i have the "need" to call him and text him. but 3 days back he told me that is over, and that became so bad to me until yesterday my friend called Lissa introduce me to one online spell caster who promise to help me bring and re-unite both me and my boyfriend back, and today i am glad telling you all that The love spell work well and my boyfriend is right here with me on his bed together having good fun and thinking good about getting married soon, thank you GREAT DR JAJA for helping me bring back my lover in just 1 day i am very greatful, thank you!!!!! IF YOU NEED HIS HELP CONTACT HIM RIGHT AWAY NOW WITH HIS EMAIL jaja12demonspell@gmail.com and if you have any problem at all with him or you need prove here is my private email contact me kaithbradon@outlook.com
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  93. Hello am JOYCE PHILIP,So trustworthy spell caster are still online?i never believed until i saw some post about Dr EHICARE on how he has helped lots of people on the internet.I told him i have had about him on internet and before i told him my problem,He has already told me what i came for and said people had scammed me off my money and added pain to my pain i was so shocked,He just told me that everything will be okay within 48 hours,i told him this was what does fake spell caster also told me,He said i should give him a try which i did.Truly am just short of words and over excited for what Dr EHICARE has done for me exactly when the 4 8hours was completed the call i got was from my lover that left me with pain for over a year,He said on phone JOYCE ,Can we talk in a sad and shy tone,i was like yes then he came to my house and apologized to me that he was sorry and proposed to me that same day and asked if i would marry him and i said yes,And our wedding will be in august friends you are coordinately invited am so happy,Thanks to Dr EHICARE you can contact him on ehicarespelltemple@gmail.com. or call him on this number +2347037098000.

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  94. A couple of weeks ago I was in a dark period in my life, the man I love to bits had gone off with someone else, that was when I was told about this Esango Priest. Well he told me he could see that we would get back together that gave me hope, and he was right, because this week we have moved in with each other and we are so happy. A big thank you to Esango Priest. If you are in need of an angel please get in touch with my Esango Priest via email:esangopriest@gmail.com

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  95. What is with all these spammers about spells doing on here!! I need help with my ankle queries!!

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    1. I am joes candra, I promise to share this testimony all over the world once my boyfriend return back to me, and today with all due respect i want to thank DR.OSAUYI for bringing joy and happiness to my relationship and my family. I want to inform you all that there is a spell caster that is real and genuine. I never believed in any of these things until i loosed my boyfriend, I required help until i found a grate spell caster, And he cast a love spell for me, and he assured me that I will get my boyfriend back in two days after the spell has been cast. Three days later, my phone rang, and so shockingly, it was my boyfriend who has not called me for past 6 years now, and made an apology for the heart break, and told me that he is ready to be my back bone till the rest of his life with me. DR.OSAUYI released him up to know how much i loved and wanted him. And opened his eyes to picture how much we have share together. As I`m writing this testimony right now I`m the most happiest girl on earth and me and my boyfriend is living a happy life and our love is now stronger than how it were even before our break up. So that`s why I promised to share my testimony all over the universe.All thanks goes to DR.OSAUYI for the excessive work that he has done for me. Below is the email address in any situation you are undergoing a heart break, and I assure you that as he has done mine for me, he will definitely help you too. OSAUYILOVESPELL@GMAIL.COM that is his email address bye. web site http://osauyilovespell.webs.com

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  96. Ok I broke and dislocated my ankle on May 5th 2014 it is now July 8th and I am walking without crutches and also doing most things, but I am really, really tired all the blinking time, why is this, I have cut down on my pain killers which tend to make you drowsy, but this is ridiculous... also my ankle is like a balloon, so can not fit into any shoes on left foot ..LOL which is weird. I wake up in the morning and its normal then it swells up and throbs and is not nice.. Any tips,also wanted to say how much I appreciated all my friends being so amazing at the time it happened.. It does get better but is tiring and hard work.

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  97. Hello to all my Name is Selina from United States of America , I do hope my post gets read and hopefully helps somebody along the line. i will never forget the help the priest of JAYEMA temple render to me in my marital life. i have been married for 4 years now and my husband and i love each other very dearly . after 3 years of our marriage my husband suddenly change he was having an affair with a lady outside,i notice it then i was praying for divine intervention the thing became more serious i told my pastor about it we prayed but nothing happen. my husband just came home one day he pick up his things and left me and the kids to his mistress outside at this time i was confuse not knowing what to do again because i have lost my husband and my marriage too. i was just checking my mails in the office when i saw someone sharing her testimony on how the priest of JAYEMA temple help her out with her marital problems so i contacted the email of priest JAYEMA i told him my problem and i was told to be calm that i have come to the right place that i should fill some information concerning my self i did after 30 minus he called me again congratulating me that my problems will be solve within 48 hours. he told me what went wrong with my husband and how it happen.that they will restored my marriage but i will make a free donation to their JAYEMA home anything my heart told me. to my greatest surprise my husband came to my office begging me on his knees that i should find a place in my heart to forgive him i quickly ask him up that i have forgiven him.friends your case is not too hard why don't you give priest JAYEMA a try they work surprises because i know they will also bring back your husband. contact him via jayemamagictemple@gmail.com you can still visit his web site http://jayemamagictemple.webs.com/ or Tel; +(234)-706819-3499. sure he will help you get the problem solved okay.

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  98. My name is tucker stacey.This is a very joyful day of my life because of the help Dr.Trust has rendered to me by helping me get my ex husband back with his magic and love spell. i was married for 6 years and it was so terrible because my husband was really cheating on me and was seeking for a divorce but when i came across Dr.Trust email on the internet on how he help so many people to get thier ex back and help fixing relationship.and make people to be happy in their relationship. i explained my situation to him and then seek his help but to my greatest surprise he told me that he will help me with my case and here i am now celebrating because my Husband has change totally for good. He always want to be by me and can not do anything without my present. i am really enjoying my marriage, what a great celebration. i will keep on testifying on the internet because Dr.Trust is truly a real spell caster. DO YOU NEED HELP THEN CONTACT DOCTOR TRUST NOW VIA EMAIL: Ultimatespellcast@yahoo.com or call +2348156885231 or ultimatespellcast@gmail.com. He is the only answer to your problem and make you feel happy in your relationship.

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