Broken Ankle

by Beverly Sain
(Winston Salem NC )

I am 6 weeks into a broken ankle - plate and 8 screws
Surgeon ok'd weight bearing 30 lbs at 4 weeks into injury increasing 20 lbs each week - I am now 70lbs weight bearing and down to 1 crutch - I am worried that this is too early for all of this but I am relying on doctor knowledge. Does this sound normal - I am a very active person , while I was out running I tripped over dog leash and injury occurred. I am worried about ever getting back to normal. I am so tired of hearing negative stories from people that have been through the same injury-
Can you ease my mind ?

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Dec 28, 2013
broken fibula NEW
by: letouquet

Hi all, I slipped on a path/slope and fractured my fibula. It was a clean break and initially I opted to have the set manually. This was my choice against the wishes of the consultant. I regretted this and two weeks later I had surgery with a subsequent plate and screws in place. The accident happened at the beginning of November 2013 and I had initially 2 weeks in a plaster cast. three weeks in a temporary cast and now 4 weeks on a lightweight cast. I have been non weight bearing for this time. I return to hospital in January with the hope of some weight bearing possibility. I am not sure of the recovery period for this type of fracture. The consultant says maybe 3 months in total. I think he is optimistic. The other issue for me was that no one could explain the different pains I had experienced

Dec 28, 2013
wanting to walk without limp or pain! NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib/fib resulting in having plate and 8 pins. When Dr removed cast, he noticed i had infection around incision. I had a second surgery to flush infection out. He also removed 2 pins, I started having severe pain from plate, hense third surgery, removed hard ware, went thru 3 weeks of thearpy only to have broke bone again resulting in 4th surgery, new dr, i now have 2 plates 12 pins, im over 2 months out, trying to walk again. Its been a total almost 8 months. Im so ready to walk normal and be pain free, I can only walk for short periods before pressure becomes too much or my foot cramps up. It seems to hurt worse walking in boot. Im positive I'll walk normal again...just impatient of how much longer??? Because of all my surgeries has set me back alot to recover, now Im done just been so long not walking, my foot forgot how! My muscles very tight, I use heat and resistance bands...getting there slowly but surely...any suggestions or advice to speed the process? I broke it in May..see Dr again in Jan....

Nov 21, 2013
Almost a year NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle Dec 28th 2012 in 5 places with 8 screws and a plate. Healed well, scares not very visible. Took me the usual time to get back on my feet. No weight bearing for 7 weeks but had a boot on the whole time and was able to take it off to exercise it. Did physio for a few months. Was working out again within 3 months, along with physio, but obviously taking it easy and not running - doing things like weights and squats and rower etc. Still don't feel like I have full range of motion and have not been running per say, but now am not thinking about my ankle and can wear boots with moderate heals vs flat stuff.

I think I may always have a tightness or stiffness in that area and continue to always keep it moving, stretching etc. it does not feel the same as the other of course, but I am not thinking about it all the time like before. i certainly am more cautious when I do stuff, even going up and down stairs. I tend to hold the railings more.just in case. I'm sure others are less intimidated by this kind of injury. Look at all the athletes that just get back out there and go for it. Amazes me. My pain after surgery was not bad and I don't have pain now at all - just a tightness.

I have heard lots of positive stories and I am sorry for the person that is going through so much pain that they feel like amputating their foot. Please do get some professional feedback. There must be something that can help.


Nov 21, 2013
To Anne NEW
by: Anonymous

Anne, it doesn't take much to break your ankle. But, I think some people mangle their ankles in car or motorcycle accidents and they have much more than a break going on. I fell down flight of stairs and severely dislocated and broke my ankle. I got the plates and screws. I was in cast for 6 weeks and boot for 6 weeks. For me, I hated the cast part because the immobility drove me nuts. I didn't mind the boot, in fact, about 2 weeks into the boot, I was walking around the house without it, very gingerly of course. I would hike with it for about 2 miles. I started playing golf 4 months after my accident. I was running again at 5 months, not very fast and definitely not 100%. It was kind of neat watching and feeling my ankle get stronger every month. I feel that at the one year anniversary, it was close to 100%. I will have my 2 year anniversary at the end of February and it feels 100% right now. Anne, I hope that helps.

Nov 21, 2013
3 months after broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

Im now at the 3 month mark from a severely dislocated ankle and fibula break. Had plate,5 screws and a tightrope. At the 6 week mark when i was given the okay for weight bearing i actually did some yard work the next day In the boot. I didnt wear the boot at all at 7 weeks and started driving my 5 speed truck a little. That week i managed to wire a house but i was alot slower on ladders. It takes a while to build up muscles again( my leg looked like a toothpick). Im a runner so i had good muscles before the accident. At 3 months im starting to get decent strength in it. I went back to my 40 hour job at 10 weeks and its a very physically demanding job. Its going to feel different and a little odd getting things moving around but as i learnt you will straighten out in no time. Its improving everyday and ive already started forgetting i was even injured. My horror story here and i had a bad feeling after reading over all the other stories.

Nov 21, 2013
Recovery NEW
by: Fran

Anne,
Hi! I broken both tib and fib, torn ligament and flat on my back for 2 months Spring of 2012. Had 10 screws and plate.
Spring of 2013 had everything removed.
NO pain. NO problems.
Of course I will always have scars but just commented to my husband that sometimes I have to remember that I broke my ankle cause it feels so good!
Good luck!

Nov 21, 2013
Ankle ORIF NEW
by: Anne

I have been reading lots of people's horror stories about broken tib, fib and more. Surely there must be a few " happy endings " stories? I am having my cast off on Nov 27 after 6 weeks of no weight bearing and am getting really worried! I am now expecting the worse, after all everyone else seems to have terrible pain and problems forever. Please let us know your happy ending!

Nov 19, 2013
3 years into a broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

I have posted on here a few times before, to make a long story short. I am 3 years into a broken ankle, had a fusion. still have pain, and since my fusion I have been dealing with a several differant nerve pain sensations and pains, I feel like I am walking on a wrinkle in my sock all the time, I get pins and needles in the bottem of my foot, I have numbness on the bottom of my foot, sometimes I feel like I have paper cuts, and sometimes it feels like I just took my foot out of a bucket of ice water after it has been in there for a few minutes. I am now seriously considering amputation. I am just wondering if anyone out that has been through something similar and got an elective amputation.

Nov 19, 2013
Recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle 2 summers ago & have 7 pins & 2 plates now. I have an elliptical machine at home and have been using it daily (1 mile in AM & 1 mile in PM) for the last year. I don't have any pain in my ankle and recovered nicely. Keep up with your exercise routine as soon as you can. I think this is what helped me!!

Nov 19, 2013
Recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle 2 summers ago & have 7 pins & 2 plates now. I have an elliptical machine at home and have been using it daily (1 mile in AM & 1 mile in PM) for the last year. I don't have any pain in my ankle and recovered nicely. Keep up with your exercise routine as soon as you can. I think this is what helped me!!

Nov 19, 2013
Recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle 2 summers ago & have 7 pins & 2 plates now. I have an elliptical machine at home and have been using it daily (1 mile in AM & 1 mile in PM) for the last year. I don't have any pain in my ankle and recovered nicely. Keep up with your exercise routine as soon as you can. I think this is what helped me!!

Oct 01, 2013
a few answers NEW
by: joshua

So sorry to hear about your accident. You will probably be able to come home the same day of surgery. They will most likely perscribe perceot and then you can wing yourself off of those in a week or so. Then a simple pain reliever can be used. The first few weeks is critical in healing so it is best to rest as much as possible. The first two weeks are defintely the hardest, well was for me.

Oct 01, 2013
Hanging From a Thread NEW
by: Friday's Child

Hi,

Was cutting branches off a tree while standing on a ladder that was not stabilized. Fell down hard and broke both bones on either side of my left ankle. Have been in about a 50 lb. cast since 9/20. Orthopod won't operate until swelling goes down. Just wanted some feedback from anyone about post-surgery medication and if you have to stay in hospital overnight. Do they send you home with meds that make you nauseaous or is it just something like Alleve/Motrin, the usual stuff? Do you also have to stay in bed for the two weeks post-surgery? Sure put a damper on my jogging. Thanks in advance.

Sep 19, 2013
Almost better! NEW
by: joshua

Its been almost 5 weeks since my accident Aug 17. I colided with a car on my harley. God was truly looking out for me since i only ended up with a broken bone in my hand (which was never in a cast) and a severely dislocated ankle and several breaks in my fibula. They also installed 1 tightrope between my fibula and tibia which holds the ligiment together. This takes the place of older methods using screws which have to be removed 10-12 after opperation. I have 6 screws and a plate. Surgery was done within 2 hours of the accident and took around an hour. I am a very very active person and am an electrician so im on ladders and on my feet non stop. Being at home on my butt is not where i wanna be and was very hard the first 2 weeks but now its much easier. This time has truly come closer to the Lord and has given me an umbleness. I was able to puf 50% of weight at just 3 weeks per docs orders. He said i was young and healthy, im 26. He said i wouldnt even need physical theropy. I go back in just a week and for a 6 week check up. He will hopefully take my chrutches away then. I pray the blessing of FAITH be with everyone!

Sep 01, 2013
Broken my ancle NEW
by: Captain Jer

I have been in a cast almost 16 week with 13 pices of medal parts the Dr. said it is coming along real good. I have a good Dr. And this is the second time they are doing it, first time it didn't work. To stay of good mind I made cover to go over the cast toes. There are photoes on coolcastwear.com good luck.

Jun 18, 2013
Time, Time, Time NEW
by: Anonymous #2

Never try to out perform your kids on a skateboard. As a result of stupidity (compound tib/fib break), I am the proud owner of three plates and twenty screws (no joke). After 12 weeks, I feared my mobility would never return. Though I was weight bearing slightly after 6 weeks and effectively full at 10 weeks, swelling and an inability to do more than a fast walk is what I am face with now. I am still concerned with being able to run again, but the progress in the last several weeks (with stretching and lots of walking and biking) has been substantial. Those I know who have gone through similar ordeals have said that it takes upwards of a year to feel normal (mostly). It may not be the best news, but it is much better than the alternative.

Jun 12, 2013
Response to bionic leg lady! NEW
by: Anonymous

Love the name you chose.
I can relate totally to your issue with shoes at work and what to wear. I thought I was in bad shape with 1 plate and 8 screws! You are doing so well too; great stuff.

Unfortunately, can't say I have a lot to share. I am in Human Resources, so my first thought was chatting with your boss and HR about your footwear and just put on what it comfortable and supportive with their blessing I'm sure. I have gotten a ton of support at work. When it was winter, I finally found a dress boot that was loose at the ankle, with a flat heel that spanned the total foot (not wedged) and vipped right down to below the ankle so easy to get off. Long time to find it though and it ended up being at a cheap Suzie Sheer or something for about $40 bucks (Canada). Otherwise, now I am wearing these sandles that don't have a strap around the ankle, it does have a heal but again,not wedged,but rather spans the whole heel and the leather covers the top of my foot. I can't find others like this though when looking and have had them for years. They are kind of bronze colored, so goes a little more with a suit jacket and pants. I hate flats, but I did find one that is not too bad --but not cheap. Any other flat shoe (like the little ballerina type)were not supportive at all and kind of hurt when I walked. I really had to go expensive to get any support - it seemed with any shoe. So it's sandles for me with a square heel. Thank goodness for summer.

Anyway, long story long...good luck. Not an easy one. Wish I could wear my runners with a suit! Maybe you should start a new trend!

Best of luck. Lynda PS. I still have swelling after 4 months, especially at the end of the day. I am still restricted/unstable especially on slopes and stairs. I find I can't easily stand on tippy toe without support. BUT, it is getting there. I heard "it will never be the same", but I want to prove them all wrong. ;-)

Jun 11, 2013
Patience NEW
by: Bionic Leg Lady

I am 18 weeks post op compound tib/fib with crushed ankle from auto accident. I have 2 plates and 18 screws and pins. I have been full weight bearing in walking boot x 4 weeks....and very happy to finally drive again (without boot though!) I still experience extreme swelling of leg/ankle/foot, with considerable numbness from damaged nerves- yet hypersensitive sensations are considerable in the same areas... The discoloration of the leg seems to be improving. My newest challenge is finding a shoe to transition into. I hold a management position that requires business dress. I can be casual at home with tennis shoes, flip flops or houseshoes- but I feel as though I need something more appropriate for the workplace. Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions?

Jun 11, 2013
Patience NEW
by: Bionic Leg Lady

I am 18 weeks post op compound tib/fib with crushed ankle from auto accident. I have 2 plates and 18 screws and pins. I have been full weight bearing in walking boot x 4 weeks....and very happy to finally drive again (without boot though!) I still experience extreme swelling of leg/ankle/foot, with considerable numbness from damaged nerves- yet hypersensitive sensations are considerable in the same areas... The discoloration of the leg seems to be improving. My newest challenge is finding a shoe to transition into. I hold a management position that requires business dress. I can be casual at home with tennis shoes, flip flops or houseshoes- but I feel as though I need something more appropriate for the workplace. Does anyone have any ideas?

Jun 11, 2013
Patience NEW
by: Bionic Leg Lady

I am 18 weeks post op compound tib/fib with crushed ankle from auto accident. I have 2 plates and 18 screws and pins. I have been full weight bearing in walking boot x 4 weeks....and very happy to finally drive again (without boot though!) I still experience extreme swelling of leg/ankle/foot, with considerable numbness from damaged nerves- yet hypersensitive sensations are considerable in the same areas... The discoloration of the leg seems to be improving. My newest challenge is finding a shoe to transition into. I hold a management position that requires business dress. I can be casual at home with tennis shoes, flip flops or houseshoes- but I feel as though I need something more appropriate for the workplace. Does anyone have any ideas?

May 27, 2013
6 weeks? Yup NEW
by: Anonymous

I would say to go with what you feel comfortable with. I was off for 7 weeks but only because she couldn't see me because of holidays. 6 weeks is what is typicical. Once I started bearing weight, I took my time with it. You know your body best and the assistant physician is not the surgeon. Surgeons know best. Can you go to ortho surgeon to follow up?

Good luck. It takes time, but it will get better.

May 26, 2013
5 weeks post surgery NEW
by: Stacey

Almost 5 weeks ago, broke tib/fib on vacation in the Dominican Republic when I was walking downhill, stepped in a shallow hole. Surgery later same day, ORIF with plate and screws. I have not had much pain since surgery, thankfully. Surgeon said I would be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. Back in Texas, I went to an ortho doctor for follow up. at 4 weeks and 2 days, the physician assistant told me I could start bearing weight in the boot as tolerated, building up to full weight bearing. This scared me, since I had it in my mind that I would be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. I have been trying to comply with this but have built up to maybe 25-50% so far with crutches. I feel like a wimp, but really would rather be partial weight bearing until the 6 week mark. I guess I trusted the surgeon and would feel more comfortable going with his original recommendation. Id be interested in comments.

May 26, 2013
5 weeks post surgery NEW
by: Stacey

Almost 5 weeks ago, broke tib/fib on vacation in the Dominican Republic when I was walking downhill, stepped in a shallow hole. Surgery later same day, ORIF with plate and screws. I have not had much pain since surgery, thankfully. Surgeon said I would be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. Back in Texas, I went to an ortho doctor for follow up. at 4 weeks and 2 days, the physician assistant told me I could start bearing weight in the boot as tolerated, building up to full weight bearing. This scared me, since I had it in my mind that I would be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. I have been trying to comply with this but have built up to maybe 25-50% so far with crutches. I feel like a wimp, but really would rather be partial weight bearing until the 6 week mark. I guess I trusted the surgeon and would feel more comfortable going with his original recommendation. Id be interested in comments.

May 26, 2013
5 weeks post surgery NEW
by: Stacey

Almost 5 weeks ago, broke tib/fib on vacation in the Dominican Republic when I was walking downhill, stepped in a shallow hole. Surgery later same day, ORIF with plate and screws. I have not had much pain since surgery, thankfully. Surgeon said I would be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. Back in Texas, I went to an ortho doctor for follow up. at 4 weeks and 2 days, the physician assistant told me I could start bearing weight in the boot as tolerated, building up to full weight bearing. This scared me, since I had it in my mind that I would be non weight bearing for 6 weeks. I have been trying to comply with this but have built up to maybe 25-50% so far with crutches. I feel like a wimp, but really would rather be partial weight bearing until the 6 week mark. I guess I trusted the surgeon and would feel more comfortable going with his original recommendation. Id be interested in comments.

May 07, 2013
response to Larry NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there...so true on the each individual is different. 1 plate, 6 screws on one side and 2 screws on the other. 5 breaks. Dec 28/12 injury, surgery next day. I might be able to do very light jogging on flat ground. Its more a confidence thing too. I am still doing physio and go to a trainer 2x per week, but only using bike for cardio and just started rower. Still get swelling. Apparently that stays for a long time. A little limp depending on how tired I am. Definately not full range of motion yet. Trying to balance on the injured leg. That takes some practice. Slower healing than I anticipated. Have to be patient and remember its a big injury.

Yes docs orders a must even if its frustrating. Im 53...so maybe would be a bit different if younger...although they said it healed well. I was 7 weeks off it and 2 weeks walking with a air cast. Then walking on it. Hard to find shoes that fit...so good runners were a staple.
Good luck!
Lynda


May 06, 2013
When can you jog again? NEW
by: Michael

Hi Larry, I don't mean to sound facetious, but it will take exactly as long as your doctor says. I strongly recommend following the advice of your doctor and physical therapist, as I think that people's injuries and healing periods may differ. That said, I had a shattered ankle (that the surgeon was not sure he could reconstruct), a few plates, and 13 screws, I had surgery in the middle of December then was doing light jogging in the Spring, probably starting in April. Age is probably a factor as well in healing (I was 40 when I had the injury.) Good luck, and I recommend doing the physical therapy. Cheers

May 06, 2013
Broken fibula torn ligaments NEW
by: Larry O

5 screws one plate, torn ligaments in ankle. How long till I can possible light jog any answers please.

Mar 25, 2013
To Juany NEW
by: Wisconsin

Just curious, are you in the boot now or did you not have to go into the boot for 6 weeks? Are you hardware free now? It sounds like you have a pretty positive attitude. You have a lot to look forward to now that this snow is starting to go away. It will be a special spring for you getting out and walking around after being cooped-up for 8 weeks. The dang snow is finally starting to go away. At 8 weeks in, I think the recumbent bike was a great exercise for me. It is low impact and really strengthens your ligaments and you can go 30-40 minutes. Snap fitness is dirt cheap to join. Keep that positive attitude.

Mar 25, 2013
9 weeks in and feeling hopeful! NEW
by: Juany

Hey all. I just wanted to let you know I got my screws and plate out on one side about two weeks ago. Allot of the pain was relieved by doing that! So have faith. I still have a bit of pain in my outer ankle so I will keep an eye on that but really a little more than 8 weeks in and I am getting around pretty good if only a little slow. No limp, no cast, minimal pain, lots of swelling but this is normal.Keep up the good fight. It will be over before you know it and than you will wish you had more time to read that novel or catch up on DVR!

Feb 25, 2013
Kinesio Tape NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi! I mentioned this before as it really helped me. Find a good massage therapist and also someone who is certified in Kinesio tape. I used it for a few months and it not only kept the swelling down I think my recovery time was faster. A few weeks shy of a year from the break (both sides, ligament plates and screws) and have no pain or problems at all.
Good Luck!!

Feb 24, 2013
Thanks NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Juany,
Thanks for the tips. I have not heard of a percussion massager, but will look into it.

Yes, I plan on using a stationary bike. Ya, trying to find a shoe high enough is a challenge as i don't want a heal per say. Might break my other ankle! Lol Hopefully I won't need the boot for long. It's the darn swelling that keeps me from just wearing the other runner!

Thanks again. Fun times.
LD

Feb 24, 2013
to Juany NEW
by: Anonymous

I did not use pain killers. It is probably a good idea to listen to the pain right now and back off if you are doing too much. Once out of the cast, it felt like my heal bone was broken even though it was not. I put a rubber arch support in my boot to take pressure off my heal. It seemed to help. On walks I used the help of trekking poles, start small with walks. Also, buy a high shoe for your other foot, because the boot will make you lopsided. Other things you can do: Your PTs will also give you exercises like drawing the alphabet with your toes and using a bungee to stretch your ligaments. Also, my ankle responded real well to the stationary bike. Main thing at this point is to strengthen and stretch your ligaments with these exercises. I used a percussion massager every night on my calf. You will find your ankle will tire fast at first, but it feels real good to be mobile again.

Feb 24, 2013
Starting to bearing weight NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi all,
Well, my first week bearing weight has been interesting. I have the plate/screws etc and was off of it for 7 weeks. Starting with the boot and 2 crutches...after a few days I was down to one crutch. I am now able to put about 75% of my weight on it. I can even walk on it without a crutch and without a boot at home, although I take it easy. Every day seems to be better.

I do have more swelling now that I am walking on it, so periodically put an ice wrap on it, which helps. All pretty common I understand. I noticed that my runner is lower than the boot (in term of height) and it kind of uncomfortable on my opposite hip. I imagine I will need physio exercises for that too eventually. I did go to one session with physio. She said to massage it and stimulate the area as much as you can. She gave me a few exercises to start with.

She also recommended foot bath. You have to buckets of water. One with hot and one with ice cold. You put your foot in the hot for one minute then transfer to the cold for one minute. You do this for 10 minutes total. She said the hot brings all the blood to the area and the cold pushes it away, which takes away all the stagnant stuff around the area...creating better circulation. I haven't tried it yet, but imagine the ice water will be fun!

All in all, I am happy to be able to get around better and finally see some progress. The physio also said it is more about confidence and not pain. Although you should always stay in your comfort zone.

LD


Feb 24, 2013
Juany NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for your input. I will start a half mile today! I am going to start in the aircast outside ant than maybe do another 10 minutes inside without. I have also been moving it in water and massaging it. It helped me when you said your felt like it was broken when first out of the cast..mine feels that way too! When you did your walks did you feel allot of pain? Did you just move through it? Did you take painkillers? Thanks so much again for your encouragement!!

Feb 23, 2013
to: Full weight bearing after 6 wks NEW
by: Anonymous

It doesn't sound like your injury will required to wear a rehab boot for 6 weeks after 6 weeks in the cast. From my experience, after 6 weeks in the cast, my foot was very weak and the ligaments had to to get strong again (takes quite a while). By being in the boot, it isn't really full weight bearing because the boot absorbs a lot of the pressure on the ankle. So, I recommend starting slow 1/2 mile the first week, see how that feels. It it doesn't bother you, increase it. I increased it until I was to 3 miles ( 3 months after my surgery). Right after I got out of the cast, it felt like my heal was broken too. But, the doctor assured me it wasn't. Yes, you have weird pains, but you will be amazed at your healing abilities (gift from God).

Feb 23, 2013
full weight bearing after 6 weeks??? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello all.I just saw my doctor and he has given me the go ahead for full weight bearing!! I am six weeks post surgery for bi maleollar fracture with one plate and four screws. My doctor told me it is healed and I can fwb without cast or crutches! I am totally surprised and have really only been doing feather weight up to this point. So I am trying but am having a strange pain on side of the ankle..plus a whole bunch of other stiffness related pain. Doc said it would be normal to have some pain. Wondering about other's experiences of pain once weight bearing starts? Below in the forum one anonymous user mentioned he was walking a mile a day..Did you have pain and just walk through it? I am just worried it is not a normal pain I am feeling in one side of my ankle...but may just be stiff....

Feb 18, 2013
Response to Juany NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Juany,

I my case the surgeon recommended I do exercises often during the day with the boot off. Right from the get go. I really just flexed my foot, pointed it and circled my ankle both ways at least 3 to 4 times a day. Seems we are all a bit different though depending on the injury, so you may want to confirm with the doc.

On another note, went to surgeon today at the 7 week mark. Xrays looked good and they told me I should start baring weight on it, to whatever point I can tolerate. This with the boot of course, but they want me without crutches within 2-3 weeks, or less. They also said to stop using the boot when I feel comfortable with it within that timeframe.

So far its a little intimidating. My heel in particular seems to hurt the most. It's kinda like needles in my heel. I'm sure this will pass.

I did ask about the blood flow in my foot as I am experiencing a purple foot with my boot off when I am up hopping around. She said that was normal and as I use it, that will get better. She said the blood flow in my foot may never be the same because of the hardware in there. She also said that the swelling can last for months. My swelling is minimal now though.

I will start physio soon too.
LD

Feb 18, 2013
Juany NEW
by: Anonymous

oops I forgot to put my name in the below comments..that I accidentally sent two times

Feb 18, 2013
fellow nervous runner :) NEW
by: Anonymous

Great info Anonymous!

I run as well and am filled with the nervous energy. Doing abs and weights everyday cannot compensate for the runner high!! Your recovery story is encouraging to me. Did you do allot of physio? Thanks so much for sharing!

Feb 18, 2013
fellow nervous runner :) NEW
by: Anonymous

Great info Anonymous!

I run as well and am filled with the nervous energy. Doing abs and weights everyday cannot compensate for the runner high!! Your recovery story is encouraging to me. Did you do allot of physio? Thanks so much for sharing!

Feb 18, 2013
To Juany NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a runner and have lots of nervous energy, and I about went crazy in the cast, and I have 2 highly energetic dogs that love to run. When the Doctor took me out of the cast after 6 weeks, he thought I would just walk out of the office in my new boot. But, I couldn't because my ankle felt so brittle and my leg atrophied too. I needed crutches for 2 or 3 days and then I could support myself and put all my weight onto my booted foot. The boot provides support if you wear it tight. I have a lot of grassy areas to walk so I would go about a mile at first. After 3 days I switched to trekking poles. If I hadn't used the trekking poles, I would not have made it as far. Your leg tires out very quickly if you don't use any support. My leg tired very quickly for about 3 months. But, I used my trekking poles daily for a workout. I did walks of a mile at first. 3 months after the accident I would do 2 miles. 4 months - 3 miles. I could run a mile at 6 months. I use the trekking poles a lot because I am always walking on grass or in the woods and every now and then stepping on a rock or in a hole, it gives you support. Couple more tips, I tried several ankles braces and none of them worked for me because they fit so tight around the ankle. My ankle bone was very sensitive and couldn't take the pressure. I wasted a lot of money on those things. Buy a really good running shoe like Asics Kayanu - 1/2 size bigger than what you wear normally and use thick hiking socks - that will give your ankle even more stamina. Many times I thought I might have pushed my ankle too much, but I was amazed at how resilient it was. Listen to your doctor. My doctor said I was free to do anything I wanted after 4 months. Unfortunately, my ankle wasn't ready for running for a couple months later.

Feb 18, 2013
Ankle exercises NEW
by: Juany

Hey guys,
NLC I also have a spiral fracture (but this one was from skiing)with my ankle broken in two places..I am a little over 5 weeks after surgery. I am wondering about ankle exercises. Is it to soon to start doing them? Right now I am moving my toes allot but if I can start moving my ankle too that would be great.(a bit nervous though. LD you mentioned taking off your aircast and doing exercises, what kind of exercises do you do? Anonymous, I love how active you have been, at one point did you start doing your walking and were you full weight bearing on the walks?Feeling confident so far. Quick healing to you all!

Feb 18, 2013
Sharp Electric pains in the foot NEW
by: Anonymous

I am at my one year anniversary of my ankle break and am doing really good. But at 7 weeks, you are just at the beginning of your rehab. At 7 weeks you probably have a lot swelling still. Along with elevating your ankle, ice it at every opportunity. Walgreens sells these wrap around ice pads that are fairly comfortable. The sharp electric pain you experience could be the lack of blood circulation in your foot. Someone suggested I try compression socks and I tried them on a mile walk. That was a big mistake. I was half mile into my walk and it felt like my feet were being stung by a bunch of bees. The pain was scary. I finally stopped and took off my socks and the stinging went away. It felt funny walking back barefooted in my rehab boot. Do not have anything that will stop the blood circulation (also any socks that fit tight will do that). Your ankle loves exercise and thrives on the blood flow. I fell down a flight of stairs, broke and dislocated my ankle. I had surgery with the plate and screws. I think I rehabbed pretty well because from the time I got out of the cast and into the boot after 6 weeks, I was exercising it daily. Mainly I would do one mile walks at first to 1 1/2 to 2 miles at 12 weeks. I used trekking pole for extra support. Looking back, I was golfing after 13 weeks, running short distances after 5 months. Everybody's breaks are different. But, your body does a wonderful job of healing, just help it out the best you can.

Feb 18, 2013
NLC relply NEW
by: LD

Hi NLC,

I too have gotten those sharp electric type pains in my foot/ankle. Sounds like this is normal. I still get the odd one, or pinch and I am at 7 weeks. I go to the surgeon today to find out about next steps. I haven't been baring weight at all on it per docs instructions. I have been told that I will still wear the air cast (boot), once I start putting weight on it. It sure is a long healing process. When I find out more today, I may update with further info. I bought a second hand knee scooter which has been invaluable to get around outside.

One of my main concerns is the blood flow to my foot. When I don't have it elevated, it turns pink/purple, which is annoying. Goes back to normal when I elevate it. Could be just part of the healing and not using the muscles. At least I can take the air cast on and off to exercise it.

It just keeps getting better, so hang in there.
LD


Feb 18, 2013
Spiral fracure to fibula & torn ligaments! Nightmare! NEW
by: NLC

It's so great to read other people's experiences.
I slipped on a wet floor at home which caused a spiral fracur to my fibula & torn ligaments in my ankle which displaced my foot. (A little annoying doing that at home after skiing the week before & walking to work & back in snow/ice the same day!) I had to wait 8 days for swelling to go down before they put in plate and screws for fracure & screws to correct displacement. I couldn't believe it when my surgeon told me I couldn't weight bear and needed elevation for 6-8 weeks! Very difficult when you have 3 children, but he warned me how bad it would be if I didn't follow his advice. Thankfully I have a great husband and family & friends so its not been as bad as I thought.
I am now 3 weeks post op, & now have a full cast on after a back slab previously. I don't get much pain really. I Do find when in bed I experience muscle twitch/spasm in the ankle which causes it to ache a little, does anyone else have this? I go back in 3 weeks for X-ray & hope I can start to walk, but only partial weight bearing for 4 weeks. A long old process, & lots of Physio ahead. Anyone know how long it will take to rebuild muscles in calf & ankle? Will be grateful for any feedback. N xx

Feb 15, 2013
Screws out new ...response NEW
by: Anonymous

Great info on getting your screws/plate out after a few years. I didn't think it would be just 2 weeks of recovery like my GP said. So basically, a person is looking at the same amount of time as the original break for healing time. Glad to understand when I consider what I will do in a year.

Thanks for the info!

Feb 15, 2013
Screws out new ...response NEW
by: Anonymous

Great info on getting your screws/plate out after a few years. I didn't think it would be just 2 weeks of recovery like my GP said. So basically, a person is looking at the same amount of time as the original break for healing time. Glad to understand when I consider what I will do in a year.

Thanks for the info!

Feb 15, 2013
Response to Rae NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Rae,

Wow, you have been through a lot. After my surgery, I didn't have any protection for my foot. I felt very vulnerable. I couldn't walk on it of course, but when I went to another surgeon, she gave me a air cast I.e boot which CSM come off and on. She said it was important to have my foot at a 90 degree angle to start so I could at least walk on it when the time came.

It has helped a lot and I see others walking on their boot. So I expect to go to surgeon next week (it's been 7 weeks) in a few days, and although I may be able to walk on it, they will start me walking with the boot first for extra support. I have screws and a plate too.

I do take the boot off often to exercise my foot, flexing up and down and twirling letting my toe lead. I use my good foot as a guide as to what it should be doing, so do them both of them at same time. I also will go to a physio therapist to help me with other exercises and to build strength.

Best of luck.

Feb 15, 2013
6 weeks after ORIF NEW
by: Rae

Hi everyone, encouraging and helpful reading all your stories. Thought I'd share mine for some advice and to let people know there is a light
I broke my fibula in 3 places and tore ligaments in my ankle 7 weeks ago tomorrow. 6 weeks ago today I had ORIF surgery to put part of the bone that had become displaced back in position and have a metal plate and 5 screws.
I was in a back slab for 2 weeks after surgery then a fibreglass cast for 4 weeks all strictly NWB.
I went for an X-ray yesterday. The dr did some tests to check my ligaments had healed and said I'm good to walk! He said the bones not fully healed but its getting there.
He said keep the crutches till you need them but in 2 weeks I should be ok. He said to stretch and flex and to not try and run before I can walk. But basically it won't get damaged.
Right now my foot will not flex upwards. And it's a little bit daunting going from cast to nothing and I'm also a bit worried as its only been 6 weeks!
Any help with stretches etc will be much appreciated. Right now I'm walking super slow with crutches!

Feb 10, 2013
Re: screws OUT NEW
by: Anonymous

Two to three years after my accident, I had my multile screws and plates removed. During temperature changes and at night I had the sensation that something foreign was in my ankle, and while it did not hurt, it bothered me. One of the screws also started to protrude a bit, which I am told is normal. I am in my 40s, and a friend wisely said "look, you don't want this to get worse over a long duration, so that in your 80s you want surgery but are too old at that time to have it." So I got my many screws and plates out. Glad that I did -- the surgeon reported that it was difficult to get all of the screws out. No surprise, because bone continues to grow, and had I waited longer, the screw heads might have broken off, leaving the screws in the bone.

The recovery was similar to the original break, but it was faster, easier, and less painful. I had to have my foot up, use crutches and a boot, and ice. No cast. After maybe 4-6 weeks I was able to put weight back on the ankle.

I personally am very glad that I removed the hardware. The feeling of something foreign in my ankle is gone. My ankle strength has returned to maybe 85% after several months. And I don't have to worry about potential surgery as I get older. I also think that I get through TSA security a bit more regularly without needing a second check. (Hey, I travel a lot.)

Someone else mentioned that the ankle is weak after the screws are removed. That is true in that removing screws leaves holes in the ankle and surrounding bones. So, if you are not careful, you can easily re-break the bones. But that is mitigated, in my opinion, if you have a good doctor who (1) keeps you in a boot, (2) delays weight bearing, and (3) takes x-rays to see how well the bone is filling in. The holes will fill in over time, especially if you are young and healthy. You can define "young and healthy" as you see fit.

I had a substantial break, and the emergency room surgeon originally was worried that I would not walk again. That surgeon did a great job putting humpty dumpty back together, I took my physical rehab seriously (see other posting under my name), and I had a great but different surgeon who removed the screws.

I am not a doctor, and results removing hardware may vary. My recommendation is:
(1) work with your doctor to understand your options.
(2) if you want to remove the screws, do it sooner rather than later. Don't wait many years, as the bone may grow over.
(3) do the physical therapy. I found that massages worked great as well, with a professional therapist.

Good luck to you all!

Feb 10, 2013
Re: screws OUT NEW
by: Anonymous

Two to three years after my accident, I had my multile screws and plates removed. During temperature changes and at night I had the sensation that something foreign was in my ankle, and while it did not hurt, it bothered me. One of the screws also started to protrude a bit, which I am told is normal. I am in my 40s, and a friend wisely said "look, you don't want this to get worse over a long duration, so that in your 80s you want surgery but are too old at that time to have it." So I got my many screws and plates out. Glad that I did -- the surgeon reported that it was difficult to get all of the screws out. No surprise, because bone continues to grow, and had I waited longer, the screw heads might have broken off, leaving the screws in the bone.

The recovery was similar to the original break, but it was faster, easier, and less painful. I had to have my foot up, use crutches and a boot, and ice. No cast. After maybe 4-6 weeks I was able to put weight back on the ankle.

I personally am very glad that I removed the hardware. The feeling of something foreign in my ankle is gone. My ankle strength has returned to maybe 85% after several months. And I don't have to worry about potential surgery as I get older. I also think that I get through TSA security a bit more regularly without needing a second check. (Hey, I travel a lot.)

Someone else mentioned that the ankle is weak after the screws are removed. That is true in that removing screws leaves holes in the ankle and surrounding bones. So, if you are not careful, you can easily re-break the bones. But that is mitigated, in my opinion, if you have a good doctor who (1) keeps you in a boot, (2) delays weight bearing, and (3) takes x-rays to see how well the bone is filling in. The holes will fill in over time, especially if you are young and healthy. You can define "young and healthy" as you see fit.

I had a substantial break, and the emergency room surgeon originally was worried that I would not walk again. That surgeon did a great job putting humpty dumpty back together, I took my physical rehab seriously (see other posting under my name), and I had a great but different surgeon who removed the screws.

I am not a doctor, and results removing hardware may vary. My recommendation is:
(1) work with your doctor to understand your options.
(2) if you want to remove the screws, do it sooner rather than later. Don't wait many years, as the bone may grow over.
(3) do the physical therapy. I found that massages worked great as well, with a professional therapist.

Good luck to you all!

Feb 10, 2013
Re: followup NEW NEW
by: Michael

I am not a doctor, but I wonder if the pain after eating is related to blood flow, as opposed to carb intake or some other theory. Your blood will go to the stomach to aid with digestion. That means less blood and less circulation for healing and reconstruction; perhaps the pain is related to that.

Feb 10, 2013
followup NEW
by: Karen

I posted previously about extreme nerve irritation all over my foot after eating - carbs and salt the worst - pretty painful in the cast. Cast is off now and pain has decreased remarkably. Still notice some irritation after eating but mostly OK now. Must have been a combination of nerves irritated from surgery (I have a few pins-and-needle areas still) and the pressure of the cast that amplified the pain. Good side effect from eating 4 weeks of lean meat and plain salads and veggies = lost 15 pounds I needed to and hope to continue! But I wouldn't recommend a broken ankle as a weight loss plan!

Feb 10, 2013
Screws out NEW
by: Anonymous

I was told that 90% of people keep the hardware in, unless there are real problems. I was also told by doc that one would be out of commission for about 2 weeks.

I can confirm that the wait is typically one year before they consider taking the hardware out, and that it could weaken the ankle as it leaves holes where the screws were.

Best of luck with the surgery.

Feb 10, 2013
Broken ankle - what fun! NEW
by: Anonymous

Appreciate all the common stories. I broke my ankle in 5 places on Dec 28th and had surgery. A plate and lots of screws on outside and 2 larger screws on inside. I was put on a boot and cannot walk on it. It's been 5 weeks and go back to surgeon next week hoping to move on to next steps and starting the weight bearing. Have been using a walker, which has been ok at home. Lots of hopping! I also just borrowed a knee scooter, that has been awesome outside and allows me to go out and do small arranges or at least a short trip to starbucks.

It has been a really hard time sitting around. My bottom is very sore all the time. I also got heart burn which I never get from sitting and likely all the meds after surgery. Oh ya, I did get pneumonia after my surgery which was not helpful and was on antibiotics. I went to naturopath and got some things to help me out on the heartburn front, like acidophilous etc. Seems to be doing the trick.

My healing and swelling seem to be going well. I do get the electric type pains now and again and have been exercising my foot with flexing etc. Also trying to do some upper body weights. I do notice that if I am up and hopping around for any length of time, my foot gets purple from all the blood flowing down. It is fine when I put it up again right away. Can't say that it's lack of blood flow but more too much blood flow to that area. I guess just part of the healing process. Will ask the doc when I go there next week though. How long will that keep up?

Amazing how much more your hair grows on the injured leg vs. The other leg too! Crazy.

Patience is the key...but damn...hard to do! Netflix is great and buying on Amazon too!

Good luck all.

Jan 27, 2013
Lateral Malleolus Fracture NEW
by: Sima

I slipped on the ice on Dec 13th and found out the next day that my ankle was broken. The swelling needed to go down over 2 - 4 days and I was asked to go to a specialist.

Three days later I went to a specialist Dr. who said that the bone that is fractured (the lateral malleolus) was not a weight bearing bone and they hardly do casts anymore on that type of break.

The Dr. rewarpped my ankle and gave me an aircast and asked me to come back in two weeks for another x-ray. He also said that I was to stand on my ankle and flex it back and forth as much as I could bear.

Wow - this is weird...I'll be ready to go to the Dr again for another xray on Wednesday and it is Sunday night. I have been doing hot cold packs on my ankle and foot which have decreased the swelling. That has really helped. Starting with 5 minutes hot water bag, 4 minutes cold pack, 3 minutes hot, 2 minutes cold, 1 minute hot.

Jan 27, 2013
Hardware OUT NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi! Was wondering if anyone has experience with getting their hardware (pins and screws) out? I plan on getting mine out in March (a year after they were put it which I am told is minimum time). Was told can be weight bearing same day. Any comments?

Jan 27, 2013
Nerve Irritation NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi! Although I haven't experienced what you have I have had some "tingling" sensations at the original injury site. Have you noticed IF you partiular problem relates to the type of food you eat? Carbs? Just a thought.

Jan 27, 2013
Nerve Irritation NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi! Although I haven't experienced what you have I have had some "tingling" sensations at the original injury site. Have you noticed IF you partiular problem relates to the type of food you eat? Carbs? Just a thought.

Jan 27, 2013
nerve irritation NEW
by: Karen

Has anyone experienced nerve irritation of the ankle and foot after eating? About an hour after eating my ankle surgery site and foot (in various areas, changes around) start to ache and become hypersenstive and very irritated. This lasts for about 2 hours and subsides slowly. I am not diabetic.

Jan 21, 2013
carrying puppy NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes I was relieved when he told me I didnt need surgery the breaks were clean and none of my bones shifted.
Good luck to you as well. Ty for the advice.

Jan 21, 2013
first xray NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my first xray 6 weeks later but mind u no weight bearing for a full 8. Had pins and plates so maybe that's why.
Good luck and keep the faith! It will get better.
Looking forward to getting my hardware out in March, yea!

Jan 21, 2013
carrying puppy NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes I saw the orthopedic surgeon and saw my family doctor. The surgeon said I can start applying a little weight on the 23rd but to be careful. Which I plan on being. Saw the surgeon on the 9th of January.

Jan 21, 2013
first x ray after surgery??? when? NEW
by: Anonymous

HI all you troopers!! My questions is after ankle surgery when is it normal to have a second x-ray? Mine is scheduled 6 weeks after the surgery.(at two weeks I will be in an air cast and at 4 weeks with light weight bearing) It seems weird that they would let me weight bare without doing another x-ray to be sure my bones are healing? (I broke my medial and lateral malleolar bones and have a maisonneuve fracture on my fibula.) Heads up everyone!!Healing is happening as we speak!

Jan 20, 2013
New Puppy / broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi! IF you haven't seen a doctor I would go to the ER immediately. IF you have seen an ortho or had surgery or whatever then just follow what they say. I have noticed that doctors do things different. I was flat on my back for 2 months but never had a cast (pins and screws) whereas others have casts.. just depends.. Good Luck!!

Jan 20, 2013
Hope you saw a doctor NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi to the person who broke an ankle carrying a puppy. If the ankle really is broken, in a significant way, then I imagine 15 days is way too early to apply weight. You may want to see a doctor and get an x-ray. I don't mean to cause alarm, but you also want to make sure you don't cause permanent damage.

Jan 20, 2013
broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello.
Broke my ankle in three places on Jan 3,2013, while taking my new puppy outside. Well anyways I slipped on the last stair, it all happened so fast. I sat there for a few mins in bad pain. I got up carried my puppy upstairs.
Its been 15 days i am not using crutches at home. I hope this isnt too soon. I can start putting a little weight on it next week.


Nov 08, 2012
Many years later NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my tib/fib in 1988 from a fall from my horse. Had open reduction surgery from which I recovered well. But there was so much damage to the entire ankle that the ortho pretty much wrote me off after he finished patting himself on the back for putting the fractures back together. In any event, I used a cane for a year or so a couple of years after I broke it since it had become so bad. I considered and met with some surgeons to discuss fusing the joint and/or an ankle joint replacement. (At that point, I was more thon serious in wanting to just cut off my lower leg!) Thank GOD, I decided to try acupuncture. Truly, this got my body to a place where it could heal itself. I still have swelling and arthritis, but the pain is not continuous. I will never be 100%, but I am often nearly "sound."

So, please try acupuncture. I highly recommend it.

Nov 01, 2012
i understand NEW
by: Anonymous

i am worried to see im in awalking boot but my ankle is swell up and i dont know if its normal

Oct 30, 2012
To Oct 29 Anonymous NEW
by: Anonymous

About getting back to work. Once you get in the boot, you can bear weight on your ankle. But, I broke my ankle back in Feb and I could not put weight on it very long (6 weeks after the break). So, why don't you get that thing Beth was suggesting (Drive Medical 790 Steerable Knee Walker). You could scoot around on that thing and tend bar. The ankle bone is amazing how it heals up over time. You ankle will gradually get stronger. 4 months after the break, you should be able to put weight on it for 7 hours (with a few work breaks). If not, keep using the apparatus until you can. Be thankful you have mercyful people around you right now. You need mercy right now. You will make it back. Thank God, for His healing powers.

Oct 30, 2012
Same as me! NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi! What you did sounds just like what I did. I have to tell you my Doc was VERY conservative and I didn't get out of bed for 2 full months. On my back with leg elevated. Hated every bit of it. BUT after 8 weeks had surgery to remove the one screw holding the ligament together and then gradually got better. I sit mostly for work so except for PT was back to work in 10 weeks. I know. I KNOW it's hard but right now (7 months later) I have no pain, no meds and walk normally. (Walked with a limp for about 3 month after last surgery). PT wasn't too bad. But I am guessing you will need surgery to take out the screw for full range of motion. I am sure your Mom understands. Try not to be too quick to get up and go back to work. I know you want to but it my be more painful and then extend the healing process longer. Good luck!

Oct 29, 2012
Broken and dislocated NEW
by: Anonymous

I missed a couple of stairs off my back porch on Friday Sept 28th. This resulted in dislocation, a torn ligament, and the outside and inside of my ankle broken. I went to the ER and they knocked me out and fixed the dislocation, splinted me and sent me on my way.
Went to orthopedic surgeon Monday and ankle was too swollen for surgery, so it was scheduled the following Monday. Was resplinted and sent on my way.
Surgery was on Oct 15th which was 2 weeks after the break and took about 3 hrs. I have a plate and 7 screws on the outside and 2 longer screws on the inside. I went back a week later, checked the stitches and resplinted.
Last week on Oct 22nd, I had my stitches out and they did an X-ray. Doc says its healing well. I then got a cast and am having it taken off after 3 weeks and told I would be put in a walking boot after that. I know I will need PT but I am a bartender and need to get back to work. My shifts are about 7 hrs long. Anyone have any idea when I will go back to work? I too have crying days and the first 3 months of 2012 I was off work for knee surgery, so this is a nightmare. Also has RLS and couldn't sleep for a week and a half of getting off the norco. I'm feeling pretty helpless and hopeless. My husband works nights so I am staying with my parents during the week. My moms been awesome but I hate depending on her when I'm 38 years old

Oct 22, 2012
Getting around NEW
by: Beth

I am five weeks into the process, having fractured both my tibia and fibula while hiking on Mt. Tamalpais in California. I am 64. Plates, screws, the big screw holding the two bones together, the works. This week my doctor told me to start putting weight on my foot, and he provided a shoe/sandal to put over my cast. Up until now I have NOT been using crutches. Instead, I purchased a Drive Medical 790 Knee Walker from Amazon for $215 (a great price, by the way). You kneel on it with your injured leg and propel yourself with your good foot. It has hand brakes and steers easily. If you need to stay in one place for a while, it is not uncomfortable to sit on. It can handle one stair if you are really careful, but that is all. My doctor actually suggested getting a knee roller before my surgery, but we had already ordered it. Forget the wheel chairs--this thing can actually be fun, and everyone who sees it is intrigued. Thanks for all the posts. They have been helpful. Hope this is helpful, too.

Oct 17, 2012
Walking boot after 3.5 months NEW
by: Scott B.

Well I am finally in a walking boot after a very long 3.5 months since my ankle fusion. I am happy for the boot because I can take it off. but right now there is not much walking!!! I have been doing some but am feeling a lot more pain than when I was in the cast. I am sure the pain is just from not using the ankle for so long..But I feel that my road is not ending soon still. Doctor said physical therapy MAYBE after next visit.

On a good note!! I have taught my self how to carve wood. and am getting quite good at it. I am carving Christmas ornament right now for the family, it has kept my mind off things and I am learning a skill or art as I recover.

but the biggest challenge is going to be getting back into the work force. I am really stressing that. since I will unable to go back to the job I was in when I broke my ankle two years ago.

If anyone would like to contact me my email is fbmetroscott@gmail.com

Oct 17, 2012
Gratitude NEW
by: Liz

On Sept. 21, I broke my right ankle on both sides and could not have surgery due to swelling until Oct. 3. I now have 8 screws and a plate. I have been having such a difficult time being stuck with the leg elevated and feeling trapped, unable to do much at all. Today my staples were removed and I got my first cast on. I too have experienced the electrical type of zapping pain in the ankle and also the swelling. I am so grateful to each of you for sharing your recovery, your symptoms, your frustration and your support. I feel so much less alone knowing there are others out there going through very similar paths. You are giving me hope that "this too shall pass" when the road feels so long.

If anyone wants to chat, I'm also_known_as_liz on yahoo IM.

Oct 14, 2012
Re: Kristin NEW
by: Barbara

Your funny in venting, but stir crazy is exactly what happens. I smoked, but the one good thing - I mostly stopped when I broke my fibula. Smoking slows healing. I am now that famous smoke when I drink - but usually not any other time. Good luck, you will learn patience, you have no choice.

Oct 09, 2012
Kinesio tape NEW
by: Fran

One thing that has helped me a great deal is Kinesio tape. Accident happened in March. Plate and screws. One screw removed in June. Started PT until August. My massage therapist is licensed Kinesio guy. Wasn't sure it would help BUT it has helped with the swelling and the overall good feeling of my leg. No pain at all. I noticed lots of chiropractors do this now. Investigate. Don't use the crappy tape they sell at sporting good stores. (mine sticks/heat activated).
Helps to draw fluids away and helps alot with scaring.
Good info here
http://www.kinesiotape.ca/whatitdoes.htm
Good luck to all.


Oct 09, 2012
It will get better NEW
by: Jess

On New Year's day I slipped on some wet grass and broke my ankle in three places and tore a ligament. The first six weeks were really hard. I started putting full weight on my ankle at 6 weeks. My doctor said I have recovered so quickly because I used it regularly. It was very scary when I started because the darn thing felt so week. But gradually it started to feel a bit more normal. There is still some pain and strangely a couple weeks ago the scar started to bleed but other than that it healed nicely and I am back to jogging trails. Do what your doctor instructs and what you feel comfortable with. I hired a sports trainer for a few sessions so I could learn how to strengthen the bone and muscle. Make sure you stretch that sucker our to get full mobility and stand only on the bad ankle with your eyes closed for 30 seconds a day. I don't know why, but it seemed to work. Good luck!!

Oct 09, 2012
Trimalleolar fracture troubles NEW
by: Scott

I'm an engineer major in college and I just had surgery on my trimalleolar fracture (had to get 9 screws and a plate on the outside of my ankle and 2 longer screws on the inside) it's been a really rough time for me to deal with all the stress and I am now in a hard cast for at least 3 weeks then get put into a boot for at least 4 weeks.
Pain isn't too bad but I'm miserable and daily living tasks have become soo draining. Ive missed 2 weeks of class and I honestly don't know how to manage the work load from my calculus and physics classes along with recovery and it has definitely taken its toll on my happiness and well being. I haven't even started going to my class lectures yet and I'm afraid it is going to be too much emotionally for me to get up and hobble to class everyday a long with all the catch up work I have to do.

I was wondering if anyone had any advice. I've been thinking about dropping out this semester to focus on recovery and pick back up in the spring but that's a lot money to throw away but may be worth it if means an easier recovery and less stress/depression to deal with.

If you have anything to say please email me at goetz93@gmail.com
I would greatly appreciate any advice.

Oct 09, 2012
for donna NEW
by: Anonymous

You need to put weight on to bathroom scale with your bad ankle/leg and attempt to work out the pressure of approx 10% of your body weight.

Good luck

Oct 08, 2012
10% NEW
by: Donna

Doc says I can bear 10% weight on ankle? How is a person suppose to figure out what that means?

Oct 08, 2012
10% NEW
by: Donna

Doc says I can bear 10% weight on ankle? How is a person suppose to figure out what that means?

Oct 08, 2012
10% NEW
by: Donna

Doc says I can bear 10% weight on ankle? How is a person suppose to figure out what that means?

Oct 08, 2012
10% NEW
by: Donna

Doc says I can bear 10% weight on ankle? How is a person suppose to figure out what that means?

Oct 08, 2012
10% NEW
by: Donna

Doc says I can bear 10% weight on ankle? How is a person suppose to figure out what that means?

Oct 08, 2012
10% NEW
by: Donna

Doc says I can bear 10% weight on ankle? How is a person suppose to figure out what that means?

Oct 05, 2012
for kirstyn NEW
by: Anonymous

I feel your pain .... the drugs that the hospital gives for surgery can make you weepy. Ive 3 plates 17 screws along with other bits and pieces of hardware but slowly getting feelings and movements back - time is a healer ... keep your chin up x

Oct 05, 2012
for Kristin NEW
by: Fran

Oh, Kristin..I hear ya! Flat on my back for 2 months last March. It WILL get better. No PT cause u probably need a screw removed cause of the ligament damage. I had Surgery 8 weeks after fall THEN started PT. Put a dryer sheet in the black boot when u don't have it on will help the smell some.
If u need someone to talk to (to listen) email me and we can talk on the phone. Email is terppenna@yahoo.com.

Oct 05, 2012
Going stir crazy NEW
by: Kristin

Its 10/4/2012. I had a car accident on 8/31/12. I'm a lawyer but felt so guilty I admitted my fault. I still feel terribly guilty. I had to wait for surgery until 9/17/12 bc of the swelling. During that period of time I'm proud to say I only took off two days of work! The accident day and the following Monday. But I took the whole week off for surgery. So it's only been 17 days since surgery and the good doc says I have to be non weight bearing for a full 6 weeks after surgery. Got the black boot and the crutches. Which I HATE!
I'm happy to commiserate with the emotional toll it takes on a person. Many days I feel like I'm going crazy! I do smoke and drink some ( to pass the time?) which I know is dumb and I try to do some range of motion stuff but it's sooooo stiff. My diet isn't the best either so I'm probably not even giving my ankle a good chance. I'm an idiot.
I have a plate on the outside of the ankle with 8 screws I think and 2 longer screws (pins) in the ball looking part on the inside of the ankle. That part was dislocated and broken in 2 places. I too have a baby so the brunt of the chores fall on my boyfriend, including the doting on me. I hate this and cry almost daily. I'm short tempered and my confidence is crap. No bueno in my profession.
This is my favorite time of year and I wanted to take my baby outside in her stroller, but noooooooo! And top it off I turn the big 30 in ten days. Whoooooopeeeee (not!). Im broken, getting fat, getting old, and miserable to be around. And the black boot stinks to high heaven!
I'm bummed. Good doc said no need for physical therapy. I thought that was weird, but it's not like I don't have a ton of other responsibilities either.
Anyway, happy to find this site for venting purposes. This whole process really forces you to appreciate the little things. And for me, I'm learning to let go and let God and develop a relationship with Him.

Sep 21, 2012
Trimalleolar Fx NEW
by: Jon

I was skim (boogie) boarding on the beach on vacation when I managed to dislocate/fracture my left ankle. It was reduced/splinted in the ER while on vacation. Rode 16 hours home...not fun. Had surgery back at home one week after the injury. Surgery consisted of a plate on fibula w/9 screws, 3 screws on the medial aspect of the joint and one syndesmotic screw throught the entire joint.

Placed in walking boot after surgery, but allowed to remove it at home and begin range-of-motion exercises immediately post-op w/no weight bearing. My incisions were glued, so no suture removal. Doc allowed progressive weight bearing at week 2 post-op w/boot. Also started physical therapy at this time.

Just went to 6 week post-op follow-up this week. He is now allowing me to walk w/aircast when out of the house and w/o any support devices around the house. Continuing therapy. Syndesmotic screw scheduled to come out next week, then back to work as an Emergency room RN the following week.

To those people who are just beginning this journey: My recovery has been much better than I personally expected. My pain has been minimal. No narcotics necessary, even following surgery. I occasionally take Motrin, but maybe twice a week. Therapy has increased the ROM and strength of my ankle to the point where I can almost walk with a normal gait just 3 days out of the boot and only 6 weeks post-op. My incisions have both healed well. This being said, I have been diligent about exercising on a schedule to improve my range-of-motion and strength. Also, my foot was almost constantly elevated and iced for the first 2 weeks post-op, and I continue to ice my ankle at least once daily to diminish the swelling. I'm also 24 years old, so I'm sure my age has been a benifit. There is hope, but it will take a lot of hard work and patience.

Sep 13, 2012
Bad breaks NEW
by: Anonymous

Think my surgeon is conservative and cautious, I'm pretty much banned from anything except elevating leg and driving an automatic. But his advice has been good, as no pain and improves every week.
I've made sure to up my calcium, decrease alcohol, increase sleep to as much as possible, clean food, and exercise as much as possible. Push ups are good, leg raises, yoga stretches are good for loosening your hips as they get tired I find from lots of sitting and crutches.
Be positive for sure, everyone's healing is different and I have no doubt you saw people way worse off than you in the hospital! Look forward to the appreciation you'll have for all those little things you took for granted ( remember getting down flights of stairs by jumping 4 or 5 at a Time)

Sep 13, 2012
Bad breaks NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey,
I had a nasty tri-malleolar fracture, plate 8 screws and couple pins 6 weeks ago. First three weeks were pretty bad- but once you get used to crutches and your foot stops throbbing when lowered you're on your way to recovery! As soon as you can handle the discomfort, start flexing your foot up and down- I'm talking hundreds of reps. Then same with toes, the range seems to be improving weekly.
I've started putting gentle pressure on front of foot in a seated position then raising heel. Flexes the Achilles and just feels good to have sensation on sole of foot.
The worst thing now is the way most daily activities are more labour intensive with only one leg (hopping and using smaller upper body muscles for everything including crutches is quite tiring after a while)- but I also have lost approx 7 kgs. Appetite decreases due to lots of sitting.
I'm pretty lucky in that no real pain, only when sleeping sometimes and ankle rolls. I still have to wait another 5 weeks to get screw out before I can walk again, but am pseudo-walking on crutches, putting foot in air boot down with each step. Slower than just elevating dud leg and swinging fast on crutches, but will be better in long run.
Def stay positive, and be realistic about healing time. Most of us prob ended up with injury by pushing too hard or not taking heed of limits to start with. Patience patience patience

Sep 13, 2012
Be positive NEW
by: Chris Cummins

Here's a summary of what I did to optimize bone growth and reduce effects of atrophy.

1. Have a multi-vitamin pill everyday.
2. Get loads of sun. Loaded with vitamin d. it's good for healing.
3. Always include vitamin C in your diet.
4. flex foot up and down when you can or pump your calves up if you're in a cast by flexing it.
5. Massage it daily if you can. You'd want to break up the scar tissue thats inevitably going to form.
6.Do some leg exercises before you sleep that focuses on your knees and thighs. You'll be surprised just how much muscle can be lost in just 2 weeks.
7. Try and remember how you used to walk. Keep imagining yourself walking. It's going to help when you are able to because you actually do forget how to use that injured leg.
8. When you are full weight bearing, practice walking normally. Try to avoid tilting your foot to the side to walk forwards. It's less painful but you might develop a habit of walking that way.
9. Don't forget to also train your non-injured leg. Overtime, too much focus on your injured leg might actually make it stronger than your leg that's fine.
10. always be positive. Having a fracture is not a simple obstacle to overcome but it's also not impossible. The human body is amazing in so many ways. your body reacts to what you think and feel. Treat your injured body part like its your pet. Listen/talk to it. Play with it. Love it. There's no science to prove if that works but it works for me.

Sep 13, 2012
Be positive NEW
by: Chris Cummins

I'm 34 and I had a trimalleolar fracture trying to land a trick on a skateboard in late april 2012.
The only way to fix it was through ORIF. Ended up with 11 screws and a plate. Was put on a back-slab for 2 weeks and surprisingly was never put on a cast. Was told that the orif was stable enough so I didn't need a cast.

Well I had an airboot but I only used it when I was out with crutches. the rest of the time was spent wheeling around the house with a desk chair. I carried around a small stool from ikea around the house. I mainly used it for going down a lip or into the bathroom as the floor was raised. just place a stool at the entrance, place the knee of bad ankle on stool and step in with the good leg.

I was told to keep the ankle as mobile as possible with the dorsiflexion exercises.. I tried moving it a lil everyday just so the tendons don't freeze up.

After week 4 I felt that it was slightly better but I didn't want to push it. What I did was seated calf raises to pump some blood back into the calves. Trust me, it helps when you're finally cleared to walk.

Week 6, my syndesmostic screw was removed and I could finally be 50% weight bearing and by week 8 I was advised to be full weight bearing as tolerated.

It's been 4 mths since the accident. I won't say that I'm pain-free. It's still sore in the morning until I warm it up by walking a bit. I'm not 100% but I'd say I'm well enough to jog a little and I'm up and down stairs with pretty normal effort. In fact I started doing P90X 2 weeks ago.

Healing time is different for everyone, take your time. Learn about your body. Its interesting how the healing process works. From the tiny electric shocks u feel to why your ankle swells up.. It's all for a good reason. Start rehabilitating as soon as you can!


Sep 11, 2012
just back from Doctors NEW
by: Scott B.

Well I just got back from doctors today, another six long weeks in a cast. however he did say that from the x-ray things are looking good so far. next appointment I will have a cat scan. I sure hope the fusion takes!!I can't go through many of these!

Good luck to every one dealing with similar issues

Sep 09, 2012
Im Going through the same thing NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle running in the woods and have 8 screws and a plate. Weight bearing at 4 weeks sounds really early. I was out for 6 weeks then in a boot for 6 weeks. I did break both sides of my ankle though. 4 weeks just sounds a little to early...

Sep 05, 2012
good healing Jeff NEW
by: Scott B.

Good luck to you Jeff! I hope you don't have to go through what I have. I see the Doctor next Tuesday(9/11). It will be interesting to see what progress I have had. I think I have been having a circulation issue, because my toes have been turning purple, even if I just get up for 5 minutes. I had some pretty bad swelling after I first broke mine also.take care, I will post a progress report next week

Sep 05, 2012
Swelling Question NEW
by: Jeff

Glad to find this page, mostly because now I don't feel like the only person to have an accident.

Three 2" screws and a plate on my fibula with seven little screws. Yesterday I had golf ball size swelling above the incision where the plate went, but no pain. I spoke with the nurse and she said it wasn't uncommon and no real reason to come to the doctor if the swelling went down. The swelling went down this morning but there is now a little pain, curious if anyone else has had this?

Also for the individuals feeling the "shock," mine felt more like my foot had fallen asleep and I was trying to walk on it (though no actual walking). I was told this was normal because I had my foot elevated and it was "asleep." Not sure about pain more intense than that though, may want to contact a doctor.

Aug 30, 2012
I feel your pain NEW
by: Scott B.

Long story short Nov. 0f 2010 I busted my ankle had all the hardware most of you guys/gals are talking about. 4.5 weeks ago I had another surgery to fuse my ankle due to dead bone at the bottom of my tibia! IT HAS BEEN THE LONGEST 4.5 WEEKS I THINK I HAVE EVER HAD.

At this point I have a burning sensation a burning sensation on the bottom of my foot that feels like a blister. At least two of my incisions I think have leaked and are now stuck to the first layer of pad they wrap around before putting the cast on. I am none weight bearing for another 6 weeks, and that is if everything heals correctly.


Aug 27, 2012
Electric shocks NEW
by: Michael

I believe the electric shocks are normal. I had electric shocks after my initial surgery to install the plates and then after the surgery to take the plates out. I was told that the shocks come from the nerves trying to repair themselves and regrow. It will take time.

I found that having a positive attitude and doing my physical therapy helped expedite the healing.

Good luck!

Aug 26, 2012
Electric sensation NEW
by: AKB

Shattered heel three weeks ago. Still have stitches in. Plate and 10 screws. What's up with the feeling like someone is shocking me? I saw a reference to that but am not sure why I get that sensation.

Aug 15, 2012
Re-shoe Ru NEW
by: Rookie

Hi my fellow broken ankle friends. Like all very pleased to have found this web page & to gain a view of others very similar broken ankle experiences. Agree the recovery is hugely frustrating and like so many just wish to get going as per pre broken ankle days.
So I got hit by a car. Plate & 6 screws. One of which, being one long screw, as the ankle had shifted across somewhat. So cast off at 6.5 weeks, told not to weight bear until after 8, but could't help myself & started to hobble & weight bear after 7. No boot. Went to see PT at 7.5 weeks who informed me of exercises & said to get the ankle used & moving as much as possible. Ankle swollen & pretty restrictive being that I also had to have a tendon restitched towards the inside of the ankle bone that goes back towards the
achilles. PT also suggested swimming. So I was in the pool the next day and have been each day at 8 weeks. 30 mins and 30 lengths later with a bit of "sort of walking" not quite heel to toe things are starting to loosen up. My only worry is if I am doing too much too early but other than the foot still having swelling and the sharp "electric shock" pains as described by a previous post things I feel are progressing and improving every day.
My advice don't let the pain and restriction beat you. Keep real positive. I am a golfer and I know I will be walking the fairways next season. My ankle will only be stronger.

Aug 11, 2012
Cast or no cast NEW
by: Fran

Broke ankle in March. both tibia and fibula. Torn ligament and dislocated at on set.
Plate and screws.NO cast. Flat on my back with leg elevated for 8 weeks. Weight bearing as able after 8 weeks. Had to get another screw out after 10 because it was holding ligament to bone to heal. Only started PT after 12 weeks out.
PT is done and I can say I have overcome my fears and it is healing nicely.
Use Kinesiotape which I think really helps. PT and Doc tells me that swelling takes a full 7 to 8 months to reduce totally.

Interesting that most get cast for ths but I didn't. Any ideas why?

Aug 11, 2012
Slow but sure NEW
by: Muskego - Jim

Broke my ankle end of Feb 2012. I have plates and screws now. I had to be in a cast for 6 weeks. I was extremely active before. I am a golfer, hiker and I run 5 times a week. So going to the timeout box was not easy. But, be thankful, it could have been worse. You could be a burn victim could have fell on your head. I find, it does heal but it is slow. Once I got out of the cast in 6 weeks my spirits when up tremendously. I bought some wonderful trekking poles, and it gave me extra mobility to get around walking my dogs in the park. I had to do that in the rehab boot. The infamous boot that I had to wear for 8 more weeks. I highly recommend trekking poles because it will allow you to use all 4's and you can favor your healing ankle much easier. After I got out of the boot I was able to start golfing right away. I could not transfer my weight too well to my bad foot for about a month.
I am hiking 3 miles now and for the last week I have been running a 1/2 mile a day. Running slowly of course, but it feels wonderful to be running again. It is Aug 11 now. I am going up to 3/4 mile next week. The ankle seem to like slow, methodical increases in workouts. I think by Sept I will be up to a mile running. Last tip, is buy your golf shoes and running shoes a 1/2 size bigger and wear heavy wool hiking socks. Your recovering foot will love them. The best ones are Smartwool Trekking hiking socks (heavy). Remember, when you foot comes out of the cast, you will think it will never get back to normal, but it does gradually and slowly get stronger every day. Patience.

Aug 11, 2012
Slow but sure NEW
by: Muskego - Jim

Broke my ankle end of Feb 2012. I have plates and screws now. I had to be in a cast for 6 weeks. I was extremely active before. I am a golfer, hiker and I run 5 times a week. So going to the timeout box was not easy. But, be thankful, it could have been worse. You could be a burn victim could have fell on your head. I find, it does heal but it is slow. Once I got out of the cast in 6 weeks my spirits when up tremendously. I bought some wonderful trekking poles, and it gave me extra mobility to get around walking my dogs in the park. I had to do that in the rehab boot. The infamous boot that I had to wear for 8 more weeks. I highly recommend trekking poles because it will allow you to use all 4's and you can favor your healing ankle much easier. After I got out of the boot I was able to start golfing right away. I could not transfer my weight too well to my bad foot for about a month.
I am hiking 3 miles now and for the last week I have been running a 1/2 mile a day. Running slowly of course, but it feels wonderful to be running again. It is Aug 11 now. I am going up to 3/4 mile next week. The ankle seem to like slow, methodical increases in workouts. I think by Sept I will be up to a mile running. Last tip, is buy your golf shoes and running shoes a 1/2 size bigger and wear heavy wool hiking socks. Your recovering foot will love them. The best ones are Smartwool Trekking hiking socks (heavy). Remember, when you foot comes out of the cast, you will think it will never get back to normal, but it does gradually and slowly get stronger every day. Patience.

Aug 09, 2012
Update as promised NEW
by: Kyx

First of all, if you decide to post here be patient when you hit the submit button, it's so easy to make multiple posts and then you can't go back and get the excess posts deleted.

So I went to the doc yesterday at 81/2 weeks post op concerned that I'd done some damage to the plate and 5 screws by walking on it against doctors orders.

The exam consisted of x-rays as usual. He pushed and pulled on my foot as I resisted. He also squeezed up and down my leg from ankle to shin. No pain. He seemed pleased and a bit surprised. He pointed out per x-ray that the bone was filling in nicely. He released me from crutches and said I could use the boot with full weight and come back in two weeks. Then he tilted his head and reconsidered. He said that after about a week I should try to walk around the house without the boot from time to time to see how I do.

So I'm doing really well and the early weight bearing didn't cause any problems.
Great News.

My best to those of you still recovering and remember . . . NO SMOKING !!

Aug 07, 2012
I cheated NEW
by: Kyx

I'm a female in my mid 50's, good shape, I try to eat really healthy, juicing and organic. I avoid meat and dairy to keep my cholesterol down.
I have however over indulged in chocolate just to add some pizzaz to my oh so boring days.
With that said, I broke my ankle when I went too wide on a curve with my motorcycle. My arm seemed the more severe injury at the time but it's nearly healed now at 8 weeks out.
I was surprised when the doc told me in the ER that I'd need surgery on my ankle because it didn't hurt. It never really hurt very much at all.
He said it would have if I'd not been so distracted by the pain in my arm. It was severely lacerated.
I ended up having a plate and 5 screws in my ankle My ankle was broken on both sides but there wasn't anything to do for the other side. Three weeks ago I was given the okay for partial weight bearing. I used a knee walker most of the time because of the arm injury, but was allowed to try the crutches and ease into the transition from knee walker to crutches. Finally I could do stairs !! Anyway, these last few weeks I've been so frustrated trying to get around and get anything done. I live alone and depend on friends and family coming in here and there to help.
So I said all that to say that I've cheated and walked on my bad ankle. It just seemed easier to take just a few steps here and there especially when I was trying to carry something. It sort of throbs at the end of the day but it doesn't hurt to walk on it. I'm going to the doc tomorrow, I'm sure they'll x-ray it. I wanted to weigh in before and after the doc visit for the benefit of the readers. I've looked all over the internet for info on early weight bearing and there are just too many variables for a clear yay or nay. So stand by and I'll let you know tomorrow if I've done any damage. Good luck to the rest of you. Netflix has been great and I'm all caught up on my reading. :)

Aug 07, 2012
I cheated NEW
by: Kyx

I'm a female in my mid 50's, good shape, I try to eat really healthy, juicing and organic. I avoid meat and dairy to keep my cholesterol down.
I have however over indulged in chocolate just to add some pizzaz to my oh so boring days.
With that said, I broke my ankle when I went too wide on a curve with my motorcycle. My arm seemed the more severe injury at the time but it's nearly healed now at 8 weeks out.
I was surprised when the doc told me in the ER that I'd need surgery on my ankle because it didn't hurt. It never really hurt very much at all.
He said it would have if I'd not been so distracted by the pain in my arm. It was severely lacerated.
I ended up having a plate and 5 screws in my ankle My ankle was broken on both sides but there wasn't anything to do for the other side. Three weeks ago I was given the okay for partial weight bearing. I used a knee walker most of the time because of the arm injury, but was allowed to try the crutches and ease into the transition from knee walker to crutches. Finally I could do stairs !! Anyway, these last few weeks I've been so frustrated trying to get around and get anything done. I live alone and depend on friends and family coming in here and there to help.
So I said all that to say that I've cheated and walked on my bad ankle. It just seemed easier to take just a few steps here and there especially when I was trying to carry something. It sort of throbs at the end of the day but it doesn't hurt to walk on it. I'm going to the doc tomorrow, I'm sure they'll x-ray it. I wanted to weigh in before and after the doc visit for the benefit of the readers. I've looked all over the internet for info on early weight bearing and there are just too many variables for a clear yay or nay. So stand by and I'll let you know tomorrow if I've done any damage. Good luck to the rest of you. Netflix has been great and I'm all caught up on my reading. :)

Aug 05, 2012
ankle NEW
by: Fino

The electric shock feeling in your foot is exactly what I had / still have. My break is now 5 months old. It has almost gone now but is still there. All the nerves join together in that area and it is very sensitive. I also had the burnt skin feeling on the top of my foot - feels like it is tight and skin is not flexing. This went away with time. It's related to the swelling.
You need to maintain a positive mind set and focus on getting it better. You can't do too much until you can weight bear, but wiggle your toes a lot to increase the circulation. The swelling is due to fluid retention caused by poor circulation. Once you can weight bear do exactly as the physio recommends and do it a lot. If you don't, it'll never get better!
5 months ago mine was broken in over 25 places and they said a good result would be walking pain free in 2 years. I did 3 hours of physio every day and now I can run up stairs and went out riding my enduro bike in the mountains for 6 hours yesterday. It's up to you to get it better, others can only tell you what to do.
Try and find things to do while you are non weight bearing - it's really boring, I know!

Best of luck!

Aug 05, 2012
Healing symptoms - or not? NEW
by: Jude

I broke my ankle three weeks ago - lower fibula - but it took two weeks before they realised an op was needed as not healing. I have three breaks and a plate with five screws - bone was too soft due to bleeding internally for a further two screws.
It is now just over a week since the op - in a hard cast for six weeks. I am getting electrical shock symptoms in my fott at times and the skin on my 4/5th toes-upper surface only -feels numb and as if burnt. Are these normal symptoms with nerves or is my plater too tight??
You guys are doing incredibly well - it sounds hell for so many of you. I wept for nearly three weeks each day and cannot believe how upside down my life is; how my brain has turned to mush and I want to do nothing of any interest or import! The emotional and psychological impact is immense and the shock still reverberating and all I did was slip on wet grass!
Thanks for any views/help!

Aug 05, 2012
Healing symptoms - or not? NEW
by: Jude

I broke my ankle three weeks ago - lower fibula - but it took two weeks before they realised an op was needed as not healing. I have three breaks and a plate with five screws - bone was too soft due to bleeding internally for a further two screws.
It is now just over a week since the op - in a hard cast for six weeks. I am getting electrical shock symptoms in my fott at times and the skin on my 4/5th toes-upper surface only -feels numb and as if burnt. Are these normal symptoms with nerves or is my plater too tight??
You guys are doing incredibly well - it sounds hell for so many of you. I wept for nearly three weeks each day and cannot believe how upside down my life is; how my brain has turned to mush and I want to do nothing of any interest or import! The emotional and psychological impact is immense and the shock still reverberating and all I did was slip on wet grass!
Thanks for any views/help!

Aug 05, 2012
Healing symptoms - or not? NEW
by: Jude

I broke my ankle three weeks ago - lower fibula - but it took two weeks before they realised an op was needed as not healing. I have three breaks and a plate with five screws - bone was too soft due to bleeding internally for a further two screws.
It is now just over a week since the op - in a hard cast for six weeks. I am getting electrical shock symptoms in my fott at times and the skin on my 4/5th toes-upper surface only -feels numb and as if burnt. Are these normal symptoms with nerves or is my plater too tight??
You guys are doing incredibly well - it sounds hell for so many of you. I wept for nearly three weeks each day and cannot believe how upside down my life is; how my brain has turned to mush and I want to do nothing of any interest or import! The emotional and psychological impact is immense and the shock still reverberating and all I did was slip on wet grass!
Thanks for any views/help!

Aug 05, 2012
Healing symptoms - or not? NEW
by: Jude

I broke my ankle three weeks ago - lower fibula - but it took two weeks before they realised an op was needed as not healing. I have three breaks and a plate with five screws - bone was too soft due to bleeding internally for a further two screws.
It is now just over a week since the op - in a hard cast for six weeks. I am getting electrical shock symptoms in my fott at times and the skin on my 4/5th toes-upper surface only -feels numb and as if burnt. Are these normal symptoms with nerves or is my plater too tight??
You guys are doing incredibly well - it sounds hell for so many of you. I wept for nearly three weeks each day and cannot believe how upside down my life is; how my brain has turned to mush and I want to do nothing of any interest or import! The emotional and psychological impact is immense and the shock still reverberating and all I did was slip on wet grass!
Thanks for any views/help!

Jul 08, 2012
broken and dislocated ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

Just posted a comment and would like to add.... Foot turns black and swells iff down too long. Have a stinging pain in foot !? If anyone knows what thats about would love to hear. Still on strong painkillers not that they ease pain completely and feel like people just dont understand pain and frustration. Have completely fell in love with plastic bags and containers !! Make food pop it in a plastic tub and then into a plastic bag to carry !

Jul 08, 2012
broken and dislocated ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

Just posted a comment and would like to add.... Foot turns black and swells iff down too long. Have a stinging pain in foot !? If anyone knows what thats about would love to hear. Still on strong painkillers not that they ease pain completely and feel like people just dont understand pain and frustration. Have completely fell in love with plastic bags and containers !! Make food pop it in a plastic tub and then into a plastic bag to carry !

Jul 08, 2012
dislocated and fractured ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

15 weeks later ..... Still not where i want to be ...... First 6 weeks in cast , followed by a further 6 weeks non weight bearing will attend physio at wk 20 - slipped in garden 17 screws, 3 plates along with other bits and pieces. Boredom !!!! Appararently anyone experiencing crying its to do with all the medication given at the time of op !!! Hospital reckon 6-9 mths for part recovery. Good luck with your recovery.

Jun 14, 2012
Your broken ankle 6 weeks out NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi! I would like to ease your mind. Not sure how severe your break. I broke both tibia and fibula and torn ligament and dislocated .. yep did a good one! I was flat on my back for 8 weeks before doc would let me get up. Now 13 weeks out still have to get screw out (for range of motion) but have walk with boot for a month now.
If he says you can then follow his advice just be conservative and don't overdo it. I am sure he knows exactly what you can do.
I know how you feel (and am scared too) to go (I hope) next week without the boot but slow and easy!

Jun 14, 2012
Pilon Fracture NEW
by: Fino

I was looking at information on physio for a broken ankle and came across this site. I thought it may be useful to share my experience with others..;
I broke my ankle 3 months ago in a motorcycle accident. It was a pilon fracture which basically means your foot gets pushed up your leg shattering the tibia. I had a CT scan and the Surgeon told me he stopped counting at 25 pieces of bone. He said a good result would be walking pain free within 2 years. This was pretty shocking news as you can imagine.
I had an operation and spent a week in hospital. He put the bone back together with two plates and numerous screws. In total I had five incisions in my leg. After the operation I was in a fibreglass cast for 10 days and I then had my stitches out, I then had another fibreglass cast for four weeks and after that I had an airboot. I was non weight bearing for 2 months and was not allowed to do any physio for 22 months.
After 2 months I was able to start weight bearing gradually (4 weeks ago now). This is what I think may help others. I decided to put 100% effort in getting my leg sorted and did / am doing three hours of physio every day. I do the physio in a swimming pool and swim 1,500m followed by walking backwards and forwards, in the pool, for about an hour with stretches and rotations of my ankle and an hour of massage. You can increase the weight on your ankle by walking in shallower water and vice versa.
The difference was immediate. Before I started doing this my foot was continually swollen, blotchy and red and purple. The swelling reduced, the foot returned to a normal colour and the movement improved. Not sure if this will work for everyone, but it has to be worth a try.
I'm now walking without crutches and without the airboot, climbing stairs, etc. no problem. My ankle is by no means back to normal, but it improves everyday.

May 29, 2012
broken distal fibula and 5th metatarsal NEW
by: Anonymous

Well, i had a non displaced distal fibula fracture and several weeks later found out my fifth metatarsal was broken halfway also. I just had a walking boot with five velcro straps and it ended right below my knee. i have had the boot on for five weeks and go for another xray in one week to see about getting the boot off so i can begin to walk with just my regular shoes. Now i can walk just fine with no pain and i finally just stand in the shower instead of sitting on a chair. Mine must have been an easy fracture since the only discomfort i have is when the boot is off when i try to point my toes since the boot keeps my foot/ankle at a 90 degree angle. No horrible story for ya and i might try sleeping without the boot the last six days and hope i don't have to go to the bathroom too much so i don't walk on it all night long...i'm sure walking on it a little won't kill me since it's almost been 6 weeks :-)

May 25, 2012
compound fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a compound fracture back on Oct 24th 2011. I fell while putting up Halloween decorations.. I am still hardly weight baring and in a wheel chair most of the time..
My leg has ended up with 11 screws and a plate around 8 inches long.. I am still unable to walk on it but can stand for about 2 minutes on it without the air cast they gave me.. My poor ankle and foot swells so bad some days if it is down to long or if I have walked to far on it.. This is really beginning to get the better of me.. I have gone through PT and it was helping but the main thing is I can MOVE my foot. It is the weirdest thing.I try and try and it just won't go.. The OT says it will take maybe 6 months to a year more for it to heal if I ever get to walk normal again.. I guess since the bone tore through everything on it's way out..I really just want it to heal faster. I guess I should actually be happy that I got to keep my foot but sme days it is really hard to see that.

May 23, 2012
Physical Therapy NEW
by: Michael

Sorry to hear about the ongoing pain and lack of full recovery. I assume you have talked to your doctor about physical therapy and you have been doing that frequently, stretching, etc. I personally found that made a big difference in my recovery. I also found that massages (which help with stretching and blood circulation) have been very helpful. Lastly, you might want to talk to your doctor about having the plates and screws removed. A surgeon metal the metal out of my ankle two months ago. I did not have the pain you are experiencing, but I was annoyed by the metal, three years after the initial surgery. The recovery is going well and I already feel better without the metal inside my body.

Perhaps it is now time for a second opinion.

May 23, 2012
Early weight bearing - worked for me! NEW
by: Anonymous

Gosh, some of your comments are horrific! Thought I'd add mine to give some hope ...

After fracturing my left fibula close to the ankle bone roller skating, I was given orif surgery.

The pain after wasn't too bad, although the blood pooling gave me grief for a fair few days.

10 days after this the stitches were removed and I was offered the option of a below the knee cast and a walking shoe. The advice for walking was 'hobble around the house, but use crutches when you go out'. Basically I was full weight bearing. Within a few days I had the confidence to even go up and down the stairs.

I followed this to the letter (terrified I was doing too much). Today (four weeks after the stitches came out to the day), I returned to have an air cast boot fitted.

However, I was told that (quite possibly because of the walking) the fracture had healed so well I didn't need one. I was 100% discharged with no check ups needed. I have xrays taken today and they are amazing!!!

I insisted on having a walking boot (not an air cast) just to build my confidence up, but I am surprised to say that as soon as I got home, I walked across the room without it!

I have been advised to exercise caution for a week, then I can commence driving my manual car and cycling,(gently for the later, no off roading just yet). Within two weeks I can basically just get on with it

Don't loose heart, talk to your consultant and ask them to consider early full weight bearing. I have read a lot of these pages and in the UK they have started to tend to encourage early full weight bearing readily - with amazing results, not so elsewhere in the world. The chances of me harming this plate (their words) are 'extremely minimal'.

I broke my ankle seven weeks ago and am close to getting my life back.

I am 38, female, a smoker (although only a few a day), love gin (!), have a moderate diet and am (was!) quite fit, with a good BMI. I am quite tally ho about pain and don't tend to let it get me down. Howevever, I was quite depressed straight after the accident thinking about three months laid up.

I would add that my consultant was very young - I'd be surprised if he was older than me. I would also say that I was treated at one of the best (if not THE best) hospitals in the country. I'd say break your ankle in the UK and get a young consultant!

Good luck to all of you - talk to your consultants, beg if you have to!

May 23, 2012
broken ankle 13 months ago NEW
by: sinead

hi i broke my ankle 13 months ago now plate and 8 scewrs on one side and 2 scewes on the other still very sore done everthing right and i still cant walk far or run and still have pain in it didnt tink it would be like this it was a night mare 4 me when this happened

May 12, 2012
Dislocated and broken tibula and fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

March 17 discolated and broke both tibula and fibula and tore ligament. Surgery for pins and plate. Additional screw to hold ligament to bones which comes out in mid June. Bedrideen for 8 weeks. Tomorrow I get to start putting weight on it. Never had a cast only a boot to use when I used crutches.
Any idea how long it'll take to get rid of the crutches?

Apr 16, 2012
This is depressing NEW
by: Anonymous

On March 4 I was in a freak accident. Broker/crushed my right ankle...1 plate and 13 screws later...still in non weight bearing cast with another to go then much more PT.....still on pain meds....I am a type A personality...this accident has put me in a stop everying position. I understand that I am so see the light at the end of the tunnel; however in the meantime I am very depressed....cry daily...which is not my nature....family and friends trying to help..however my brain is struggling....any advise?

Mar 31, 2012
Thank you, fellow sufferers! NEW
by: CJ in Indiana

GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!! Here I was feeling sorry for myelf and wondering if I'll ever be my athletic (older, but still very active) self again. And here I've found so many wonderful kindred spirits who have survived the broken, plated and bolted ankle ordeal with much worse injuries than me. Thank you so, so much for making me feel these connections and for giving me hope, strength and courage! I WILL SURVIVE AND WILL BE FLIPTURNING OFF THE POOL WALL SOON!!

Mar 24, 2012
It gets better with rehab NEW
by: Michael

I slipped on black ice four years ago, probated, and shattered my ankle. Was at least lucky that Surgeon was immediately available. I got excellent medical care. Surgeon told my wife he wasn't sure he could reconstruct it properly, but he did. After six weeks, I was doing rehab with exercises and a treadmill. I did this for several months and generally followed the orders of the physical therapist, whom I saw two or three times a week for an hour at a time. I hated the exercises, but they were key to my recovery. I got back maybe 85% of movement and functionality. The ankle has been stiff and hurts when the humidity changes, but I can run and sprint and play soccer. Just this week I had elective surgery to have the large plate and 11 screws removed. I am glad I did that now while I am still in my young 40s. Bone was growing over the screws and they would have been harder to remove later. I have confidence in my surgeon and will power through physical therapy, again. I think the key is having a good attitude and doing the rehab. Good luck to you all.

Mar 19, 2012
broken ankle with pins and plates NEW
by: Anonymous

broke ankle so it flopped over. not sure which bones broke but i needed plates and pins to put it together.
doctor said no pressure on it for approx. 7 weeks. after 1 week in cast, got a walking cast on the condition that i NEVER put pressure on the foot until 6 more weeks were over. complied totally with instructions and within 8 months it was fine. i don't think i can run or jump but i'm hoping i can ice skate if i can find a skate that doesn't put pressure on the pin heads (on the outside of my ankle)

Mar 19, 2012
discolored foot NEW
by: Anonymous

yes, my foot still turns colors when it is not elevated. I cannot leave it down for longer than about 20 minutes. I am 10 weeks post-surgery, with 3 screws in my ankle. I am sort of walking in a boot, but cannot seem to get the hang of only one crutch. I would also like to hear any encouraging stories about recovery, as everyone I meet tells me their horror tales!

Mar 12, 2012
Another Broken Ankle Alumni NEW
by: LondonCanada

Hi folks, I also broke my ankle( fibula & talus) requiring 8 screws and a plate to fix it. Had a slab cast for the first couple and just got a new air cast this week. I'm glad for that since we have a trip booked to go down south and to nit be able to swim in the tropics would be torture!
The timing sure sucks but it's never a good time is it?
I am wondering if anyone else had their legs turn red or purple when they were standing for a while. I usually have it elevated but when I put it down it changes color.
Also finding myself getting bored stiff. I had just joined a gym and I do P90x pretty regularly and now I'm a couch potato. Can't wait to get off these crutches and back onto my feet. Lots of physio to do before that, doctor said I'd be off work 4 to 6 months. Good luck everyone!

Mar 12, 2012
Another Broken Ankle Alumni NEW
by: LondonCanada

Hi folks, I also broke my ankle( fibula & talus) requiring 8 screws and a plate to fix it. Had a slab cast for the first couple and just got a new air cast this week. I'm glad for that since we have a trip booked to go down south and to nit be able to swim in the tropics would be torture!
The timing sure sucks but it's never a good time is it?
I am wondering if anyone else had their legs turn red or purple when they were standing for a while. I usually have it elevated but when I put it down it changes color.
Also finding myself getting bored stiff. I had just joined a gym and I do P90x pretty regularly and now I'm a couch potato. Can't wait to get off these crutches and back onto my feet. Lots of physio to do before that, doctor said I'd be off work 4 to 6 months. Good luck everyone!

Mar 12, 2012
Another Broken Ankle Alumni NEW
by: LondonCanada

Hi folks, I also broke my ankle( fibula & talus) requiring 8 screws and a plate to fix it. Had a slab cast for the first couple and just got a new air cast this week. I'm glad for that since we have a trip booked to go down south and to nit be able to swim in the tropics would be torture!
The timing sure sucks but it's never a good time is it?
I am wondering if anyone else had their legs turn red or purple when they were standing for a while. I usually have it elevated but when I put it down it changes color.
Also finding myself getting bored stiff. I had just joined a gym and I do P90x pretty regularly and now I'm a couch potato. Can't wait to get off these crutches and back onto my feet. Lots of physio to do before that, doctor said I'd be off work 4 to 6 months. Good luck everyone!

Mar 12, 2012
Another Broken Ankle Alumni NEW
by: LondonCanada

Hi folks, I also broke my ankle( fibula & talus) requiring 8 screws and a plate to fix it. Had a slab cast for the first couple and just got a new air cast this week. I'm glad for that since we have a trip booked to go down south and to nit be able to swim in the tropics would be torture!
The timing sure sucks but it's never a good time is it?
I am wondering if anyone else had their legs turn red or purple when they were standing for a while. I usually have it elevated but when I put it down it changes color.
Also finding myself getting bored stiff. I had just joined a gym and I do P90x pretty regularly and now I'm a couch potato. Can't wait to get off these crutches and back onto my feet. Lots of physio to do before that, doctor said I'd be off work 4 to 6 months. Good luck everyone!

Jan 15, 2012
It gets better NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I am a very active person. I broke my ankle in three places with a dislocation. Had surgery 1 plate seven screws. Yes it is painful but nothing lasts forever. Now at six week very little pain and some swelling. I am in a walking boot but cant weight bear until friday. Trust God, following the doctors orders. I look forward to taking that first step. ill keep you posted.

Jan 07, 2012
broke NEW
by: Broken and down n out

I broke my the distal end of my fibula (and displaced it with ligament damage) on Dec. 8, 2011. As a basketball player and good athlete I roll my ankle all the time so I didn't think this was any different, so I walked on it for about four days before my friends made me go to the hospital where I found out that it was broken. I scheduled an appointment 2 days later and surgeon told me I'd need surgery and wouldn't be able to work out for 4-6 months which basically put me in a deep depression because I am a very active person and go crazy if I have to be sedentary. So I got a second opinion (this time from the orthopedic surgeon for the 49ers). He said I needed surgery too but the recovery time would be a lot shorter than 4-6 months. So I had surgery on Dec. 19th and was put in a surgical cast until Dec. 29th where I has it replaced with a fiberglass cast for another 4 weeks (Jan. 26). The doctor said it was healing excellent and should be able to weight bear on Jan. 26 with air boot for 2 weeks, then regular shoe after. I think its healing so fast because I still excercise and eat a good diet (lots of protein, vegetables, milk and calcium/magnesium/zinc supplements). I will keep everyone posted on progress!

Dec 21, 2011
Fractured Fibula Playing Hockey NEW
by: Brian

Hi there. I had a non-displaced fractured Fibula playing ice hockey a couple inches above the ankle joint on December 5, 2011. I knew something was wrong right away once I removed my skate. I immediately elevated it and applied ice. I was taken to the ER to sure enough find out that it was fractured. The Dr recommended surgery and since the swelling was minimal, operated the next day. had a plate and 7 screws inserted. I had a hard cast applied 3 days after the surgery (w/ a window for the incision). I was on crutches for 2 weeks after the surgery (no WB).

I had my 2 week appt and the Dr said the xrays were very good and he was happy w the progress of healing. The Stitches and hard cast were removed and I was fitted for a walking brace. The Dr said I can start partial weight bearing w crutches and slightly increse my weight day by day. It has only been 15 days since my surgery and I can already walk with 1 crutch (partial WB). Some swelling but not a lot of pain. Every once in a while I get a shooting pain but it's tolerable. Not taking any pain meds either..

About me: 30 yrs old, male, very active. I play hockey twice a week, softball once, run at least 20 miles a week and lift weights.

My question to anyone w a similar injury is, is this normal? The Dr said exercising is an important part of rehab to strengthen the muscles, ligaments and tissues. But 15 days after surgery too much? I feel fine and confidence is alot better than it was last week. He also mentioned that w the plate, the ankle is not going anywhere so do not be worried that you will hurt the bone. I feel at the progress I have made I'll will be skating in 6 weeks... is that too optimistic?

Nov 30, 2011
Distal fibula break NEW
by: Katrina

Had very nasty inverted fall, which caused a complete break at the bottom tip of my fibula. Extreme pain when it actually happened, but managed to walk on it straight after,albeit painful, but not impossible. lots of swelling and under bruising though. The break is not displaced and straight across the bone, so will probably avoid pins and plates like most on here. Have to see Ortho Doc soon to see what he has to say. Have a cast on and crutches for six weeks and so far hate it, so restrictive.

Nov 30, 2011
Distal fibula break NEW
by: Katrina

Had very nasty inverted fall, which caused a complete break at the bottom tip of my fibula. Extreme pain when it actually happened, but managed to walk on it straight after,albeit painful, but not impossible. lots of swelling and under bruising though. The break is not displaced and straight across the bone, so will probably avoid pins and plates like most on here. Have to see Ortho Doc soon to see what he has to say. Have a cast on and crutches for six weeks and so far hate it, so restrictive.

Nov 30, 2011
Distal fibula break NEW
by: Katrina

Had very nasty inverted fall, which caused a complete break at the bottom tip of my fibula. Extreme pain when it actually happened, but managed to walk on it straight after,albeit painful, but not impossible. lots of swelling and under bruising though. The break is not displaced and straight across the bone, so will probably avoid pins and plates like most on here. Have to see Ortho Doc soon to see what he has to say. Have a cast on and crutches for six weeks and so far hate it, so restrictive.

Nov 29, 2011
Frustrated NEW
by: Karen

Hi,I broke my right ankle 2 weeks ago.Had surgery and have 2 plates and 12 screws.I also tore the membrane between the fibia and tibia so have a pin screwed to both bones.Additionally I sprained my left ankle at the same time.That ankle is in a moonboot and I have been given crutches to hop with.No weight bearing on right foot.Slipped and fell putting weight onto broken ankle.Will it be ok?I go in 2 days to get stitches out and a fibreglass cast on.Not in to much pain but am taking panadol every 4 hrs.Was given oxynorm(morphine based painkiller)but made me sick so stopped taking them.I gather from reading your letters I have a long recovery ahead of me,but will get there.Just have to keep thinking positively though it is hard not to think why me?Hubby and kids have been very good,so I am lucky.Hope you are all better and running round now.

Nov 04, 2011
10 months later.
by: Joe

Hey its joe again, Its been ten months since the injury. I have been walking fine. Again I have a plate and four screws in my left ankle. Ever since I got the boot off I havent really tried to work out on my legs too hard. I can run fine and keep up well in basketball or football. I tried to do squats for awhile but it just felt too weird so my legs are still very weak. Until recently I thought I was doing fine, but my right knee started hurting about a week ago. I realized that when I stand and even walk, I havent been putting a lot of pressure on the leg that I broke so the right leg has been doing most of the work and wearing down my right knee. I realized that I had to change this. I started focusing more on putting weight on my left leg and I did a leg workout at the gym today.
We have to stay strong people, I know its hard and I know it sucks, but you have to push through the pain and tell yourself "you can do it" because you can!!! What I have been doing is, stand behind a chair or something to support you, just stand on the leg that you broke take the other one off the ground and do intervals of one-legged squats. Its not easy at first but im getting better and stronger.
You must have faith and know that God is GOOD.

Nov 03, 2011
after ankle fracture
by: teresa

Hello i had a hairline fracture of my right ankle in Dec.2010 got boot off in Feb.2011 then had to have a scope done on knee march 2011 was laid up for 9 days with that then started doing my walking and exercises for ankle and here its Nov.2011 and ankle is doing good and knee still has alittle swelling nothin to bad the only thing is my legs are still so weak some days since all this has anyone else experienced weak legs after being laid up after an ankle injury like this. I walk around outside and inside house but cant go into stores yet cause worried my legs wouldnt hold me up that long...if anyone can help me out with this i would appreciate it so much....God Bless you all and hang in there things will get better with time...

Jul 25, 2011
To Nicole
by: sgib1965

I broke my ankle on Jan. 4,2010. I broke all 3 sides, dislocated my heel, and compound fractured my tibia. I have a plate /8 screws on outside of ankle and 2 screws that are 2 and 1/2 inches long on the inside. I can tell u that it is a long, miserable healing process. I still have a lot of problems with mine, swelling, pain, stiffness. You have to keep pushing on. I work 12 hour shifts and my ankle HATES it. I pay someone to rub my ankle out and that helps a little. I also use something called biofreeze. It comes in lotion or spray and you rub it into ankle. It has a cooling effect. I also use a stretching band to work my ankle out. I hope this helps you. Keep your head up and keep trudging forward.

Jul 25, 2011
Fractured tib&fib
by: Georgie

I slipped and fell 9 weeks ago, fractured tib and fib. Had ORIF surgerywith plates and screws both sides. Been told to start weight bearing as tolerated and full weight bearing in 3 weeks, wearing an aircast boot, very scared, any tips!?!?! Oh and I have a baby that was 2 weeks old when I did it!!!

Jul 11, 2011
Its been 8 months and I still cant stand flat footed on my broken ankle??
by: Nicole

Its been 8 months since I broke my right ankle in 8 places,lots of screws & pins! Iam afraid i will have a limp. I couldnt get physical therapy because i had no insurance, so I walked and stretched it but I think it healed wrong? Does anyone have any thoughts about this?? I also have pain still? HELP! Nicole

Jun 17, 2011
faith
by: ms bina

My ankle bone came completely out my leg two years later I'm still in pain at times but I'm bless I'm here and able to walk around. God is good,ankle still not heal but I walk on it as if nothing is wrong. I have strength to be strong

Jun 17, 2011
broke my ankle in a soccer game
by: Anonymous

Hi i broke my ankle 7 weeks ago and had surgery 6 weeks with a plate and screws.on my fibula. The doctor said i can staft walking after 6 weeks since i had surgery since my bone is healed but its pretty sore. Ive been walking on it for 2 days now and its getting much better. Im a semi pro soccer player and im 17 yrs old and i was really scared thatbi wasnt gonna be able to play anymore but now im very happy i can play in less than a month from now. If ur doctor told.u u can start walking and ur bone is healed just keep walking as much as u can because thats how ur leg is gonna heal. Goodluck!

Jun 02, 2011
Broken tib and fib.
by: madsey

Hi everyone,

I broke my tibia and fibia in feb 2011 i fell off my motorcross bike.

I had a plate with 12 screws to hold the tibia together,no surgery on the fibia.

I was in a cast for 8 weeks and then a aircast boot for another 6 weeks.

I was told that i could weight bare with boot on but it was painful for the first week but the pain slowly went and after 4 weeks i could walk without crutches but only slowly.

I was told by my doc that when resting i was to remove the boot and move my ankle around.(this is very important to keep movment in you ankle)

After boot came off i was told to start walking and had to go to physio.

Been to physio twice now,been given excersise to do 3 times aday.

Physio says that i have fairly good movment in my ankle because i moved it around when i removed the boot.

Been out of the aircast boot for 2 weeks now. there is pain around my ankle and foot when i walk and my ankle swells up after walking.

I made the mistake of walking to much at first.
I walked 3x 1hour a day and in bed at night my foot would really ache,so i started to do 10mins x 4 aday,much better. you have to start of slow,it cant be rushed.

Anyone with questions?????

Madsey.


Apr 03, 2011
My Broken Ankle
by: Anonymous

I broke my right ankle chasing after my dog on July 18, 2010. I ran out onto the front porch, stepped on a shoe and my ankle everted. The fibula was a clean break by the ankle and the tibia broke on the inside and punctured through the skin. I had surgery within 2 days. Now I have a plate and 6 screws on the outer side (fibula). The ironic thing: I was never in any kind of pain. The pain blocker that they gave me was the most painful. I was in a hard cast for almost 9 weeks. I was not allowed to put any weight on the right foot whatsoever! then it was the walking soft boot for 6-7 weeks. After that, they had me wear this ankle boot with my tennis shoes for another 4-5 weeks. The doctors would not allow me to drive until mid-November. It's April 2011 and I still do my own physical therapy everyday. The only kind of irritation that I feel is a stinging feeling. It's a little sore right now and bit swollen. I am getting it checked next week. And yes, I can't feel the plate, but I can feel the heads of the screws. I walk everyday. I have to: I'm also a massage therapist! Will keep you posted on what's next.

Feb 27, 2011
hairline fracture of right ankle
by: teresa

Hello everyone i was so glad to come across this web page. I had dropped a case of water on my leg which i had thought and it really hurt..but all i noticed as time went on was my lower leg above the right ankle started gettin sore. well i walked on it and noticed as time went i couldnt hardly bear weight on foot come to find out had a hairline fracture of the right ankle.this was Dec.23 2011 its now Feb.27 as i was wearing the boot cast it pulled something in my knee now i go for a scope Thursday to get this fixed. I have been very sad cry all the time and wonder if i will ever walk again i worry so much. I am walking with crutches and bearing weight but knee is holding me back some now. I just want to walk again and am scared..does anyone have days like this? i just want my life back...hope to hear from someone..thanks...good luck to all...GOD BLESS YOU.

Feb 21, 2011
Broke ankle Playing Football in the snow
by: Joe

Im 19, I Broke My Ankle on 1/11/11. I was playing football in the snow. I had to have surgery, they put four screws and a plate in my ankle. A week after surgery I was boot in a boot. Doc told me it would take 5 weeks til i could walk. About Two weeks into that 5 I started walking in the boot. At first it hurt a little, but now about a week from that 5 weeks I am walking in the boot fine and it doesn't hurt.
Its been really hard for me as I see it has been for a lot of you. I was lifting weights 5 out of 7 days of the week. I love sports. I love running. i just want my ankle back...

Feb 21, 2011
Broke ankle Playing Football in the snow
by: Joe

Im 19, I Broke My Ankle on 1/11/11. I was playing football in the snow. I had to have surgery, they put four screws and a plate in my ankle. A week after surgery I was boot in a boot. Doc told me it would take 5 weeks til i could walk. About Two weeks into that 5 I started walking in the boot. At first it hurt a little, but now about a week from that 5 weeks I am walking in the boot fine and it doesn't hurt.
Its been really hard for me as I see it has been for a lot of you. I was lifting weights 5 out of 7 days of the week. I love sports. I love running. i just want my ankle back...

Jan 26, 2011
Back on my own two feet at 6wks
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle on Dec 12th, had surgery, on the break side the doc put in a plate and 8 pins and on the other side I had ligaments sewn back together. I was in a soft cast for about 10 days after surgery and then into a walking cast. Doc told me to put as much pressure as I could without pain. Now at six weeks I'm not using the boot or crutches and limping around, but getting closer to walking like normal every day.

Dec 31, 2010
THANKYOU FOR THE INFO
by: kIWI CHICK

Heya all, Broke and dislocated right ankle, almost paintballing,(cant say I did as I only took 3 steps after the hooter went off.
This site is awesome. AT week 4.
Especially liked info on when to aim to be getting back to walking. feeling much better now after reading your stories.
Kiwi Chick (New Zealand) xxx

Nov 14, 2010
Bimalleolar fracture
by: Anonymous

I'm currently 4weeks after surgery. I broke my ankle October 8, 2010, had surgery October 18th. Had a plate and screws put in. Was put in a splint after surgery for about 10 days and had stitches removed and put in a aircast (boot) and on crutches. My Dr said I was gonna get put in a cast for six weeks and then put in a boot but she skipped the cast. I've been reading a lot about broken ankles and every person gets put in a cast? I just want to know is there anyone else who skipped getting put in a cast? Plus, I'm already doing physical therapy at home twice a day. I thought this was the time for my ankle to heal not moving it? I'm just confused. I know my Dr knows best it just feels weird to read about people recovering in a totally different way then me.

Nov 08, 2010
Broken Ankle
by: Anonymous

11 weeks into a broken ankle (both sides) screw on the inside and a plate and 6 screws on the outside so I am told. I sometimes I forget I broke my ankle; followed doctor's orders from day one; wheel chair for 4 weeks (returned to work after two weeks in a wheel chair - desk job); crutches/boot for another 3 weeks; 7 weeks into it full weight bearing and serious physical therapy; started back spinning at the Y at 8 weeks and today was my first day on the treadmill - starting out slow although I feel I could jog but still listening to the therapist. I am 62 years old, virtually no pain and other than more cautious especially when I am walking outside and walking down steps I am on my way to full recovery. Ankle looks deformed a bit; no intentions to have hardware removed; ready to put my accident behind me and go forward.

Nov 04, 2010
Just starting October 14, 2010
by: Carol from toronto

I missed the last 2 stairs in a new house and broke both the tibia and fibula. I know i have a pin a plate and several screws but never thought to ask (my questions are generally what's next) I had a regular plaster cast for 2 weeks and then was put in a boot because I had a fracture blister that was not completely healed and they didn't want to have to take a plaster cast off again in a week. I went back Nov. 4, 2010 to have the staples removed and given non weight bearing range of motion exercises to do 3-4 times a day and an appointment to come back in 3 weeks. I don't know what the next step will be but the exercises are stretching my muscles out and improving swelling an circulation. The PT said it will help for when I'm ready to walk.

Aug 22, 2010
22 Screws and 3 plates
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle on 6/27/10 and had my first surgery the following day to fix the inside of my right leg, one large plate with ten screws. I had four breaks and three fractures, my tibia and fibula bone pierced through the skin on the outside of my leg and my right foot was on the leg side of my right leg. Two weeks later I had surgery to fix the outside of my right leg with two plates and twelve screws. Today makes eight weeks since I broke my ankle and I have at least four more weeks until I can start putting weight on it. The pain is finally starting to lessen and I'm able to get around a lot better on crutches and can handle my leg being down for longer periods of time. Is there any exercises that I can do to help when I start walking again? I wiggle and move my toes a lot, but scared to do anything else and I don't go back to the doctors for two more weeks. I have an air boot on and take it off to shower, went it hurts a lot or when its real swollen to message it.

Aug 17, 2010
When will this be over?
by: Anonymous

My break/surgery was in May 2010. I did a prolonged wheelchair recovery, crutches, and boot. I am now able to walk on my own and I have actually started running, but life is not the same. I still have periodic swelling and pain. I just want my ankle back.

Jul 02, 2010
Broken 3/21/10
by: Anonymous

I had a plate and 8 screws placed. I was injured (motorcycle) out of town and never "casted". When I arrived in my town and saw the doctor, I had an infection. Took a week or so to take care of that. Wheel chair and crutches till I started walking with a boot on 5/6/10. Surgical wound would not heal well. Took a couple of trips to a Wound Center to take care of that. Lost the boot on 5/20/10, and returned to work 5/24/10. Still keep it wrapped when up and about. I am on it most all day and it feels pretty good in the morning, but not so good by days end. I did my own physical therapy (bending my ankle). One more check at the doctor in a week should finish me up.

I broke my other ankle over 35 years ago (no plate and casted). Took me almost a year to get "normal". I have never found an injured body part ever gets normal again.

Jun 18, 2010
Impatient
by: Mari

I had my surgery exactly 4 wks ago. I was awarded a couple of pins and 7 seven screws for a great drama filled fall.

Anyway I can't wait to see my doc on the 29th and have the cast removed.

My question to you is did you have alot of discomfort at about this point with your injury or cast? I have been fairly good from the beginning and right now I can't say the same.

I feel like my stitches as rubbing inside my cast or the skin is raw and irritated or something.

I know my scars were healing very good because I had my cast removed 2 weeks after surgery and all was great. Then I fell last week and put all my weight on my foot before hitting the ground. I rushed down to my docs ofc x rays were taken and a window was made in my cast to look at one side and the wound looked good.

Please let me know what I should be feeling right now so close to having this cast removed. Thanks.



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May 22, 2010
Need all the advice I can get
by: Shawn Renee

Hi everyone,
1st thank you so much for this sight. 2nd this is my story.
I was attacked by a dog on Jan 4, 2010 which resulted in me breaking my right ankle in 3 places ( left side, right side, and back side ) dislocating my heel and splintering tibia. I had surgery on Jan 8, 2010 and now a plate and 9 screws on right side of ankle and 2-2and 1/2 inch screws on left side of ankle. This has been the most awful experience of my life. It has been the loneliest time of my life. It has been the most painful time of my life. I am finally walking on my own but with a limp. I can't seem to get the muscles etc. loosened and stretched to work and walk right. I am soooo depressed and don't know what to do. I want so bad to walk right and to also get strong enough to ride my Harley. Please send advice for me to my email address sgib1965@yahoo.com

Apr 29, 2010
to Beverly
by: Stacy

Hi Beverly,
This is Stacy, I posted my comment originally on December 6. Today is April 24, I broke my ankle October 13 and had a plate and 7 screws inserted. I am doing great, I walk at least two hours every day, and hike the forest preserves. I have surgery scheduled in December to remove all of the hardware, however the break is fully healed.
Good luck with your recovery.

Apr 28, 2010
March 27 Ankle Injury
by: PJC

59 year old female. Fell in a hole while doing yard work on March 27th. Broke Ankle in three places. Had surgery on April 1st. 2 screws on inside. Plate and 7 screws on outside. Had cast for two weeks and then went to the HUGE Boot. Which I parked in a corner and was just really careful. This week outside ankle looks infected right on top of ankle. Visited doctor yesterday and sure enough I had some infection. Put me on 4 antibiotic pills a day. Will be doing surgery tomorrow (April 29th) to remove plate, because the plate was exposed, and I guess once exposed has to be removed. Will be using a splint. Said my recovery time should not change. We'll see.

Apr 19, 2010
broken rigt
by: dee

hi to run joe run
im dee i fell and broke my right ankle last oct09,did surgery has in two plate & 9 screws its amazing to finally meet someone with posistive words and who have overcome,but i need youre help its been 6 month for me and i still cant walk properly,i still lack a lot of flexibility and still has stiffness,i have noticed that until now my injured ankle cant bend as far up as the other and it does not lay flat ,eg my heel is still off ground when i put both leg together to stand up straight,iust really want to know if all this is norma did yoy have this problem as well will it go away over time,i really am pushing hard with my exercises so i cant understand thought i would get more out of it by now ,please any word would help

Mar 15, 2010
RUN JOE RUN
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle on Feb. 5 2009 got hit by a truck when I was cycling and now I have 2 plates and nine screws.Well its been 13 months since that nightmare and I raced in the USA half marathon championship in Jan 17, 2010, I ran 1:07 which is 5:08 per mile and now racing on the 21st the first marathon coming back and I been training crazy and plan to hit 2:19:00.. Those crazy stories of never being normal are "NOT TRUE" look im running faster then the average person with 2 plates and nine screws and there is no pain...Keep ur head up!!!! If u never need a someone to talk hit me up at run.monkeyjoe.run@gmail
-Psalm 62:1 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Mar 13, 2010
broken ankle tibia & fibia
by: Terry from Australia

Well i am 9 days in, my foot went 90% the outwards at the ankle and resulted in dislocation all ligaments torn 2 fractures in my tibia and one half way up my fibia.Finished my last morphine last night and now onto codeine and panedine. Using a frame rather than crutches but watch out for stuff on the floor at night as this can cause alot of damage when you fall over the frame.lol I am just wondering how long before i could drive a car and thus return to work? Also if there are any exersise to help this injury i am currently doind 3 x 20 leg extensions twice a day and trying to move my ankle and foot as much and as often as i can inside the cast.
best of luck to you all.

Dec 06, 2009
Stacy follow up
by: Anonymous

Follow up from my 10/24/09 comment.
Hello everyone, well last week (Dec 3) I had my cast removed and I now have a boot and crutches. I can not express how nice it is to finally get the cast off. I am doing well, I am still home from work, I plan to return full time January 6. I have some ankle exercises to do 5-6 times a week and I start physical therapy tomorrow. The skin was just disgusting, however since I am an Arbonne consultant, I had some lotion at home, I am using this, and what a difference it makes. So for all of you, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It's still not easy with boot and crutches. However I am recovering niceley since October 13.
Good luck to all of you.

Dec 06, 2009
How much longer?
by:

I broke my right ankle 9/11/09 had surgery 9/17/09 recieved plate and eight screws placed in cast non weight bearing entire time required almost constant elevation due to swelling. Cast removed 11/05/09 started physical therapy November 9, 2009 starting my 5th week of physical therapy. I still have pain limited mobility. I have complied with all my exercises at Pt and at home I started driving in the last week.(THANK YOU) I walk with one crutch on flat surfaces i'm fine for a limited time still have to concentrate on heel and toe. can not go down stairs unaided without tremors no muscle tone. How much longer?

Dec 06, 2009
How much longer?
by:

I broke my right ankle 9/11/09 had surgery 9/17/09 recieved plate and eight screws placed in cast non weight bearing entire time required almost constant elevation due to swelling. Cast removed 11/05/09 started physical therapy November 9, 2009 starting my 5th week of physical therapy. I still have pain limited mobility. I have complied with all my exercises at Pt and at home I started driving in the last week.(THANK YOU) I walk with one crutch on flat surfaces i'm fine for a limited time still have to concentrate on heel and toe. can not go down stairs unaided without tremors no muscle tone. How much longer?

Dec 06, 2009
How much longer
by:

I broke my right ankle 9/11/09 had surgery 9/17/09 recieved plate and eight screws placed in cast non weight bearing entire time required almost constant elevation due to swelling. Cast removed 11/05/09 started physical therapy November 9, 2009 starting my 5th week of physical therapy. I still have pain limited mobility. I have complied with all my exercises at Pt and at home I started driving in the last week.(THANK YOU) I walk with one crutch on flat surfaces i'm fine for a limited time still have to concentrate on heel and toe. can not go down stairs unaided without tremors no muscle tone. How much longer?

Oct 26, 2009
Still limping after broken ankle
by: Anonymous

I broke my fibula in 3 places - 2 of the breaks were up above my ankle but the other was very close to my ankle. Broke it on Labor Day weekend - got a black boot type cast the folloiwng Wednesday. After 3 weeks, doctor told me I could take it off to shower & sleep and put weight on it as I can tolerate - said it will promote healing. Two weeks later, she told me to take the cast off and walk. I walk with a limp as my ankle hurts just on the outside though. My leg feels fine. I am trying to get to the pool 3-4 times a week for water walking but when will I stop limping? It is frustrating. Would PT be helpful? My doctor has me doing circle exercises and wants me to pick up marbles with my toes and drop them into a bowl. Still can't pick them up though. So I'm 47 days from broken to therapy - am I trying to go too fast? I am 54 YO female in relativly good shape. Thanks

Oct 24, 2009
Broken Ankle Oct 13
by: Stacy

Hi everyone,
I broke my ankle on October 13 '09 and had surgery Oct 20 '09. I am only on the run between my job, my childrens events, and I go to school. This is difficult for me to be on bedrest. I will see the doctor next Thursday and hopefully I will have a hard cast. What I find difficult is simple everyday tasks, I can't take showers, I can't carry my own coffee, etc... What is the most disheartening for me is to find out there are so many buildings without automatic doors, even my own orthopedic's office does not have an automatic door. I know my situation with crutches is temporary, but for all of those folks in wheel chairs who can't even open a door to their own doctors is frustrating.
I found this siter and reading everyone's experience helpful. I am feeling caustrophobic at this time. I guess I will take one day at a time, it's been four days since I had a plate and 7 screws inserted in the ankle, so it sounds like I have a long road ahead. I am grateful for a very supportive family and my children are being so helpful. L
ONE DAY AT A TIME is my motto. Good luck to all of you.

Sep 25, 2009
Too old to play soccer at 42
by: Dave

Hi everyone!

I broke my ankle playing soccer on August 16th during an over 40 soccer game. Quite competitive league...I was rolling the ball to the outside when someone slide tackled me. The pain was really intense. I went straight down and apparently hit my head on the ground as well. Hope it knocked some sense into me. Drove home and went to an urgent care a few hours later. Broken ankle. Saw Orthopedic surgeon 3 days later and scheduled for surgery the next day (August 20th). Ortho put in a plate and 6 screws/pins. Had nerve block, so no pain the first day and a half. Then the pain hit pretty hard...pain meds helped, but I limited my intake since I didn't want to get hooked. At the 4 week appt, doctor removed cast and put me in an "Air-Stirrup". Walking without crutches at times now. Still have pain at time--especially when it rains. Air-Stirrup does not seem like much support at all, and I'm putting a lot of weight on it--I'm 6.2 250 (actually not that out of shape--just a large frame). LOL. I do take my Air-Stirrup off when I'm working during the day. Fortunately, I work from home. I feel for all of you who work outside the home when something like this happenns. Anyways, I found this site the day after my ankle fracture and found solace in other people's messages. Follow doctor's orders and take it easy. A cast sucks, but it will be off soon, and the pain does subside. I feel fortunate I had an acute injury and am able to recover. Good Luck All!

Sep 19, 2009
Two broken ankles
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

Thank you for all of your posts. My Mom (who is 67) fell and broke both of her ankles three days ago. The left foot required surgery as it was a clean break and the right fook just required setting and a boot. She is in a ton of pain and I'm three states away (this is torture). They have moved her to an occ therapy room at the hospital but she is in an amazing amount of pain. They are giving her the maximum pain medicine but does anybody have perspective on "average" time frames for reduced pain, typical recovery, etc? I'm looking to give my Mom something to hang on to as she is very frustrated (which I totally understand).
Thanks

Sep 17, 2009
Recovering
by: Marsha

I broke my left ankle and dislocated my foot on July 18th, at my step-granddaughters 1st birthday party. I have one plate and a total of 7 screws. It is going on 9 weeks since this happened, and I have had times of complete frustration, wondering how long I would be hurting, when I will walk normal again, when I would be able to walk without crutches or wear a cast. Most of the time I am okay about it, I realize in the grand scheme of things, this isn't going to be forever. Reading the posts on here has helped, it helped me to find others who do actually understand exactly how I feel because they are dealing with the same types of things I am. So I thank you all for your sharing, it definitely made a difference to me when I really needed it.
I go to the doctor tomorrow to find out what is next, he said at the last appointment that I would be off the crutches and out of the cast then, I am not sure that I am really ready for that. The stiffness I feel in my ankle all the time makes me really wonder if it is really the right time to go without both the cast and the crutches. I will let him know how I feel, and I am not afraid of dealing with the pain, I just wanted to put that out there to others who would understand the feeling.

Sep 03, 2009
tibia and fibula broke
by: niki

Hi! I am soo glad to have found this site! I am a clumsy 29yr old that broke my tibia in4 places and my fibula in1 place and tore the ligament in between on8/14/09.I was on vacation(in PA)and fell down a very small hill,the grass was wet and I had flip flops on. I went to the emergency room where I was admitted and had xrays taken,had my ankle reset(WOWZAS)and then had a full leg cast on for about 6days. Then I went back home(in MD)to which I had a consult with the orthopeadist and had surgery the following day. I have a plate,4 screws and a pin holding me together... I am told that the pin will come out at 12 weeks. I have my 2 week check up tomorrow,I am hoping for a good check up. My foot too swells if I have it up for an extended period of time.But I do make sure that I have it elevated soon after for comfortand to reduce the swelling. I have to say if it weren't for the most amazing andsupporting husband and very supportive 7 year old, I don't know how I would be making it through! It helps to have a good support team in place and don't hesitate to ask for help! It definately has been a struggle not only financially but emotionally and physically as well. All I can say is Thanks for the advice from others!And to fellow ankle breakers Keep your chin up! Its only going to get better!!

Aug 26, 2009
4 wheeler Break
by: Shy

Hello everyone!! I was in a 4 wheeler accident on June 20, 2009 in which I was thrown 10-15 feet from where the ATV landing when it came down the ditch. I was shipped to one hospital where they reset the bone that had broken the skin. After xrays the doctors noticed that I had crushed the bones on the inner part of my ankle as well. I was then airlifted to a different hospital where surgery was performed and have 1 screw in my ankle (the doctors could only put in one screw because of the amount of bone that was left). I spent 5 days in the hospital and came home with a fixator on (the worse). 2 weeks later I was put into a fiber glass cast, 2 weeks after that a walking cast, 2 weeks after that an ankle brace. I feel pretty good. I have my good days and my bad days. The body is an amazing thing! I am so blessed. Now that my ankle is healing, I now have to concentrate on the broken orbital bone under my eye!!! Keep me in your prayers!!!

Aug 12, 2009
Connie
by: Kathrin

Thank you for the much needed positive report !!!!

Aug 12, 2009
Healing time with broken ankle
by: Connie

In response to person who broke ankle 6 weeks ago and wanted to hear some good outcomes - I broke mine and had surgery April 2008. By October 08 I was back to speed walking and had a trainer for weights. I have a plate and 6 screws in. I am completely back to running now (have been since Jan. 09). I worked up to it. I have no problems, not even when it rains. I did everything the doctor and physical therapists told me to, even though it seemed at the time to be forever. I have no intention to have my hardware taken out as long as it doesn't bother me. Except for the scar, you'd never know this has happened.

Aug 11, 2009
For Broken Ankle
by: Anonymous

It sounds like you were in really good shape... Trust your doctor and trust yourself !!! If you feel four weeks is too early... stop and talk to your doctor.. You know your body best..if you are in a lot of pain.. stop and talk to him.. It sounds to me that you are doing great !!!! Hang in there..My mother-in-law told me after I told her that the doc had said after surgery I would feel worse.. "well, if you are going to believe that.. you won't be surprised if you are going to feel bad..." I changed my outlook and believed that God was going to perform a miracle and he did ! The doc had only given me a 40% chance of being able to fix one of my numerous fractures with a plate.. he thought that I was going to have to have the exeternal fixator... I refused to believe that... felt something moving in my ankle just before surgery... and the doctor was able to fix it with a plate... I refused to believe that this is going to take forever... I KNOW I will be fine in a few months... Keep your thoughts positive.. refuse the negative.. and you will be fine !!!!
Kathrin

Aug 11, 2009
Aqua
by: Kathrin

You are right... it could have been so much worse for you.. so sorry about your horse...

I am not almost two weeks post op.. Surgery took three hours.. one big plate and I think about 10+ screws.. The doctor took the cast off four days later and have been in the walking boot.. but no weight bearing.. He told me six weeks after surgery we will start gradually... I do, however, do my 100 reps of moving my foot...

Except three days I have worked every day... not do I only need the paycheck.. but I also need something to do.. I have been off my pain meds for four days now and only take the sleeping pill at night... I need my six hours of uninterupted sleep..

I have never in my life been this helpless and it really humbles you... but it also makes you realize that people care about you..

This is not the end of the world... just taking an involuntary break... :)

Hope you heal FAST !!!!

Kathrin

Aug 10, 2009
hi katrin
by: aqha

im sorry to hear about your injury,it was better for me to have surgery a few days later bc it gives you time to prepare yourself for it, my surgery took 1 hour and 30 min and it seemed lk 5 mintues so its over pretty fast, i have been out of work since my injury(8 wks) im a vetinary tech so i cant go back until i can walk a little,
i think what keeps me postive is how lucky i am to be alive after my accident and to have a injury that will heal with some time, others not so lucky(my horse died in the accident she ran into the rail to hard and fast), i know how much it sucks but theres nothing to do now but to let it heal, time went by pretty fast for me try readin books, watching movies. i wish you the best of luck

Aug 10, 2009
horse injury
by: aqha

hi everyone i wish i would have found this sooner. I broke my tibia/fibula and had a dislocation when i was thrown off my race horse, i had surgery 9 days later had 2 screws and a plate put in, im on week 8 since the injury and week 7 of my surgery, i had to go in to change my first fiberglass cast bc alot of swelling went down and my cast became real loose, that was 2 weeks ago i have a recheck tomorrow and im pretty nervous im hoping to get a air cast im so ready to scratch and clean my leg!!!!!! lol it really helps to hear people that can relate to the emotional, physcal pain one goes through. im trying to stay postive and praying for healing. i hope everyone recovers back to health and god bless

Jul 25, 2009
Just happened..need some advice on how to get through the next few months
by: Kathrin

Hi...
mine is not a "sports" injury.. My clumpsy butt triped a a gasstation. Broke three bones and one about 20 times. It also came out the joint, but he already fixed that (worst pain ever). The doctor said it is a pilon fracture. Surgery is not even scheduled until the earliest in about 10 days. So now I am lying here in pain, no hope for getting better yet.. no surgery until ten days from now... and ONLY depending if my skin looks good or not... Then he said after surgery I would be totally down for seven to ten days?! He says without complications a plate and screws will do the trick.I am only two days into this. I hate being helpless and actually have to ask for help for now.. How do you cope with that? I also have a very demanding job (comptroller) and no back-up.. Trying to figure out a battle plan this weekend on how to get it all done.... What would be the best way to approach this whole situation?

Jul 25, 2009
Broken ankle- plate & 6 pin
by: Alicia

Hello, I'm Alicia. Broke ankle on vacation in Utah, at friends house. Doctors at utah hosp. reset ankle but told us I had to have surgery. WE opted to return home to Tex. So I flew home 3 days later with broken ankle. Dr. in Vic. Tx my home operated have plate and 6 pins. Have two weeeks to go with fiber glass cast. Aug 6 , 12 days away. Reading everones exp. has helped me feel better.Gives me idea of what I might have to go through. I am scared, but positive. Have lots of faith. I also have my crying moments. My husband is hanging in there.
I also use wheelchair alot. But can't wait to walk. Hopefully, the next step after this cast is an air boot. Will let you guys know!
Have a good day!

Jul 09, 2009
Helpful Hints
by: Anonymous

I just broke my ankle 6 days ago and wanted to share some ideas/items that have helped me already.
1) Curad makes a plastic cover that's very easy to use to take a shower or bath and it's reuseable. My daughter found mine at Walgreens.
2) I just filled out a Temporary Disabled Placard application to have my doctor sign at my appointment next week. So when I get to the point that I feel like getting out, we can use a handicapp parking space.
3) I'm using a walker so I have a canvas bag to put items in that I can't carry. I didn't see any need to buy an item especially made for walkers when a tote bag works just as well.
4) I put all my bathroom necessities (toothpaste, hairbrush, etc.) in the plastic tub that the hospital sent home with me. It keeps everything reachable and accessable.
5) Tonight, I'm going to try using a belt to strap my foot to my pillows as my foot keeps slipping off in the middle of the night and I wake up in pain.

So far, that's it. I'll add more if I come up with any other ideas. Would love to hear of any helpful hints others may have for daily living with a broken ankle.

Jul 04, 2009
Da Ankle
by: Donna

My story -- it happened on 5/29/09 -- i made it home safely from work -- came running down the basement stairs to use bathroom -- but little did i know my dog had peed at the bottom of the stairs -- i went sliding and then broke my ankle -- i just couldn't believe it -after reading your posts -- i guess i have been lucky -- i have a clean break -- no surgery required or screws required -- the cast was removed on 7/2/09 -i am healing fine - and i now have an air cast to wear -- my physician has said that i should start moving it -- so i do twice a day -- i can put a little weight on it -- i tell i have torn my rotator cuff completely off and have had a cyst removed on wrist -- but this is the worst because you are so reliant on others-- and the post about dieting is soooooo true -- i am going to cut down on the food and break out some weights to some upper body training -i also found having a wheelchair at home has been more helpful and less dangerous than crutching everywhere -- i would luv to hear from someone fittess44123@yahoo

Jul 03, 2009
Broken Ankle
by: Anonymous

Hi I broke my right ankle and I have plate and screws that are staying in all the time. I was down to one crutch and finally got rid of it at 12 weeks I do wear an ankle brace on it that is a brace that laces up and 3 straps on it. It really helps when I am walking on it and when I go back to work at the kitchen at our school, I have to wear it everyday. It will take time and hang in there! I can't believe I have came this far!

Jun 27, 2009
broken ankle
by: Stephanie

Hello everyone! Well I had the surgey and got a plate and seven screws . The first two weeks was very painful . But on my two week check up I was put in a hard cast for four weeks with no weight bearing which I'm not happy about that.So hopefully when I go back I will be put in a air boot! It has been a life changing experince . Thanks for all the post it helps to hear from other with the same thing .

Jun 27, 2009
Ankle fracture
by: eb

I just had surgary on my left ankle on June 12. They put two screws inside however the doctor said that in 2 months they where going to take out one. I just like to know if i would be able to play basketball again after recovery. Would i have the same abilities i used to have before the surgary?

Jun 20, 2009
roller derby broken ankle
by: Patty

I broke my ankle in three places on May 26th, about three and a half weeks ago. I was playing roller derby. I had surgery the next night and have a plate and 11 screws on the outside of my ankle and two screws on the inside. I had a hard cast put on a week ago and no weight bearing. I still have some pain and when I lower my foot, to sit or just to walk (with crutches), my toes turn purple and they swell. Does other people experience this?
I go to the doctor in about three weeks and hopefully if everything looks good, I will get a walking boot. I am wondering if I will still be walkin with crutches for a little bit? What are other's experiences.
Also, like another skater's question, has any other skater gone back to skating after breaking an ankle? I really want to go back to playing roller derby but I am very scared of reinjuring it again.

Jun 10, 2009
Broke Ankle in Mar'08
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately, I am still in pain after breaking my ankle (both tibia and fibula all the way through. I have 7 screws and a plate. I still often have quite a lot of swelling.

Then 1 mo ago I twisted the same ankle walking on uneven ground and broke a bone in my foot! Xrays show my ankle has heeled nicely so that is good news.

I did the PT religiously, but I still do not have good range of motion and strength.

I am told by others it may well take another year to heal and it may not be 100%.

It is frustrating but glad it is not even worse.

Jun 08, 2009
Be positive
by: Joanne

Hi broke my ankle and tibia playing rugby on April 12th 2009, got a operation the next day needed 2 plates and 6 pins. I had a fibreglass pot on for 2 weeks then got that changed when my stitches were removed then another pot on for 4 weeks. During this time i couldnt put any weight on my ankle. After 6 weeks i got my pot off thinking i would get another on with a shoe but the doctor said i could weight bear without one. That was nearly 2 weeks ago now and i can fully weight bear with 1 crutch and take some steps with crutches. I know this is going to be a slow process but im aiming to be fit again by january as im joining the police. Im not going to rush but do things right by going swimming to slowly build movement and getting physio.

Have decided no more rugby for me as i couldnt deal with the pain again. Good luck to everyone with a similar injury

Jun 06, 2009
hello again
by: Anonymous

hello its now been about five weeks since i had my cast off so 11 weeks since the accident. function is returning and the limp is reducing. still weak on uneven ground but trying to practice running. recommend balance exercises. it gets better but very slowly

Jun 05, 2009
broken ankle
by: Stephanie

Well Im into a week of hell . I went out last Friday night for dancing with some friends and slipped and broke my ankle in the worst way all 3 bones and now Im in need for sugery.I have alot of swelling and Im in alot of pain . This post has helped me so much . Im a very active person. I just cant wait to walk again . Thanks Everybody!!

Jun 01, 2009
ankle
by: Anonymous

i had 9 days to go before removal of my cast for my broken ankle. i today removed it in frustration and am scared of if my ankles healed enough

May 29, 2009
Updating my post
by: Anonymous

Left Distal Fibula Fracture with ORIF surgery:

Timeline:

Apr 2- Fractured Fibula Sliding in Softball
Apr 8- ORIF Surgery- 1 plate, 5 screws

NO WEIGHT BEARING FOR 6 WEEKS- Get a wheelchair! Crutches are annoying!!!!

May 22- 6.5 weeks, Partial Weightbearing-1 Crutch, with a cam walker boot
May 27- 7 weeks after, No crutches, but still wearing a cam walker

In two weeks, I am able to walk in regular shoes. Basically, 10 weeks til I can go back to wearing shoes.

Believe me, to all of you people out there, I wanted to know when I could be back on my feet again. I went from playing on 5-6 coed teams to doing absolutely nothing, but mope around the house. KEEP YOUR SPIRIT UP! The minute you get back on your feet, you will feel alive!!!! DIET as much as possible. Everything turns to JELLO!!!! =) Julie

Email me if you have questions: jhardy@dadeschools.net

May 29, 2009
Why Me?
by: Why Me

SO this past Sunday had an accident while playing basketball. Went for a layup and had a defender come under me and take my feet out from under me. Resulted in a flip and an unfortunate fracture to my distal fibula. Luckily however it was non displaced and after seeing the doctor today he gave me a 90-95 percent sure i would not need surgery. Currently i have been put in a cast told for the next 4 weeks non weight bearing and then three weeks cast weight bearing. This has been a total blow to me since i am an extremely active person. Taking Summer school and then senior year of under grad, have a real estate job, and am a basketball player who practices and plays everyday, and remodeling my house. I don't really have a question, just not a strong support system most people will just make comical statements and parents use the it just happens. Anyway after seeing the doctor today I am thinking about switching to a sports medicine doctor even though i wont need surgery i believe they will be the best option to seeing my fracture through to become strong enough to run and jump full speed again on the courts and also provide proper therapists to get me on the right track. it appears ill be off the court for about 8-9 months until I am good to go. Atleast I will be able to lift before then. Anyway I am the newbie just saying hello and giving my story.

May 28, 2009
My right ankle
by: Crystal

I broke my right ankle on mother day.
I was playing ball and i fell on a stump and twisted my ankle 90 degrees.Ouch
I was rushed to the hospital and the next day had surgery.I broke my tib,had a plate and 4 screws.On may 27th,16 days later i had to go in to get my staples removed.Thank god.I was put into a hard cast(purple) and was told no weight bearing for 5 weeks.My next app is june 30th,I hope i hear good news and pray i have a air or walking cast.My foot never swelled and i had no bruising.I can wiggle my toes and move them up and down and move ankle up and down and sideways.Wonder why Dr told me no weight bearing i feel fine...

May 26, 2009
Feeling Great
by: Beverly

It has been 24 weeks since my accident and I thought when I first started writing on this site back in January that I would never feel so good. With a plate and 8 screws I am back to running on my treadmill and walking outside on a daily basis . It's feels great and I owe it to a wonderful surgeon and postive attitude ! I am shocked each day that I have no pain. Hang in there for the ones that are early into their injury it will get better- Do what the doctor tells you, drink lots of water , eat right and stay positive.

Beverly

May 23, 2009
RUN JOE RUN
by: Anonymous

For all the athlete's out there with a broken ankle, dont lose FAITH cause... I broke my ankle on Feb. 5 got hit by a truck when I was cycling and now I have 2 plates and nine screws. Im a professional runner, and now Im running again 6 min pace about 6 miles every other day. People that know my story freak out to see me like normal. But I used this chapter to reflect on my life and say that GOD IS MY ROCK and he has gave me strength.
Every morning before walking out the door i pray (You have blessed me with many gifts, God, but I know it is my task to realize them. May I never underestimate my potential, may I never lose hope. May I find the strength to strive for better, the courage to be different, the energy to give all that I have to offer. Amen.)
Before running was about who was the fastest but now I praise the Lord when I run and its awesome. So now I must take day by day and get back on the road to make the olympic trials.
For my bro Rich S. if you some strength or need to talk email at run.monkeyjoe.run@gmail.com , I know how you feel when you lose something you love but don't worry it will just take time.
God Bless......





May 23, 2009
hello all
by: rich s

im glad the internet provides an opportunity to talk about such things.

i broke my ankle severely playing football (soccer) on 21st March. some1 fouled me and when i looked down my right foot was facing right when it should have been facing forwards. the bone did not come through the skin. but i broke my tib, my fib and the ankle was dislocated at the joints.

i had surgery that night and have a plate and five screws. im now eight weeks on and i walk with a limp and a dull ache, im worried about not being able to play football the way i could before. i was a skillful player (which is what got me into this mess) and i love not just the game itself but th feeling i used to get from the quality of my play. im really scared that at 21 i wont be able to play that well again. im encouraged by the return to play of arsenal footballer eduardo, but still if anyone has had a similar experience i would love to know.


good luck all.

May 19, 2009
Pain one year later.......
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I have had problems all my life with my right ankle- various sprains and weakness. I severely sprained my ankle/ foot in May last year playing while playing Netball. First x –ray showed a broken bone in the foot.

After being ushered out of accident and emergency with crutches and only a support grip, I was told to go back one week later. One week later, after another x ray, the specialist told me I had not broken a bone in my foot at all! And it the ankle was just badly sprained and the foot bruised.

However the interesting thing is that I have an extra bit of bone on the inside of my ankle? Thus the weakness - which could do more damage than good to remove through surgery! (At this point I was very confused as this extra bone had never shown up in an x- ray before!!!)

I was on crutches aprrox six weeks and did not attempt to do any sport for another month.
A year later I still suffer from sharp pain on the soul of my foot and on the inside of my ankle where the extra bone is.

Having been told previously by the doctor that physio is pointless and that surgery is risky. WHAT DO I DO? Some days it hurts when I have done No sport/exercise and when I rotate the ankle, it makes clicking noises.

Could I have been misdiagnosed a whole year ago?????? please help as I have a sports course in 8 weeks and I do not want to miss it, BUT I do also not want to cause further damage!!!

Apr 25, 2009
Hoping To Skate Again
by: Caz

Its been about 9 weeks since i broke my tibula in my ankle had to get 7 screws and a plate im 19 did it skateboarding. It feels pretty good now and keeps getting better every day i hope to be skating again in a week or 2 i just gained the ability to run again. Its wierd cause at first when you get the cast off it feels like you'll never be normal again but give it a couple weeks and everything starts to feel normal again.
Has anyone else skated again after breaking an ankle? and if so how was it?

Apr 20, 2009
Ankle Injury
by: Anonymous

Well it's been 12 days since my surgery...The DR removed my staples today. I've been taking Naprelan 750mg and the swelling has gone down tremendously. My dr also gave me a ski boot to wear, and even though it is bulky, it's still better than a splint I was in. I can rest my leg on the ground, but without weight bearing. I'm excited, but hoping that I can walk again soon.

Apr 20, 2009
reply
by: Anonymous

I have been taking alot of medication, I actually just stop because I did not want to get addicted.Lortab are good to take it help easy my mind, its best to take a pain pill to easy your mind.my accident happen jan and my foot is still swollen.when they remove the staples it actually was not any difference in pain.now the best way to not feel so much pain is to take your pain pills every 4-6 hours, when i tryied that i had less pain.i was at first taking my pain pill twice a day and that did not work, its best to take it every 4-6 hours, i was taking about two or three different pain pills a day.taking one pain pill a day does not work.i am still now only allow to bare 25% but i go to the doctor in the morning and hopefully i can bare 100%.i am so scare to try to put full presure on my foot.I have a plate and 7 screws i believe.Now i will say it depend on the person because for the past three months i have been in the wheel chair.i could not even stand on my good leg no longer than three min.i push and made my self learn to walk with crutches and in a week i now using my cruthces all day.

Apr 16, 2009
Broken Left Distal Fibula
by: Anonymous

I broke my left distal fibula about 2 weeks ago sliding to thrid base in softball. A week after the break, I had surgery to fix the fracture, leaving me with a plate and 5 screws. It has been over a week now that I had the surgery, and I am in pain. No painkillers that I am taking seem to help. What did everyone else's doctor give them? What about anti-inflammatories? I am reading your posts about making sure to take multi-vitamins, drink lots of water, and eat right. I heard from a friend not to take too much calcium because he got kidney stones for taking too much calcium. My ankle is so swollen that it's bothersome. I am wondering if the staples are bugging me from the swollenness. Any ideas or comments you have for me?

Apr 09, 2009
recovery
by: kyle

2 months after my ankle surgery, i am bearing 100% wait and jogging lightly, if you want it, it will happen for you, baseball is life, and i asked doc if i will ever play at the level im used to he said prolly not, but i no i will, my ankle has a plate and 4 screws, keep ur head up i feel great, post surgery sucks but give it time, thanks for everyones input, it really makes me feel like im not the only one

Apr 09, 2009
hello
by: kyleVA

My name is Kyle and I was boxing a buddy in his garage, i slipped and fell and broke ankle in 2 spots requiring a plate and 4 screws, it is now 2 months after surgery, and under docs orders i am walking very well with no aircast, i am actually doing well, so for all of you out there with this injury, if you have the will and drive to do it. Its right there for you, i was a great baseball player, and i dont no if il ever be as quick on my feet, doc told me that i prolly wont, but my will is pushing me to. So everyone keep your head up.

Apr 09, 2009
RUN JOE RUN
by: Anonymous

This is my 9th week and the aircast boot is gone. The doctor allowed me to walk and to run in two weeks, its sounds crazy but I been on multivitamins and extra calcium pills, and a legit diet. I started on my 7th week to walk in the pool and some cycling. This is for the question (When you first step down do you feel like electric shocks are discharged through your body and does this feeling disappear), yes it feels weird but the blood needs to circulate. Once you have put your weight on the leg the pain will be gone through time. So now its 9 weeks and im walking OK..and feel no pain. Just pray and be strong, GOD IS SO MIGHTY!!!

Apr 08, 2009
Fractured Fibia Feb09
by: Karen

Fractured my Right Fib on Feb 09,09 and I am now into week 9. I just had the cast removed yesterday and was given a walking boot and told to start walking with a weight of 30 pounds. So far so good, moderate pain and aching. My question is : When you first step down do you feel like electric shocks are discharged through your body and does this feeling disappear. I was told not to do any physio for another 3 weeks b/c I have been slow in the healing process

Apr 03, 2009
On the road to recovery....
by: Anonymous

I fell on Feb 10, dislocating ankle, which was reduced by paramedic on sight (owowowie), surgery the next day....One break to my tib, 8 to fib, 2 plates and 8 screws, splint for 2 weeks, fiberglass for 5 weeks, and now in air boot with 50% weight for another 4, doing movement exercises myself. Who knows then, I just have to do one day at a time! Thing is, everyone's breaks are different and you can not compare your recovery to someone elses'. It's scary if you have never done it before but we will heal, we will recover and we just need to take it easy, keep our feet up, and work hard! We are going to be upset (I bawled for 3 weeks straight!) but take pride in the little victories..Good luck to you all, and remeber, ASK QUESTIONS because the more we know, the less we fear.

Apr 02, 2009
Recovery
by: Celtic John

Hello again,
Updating my status to give everyone some hope.Broke and dislocated ankle Dec.30/08. Surgery next day, 2 plates and seven screws to hold fibula in place.Plaster cast off on Jan 15/09 and staples removed. Fiberglass cast put on until Feb 11/09. No weight bearing until that day. Started Physio the next week.I am now 12 weeks in and can fully weight bear and walk with slight limp. Have regained full rotation of ankle just missing about 10 degrees of dorsi-flexion.Ankle still swollen after walking and a little sore but Dr. says this is due to soft tissue healing.Should be back at work in 4 weeks or so it is progressing that well. There is hope people, it just takes time.For the record I am no athelete and not in the best of shape but doing just fine.Keep up the hope and you will be just fine in the long run ! I pray this helps a little bit. John, Toronto, Ontario.

Apr 02, 2009
Recovery
by: Celtic John

Hello again,
Updating my status to give everyone some hope.Broke and dislocated ankle Dec.30/08. Surgery next day, 2 plates and seven screws to hold fibula in place.Plaster cast off on Jan 15/09 and staples removed. Fiberglass cast put on until Feb 11/09. No weight bearing until that day. Started Physio the next week.I am now 12 weeks in and can fully weight bear and walk with slight limp. Have regained full rotation of ankle just missing about 10 degrees of dorsi-flexion.Ankle still swollen after walking and a little sore but Dr. says this is due to soft tissue healing.Should be back at work in 4 weeks or so it is progressing that well. There is hope people, it just takes time.For the record I am no athelete and not in the best of shape but doing just fine.Keep up the hope and you will be just fine in the long run ! I pray this helps a little bit. John, Toronto, Ontario.

Apr 01, 2009
reply previous message
by: Ms Bina

I had my accident on jan 10 and came home on jan 15 and my pt was at my home for a visit jan 16. I had pt for about three weeks and then it ended and now my pt started back a couple weeks ago.my pt helps with movement. i think you will need the pt first befor trying to walk with boot. I was told that you need to have movement in your ankle so that it will not be so painfull when you walk the more movement the better your muscle will work when you walk. I dont understand how everyone is already walking and it been over ten weeks and im still not walking and have been told to do only 25%

Apr 01, 2009
broken ankle
by: Anonymous

I also broke my ankle feb. 4, w/ a plate & 7 screws. My dr. allowed wt. bearing at 6 wks. I'm walking w/ air cast now, but my dr. does not want me to start pt just yet, besides the movements he says to do at home. I can walk short distance w/o boot, but very painful. I go back in 2 weeks for another check up. Does anyone know if it is normal to have pt start so late after accident. My ankle is very stiff, I can only move it so much on my own, I wonder if I should be in pt now. It seems every dr. has their own philosophy, but how do we know what is best for us?

Mar 30, 2009
Basketball Blues
by: Albert


Glad to hear people in a similar situation. I was playing basketball which i have been doing so all my life once a week in a rec league. I simply came down from a rebound and boom....bone out the side of my ankle. I couldn't believe it! It happened last tuesday and i am now in a soft cast waiting for them to take off my staples and stitches. I have no idea what i did to my ankle because the doctor decided to tell me everything right after surgery when i was soooo drugged up and could not retain any info...lol..WTF! Anyways i feel like crap and cant wait to find out exactly what i did. These type of web pages are great for me..it gives me an idea of the type of injury i have. Thanks to everyone who posted. My only main question is if i will play ball like i used to? I couldn't ever imagine not playing 100 percent.

Mar 29, 2009
Hi SB
by: Ms.Bina

Well I had to have surgery done on my ankle I was in a car accident and my ankle bone came out my foot.My doctor just agree on me moving my ankle around and bearing 25% at my 10th week. And to be honest it seems as if he hesitated to put me on 25%.Doctor state the healing is going very well but he wants my bone to be completely heal.Because u are right if you put preasure on your ankle to soon it could do permantent damages in the future.I was scare to start trying to put down 25% but i feel more comforttable now after reading this site cause some people been putting weight on the ankle as early as four weeks.It been a little over ten weeks and i am now just starting to do movement so i should be ok soon. My pt told me that the more movement u do in your ankle the better chance you can bare pain when u walk. Walking without a boot in my opinion is too early.I have a boot and Im not allow to walk with my boot ..I would get a second opinion threw another doctor cause I know in my condition at four weeks i still had a cast on my foot to make sure there was no movement..Take care..Ms.Bina

Mar 29, 2009
Broken fibula
by: SB

I am starting in my 8th week (Feb 4th)with a broken fibula near the ankle. My therapist wants me to walk without the air cast during therapy. I am not brave enough. The doctor says it is 80% healed. Does anyone think that it would hurt to walk a short distance without the air cast. I am very cautious about this. I don't want to do further damage. I was lucky, I had no surgery.

Mar 27, 2009
My broken ankle recover
by: Ms.Bina

Hi I was in an auto accident Jan 10,2009 and doctor just inform me i can bare 25%weight on my ankle. I have pt three times a week but mostly what i do with pt is exercising with my ankle and legs. My foot is actually still swell, sometimes it goes down and then back up. To be honest I have fear of wondering would I be able to walk back normal. The doctor state that everything is going ok but it can make u worry when u are so ready to get back to your normal life. I am a single mom with five kids and the day of the accident my son was in car and he was only three weeks old. So just image what i am going threw, i am in a wheel chair and i do have cruthes. If you feel down about your situation just keep a high faith. I am full of joy everyday and thats what easy my mind. I believe every thing happen for a reason.So please keep your faith and remember your situation could be worst. I was wondering what stages I should expect now it been about 10 weeks since i had the accident. Keep God first!!

Mar 24, 2009
There is a light, but a long tunnel
by: Anonymous

I slipped and fell on a wet concrete floor in Manchester, England. I was taken to the Emergency room there and told that I would require surgery. 9 screws and 2 plates later, I spent 6 days in the ward in England before I could fly home to the US. The surgeons in England were great, but not very forthcoming with information. I've had one follow up appointment here in Chicago with a Ortho doctor my General Doctor referred me to. It's a catch 22, he does not seem interested in talking about it to me because he did not perform the surgery and there was no way I was going to stay in England for the entire recovery period. This website has given me hope and the ability to know what to expect at each weeks mark. I'm 3 weeks in now, the surgeon here in the states removed the staples and gave me an aircast 10 days after the surgery. The nurse told me that I only needed to wear it when I was up and about, when I'm sitting with my leg elevated that I should be exercising my ankle joint. I have pretty good range of motion at this point but look forward to what is to come. I know that the road to healing will be long, but I'm anxious to get started down it. My foot still turns purple when down for any amount of time, I guess I wonder when that will end or what can be done to help it besides elevation & time, if anything?
Cheers!
Robb


Mar 16, 2009
Helped to read your comments
by: TBrooklyn

A minivan ran over my ankle while I was crossing the street last week and I had surgery a week ago on my left ankle - have a plate and 7 screws. Came home after 5 days in hospital and was lying here feeling frustrated and in pain. Reading your comments helped me to remember to be patient and that even though it takes time I will get better and be able to walk again. I'm praying that by the summer I'll be able to be up and walking around with my 4 and 6 year old children. I went online to see if it was normal to still have such pain and be so uncomfortable a week after surgery but I now see that, unfortunately, this is the norm. My husband will just have to hang in there while I recover - I need to learn to let go and relax and focus on healing. Good luck and God bless to everyone and thanks for sharing your situations. In the meantime, I won't beat myself up when I find I'm crying when I watch a sappy commercial!

Mar 10, 2009
update -13 weeks into injury
by: Beverly

Just wanted to update everyone and let them know it does get better. My last post was 6 weeks in , I am now 13 weeks in and doing great ! I stopped wearing my air cast a week ago per dr instructions and now wearing a comfortable shoe. Very minimal swelling , starting PT next week.Doing home exercises and walking with only a small amount of pain which dr says you have to work thru. Still trying to keep elevated when I can. I wish the best of luck to everyone , it's a very frustrating injury but try to stay positive , it does get better just follow dr instructions.
Happy Healing !

Mar 10, 2009
So glad you found us!
by: Bart - SII

I am so glad that so many of you have found this thread. It helps to share your story, no matter how frustrating these injuries are...every little bit helps when your world is turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

The purple foot after elevating is normal - different people will react differently, but in the very early stages of injury, swelling will fluctuate greatly depending on position. That is why elevation is so important, and why they often won't put on a "real" cast immediately...so the swelling can calm down first.

As I have said in many "broken ankle" posts, this injury takes a long time to recover from. It is somewhat faster if you have a great therapist for rehab, but many times it takes upwards of 6 months to a year to be back to normal, or close. So, take that into consideration before making any major life decisions.

Again, so glad you all found this post - please keep encouraging each other, and post around to the other threads with similar injuries...that is why I created the site - for mental support in these challenging times!

Bart

Mar 09, 2009
broken ankle
by: mrs. b

it was nice to share this terrible experience with others. i am on week four of recovery, slipping on stairs i suffered a compound fracture, breaking both the tib and fib bones, and dislocated my leg too. i recived surgery immediately the next day on my ankle. after two weeks with a plaster cast i recieved a air cast, and yesturday started to weight bare on it lightly (what the doctor told me to do). the surgical tape is still intact on both incisions on each side, but i do feel much stronger everyday. eating well taking vitamins, and a calcium suppliment also with lots of water included too. i am schedualed too see the sergon again in two weeks. good luck to everyones speedy recovery. having a strong support system at home is a definat asset!

Mar 07, 2009
6 months in
by: road to recovery

I broke my ankle Labor Day weekend. I had a plate and 4 large screws put in. I never was in a real cast, but had progressing boots. I also did PT for 6 weeks.Now I still walk with a limp, I can not run, and I have limited feeling on the top of my foot. I'm wanting to get pg this summer but I don't really know what m,y options are knowning that eventually all this hardware needs to come out. The doctors office has treated me terribly and I decided yesterday I am going to find someoen else to do the removal surgery which I was told should be at least another 6 months away.
On teh one hand, i could see going ahead with my plans and teh metal will keep my ankle stabilized when I am carrying the extra weight of preganancy, but on teh other hand I could see this taking the swelling feet to a whole nother level since my left ankle is still twice as big as normal. Anyone else have insight?

Mar 07, 2009
Purple Foot
by: Johnny

Hello, I broke my ankle playing soccer about 4 days ago. I have to have surgery next week to have plates/screws put in. The doctor wanted to wait a week to make sure the swelling was down enough before doing surgery. I have a splint on right now. So I continue to lay here in bed elevating my foot. When I do get up, my foot turns dark purple and feels tight. I'm assuming this is because of the blood rushing down after having my foot elevated for long periods at a time. The doctor saw this happened at the hospital, but didn't say it was a problem. I didn't think to ask at the hospital because it was all so new to me. Does this sound like a normal issue? When I elevate my foot again after being up, it goes back to the normal color. Also, I have full range/feeling in my toes. Just thought I'd check to see if this is occurring or has occurred with anyone else. Anyway, I know I have a long road ahead. I'm frustrated, but staying positive. Thanks for your time.

Mar 04, 2009
Recovery
by: Celtic John

Hi there,
Dislocated right ankle and broke fibula walking to my car on Dec. 30,2008. Had ankle reduction procedure and cast placed 5 hours later. Surgery orif at 4:00 pm that day. 2 plates and 7 screws later everything seems OK. Surgical cast removed after 2/12 weeks and fiberglass on for 4 more weeks. No weight bearing. Started rehab exercise following week. Ankle still swollen and tender, but incision healed and function returning slowly with time and exercise.This injury takes time and can be very frustrating but I would not do anything too quick.

Feb 20, 2009
Its going to be ok!!!
by: RUN JOE RUN

Im in the same case, this is my second week with this broken ankle and the doctor said on the next check-up, I can remove this cast and start moving slowly. This sounds crazy to me, but Im a professional runner! I come from a heavy training cycle, I was running about 80-90 miles a week. But one afternoon I got hit by a truck when I was riding my bike to work. I was planning to race in a mararthon on May, cause I wanted to make the olympic trials. But i felt my whole life come to a pause but I come to learn that God had just slowed me, so I could learn how to listen to myself and not to others. And now I have grown so much and cant wait to hit the roads again. Plus the doctor said I was healing fast, but i don't smoke,drink and i sleep alot now. Just so I can recover faster and im so thankful to my friends family that are looking out for me. So when this nightmare is over, I will be a stronger runner!! And for everyone out there don't lose FAITH, our ankles will heal soon!!! GOODLUCK :)

Feb 12, 2009
Broken Ankle
by: Beverly

Hello Betti Minnesota - First I am so sorry to hear about your injury but you are on the the upswing now so hang in there and stay positive. At my 6 week check I went into a walking air cast which has been great !I don't know if you are familiar with this type of cast but you can actually pump air into the cast for more support if needed. I never knew how much I took walking for granted. I am no longer using a cane and or crutches. I can take the air cast off to take a shower and just this week I have taken a several steps without the air cast and I have no pain! My best advice to you is to make sure you do what the doctor says , I have been drinking lots of water, trying to eat healthy , get rest and take my regular vitamins and I do believe that does help with a better recovery. I do not return to my surgeon until March 5th so I will keep you posted - It's nice to have others to talk to about this - I am 9 weeks in now and feeling great which I owe alot to my surgeon. Stay strong - it will get better. Let me know how your 6 week check goes.

Feb 11, 2009
Happy New Years to Me!
by: Betti Minnesota 02112009

Beverly - I am glad to hear that you are also tired of the negative comments regarding this injury that are out there. On New Years Eve I was dancing with my daughter, I stepped wrong, twisted my ankle resulting in an ankle and fibula fx. 2 screws in my ankle and a place and 6 screws in my fibula. I am going in for my 6 week appt. on Friday and hoping for the clearance to start bearing weight. I was wondering if you are still in a cast or just a boot? Hope your recovery is going well!

Jan 23, 2009
Broken Ankle
by: Beverly

Thanks for your reply and your website-


Jan 21, 2009
progressing weight bearing
by: Bart - SII

This sounds normal - 6 weeks is normal time for fracture healing, and to take a gradual approach to increasing the weight bearing is a good idea. Any injury to the ankle that requires plates and screws is going to take a long time to heal, often up to or greater than a year after injury. Rehabilitation can be of benefit, as well as gradually increasing activities and following your doctors advice.

Bart

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