first walking post ankle fracture with air cast

I am 8 weeks post distal tibia(ankle) fracture and also in an air cast.
I just start putting pressure on my foot to walk (with walker and air cast)and began experiencing swelling and discomfort over mid shin area. I just returned from clinic so I walked to car and around the clinic, again to and from car. (Some rests in between walking) When I got home I really noticed the swelling so I elevated leg and applied ice. Is this a normal occurrence when beginning to have mobility?

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Mar 28, 2015
Trimalleloar and exhausted NEW
by: Maggie

Slipped on ice 1-16-15. ORIF 1-17-15. Still in so much pain. Finally released to PT this week. Swelling a major issue. Sharp shooting pain and burning. Just went to breakfast with my wife and 3 year old daughter and I am back in bed for the day. Weight bearing with crutches. I want my life back. Just wanted to say that out loud to some people that understand.

Mar 18, 2015
Right Open Trimalleolar fracture/ankle dislocation NEW
by: Advice Please

I fell down concrete stairs December 15th, I had surgery/ORIF on the 25th, delay due to severe swelling. 1 Plate and 11 screws with posterior fracture/fragment left non-repaired. I am 13 weeks post injury with assisted weight bearing with crutches or walker. Fibula is only partial healed in the center around screws with non-union on the outside of the bone. My foot turns deep red / purplish when down and burns, this resolves when I put it up. electrical shocks across top of foot when top of the ankle is touched goes out my last 3 toes(nerve) and of course swelling but I guess this is normal. Doctor still will not release me to drive…
I am healthy and active with no health problems. Very discouraged and frustrated with the longevity of the injury… I go to therapy 3 days a week and receive positive feedback. The therapist and the doctor have not been able to answer the question, when will I be able to walk again????? The only answer I can get, this is a very traumatic injury and you are doing good :( I would like some kind of positive feed back and hope of normalcy again.

Feb 25, 2015
Post bimalleor ORIF NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 7 weeks post ORIF. For bi malleolar fracture. I have one plate and 9 screws. I spent the first two weeks in a a splint after surgery and then 2 weeks in aircast with no weight bearing. At my 1 month appt my ortho gave me the go ahead to start weight bearing as tolerated in the aircast boot. Within one day I was using one crutch and about a week later was sometimes walking without a crutch. At 6 weeks I was walking in a aircast without crutches completely. I am 7 weeks post op and see the ortho next week for my 2 month post op and will begin physical therapy. When I first started weight bearing I was freaked out. I was afraid to put to much weight on my ankle. The aircast pretty much protects you from doing anything though. I got through that part and there was a little pain and some moderate swelling involved for the first week. Really the pain was minimal. More nerve pain and numbness and a couple little electric shock feelings. But nothing bad at all. I was really worried that it was to soon, but my Ortho said the X-ray looked great at 1 month and let me go to weight bearing. Really the only pain I have is from the dislocated portion of the ankle not the fracture itself. I know it's a long road to recovery but I am trying to keep a positive attitude and remember that this is only temporary ! Good luck everyone.

Feb 05, 2015
Fibula Fracture Walking Week 5 NEW
by: Jessie

I fractured my lower fibula 5 weeks ago. At my latest Dr.'s appintment he told me that I would be able to begin walking without the airboot in a week following physio. As eager as I am to start exercising again and resume normal function of my leg I am wary that this is too soon. My latest X-Ray showed that the fracture is most definitely still there, although I have been walking in the boot fine for the past week and most sweling has gone now.

Jan 17, 2015
Ouch!! NEW
by: Anonymous

Nerve damage causes a burning feeling and it's normal 😊

Jan 17, 2015
walking in air boot after 8 weeks NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my fibula 8 weeks ago. I'm now wearing a walking boot, the first day my doctor said now start weight bearing and walking. I had alot of pain. I'm walking with 1 crutch now and this is my second day in walking boot. Now I'm feeling stinging and burning sensations is this normal?

Dec 27, 2014
Anxious NEW
by: Bored Brunette

I'm 8 weeks post op tib and fib fracture, 2 plates 9 screws. I started pt last week and I am weight bearing as tolerated in my boot, I use a walker and I'm finding it so frightening to wean myself off!!! How hard is it to do????😠

Nov 21, 2014
Learning to walk again NEW
by: Megan

Im looking for some advice.
I shattered both my tib & fib and have metal plates and pins. I am now 9 weeks post op and have had my air cast for 2 weeks.
Learning to walk again is proving difficult as I was non weight bearing for 7 week.
When trying to walk in my air cast without crutches I am having major balance issues.
What I need is some advice on regaining my balance when walking and taking a fluid step rather than a rather short sort of hop.
Anyone got any ideas?
Thanks in advance

Oct 10, 2014
Putting weight on though overweight NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle two weeks ago yesterday and had surgery two weeks ago from tomorrow. Followed up with the surgeon yesterday and after almost 2 weeks non weight bearing - he says I can walk on my boot with crutches or walker. I am overweight and was concerned my extra weight might slow my ability to put weight on my foot. He gave me the ok yesterday and I've been boot walking with a walker all day today. It swells and I elevate frequently. Any idea how long the swelling after walking will continue. My hats off to the orthopedic trauma team at Mass General. Cutting edge care will get me back to my life and work in amazing time!

Sep 29, 2014
10 weeks post broken tibula surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I am 10 weeks post surgery for an open fracture of my tib/fib with a nail and 4 screws. My orthopedics said I can walk in an aircast with no other assistance but I am having pain in my hips and ankle. Does anyone else have hip pain? I just don't feel like I am walking correctly in the boot.

Aug 16, 2014
So quick? NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a fractured lateral malleolus with separation of the bone about 1/8" - but that xray was when the soft tissues were swollen right after the break.

I was one week in a splint NO weight-bearing and straight to a walking boot, told to expect to be walking without crutches in ten days. I am using a zimmerframe as it is much easier for me than crutches for putting weight on the ankle.

Sometimes there is a lot of pain, sometime I can walk with little pain. I know the swelling is normal after the walking, so I am taking great care about icing and elevation after my little excursions.

Jun 24, 2014
Learning a new way to do things NEW
by: Kaleigh

I have a trimalleolar fracture in my right ankle. Fell down steps on Memorial Day. That was May 26. Surgery on. 27th. Home on 28th. Used a walker for 3 wks but I had it rigged up with a shelf like on it with a cushion for my knee so I could scoot rather than hop. It wasn't cute but way more efficient for me... On June 16 I had cast/splint removed and got an aircast. The medical supply store hooked me up with a knee scooter which made life so much easier!!!! I teach Sunday School and my kiddies love it too. But my issue is that I stumbled once and just for a split second had weight on that ankle and then today my boxer jumped off the bed behind me and sorta came down on my foot. Neither felt too good but the pain subsided fairly quickly and not a lot of additional swelling or discoloration. How dangerous are these things, stumbles and bumps bc I get really freaked out. Any help would be much appreciated

Jun 11, 2014
trimalleolar fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on april 5th for a trimalleolar fracture. I have nine screws total and a plate. I am WB with the cam boot on and i can put almost my full weight on it now. The last few days my ankle is soooo sore ! I feel like i can`t even walk. Not sure if im walking too much or if the crappy weather has something to do with it. Any ideas or suggestions ?

Jun 07, 2014
8 weeks post ankle surgery NEW
by: Lynda

I broke my ankle in three places on April 16, had surgery the next day. Plate and 9 pins on right exterior ankle. Went from cast to boot in 3 weeks. I have been walking without crutches for 2 weeks now. My ankle and foot still swell but I just elevate and ice it when I am home. I only wear my air cast when I go outside. The ortho said the swelling will be around for 6 months or so. I started driving a couple of days ago but use my left foot to brake and I don't drive far or for to long. Just glad to be getting some independence back.

Jun 04, 2014
6 weeks off, now walking NEW
by: Anonymous

I just started walking again last week after 6 weeks off my foot with a fractured ankle.

Once the doctor said I was okay to bear weight on it, I wasn't able to walk at all by myself. What I could do was walk with crutches to help, and it took only 2 days until I didn't need them. I still am using a scooter to get around when I need to walk for long periods of time, but I'm walking quite a bit too.

Apr 15, 2013
Broken fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm on week 5 of a broken fibula and just started being weight walking. I'm supposed to only be putting a small amount if weight on it with my walking boot but it doesn't hurt with all my weight, just noticed some that normal for it to swell?

Apr 12, 2013
by: Juan

I had ankle surgery on 3/11/13 in two weeks I went from cast to Aircast doc says NWB...Eager to get back on my foot. Im wondering how long will the swelling take and the foot to be active? Lots of tinkling and throbbing....

Apr 01, 2013
10 weeks post ankle fracture surgery NEW
by: stir crazy

I broke my ankle Jan. 22, 2013 Surgery on Jan. 31st
Same as everyone else-splint then cast now boot
I am STILL not back at work! I do not like the boot AT ALL I only wear it outside the house otherwise I just keep a sock on that foot
I am concerned about swelling-it is now April 1st and I still can't put a shoe on. Does anyone know how long it will be before I can put a shoe on? Thanks

Feb 26, 2013
When to start weight bearing after bimalleolar fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a textbook bimalleolar ankle fracture on Jan 10, 2013 and ORIF (one plate and 6 screws) on Jan 15. I was in a cast for two weeks after the surgery, and was in a boot since. Right after the surgery, my doctor told me NWB for 10 weeks. Isn't it too conservative for a healthy and active 57 year old female. Most people start walking 6 to 8 weeks after their surgeries. I am concerned that prolonged NWB will exacerbate muscle atrophy which will make it more difficult to regain strength and balance later. In addition,I need to get back to work! Should I seek another opinion?

Feb 26, 2013
Broken ankle NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my ankle in two places and displaced the bone so i was in a cast for 6 weeks then went into a aircast boot which straight away made life easier,i am still in the boot i go back to the hospital this week i've had the boot on for 4 weeks and i agree at first you are afraid to put your full body weight on to your foot once you lose that fear it becomes so much easier i now whizz round the house without any help just wearing the boot but that took me about 2.5 weeks in the boot to do that so bear with it because it gets esier

Aug 13, 2012
8 weeks after broken ankle nd surgery NEW
by: Amanda

it is 8 weeks past break and surgery both sides of ankle with screws and plate. pen between sides of ankle ill be removed next week but orto said screws and plate stays. should i wiait until the pen is removed before i start try uing some weight on? i still in aircast except when i lying in bed i take it off. sometimes i still have pain and little swelling. is it normal after 8 weeks!?

Jul 31, 2012
Trimalleolar Fx L ankle NEW
by: Lisa

Very difficult to be totally weight bearing after removal of third cast and into an air cast. Using a walker, at times crutches. The pain shoots right up heel to buttock. Was told to take "baby steps" and that's what I am going to do. This type of injury can take a very long time to heal properly. Be patient, and don't rush it. Only you can determine how much weight you can tolerate...

Nov 15, 2011
Walking with a boot NEW
by: Anonymous

I just started putting weight on my ankle about 2 months after I broke my ankle and had surgery. I have a plate and a total of 9 pins. It is painful and I did notice more swelling. I am so eager to start walking again I'm afraid I will overdo it. I try to do he exercises whenever I'm not walking. Can't wait to walk normally again!!!!!

Jan 11, 2011
Fractured Fibula, no surgery needed
by: GP

I have a fibula fracture which is aligned, I was put into a walking boot and was told at this point I would not need surgery. I'm not walking on it and have to return in 2 weeks to confirm that the break is healing correctly. My Orthopedist said if all goes well I'll be able to walk in boot after two weeks. Anyone experience this type of break and/or received similar information? And if so, will I really be "walking" or is 4-6 weeks more realistic?

Nov 03, 2009
ankle injury
by: Anonymous

I shattered my ankle and had an 8in plate and 12 screws in it. i had surgery about 5 weeks ago and i am allowed to start putting weight on it a little at a time now. i have no discomfort or pain. everything feels just fine so far.

Sep 25, 2009
Keep looking up
by: Ankle Fracture

I was told the ankle sprain or fracture takes the longest to heal. I just fractured ankle 8 days ago and I am a cyclist. I was told I cannot get back on for 8 to 10 weeks.

Aug 20, 2009
8 weeks post broken ankle
by: Jay

I had multiple fractures including a complete brake of the fibula and ankle dislocation. I had my cast removed 2 days ago. I have a brace and I'm using crutches. When I'm home on the couch I remove the brace place my ankle in warm water and move my foot around as much as I can (twice a day). Each time I find I have less swelling and a little more range of motion. I will start PT next week

Jun 08, 2009
bear weight after surgery
by: Anonymous

I am in the same situation, im 7 weeks now after surgery n even though the doc says start walking , am so scared to bear weight on it.I'm using a walker now n put all my wight on the walker still.I'm still waiting on myself to make the 1st step iI cant wait to do that. And yes I'm noticing a bit of a swelling too.

Oct 22, 2008
by: Bart - SII

It is normal to have some swelling after first getting back to weight bearing. This is quite a shock to your ankle joints and muscles after 8 weeks off.

The swelling should subside and you should notice less and less as time goes by and your body adjusts. Just make sure to take it slow and don't do too much. ice and elevation are good after you have been up on it for awhile too.


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