Fractured Fibula/ Compound Ankle dislocation (WARNING- Graphic Fracture Image)

by Anonymous
(USA)

Tibia protruding: Compound Ankle dislocation

Tibia protruding: Compound Ankle dislocation

On May 31, 2009, I was playing a baseball game on my summer team here in sunny Florida. On this day, I was playing 3rd base. Next thing I know, I find myself chasing a pop foul ball toward the fence in foul territory and it was right then, that my left foot fell into a hole left by a fence post causing my fibula to fracture and a compound dislocation of my ankle/tibia. I went to the ER immediately where I had emergency surgey within a couple of hours. The surgeon repaired 2 or 3 torn ligaments and set my ankle and tibia back into place.


The Dr's main concern I believe, was infection from the compound dislocation, in which my tibia broke the skin. During the 1st surgery, the Dr determined that the swelling was to severe to repair the fractured fibula and he decided to wait 48hrs to go back in and asess the swelling. The swelling was still too severe, so I did not have my 3rd and final surgery until 2 weeks after the incident. I did wear a External Fixator for the weeks leading up to the last surgery, which was really weird and uncomfortable if you have never been through something like this.

Today, July 26th, I am all fixed and on the road to recovery. I wore a hard cast for 2 weeks after the 3rd surgery, before the Dr put me into a AirCast/Boot. I am non-weight bearing for 12 weeks total, and I have 7 weeks out of the 12 remaining. The crutches are HELL. I am going into my 4th full week of physical therapy, which I am doing 3 times a week. Because of the non-weight bearing, the therapist are only able to do Range of Motion excercises, which is extremely painful but well worth it. I am able to move up and down, but side to side is still very stiff.

I can only hope that everything goes as planned and I can get back out doing what I love the most, PLAYING BASEBALL and did I mention, ENJOYING LIFE.

I ecourage anyone to comment or reply to my story. Any tips, suggestions or related experience will be greately appreciated. Thanks for listening and I HOPE this NEVER happens to anyone. :)

Take a peek at the pic of my leg as I waited in the ER.

**Edited to remove author's name, per request**

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Feb 01, 2016
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Same injury! NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the same injury just over six months ago. Rock climbing accident. Still a lot of pain and stiffness but getting there. Any tips for increasing ankle dorsiflexion...or just tips in general...I really want to get it back as close to how it was pre-injury as I can.

Dec 24, 2015
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Suggestion... NEW
by: Anonymous

I believe you said you are in NY... Well you have the best hospital for orthopedics in the country right in town.. it is the Hospital for Special Surgery. Call them and tell them about your situation and see if they can help you or at least point you in the right direction where you can find help. You MUST find someone to help you and someone really good. Regarding insurance, it sounds like you might qualify for Medicaid or you are just over the cut off. If you are over the cutoff you generally can pay a certain amount per month (called a spend down) that wnen paid, will still qualify you for Medicaid. A case manager could better assess your finanacial situation. In general, most hospitals have social workers that help patients obtain medical coverage. I hope they can help you... I certainlly wish you the best and hope you can find a good surgeon and a successful resolution to your situation.

Oct 06, 2015
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Agonizing pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't know what to do anymore. I hate sounding like I have a victim's mentality. I had written last January-it's been one year plus a month since I've been suffering after multiple compound fractures of tibia, fibula and ankle. Had to stop seeing ortho due to finances. Am still swollen; my ability to walk has decreased to 1/2 hour-then ankle swells to point where the only stretchy sneakers I can wear have to come off. I have a gut feeling that if I could have another surgery and have plate and pins; screws removed it would help. Problem? Besides having no help at all I cannot afford surgery. Short of poverty line-leaving me unable to receive medical care. Becoming increasingly depressed. Barely leave home; besides constant pain it's embarrassing to pull off your sneaker in the store and try to drive home barefoot! Swelling is still awful. At the end of my rope. If anyone on this site knows a surgeon or hospital that provides charity help PLEASE write about it! I'm in N.Y. Hope all of you dealing with these situations are feeling or beginning to feel better and healed. Thanks for listening.

Oct 05, 2015
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Dislocation with Fibula fracture NEW
by: Gaz

Hi There, I had the same fracture after playing Football, but less worse, had operation same day and now after 5 months recover 90%, can walk, run, play some soft footbal, walk up to 2 mile with no pain, but I still have swallon around ankle and I need to lift it up sometimes during day. I don't know when It will be gone??

Aug 06, 2015
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Nice Post NEW
by: Anonymous

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Jun 16, 2015
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This Look Like Trouble!! NEW
by: Mark Fine

This looks a bit more uncomfortable for me than my ligament failure in my knee. This is too bad it seems. Well, I would like to know golden age cheese how long it took to heal. And I would also like to know more about the treatment you had to go through.

Mar 15, 2015
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Thanks NEW
by: Roger

My god.. This looks so gross. Doesn’t it really protrude like this for every compound angle dislocation? I assume that an injury like this can be so fatal as the chances of death by drain out can easily happen in this scenario. how to fix certificate error

Jan 29, 2015
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Hang in there NEW
by: Anonymous

Anonymous , I am one year out now. Have fought infection ,finally all metal was removed . Surgeon said only way to take care of infection. To my amazement , pain disappeared with metal removal . Still have swelling and some pain when I walk but no pain when at rest. Still afraid of infection returning but so far so good 3 months after metal removed. I still elevate every time I get a chance.. Maybe you should consider metal removal as well. I still get a little depressed as well but I believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel. However the tunnel is a little longer for some of us. Male/62 hang in there.

Jan 27, 2015
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Scared! Similar situation but rotten outcome. NEW
by: Anonymous

I fell off a ladder trying to fix light/fan on daughter's porch. Hit cement patio and had compound fx. ankle, tibia, fibula. On disability-bad back. Coptered to trauma hosp. put me out to get ankle back in-forced to wait several hours (bumped for cardiacs) then all was aligned as best as could be utilizing plate and screws. Absurdly high med tolerance for narcotics due to lengthy severe back pain-trying methadone and percocet. Well flew out of there (only on medicare)-savings depleted. Had knee-hi boot-changed dressings Q.D. etc.-found ortho when I got a flight home-cautious and I wanted to get moving. May have pushed it. To wrap up 5 months later I am having increased swelling and increased pain;medial malleolus area. Feels like it will burst. No P.T.(finances)-MRI stated no infection. Don't know nor does ortho what's going on. Pain becoming truly unbearable. I look deformed. Can weight bear but am't. of time walking has decreased. Oh-62 y/o female. This is the pits.

Dec 03, 2014
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Thank you Pam NEW
by: David

Thanks Pam , I will try to keep a positive attitude. My injury was horse related also. No more training horses

Dec 03, 2014
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Yes I think most of us are like you. NEW
by: Pam

I was lucky I only had infection in the beginning while in the hospital for a month, it finally cleared up 3 months later.

My injury was 4 1/2 years ago. I still have pain daily, which I take nothing for expect ice it when really bad and swollen and the occasional Ibprophen. My foot was severed foot off with only 3 inches of skin holding it on in the back. My surgeon calls it his miracle foot and one of his finest works.

I go to the gym and do what I can as not to push it, I never push it anymore. I have learned the hard way not to do that but I still work it, you have to. I will never ride a horse again but I have picked up other sports to do that are not to hard on it.

Just know that you are not alone, and I remember back when I was stuck on bedrest or in a wheelchair and so very thankful that I am mobile now. No I will never be the same, none of us will be. But we do belong to a very small group of people who do understand what others have gone and doing through.

Dec 03, 2014
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coumpound ankle fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

Broke tibia and fibula, screws and plates to reset. It has been 11 months and 7 surgeries. I had infection that they believe is gone however no cartilage is left in ankle and arthritis has formed. Pain and swelling everyday. Anyone else dealing with this type of injury recovery.

Oct 04, 2014
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Open compound fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

It's been something I NEVER want to experience again. 14 pins & a plate just got the ok to start pt and I'm really scared of putting weight on it after all this time. Ice has become my best friend. Never would I have thought I'd be in this position. I am completely dependent on friends & family. God Bless them all. I know I still have a long road ahead of me I pray that the pain stays tolerable. It's horrible I saw the bone out not a pretty picture.

Oct 04, 2014
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Open compound fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

It's been something I NEVER want to experience again. 14 pins & a plate just got the ok to start pt and I'm really scared of putting weight on it after all this time. Ice has become my best friend. Never would I have thought I'd be in this position. I am completely dependent on friends & family. God Bless them all. I know I still have a long road ahead of me I pray that the pain stays tolerable. It's horrible I saw the bone out not a pretty picture.

Oct 04, 2014
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Open compound fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

It's been something I NEVER want to experience again. 14 pins & a plate just got the ok to start pt and I'm really scared of putting weight on it after all this time. Ice has become my best friend. Never would I have thought I'd be in this position. I am completely dependent on friends & family. God Bless them all. I know I still have a long road ahead of me I pray that the pain stays tolerable. It's horrible I saw the bone out not a pretty picture.

Aug 06, 2014
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nine years later and i still have horrible stabbing pain NEW
by: Anonymous

its been 9 yrs since i had the unfortunate accident with my ankle..
i can be standing there doing nothing and go to walk away only to be frozen by severe pain stabbing up through my heel into my ankle.. causing me to holler out some obseneity... Ive often thought maybe my hardware is migrating out.. Ive had x rays to confirm its all in place still .. Its a mystery and hopefully it doesnt get worse..i'd like to be one of thoes people who all of the sudden have this amazing recovery.. I guess its just what i have to deal with........

Aug 01, 2014
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Open double compound fracture of the left ankle. NEW
by: Richard

I start a new business at Fedex Ground where you have to pay for your route, on 11/10/06 as I was still in training and sitting in the jump seat with no seatbelt available and both doors open like Fedex and Ups trucks on the road always do for quick delivery's,the driver asked me to get pick something up in between our seats, when doing so he changed lanes and I lost my balance and fell out the door and was run over by the back tire. I had a double open compound fracture of my left ankle which one bone went through my boot and the other through my pants my ankle was turned in touching my knee that morning I had emergency surgery to fix my fibula and 3 days later my tibula and they added the plate screws and a bar in my fibula plus the external fixator. After 5 surgery's they decided on a ankle replacement 7surgerys and counting I have my next surgery on 8/22/14 which will be 8 because the stem got lose my lawyer blew my case the judge said it was my falt I was just following orders I was in the Navy at one time and that's what I was used to doing following orders but all in all I guess what I'm trying to say is just hang in there things could be worse and it will get better I hope and may God be with you all of you guys. Good luck. Yours truly Richard:

Jun 08, 2014
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Hints NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello Justin...you sound very lucky to be so far along in your healing, that is great! I learned to sleep on my back, never did it before, hated it but my foot had to be up very high to reduce the swelling and help with the healing for months and months. You can sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees and ankles. One of those body pillows is great. Cheap at Walmart. I hope that you continue to healing and remember one thing....listen to what your body is telling you, because if you do not it WILL make to listen to it and trust me you do not want that.

Jun 08, 2014
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HAD a bad accident, ankle compound fracture. NEW
by: Justin

IM 22. I need some serious advice. Its been almost 3 weeks since my accident. My ankle was broken (compound fracture) from a motorcycle crash. The sneaker shows the impact was from the inner foot. I had 3 surgeries. 2 of them were cleaning and ex fix. The third was to attach a ligament and add a plate and screws. My surgeon has me in a cast. In 2 days i am supposedly going to remove stitches, and get a boot. I find it uncomfortable to sleep on my back so i like to sleep on my ribs, but i feel i may be doing damage even tho i place it on a pillow.

- what should i do to increase comfort.

Nov 19, 2013
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Ankle fusion and life is back to n ormal NEW
by: Paul

I have made comments before and have been had severe pain since my accident in January 2009. i have had 20 surgeries and even considered amputation. i tried braces (arizona), arch supports and just about everything else. I had been told that i would eventually need an ankle fusion but really felt that since everything else didn't work then why bother with another surgery. Oh boy was i wrong! First of all i did a lot of consulting with different Ortho Docs. I consulted with 4 different experts in the area of being ankle specialists. i chose a physician that was about 2 hours away from my home that had extensive experience in trauma/reconstructive surgeries (He is prior military Navy with plenty of experience working on our military members coming home from Afghanistan/Iraq with IUD injuries). Lets just say i chose the right Physician! I had 3 surgeries and wore an external fixator for 12 weeks nad within 2 months of the last surgery i was running and riding bikes without pain! i spent the summer of 2013 playing in the surf and running and playing footbal on the beach with kids! First time in 5 years i have been able to do that!i am now going on 1 year since this process and i NEVER have pain. Great to get up in the morning and not dread that first step anymore. Life can now go on again. i know you all have eflt the way i felt. It's deprssing and it effects everyone you love but i strongly urge you to research and find your best options. There is hope out there! Thank you Dr. Joel Stewart for giving my life back!

Oct 31, 2013
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Damn Dude! NEW
by: KB

Hey I got thrown off of a golf cart in 07. I had an open compound fracture of my fib/tib and a dislocation of the ankle from the joint backwards! I since have had 12 surgeries overall removing the hardware. The 29th of this month I had my ankle fused and my Achilles lengthened. The pain had become unbearable due to the arthritis and I was bone on bone with my fibula. So now I'm LAID UP AGAIN, but hopefully this will take care of the pain at least by 50% I don't do the pain pill thing, best of luck to you in the future!!!!!! My only advice STAY ON TOP OF IT! Stretch everyday and never give up, it's been life changing for me! Sounds like you have a great attitude and it takes that for sure,

Oct 31, 2013
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Damn Dude! NEW
by: KB

Hey I got thrown off of a golf cart in 07. I had an open compound fracture of my fib/tib and a dislocation of the ankle from the joint backwards! I since have had 12 surgeries overall removing the hardware. The 29th of this month I had my ankle fused and my Achilles lengthened. The pain had become unbearable due to the arthritis and I was bone on bone with my fibula. So now I'm LAID UP AGAIN, but hopefully this will take care of the pain at least by 50% I don't do the pain pill thing, best of luck to you in the future!!!!!! My only advice STAY ON TOP OF IT! Stretch everyday and never give up, it's been life changing for me! Sounds like you have a great attitude and it takes that for sure,

Sep 28, 2013
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Omg NEW
by: Anonymous

My 62 year old mum fell off ladder and has bad bad break also 2 fractures in shoulder I'm so worried for her what's ahead

Sep 28, 2013
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Omg NEW
by: Anonymous

My 62 year old mum fell off ladder and has bad bad break also 2 fractures in shoulder I'm so worried for her what's ahead

Sep 05, 2013
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I understand your pain and frustration Sue NEW
by: Pam

Hello Sue, when my accident happened my Dr told me that I have had a life changing catastrophic event happen to me leg and foot...well truer words were never spoken. My accident happened 3 years ago, I still have pain and swelling especially in the summer time in the heat. When I first start to walk I have to slowly stretch the ligaments and tendons because they are shorter from being reattached as my foot was ripped off. This will never change, something I will have to do for the rest of my life. I still limp most of the time but do not use a cane anymore. I find exercise has really helped. I go to the gym almost everyday after work, I dory (boat) row twice a week and there is talk that I should race competitively next year!! Who would ever have thought that 3 years ago when I was in bed for 4 month! Healing takes a long time, it is frustrating and painful but it does get better. We all heal at different rates of time and at different levels but I can say one thing...once you have done something that you have not done in a long time, you say to yourself...there now I can do that again! It is like a hurtle that you have just gone over and is very rewarding. Time, patience and acceptance is what is required with injuries as life changing as ours, you just have to give into it and always, always...listen to what your injury is telling you. If it says sit down or it needs a hot or cold pack...well you better do it because if not, it will make you do it!!

Sep 04, 2013
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shattered fibula and dilocated tibia NEW
by: sue gray

you foot looked just like mine did. I fell from the second step of a latter. when I raised my leg, my foot just flopped over like it was a fake foot. I was rushed to the hospital and was in surgery within 15 min. I ended up with a 8 in. plated with 8 small screws and 2 long screws and a 3 in. bone graph on the fibula and 2 long screws connecting the foot to the tibia on the inside of my leg. I went through 3 surgeries in 5 days. the pain has been unbearable. I was so sick from the drugs so I stopped taking them and took Advil. This happened Jan. 17, 2013, it is now Sept. 2013. I still have a lot of pain and swelling in the leg and foot. The tendons and ligaments were so damaged in the leg and foot that they haven't healed right so my foot feels weird and I have trouble bending and stretching my foot and toes causing my to walk with a limp. I can only hope that it will heal soon.. I an so tired of this.. I would never wish this on anyone. this has been the most painful and sickening time of my life. doc. says he had never seen an injury this bad except on a motor cycle accident. he said that the latter ripped the meat from the bones and where the bone had shattered it looked like sand in my leg. I haven't given up,, I refuse to let this get me down

Jun 12, 2013
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Pain NEW
by: Terry

Simon, the pain is strange. Sometimes just sitting here I will get a sharp stabbing pain. Some days it can be a dull throbbing pain where I can't tolerate to wear socks. Some days I swell at the ankle and other days it doesn't. The pain can range from a 10 to a 4. To use the foot and ankle, it feels like I just broke it! Weather conditions also changes the pain. Also some days, the bed sheets can feel like sand paper on my foot and leg. Sometimes there are temp. and color changes different from the other leg. Even a light touch can be bothersome. Everyday is diff. when you wake up in the morning, you never know what kind of day you are going to have. If you have the time please look up RSD. Also you can find info on radsa.org. Every person with RSD also known as complex regional pain syndrome has diff. degrees and sensations with this disease. Another side effect is sweating. In general the pain does not match the injury. I hope this helps!

Jun 12, 2013
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Ongoing pain NEW
by: Simon

Hi Terry, how would you describe the pain you suffer? Do you have sharp or a dull pain? Do you suffer spasms? How long does the pain last?They're putting my pain down to osteomyelitis ,to which I'm awaiting an operation.

Jun 12, 2013
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Post 3 ankle FRX NEW
by: Terry

Hi all, I hope you are doing well. Since my 3 ankle FRX on Nov 15 2012, I have been DXN with CRPS/RSD. Please don't over look this as a possible cause of residual pain. Most Doctors fear this DXN. Also most Doctors don't know how to treat it either. I had a displaced fibular FRX as well as 2 additional FRX's. I am now in uncurable pain. I have already had 6 lumbar spinal blocks to help cure the feeling of the constant pain. It has only helped for a few days. I am now on my next journey of treatment starting this week. Please question your Doc's before this CRPS if you think you have it, goes to far. The sooner you get the treatment, the better odds of remission. There is NO CURE! Please educate yourselves RE: crps/rsd. We have to be our own advocates and researchers. We are not the only people our Docs treat! If you are having troubles beyond the healing stage it is worth looking at this condition. I am now homebound, and cannot drive with chronic pain. Let me know if this helps you!

Jun 12, 2013
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Pics for Simon NEW
by: Adriana

Hi Simon, I hope you are doing well.
Sorry but I must have overlooked your message from Oct/2012 requesting the pics from my injury. I just sent you an email right now describing my accident and recovery and I attached photos of my injury as well as my foot after the surgeries.
If you have any questions, please reply to my email and I will be glad to answer you.
Have a beautiful week and keep strong!

Jun 09, 2013
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Osteomyelitis NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone had problems with osteomyelitis ,bone infection, on top of their injury. What sort of pain did you suffer and what pain relief did you use ?

Apr 23, 2013
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Diary or journal NEW
by: Simon

Has anyone here kept a journal or diary,stating their experiences whilst recovering from their injuries? I would like to read about the physical as well as mental trauma you have suffered,during your recovery.
Thanks Simon

Apr 05, 2013
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Hang in there Simon NEW
by: Terry

Hi Simon, As my injury was not a severe as yours or the others, Keep in mind that everyday is a new day. I was fortunate not to have an open fracture. However, I had 3 separate fractures. I am suffering from major foot pain and general skin and leg tenderness. Accomp. by discoloration of the skin and temp. sensitivity. I have been diagnosed with RSD! It has been 5 months now, and I still can't walk or drive! Please do your self a favor and look up RSD! Sometimes we have to do some of our own research. My DOC actually hit it right when he diagnosed me with it. I am now seeing a specialist and considering spinal blocks just to get my life back...Good Luck I hope my suggestion helps!

Apr 05, 2013
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Hi Simon NEW
by: Malta John

I was fully weight bearing after about 12 weeks, but still using a walking stick. The main problems I have now relate to cartilage damage and the onset of arthritis in the joint. My surgeon pointed out on Tuesday that "there seems to be a bit of fibula missing" which I imagine doesn't help!
I don't have any pics of my original injury, as I was convinced I was going to lose the limb, and didn't think I would need reminding of it afterwards, but I do have copies of a couple of x-rays.
Any help I can offer, please email to greyduster@gmail.com

Apr 05, 2013
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4yrs John ! NEW
by: Simon

I thought my injury was taking its time to heal,are you 100% weight bearing ,what is the deep infection,what aches and pains do you still have? Sorry so many questions I'd like to ask. I have lots of photos of my injury email me at shortsimon@msn.com if your interested.

Apr 05, 2013
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4 years on NEW
by: Malta John

Just returned from a private consult with my original surgeon as I am experiencing some "changed" sensations of pain. His recommendation - if possible avoid any action which disturbs the bone, even injections, as it may encourage any dormant infection within the bone to flare up again. As I had an open wound which took months to heal over he thinks a deep infection could have been the cause.

Like Pam's injury, my foot was gamely hanging on by a short length of skin and a few tendons (similar to the original posting pic, but turned by 90° down and 90° round!), but thanks to an excellent surgeon out here in Malta I am still mobile, although with some restrictions, and only tolerable (so far) pain. I think that whatever your age - I was early 60s when I did mine - this type of ankle injury is going to be life changing. My view is that I was so relieved to see a foot at the end of my leg when I woke up that I just have to get along with whatever I can achieve and welcome each day as it comes!!
Best wishes to everyone, and continue to get the best you can out of the life you have been dealt!

Apr 04, 2013
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Simon,26 months on NEW
by: Simon

Just a quick update on my injury,still not 100% weight bearing,using crutches or stick. Still getting shooting pains and foot aches like hell. I have to have another operation,number 16, as a previous bone infection,osteomyelitis , has flared up again and the infected bone needs removing behind my first and second metatarsals. And so it goes on ,I had the accident in January 2011,so stay strong people ,we can overcome.

Feb 27, 2013
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Update NEW
by: Terry

Hi Pam, Thank you for responding to my ankle pain and fibular FRX. I went back to my Doc for my next appt. on Feb. 22. I had an MRI done that night. I recieved the results today. Now mind you 5 weeks ago, my Doc told me to take the boot off and start walking. He expected me to be walking when he saw me this past week. Guess what....NOT! The reuslts of the MRI are the original spiral FRX of the fibula, as well as 2 avulsion frx of the tibia as well as fluid buld up in the joint and a piece if cartaledge floating around somewhere in there. Doc states that the cart. is rounded and maybe from an old injury. I am in constant pain and throbbing with discoloration to the foot and ankle with high sensitivity to touch and temp. The Doc told me to discontinue trying to place weight on the leg and now I am back in the BOOT! This is since NOV 15 2012. Told me he is keeping me on crutches. He now has me seeing a pain management person. UGH! There has been very little healing of the initial frx, and now I have 2 more we were not aware of!
I cannot imagine what you have been going through! I thought I had a long road, you have had a longer one. I thought you might like to see where I have progressed to.....BACKWARDS!

Feb 14, 2013
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MRI...yes NEW
by: Pam

Hello
Sorry to hear of your injury, I am Pam who has postings on the page. There have been some really bad injuries among the people here. I agree with Physio, go back to your Dr or get another opinion as soon as you can. Let the injury tell you what to do. I am a real believer that we have to let "it" guide us and what we do with it. Don't let Physio push you to hard and cause alot of pain, yes pain is going to happen but they do not know what that pain is like! No one knows what your pain is like unless it is a person who has had an injury like it. But it does sound like to me that they have concerns and it best to listen to them.

My injury was 3 years ago this May and has been life changing for me. I sprained it a month ago and have been suffering from that, it has brought back some nasty memories of laying around for 3 months on bed rest. I was back to work after 6 months but it was way to early to do that but I had to do it. I will never run again and I use to ride horses but that will not happen either, I used a cane for 2 years to walk with and just in the past 6 months started to walk sometimes with a limp. It is a long road that you will have to travel and it is frustrating, painful and will change your life as you know it. But then my foot was ripped off except for 3 inches of skin in the back of my leg holding it on. I feel down 1 step!

If you like keep in touch and hopefully others will contact you also, I email back and forth with a couple of them and share experiences.

Feb 14, 2013
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Fibular Fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

Nov 15 2012, stepped wrong on three steps, went down. Ended up with a displaced spiral fibular frx. Still not completley healed. Have been non weight bearing until 4 weeks ago. Doc told me to start using it. Been going to PT 2x's/wk. Now PT wont treat me. They feel I need an MRI. Doc all along said there is no soft tissue damamge. Guess what, I still can't walk! I have pain on top of my foot,across the front and up the tibia area. When I place any weight on the foot, I have EXTREME pain upon release of weight. When I place my foot on the floor it hurts across the top of the ankle. Swelling is still present and constant throbbing. Wearing a sock makes it hurt worse!If anyone has any suggestions email me with a subject line @coldreach@aol.com.....geezI am frustrated!

Jan 06, 2013
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Tib-Fib Break 5 yrs ago NEW
by: Kimmy

I stepped off a curb wrong and hard a tib-fib-ankle break--The Dr. I had was wonderful. He was able to fix in one surgery but I was in wheelchair for 6 months then in boot for 3. Two years later I had rob taken out and now I am having extreme pain, numbess and burning sensations. Going to see Dr. tomorrow morning. I am completely nervous about going. The E.R put me back in the boot until I see the Dr. Im hoping and praying that nothing seriously wrong. Is there anyone out there that has had the same situation. Please help.

Jan 06, 2013
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Tib-Fib Break 5 yrs ago NEW
by: Kimmy

I stepped off a curb wrong and hard a tib-fib-ankle break--The Dr. I had was wonderful. He was able to fix in one surgery but I was in wheelchair for 6 months then in boot for 3. Two years later I had rob taken out and now I am having extreme pain, numbess and burning sensations. Going to see Dr. tomorrow morning. I am completely nervous about going. The E.R put me back in the boot until I see the Dr. Im hoping and praying that nothing seriously wrong. Is there anyone out there that has had the same situation. Please help.

Dec 04, 2012
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Wife's injuries after being hit by drunk driver. NEW
by: Anonymous

This site is really helpful. My wife was hit by a drunk driver 3 weeks ago and suffer a compound fracture to her left femur and a broken left hip. Both were fixed pretty quick with rods and pins and are doing well. However her right leg was much worse and sounds very similar to some of the injuries discussed. Her tibia and fibula both shattered near the ankle joint and she suffered a lot of soft tissue damage with the compound wound. She also had surgery and was fitted with an external fixator. One week later she had surgery to fix her leg. She has 3 rods and few plates and about 30 screws and will be non load bearing for at least 3 months. One thing that has helped her swelling that i wanted to mention was a massage treatment called lymphedema. This treatment really worked and i would recommend it to any one who is trying to reduce swelling. my wife is going to acute care for the next month to dohyperbaric treatment to help heal her wounds and then start PT. Any one have advice cocerning acute care and hyperbaric? Thanks for the help and well wishes to all that are injured.

Oct 09, 2012
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To Compound Fracture and Simon NEW
by: Adriana

I do agree with what Simon says about everybody's level of injury being different, and most important everybody's body and lifestyle are different too.

I had to be on a strict non weight bearing for a little over 3 months, until the end of March 2012, after that I started using the air boot, which I could walk touching the ground mildly. In April the doctor took the x-rays and said the bone graph had reacted well and I could start with a full weight-bearing routine.

So I started with physiotraining sessions twice a week for almost 3 months until I was able to walk almost normal again, without limping. I still feel my foot sometimes, especially if I sit down for long periods of time, without too much mobility on the ankle, for example, when I drive long distances when I get off the car the ankle is a little tingling and my achilles gets a bit sore, but right after I give a few steps it goes away.
I wish a great and full recover to you all.

Oct 09, 2012
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Adriana NEW
by: Simon

Adriana I would be interested in seeing your photos and hearing your story. If this is ok please email me shortsimon@msn.com.

Oct 09, 2012
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To Pam NEW
by: Adriana

Hi Pam,

I have just sent you an email with the pics of my accident,as you requested. There's also a brief description of my recovery.
The title of the email is "Adriana's Injury" as I know you will not recognize the email address.
I hope the content of the email helps you with some positiveness.
Have a great and health week.

Oct 09, 2012
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To Pam NEW
by: Adriana

Hi Pam,

As per your request I just sent you an email with the pics of my accident and a little description of my recovery. The title of the email is "Adriana's Injury", since you won't recognize my email address when you see it.
I hope it helps!
Have a great week.

Oct 07, 2012
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Walking NEW
by: Simon

Everybodies levels of injury are different,depending on the seriousness of your injury dictates the healing time I suppose.
For me it's been 22 months and I'm still not 100% weight bearing . Does anybody here still suffer pain be it bone or nerve related when they are off walking aids and putting full weight through their injured foot?

Oct 07, 2012
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Walking... NEW
by: AnonymousPam

For me it was 11 weeks, I had the external fixator on for 9 weeks, then when that came off it was very limited weight baring, about another 2 weeks before I could do any kind of weight bearing. Then because my foot was reattached I had to teach my brain and foot to work together again. I am sure that there are others who were not walking for alot longer periods of time than I was though.

Oct 07, 2012
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compound fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I would like to know how long does it to walk?

Oct 06, 2012
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I would be interested in pictures NEW
by: Pam

I think that it would help me with the healing to fill in the blanks of somethings as I never really say what it looked like, everyone did not want me to see it.

My email address is boardman.pam@gmail.com
if you would like to contact me. Thank you

Oct 06, 2012
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Recovery at 85% NEW
by: Adriana

Hi everyone,

I am happy to be able to post some great news about my recovery. Sep/30 turned 9 months from my accident, same as Shaun, same pics, etc, only difference...I am much older. Yesterday I went to walk the dog with my 13 yrs old son and the dog wanted to run to release his energy. I looked to my son and said: "Do you think mom can do it?" And he replied, "we'll only know if you try". And I did! At first, limping a lot, with some pain, and then I started analyzing what I was doing wrong, how I should move my ankle in order to step the right way. After my little 30ft run, I was feeling a little pressure on my injured ankle, but a great feeling about my small accomplishment inside of me!
I wish you all a great recovery and keep the positeveness going!
If any of you want to see pics of my accident and recovery, or want to know info about my doctors and physiotherapist, please contact me here and I'll be happy to share with you.

Oct 06, 2012
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Fao mike c NEW
by: Simon

Hi mike sorry to hear of your injury,it's been almost 2yrs since my injury its been a long road to recovery,but hang in there things do improve. I've tried to email you at the address you posted but it says invalid? I would like to share injury photos ,experiences with you,my email is shortsimon@msn.com, I wish everyone here a full recovery,stay strong people!

Oct 05, 2012
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It takes time Mike C NEW
by: Pam

Glad to here that you are on the road to reocvery, remember it takes time. I would get so frustrated and then one day I could do alittle more, then that leveled out for awhile and then another corner turned. It has been 2 1/2 years for me and I finally have started back walking on the beach because of the uneven surface but it is so much better than when it first happened! Don't push the physio, your body will tell you when enough is enough, listen to it. I think that alot of people do so much damage to what is healing by pushing it or even doing what the therapist tells them to do. Severe pain is the way of the body telling you to stop, listen to it. I know people who have done major damage from Physio, rebroke bones and others who had to go back and have more surgery. Take care.

Oct 05, 2012
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It takes time Mike C NEW
by: Pam

Glad to here that you are on the road to reocvery, remember it takes time. I would get so frustrated and then one day I could do alittle more, then that leveled out for awhile and then another corner turned. It has been 2 1/2 years for me and I finally have started back walking on the beach because of the uneven surface but it is so much better than when it first happened! Don't push the physio, your body will tell you when enough is enough, listen to it. I think that alot of people do so much damage to what is healing by pushing it or even doing what the therapist tells them to do. Severe pain is the way of the body telling you to stop, listen to it. I know people who have done major damage from Physio, rebroke bones and others who had to go back and have more surgery. Take care.

Oct 05, 2012
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recovery of compound fractures NEW
by: Mike C

Hi all,

Last December (12/11/2010 I fell of the attic ladder, I compound fratured the tib/fib (broke through the skin), and shattered my anckle, I was in external fixation for 1 month while the swelling went down, then in Jan 2012 they did the 2nd surgery to fix things, I had a metal plate put on the tibula and artificial bone to rebuild the anckle (it ahattered that bad).
I had 5 different hard cast's, as they changed it every week to take X-Ray's (every week). At the end of Feb. 2012, I was put in the boot, non weight bearing, and started therapy,about 4 months into theray my fubula caved in?( I was told it's non weight bearing, and that's why they did not put a plate on that bone, anyway, here comes the 3rd surgery to put a metal plate on that, and remove 1 of the screws on the tibuls side that was coming loose?
Here I am, 10 months later and still doing therapy, but I am getting much better, and the healing/range of motion is coming faster now.
I have some great/gross pics if anyone wants to see, just email me at mcarrick@comcast.net.

Anyway, long story, but when you get an injury like this, it takes about a yr to heal, and for me probably another 2-3 months before i'm walking without any brace at all.

Good luck to all you others going through this, but it will get better!

Sep 17, 2012
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your opinion NEW
by: Anonymous

My friend Micha did that in both his ankle he was a skateboarder monster energy and dc were talking about sponcering. the doctor said he won't be able to skate again what do you think

Jul 25, 2012
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To All NEW
by: Anonymous

Sincerely hope that the injuries won't be sustaining and won't be of too pain and change in one's hobbies, sports, lifetsyle, etc.

Jul 25, 2012
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TO ALL PEOPLE INJURED NEW
by: Anonymous

I sincerely hope that all who are still on the way to full-recover, that there isn't too much pain or further injury that a person could handle.

In addition, thought I might add that I am still in recovering from a broken wrist. Have been in a sling for approximately 9 weeks. Be in a wrist-support for almost until the end of the year as the possibilty of having surgery with a plate made of titanium screwed in is still very real. Quite weak and no pressure is to be applied.

Just hope that another trip whilst running on fall won't happen.

Anyone who wishes to comment or add then I am happy to hear what you have to say.

Jul 23, 2012
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feeling better NEW
by: Anonymous

Hope you feel better and back on the field!!!

Jul 23, 2012
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bsaeball dreams NEW
by: Anonymous

My son joseph had the same injury as the posted picture and all i can say is i feel for you !! My son is a very good baseball player and his injury was due to a freak accident not baseball. My son is 14 and he didnt tear any legaments so hopefuly thats a good sign for a healthy recovery. I am very sadden as a dad for my sons injury if i could take the pain for him i would . He was admitted in hospital one week ago went under emergency surgery stayed 6 days in hospital after we got released went to primary ortho DR took ext xrays and noticed tibia was not lined up with foot bone needs to go back in today and align tibia to foot bone with additional screws he has plate and 6 screws in his fibula. My son is a emotional wreck!!!! Dr says he should be good to play baseball again cause of his age . I hope hes right? We have a long ways to recover and i hope one day you and my son can get back to what they enjoy the most. I wil pray for you for a healthy recovery . My son dreams of being a pro player he is a good kid and always smiling wish us well. Thanks for sharing your story.


Jul 23, 2012
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bsaeball dreams NEW
by: Anonymous

My son joseph had the same injury as the posted picture and all i can say is i feel for you !! My son is a very good baseball player and his injury was due to a freak accident not baseball. My son is 14 and he didnt tear any legaments so hopefuly thats a good sign for a healthy recovery. I am very sadden as a dad for my sons injury if i could take the pain for him i would . He was admitted in hospital one week ago went under emergency surgery stayed 6 days in hospital after we got released went to primary ortho DR took ext xrays and noticed tibia was not lined up with foot bone needs to go back in today and align tibia to foot bone with additional screws he has plate and 6 screws in his fibula. My son is a emotional wreck!!!! Dr says he should be good to play baseball again cause of his age . I hope hes right? We have a long ways to recover and i hope one day you and my son can get back to what they enjoy the most. I wil pray for you for a healthy recovery . My son dreams of being a pro player he is a good kid and always smiling wish us well. Thanks for sharing your story.


Jul 10, 2012
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Life changing attitudes NEW
by: John Drinkwater

Hi Pam
Sorry to hear of your nasty accident - mine was similar but less severe. My left foot was held on by about 3 inches of skin, and turned at 90 degrees in 2 directions, fortunately without the severe ligament / tendon damage you experienced.
Just like you, I expected to recover from surgery to find I was minus a foot, but the surgeon here in Malta did a marvellous job, and we are still attached to each other !!
I have had intermittent pain problems in the joint and around the areas of tendon and ligament attachments, and your comments about physio to shift the bits of accumulated crud floating around inside seems a good idea.
You seem to have developed a good attitude to your situation, as we have to do, and I wish you all the best for improvement.

Jul 10, 2012
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Update NEW
by: Simon

Glad things seem to be looking up pam,it's been 18 months since my accident,I've had Hydrotheraphy and start the gym with a physio this week. I'm still on crutches and not 100% weight bearing, I have70% movement in my ankle joint but I am unable to move the bones in my foot and toes. I have recently undergone liposuction to reduce the "flap" that was implanted in my foot,but I am still unable to get a shoe on,I am having a compression stocking fitted soon to help with reduction, I need to wear this 23 hrs a day. I still have pain in my ankle and down the outside of my foot, I'm concerned this will be worse when I'm weight bearing. When I read the stories here it gives me the inspiration to drive myself on,so onwards and upwards. Stay safe, thanks Simon.

Jul 09, 2012
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Reattached foot update NEW
by: Pam

It has been 2 years now since the accident and over the past 2 months I have gone back to physiotherapy and I also get massage done. This is helping to break up the old "junk", well that is what they called it. I must say that there is a huge improvement in the mobility and pain. Glad that I made the decision to go back.

I am off to the surgeon tomorrow for a checkup. I go every 6 months now, there is a trauma team that worked on reattaching my foot and they want updates. I still have a ligament that let go last year that needs to be reattached but that can wait instead of reopenning the leg/foot until something else needs to be fixed.

Hope everyone's injuries are healing and all feel better physically and mentally.


Jul 09, 2012
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How you doing? NEW
by: Anonymous

What's the latest Shaun?

May 01, 2012
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To Pam
by: Adriana

I am so sorry to hear that you are selling your farm due to the incident. I know is hard to see positiveness in a situation like that, but I still would like to ask you to try so. For me is been a life change also, but I am trying to use for the better. Before the incident I was managing for 7 years a Swim School and along with my staff I taught over 400 kids. After I was discharged from the hospital I decided I would have my own swim school, where I would teach injured people to recover, if I was sucessful myself. When I started the physiotherapy, with my best friend, because I have no insurance and she offered a great deal, she said she'd make me walk in 2-3 months. And she did, in only 5 sessions I could feel the difference. So then, I decided to join her physiotraining class, which is a program that my friend developed a couple of years ago and patented, so I can become a physiotrainer myself. I asked her to assist me in creating the program for water therapy, hoping that I can change someone's life for better. Don't give up, NEVER. Sometimes we don't understand why things happen to us, but believe, it happened for a reason, soon you will see...I wish you well.

May 01, 2012
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Walking the field before games
by: Jared in Minnesota

You have totally inspired me...to check the foul territory at EVERY field I play at for gopher holes. Thank you, because I never would have thought about it! Hope you're playing again by now!

Jared

Apr 23, 2012
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To Adriana
by: Pam

So glad to hear that things are going well for and that your healing is progressing so great. Keep those poitive thoughts happening because I really think it helps. Somedays it is really hard to be positive and it is frustrating for me because I am not able to do the things that I have done in the past. I have made the decision this week to sell my farm. I am not able to do the work necessary here now so it is time to move on. This is just one more thing that due to this injury has been live changing for me. Again, glad things are going well.

Apr 23, 2012
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Great to read your experiences
by: Simon

I feel your pain,in January 2011 I suffered an injury at work,a pipe 7.5 meters long and 1tonne in weight fell from a fork truck,causing a compound fracture of the tibia,dislocation of the ankle and several broken bones in my foot.I spent 2 months in hospital and had a external fixater with three pins into my tibia and five wires through my foot I had this for 6 months and also had 15 operations that year,due to the lack of a blood supply to my foot,the various skin grafts did not take so I had a chunk of my thigh implanted onto my foot,which will be reduced this summer.II have since been diagnosed with a bone infection(osteomyelitis).After using various split/plaster casts I am now partially weight bearing using an air cast boot and having another operation in June 2012.I will keep you updated with my progress and hope you all a healthy future.I have a lot of photos,unsure how to post here,but your more than welcome to get in touch,my email is shortsimon@msn.com.Takecare and good luck.

Apr 23, 2012
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Ouch, still recovering myself
by: Nikki

Yeah very similar injury. I broke mine June 13th last year when I came off a horse I was training. My heel caught in a crack in the ground and well that was the end of life as I knew it. I did a bang-up job on my ankle. I broke both the tibia and the fibula. I broke the medial mallelous, that was pretty much shattered. I ended up with four screws on one side and a plate and more screws on the fibula. both bones came through my ankle and they estimated a year or two recovery for the fibula after they took a section of it out. It was also shattered.
I had an external fixator put on the first day, as well as cleaning the wound out, I stayed in the hospital for a week had another "surgery" to clean the wound. Went home, kept the external for three weeks, then had the ORIF, stayed in another week with a cast, although the cast was cut in half and held together with wraps. Kept that from July till September, then the airboot. Non weight bearing until the end of October, then could start putting weight on it. Had another surgery to remove two screws that broke as soon as I could walk on it. Then Phsyical therapy for a month, I think I got a raw deal there. They determined that my ankle wasn't going to flex and gave up.
It is now April and I limp when I walk, can't run or jump, and the side of my leg is concave. Has anyone else had the metal plate bend? From x-rays the fibula is now leaning against the tibia and the metal plate curves inward. Doctor doesn't want to mess with it.

Apr 22, 2012
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Feeling good and bringing hope!
by: Adriana

Hi everyone, I'm back to tell you guys about my recovery and through that bring hope. As I wrote on Feb/12, my accident happen on Dec/30/2011, and my injury was identical to this. Same foot, same compound fracture, same bone, similar pics taken at the hospital. I know I had a great doctor (Dr.Michael Dennis), I call him my guardian angel. After my second surgery I asked him "will I walk normal again?", he replied, "you'll skateboard again", and I believed. During my recovery at home, I came across this Forum and the more I read, the sadder and upset I became. I didn't want to think that Dr. Dennis only said that to cheer me up. I felt very sorry for all of your bad experiences, and I thought to myself, if I have a good recovery I would come back to share and write about it with you all, to give hope for those facing difficult decisions. After 3 months with cast, and later air boot and non weight bearing, I went to full weight bearing, and anxiously I started with sessions 2x/week of "physiotraining", a mixed of physiotherapy and a workout system that strengths the core of your body, without focusing solely at the injury area. I am feeling really good and full of hope for the future.

Apr 22, 2012
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by: Pam

Your injury sounds terrible but I think that we on this thread can understand what you are going through right now. You have joined our special club of people who have had devasting life changing injuries. It takes a long time to heal that is for sure as you probably already know you just have to give into it and help it to heal. I had a external fixater on for 9 weeks which I was glad they did instead of a cast. It helped my wound to heal. There was concern for awhile that I was not going to keep my foot but I did and that was 2 years ago in May. Take care....

Apr 22, 2012
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by: Simon

Hi,great to read about your experiences,ups and down.I suffered a compound fracture of the tibia,dislocated ankle ans smashed the bones in my foot.2 months in hospital,15 operations,6 months with an external fixture and a bone infection.awaiting another op this summer.How are things with you,still in pain?

Apr 21, 2012
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my injury
by: lyndsay

hi i have recently broken my tibular and fibular and dislocated my ankle after slipping on a magazine and falling down 6 stairs,im currentlyon 5 days bed restfor swelling to go down before my surgery in3 days time. i would be very greatful if anybody would tell me their stories with the same injury what their recovery has been like so far.

Apr 04, 2012
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me too suffering ankle fracture
by: ganeshan

i fell from bike while attempting stunts nd fractured fibula nd had compound ankle dislocation nailing is done through surgery nd a month complete bed rest is advised hoping for the best for you nd me both get well soon

Mar 03, 2012
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1 week post arizona brace
by: Paul

Sorry to hear abour your pain coming back Denise. I hate to say it but my pain free feeling with the brace only lasted 1 week. I now have the same apin wearing the brace. It's crazy how I am told how I will get better everytime i have a surgery or get a new brace yet it just doesn't happen. Latest x-rays compared to x-rays taken 2 months ago show no joint space left and the Talus bone (weight bearing bone of the ankle) is now embedded into my Tibia. Guess I will have to decide sooner than I wanted about my surgical options. Fusion or amputation? Seriously I'm leaning toward the latter. It is depressing and it effects everyone we are around. Just keep your chin up and hopefully it will somehow get better. As for my decision I will let you guys know soon....

Feb 25, 2012
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Injury to Arizona Brace to Fusion
by: Denise

I just read about Paul's latest experience and wanted to comment. My trauma surgeon put me in an Arizona brace about seven months after my initial injury, and the first time I wore it I cried because I was able to take a step without any pain. Unfortunately, for me, it only lasted about two weeks until the pain started to return and again get progressively worse while wearing the brace until it was back to pre-brace levels. I had the fusion surgery in September and am still in the recovery period, transitioning out of full weight bearing with the boot to full weight bearing without the boot. At this point I'm not feeling real confident about the success and have pretty much resigned myself to having pain when I walk forever. Gosh, it can get a little depressing if I dwell on it too much! Paul, I hope you have a better experience with it!! :)

Feb 25, 2012
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Arizona Brace
by: Paul

Just wanted everyone to know i have been fitted with an Arizona Brace to hold off the ankle fusion surgery for now. I got the brace yesterday and i will tell you that after wearing it for two days the pain is incredibly almost gone! If this is anything like what I would feel like with an ankle fusion then I am all for it. The brace is expensive (about 900 dollars without insurance coverage) but my insurance paid for 75% of it. My ankle is very stable and I am walking with only a slight limp and I am handling stairs with ease. I will still have to decide within 2 years about surgery to fuse the ankle as well as undergo correction of the ankle valgus that has developed due to the foreshortening of my Fibula related to the nature of the fracture. Talking with the people at the brace clinic they have informed me of others in my area that have had similar injuries have decided to have whats called an Ertl procedure done instead of the fusion and reconstruction of the ankle. this procedure does involve amputation and a prosthetic but is revolutionizing the prosthetic world. It is the main procedure for combat veterans requiring below knee or above ankle amputations. Most of these soldiers are so symptom and pain free that they are still on active duty inluding several Navy Seals. Just an option to think about. I certainly am intrigued about it. If it means I can run again and do some of the things that I used to do then it might be worth it. Look up Ertyl procedure under google if you are interested and check out the navy seal video. Only thing is it is hard to find an orthopedic surgeon that does this procedure, most of them are near military installations.

Feb 21, 2012
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I literally fell your pain!
by: Adriana

I had an exact injury caused by similar accident.
It's been only 7 1/2 weeks! I'm 43 years old and I love sports. Specially in wheels or in the water. Unfortunatelly, on December 30th, because of the cold, I picked the wheel one, skateboard. Going down a hill with my son on a longboard, I pass on dip and lost balance. Trying to stop with my back foot and the wrong shoe, wasn't a smart move, as soon as my foot touched the floor, my tibia snap out, just like your picture. I also had fracture on the fibula. I got into the ER less than 20 min after the incident, the doctor, which I called my "guardian angel", put my foot up right there and rushed me to my first surgery. One hour and a half later I woke up with the External Fixator, and a few holes drilled to my shin and foot. That was really painfull! 6 days later I went to my second surgery, where 5 screws and a plate was placed on fibula and 2 huge ones attaching the tibia, also they did a bone graph due to the damage on the tibia when it hit the floor. I stayed with cast for 5 weeks and now I'm on the Aircast/boot. It's been a week without a cast, and to be honest I thought the recovery will be so much easier. My ankle is super swollen and I don't see any shape on my foot, is like a fat potato. The motion is minimum, barely can point my toes down. Upwards movements...none. And every time I put my feet down it swollens more and gets really purple, like there's no proper circulation. After I read everyones experience, I started to cry, because the doctors keeps telling me I will be able to do all the sports again, but I'm not sure if they just want to cheer me up. Because based on every ones statements, doesn't seem to happen to anyone! Does anyone else has had a good and positive experience and recovery?! Please let us know... :(

Jan 29, 2012
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To Crazy Girl
by: Pam

I never looked at it when it happened my son told me not to. He wanted to take a picture but I would not let him. I did not panic, I became very calm, I was in trouble and I knew it so I just had to wait for the ambulance to come, then the Air Life flight, then the flight, then the surgery. I just had to knock each thing off my list.

Nightmares started about a year later, alien frogs crawling out of the incision line, alittle medication helped that.

For the first 10 months, I did not feel like "the foot" belonged to me, it was weird. But now, yes it is my swollen, deformed, painful foot. Live with what I have.

I re-live the accident all the time as I am sure everyone else does.

Jan 29, 2012
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Hello Paul
by: Pam

Peel away fracture sounds like what happened to me. After my seeing the Ankle joint replacement I found out that I was not a good candidate to have it done and he recommended to have a fusion done down the road when the arthritis get really painful. He said that it would help alot with the pain as things will not be moving around grinding which causes the pain. It sounded good to me, I was not really keen on getting the replacement done. When the time comes I will do anything to help with the pain. I will still be able to drive, will walk with a limp but I do that now :), I will never run or ride a horse again but that is fine, I fought hard to keep my foot after the accident. My orthopedic surgeon told me that I had suffered a catastrophic, life changing event to my leg and foot. Now I deal with it.

Jan 28, 2012
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Same injury except fell 20 feet off a ladder
by: Paul

Hey, I hope you are doing well almost 3 years out from your injury. I had the almost exact injury. Tibia was exposed and ankle was dilocated. When I hit the ground I sat up and looked down and could see the bottom of my left shoe. They told me it was a peel away fracture because I literally peeled my foot off. Anyway, I did this at the age of 41 and it will be three years in a couple of days since it happened. I am dealing with severe osteoarthritis and pain. i am going this week to be fitted with a Arizona brace. i have had orthotic inserts made for my shoe as well. I still have quite a deformity and limp. I had 11 surgeries in the first 10 months after the accident (6 were related to infections which set in due to the open fracture). I am trying to avoid having to have the ankle fused now because I currently have about 70% range of motion in the ankle. I really am lucky to have not had an amputation but the pain is almost unbearable. I only take motrin or advil for pain because I do not want any narcotics for fear of getting addicted. I really hope that you are back to your old self and playing baseball again but if not I just wanted you to know that you are not alone and I understand everything you went through. Hopefully i can last another 2 years before i have to get my ankle fused.

Jan 19, 2012
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what happend when you looked it your ankle when it was hurt like that?
by: crazy girl

did you look at it??? if so how did you take it?? and did it make the pain worse did you start to panic??

Jan 12, 2012
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Ankle joint replacment?
by: Pam

Hello all, I feel all your pain as I also had a compound fibula fracture as well I striped everything off the tibia and destroyed most of the cartilage. Had a Life Flight ride to the hospital and 3 surgeries, external fixater for 9 weeks. My injury was so bad that my foot was only on by 2 inches of skin. One of the EMT guys threw up HAHA! I told my son to put a tourniquet on my leg to stop the bleeding as the arteries and veins were cut, nerves also. All the ligaments and tendons were severed. I went back to work after 5 months. Tomorrow I go to a specialist to talk about a ankle joint replacement. Not sure if I am able to because there is concern that there is to much damage inside. Has any one thought about this procedure? I don't have alot of pain, lucky about that. Take care all, your best friends...a hot/ cold pack and Ibuprofen! Most important, keep it elevated, its been 18 months for me and I keep it up all the time, helps with the swelling.

Jan 12, 2012
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Ankle joint replacment?
by: Pam

Hello all, I feel all your pain as I also had a compound fibula fracture as well I striped everything off the tibia and destroyed most of the cartilage. Had a Life Flight ride to the hospital and 3 surgeries, external fixater for 9 weeks. My injury was so bad that my foot was only on by 2 inches of skin. One of the EMT guys threw up HAHA! I told my son to put a tourniquet on my leg to stop the bleeding as the arteries and veins were cut, nerves also. All the ligaments and tendons were severed. I went back to work after 5 months. Tomorrow I go to a specialist to talk about a ankle joint replacement. Not sure if I am able to because there is concern that there is to much damage inside. Has any one thought about this procedure? I don't have alot of pain, lucky about that. Take care all, your best friends...a hot/ cold pack and Ibuprofen! Most important, keep it elevated, its been 18 months for me and I keep it up all the time, helps with the swelling.

Dec 03, 2011
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i feel you
by: Anonymous

hi i am 14 years old i know how you feel i fractured my fibula and tibia in football but it wasnt a compound fracture. i went into surgery 2 weeks after incident and had a screw put into my growth plate. right now im on the road to recovery. And yes crutches are hell!

Nov 03, 2011
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Hi everyone, It's me again
by: Shaun

Going on 30 months now since my injury, and I am as frustrated as ever. A couple months ago, I went to a sports dr here in Tampa, and the update I received was devastating.
I hadn't had a xray in over a year so I thought everything would be the same or a little better inside, but I was wrong.
The xray showed that my ankle joint is already completely deteriorated (that may explain my everyday pain, idk) The Dr also said, "on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worse, you are a 11 and only getting worse".

Like I said before, I live with the pain every single day. I really don't have much choice. The thought of another sugery, especially a Ankle Fusion makes me want to vomit. I hear the rehab and therapy process invloved with that procedure is as bad as the original therapy was! That was absolutely dreadful!

To those of you who recently had a similar injury...hold on and stay positive. It will take some time to feel semi-normal again.

Again...take care and god bless

Nov 02, 2011
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broken fibula and tibula
by: glen

Hi! My names glen.I thought I would share my story
Of my horrific accident.I was in the landfill dumping
A load of dirt.I noticed all the dirt didn't come out
So I set the brakes on my truck and climbed up on
The trailer to dig it out-a few minutes in the trailer
I felt the truck moving-so I took a peek and seen
I was rolling at 10 to 15 mph! So I jumped off the
Very top of the 15ft. High trailer to my demise.I not
Only broke my fib and tin,but my shoulder, too!!!
Im currently wearing an external fixator.Im a month
In to this and I don't wish this on my worst enemy

Aug 08, 2011
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broken tibia
by: Anonymous

hiya how you going on the 8th on june i was at a park with friends and descied to go on the round about (some swing thing very werid) and came off at a fast speed and ended up flying though the air and snaping my tibia into bits with an open fracture (bone came sticking out not nice) went staright to the a&e had emerency surgey (woke up with a external fix in my leg very anoyning. staright away had 5 operactions within 2 weeks and also having a skin graft witch was not nice was in hosptial until the 28th of june came home and have been on crutches up until now went to have a check up today (8th aug) 2 mothes after the accident and the doc said hopefully in mothes i will be starting to walk again. very nasty experance never wanna do it again hope every1 else gets better ...best of luck

Jun 05, 2011
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JONNILLE COMPOUND FRACTURE TO THE TIB AND FIB WITH A DISLOCATION
by: jonnille

hi my name is jonnille...4 days agao i was going down the step and fell.as a result i had a compound fracture of the tib and the fib..........and a dislocation.......i had surgery which resulted in plates and over 10 screws.im thirty years old and im in the worst pain of my life.......i was wondering if anyone had any advice on how long i will have to deal with such horrible pain......im tired of it ..if anyone has a similar story to mine please do share....any information helps.... JUST WANT TO WALK AGIN TRYING TO KEEP THE FAITH...GOD BLESS

Apr 07, 2011
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Teaching story
by: Anonymous

Hello ...just to let you know that I will be using your photo and story in my fracture class for nursing students. in Québec.

Hope you are well healed now :)

Viviane

Mar 12, 2011
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Wow, that is some Injury!
by: cathy mAnonymous


My adult son visited today with a broken fibula, leg looked like it had swallowed a grapefruit, and he has a cast just now, and has to see the doc tomorrow to see if it needs surgery. he looked up ''broken Fibula''[Images] and had to look away fast- sheesh, that looks REALLY complicated, and all I want to know is, as my son is asking: ''Did he Recover?''- If one is an active Sportsman, then an injury is catastrophic, as sport is everything. My son is a pro am mountain biker, and weeks without riding is going to be hard.
I Really hope that you can be a firefighter, Determination is all! Best of luck, Great Britain.

Mar 06, 2011
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Oh My Gosh! That must of hurt!
by: G Young


I sprained my ankle when I was 4 and it hurt really bad. When I looked at your pic I thought, "Woah! That guy must be in soooo much pain!". From 1 lowest to 10 highest, how much did that hurt?

Thanks for sharing!

Ps. How were you treated for that? Did you use crutches? (srry, I didn't read the story- I just looked at the pic!)

Feb 24, 2011
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ps ....I had not been drinking!
by: Karen 52

hello,
today is day 5 for me, after falling down 3 stairs in the early hours whilst visiting the bathroom. Fibula is plated and screwed, Tibia dislocated and is pinned into place.
I was lucky with the speed of assistance and the surgeon being able to operate within 6 hours of the fall.
So far the pain has been minimal, I will not need painkillers for much longer now I am sure.
Could some one advise me if this is normal or will the pain increase with the healing. Perhaps its still a bit of shock going on.....
Karen
:)

Feb 07, 2011
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hey
by: steph

hello my name is steph,
like you I was doing some research on this particular subject and though I cant actually look at this picture I have been through the same experience as you, except I fell out of a tree and had to wait an hour or so to get to the hospital. I was 12 years old when the accident happened and it was the beginning of our summer holiday so I was a bit screwed on that, anyway I just wanted to ask what type of physiotherapy you had because I never received any and sometimes still have trouble with my ankle. also have you noticed any irritation to your ankle during the colder seasons, if so how cope with it?
thanks for your time :)

Dec 30, 2010
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compound fracture
by: Anonymous

I was recently in an m.v.a. (motor vehicle accident) with my daughter (and I was the driver of my vehicle) and through no fault of mine we were t-boned. My daughter came out with only whiplash and I on the other hand had a compound fracture of my ankle. It was not as severe looking as your ankle protruding after your game but it took me 2 1/2 months with the air cast boot and using a walker to get around and then with a cane and now only with the cane. I am able to get around and I did not have to receive any surgery but to put the dislocated ankle back under anesthesia and now am able to walk. With physiotherapy, as you are, I am on the road to recovery.

Good luck on your recovery and hope for all the best.

Nov 18, 2010
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Same Type of Fracture
by: Rahul

I had a similar type of fracture , just that my fibula had dislocated and a piece of the bone broke and went into my blood, I got a bed-rest for 3 weeks, then for 6 weeks i had this cast. It is really painful, hope this does not happen to anyone. My fracture did not cause any bleeding, nor did i have any kind of surgery.

Nov 05, 2010
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How is everyone's ankle now?
by: Jenny

Hello, I commented on your post earlier. I'm now almost 3 years post accident, 8 surgeries, 20 months on crutches. I have NO dorsiflexion, despite agreesive physiotheraphy 3 times a week. My foot is still angry and swollen all the time,but thats probably due to the many surgeries I've had as well. I think my lack of range of movement was largely due to the fact that the original surgery did not put my ankle joint back in place but someone please tell me that you are in the same situation? I'm desperate, I've tried everything. I'm in daily pain but I don't like taking pain killers or anti-inflamatories because they're bad for my stomach. I can't walk for longer than an hour at a time due to pain, I walk on the ball of my foot because my joint doesn't bend, my knee and hip hurts, I now properly consider myself as a disabled person because there are a lot of things I simply can't do and it is heart breaking. Everyone else here seem to have suffered a similar injuy to me (see my story on this site and picture too), but how is everyone else's recovery going?

Oct 29, 2010
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my stupid ankle again
by: ariel mayo

Hi my name is ariel and today i was cleaning my room and then i heared a crack. My right ankle is swelling and it is starting to turn black and blue i can put a little weight on it but not much my mom wont bring me to the er cause she said it is spraind and then i said mom my ankle might be broken i will find out tommorow.

Oct 26, 2010
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I feel your pain
by: Keith in CT

Shean, On Sept 13 2010 I was on my Harley when a cement mixer pulled out in front of me. I hit the truck in such a manner that my left leg was crushed between the truck and my bike, causing an open tibial fracture just above the ankle,as well as fractures to pretty much every bone in my foot. I was fitted with an external fixator. 1 week later a second surgery was done to repair nerve damage. The plastic surgeon repaired a severed nerve which has left the entire underside of my foot with no feeling. Feeling may or may not return. Nerve growth as you probably know is very slow roughly 1cm per month, so it will be a year or more before we will know if i am going to regain feeling. I also severed an artery which he was not able to repair, so he just tied it off, as he said I had sufficient blood flow from another artery. He also found that some tissue just below my ankle bone had died and had to be removed, which left a wound about 3/4" deep x 1" long x 3/4" wide. Any other surgeries to repair the bones internally have been put off due to the wound.

It's now 6 weeks later and I am still wearing the fixator. The wound has almost filled itself in, a little ways to go, but close. I am managing to get around somewhat with crutches, walker, and wheelchair. Still have that severe pressure/pain when my leg isn't elevated. I go back to the DR. on Nov. 19th @ which time we will discuss removing the fixator, and putting it in a cast, can't wait. The only positive side to wearing the fixator for so long is that with any luck I wont have to have any hardware internally installed.

I know my injuries aren't sports related, but I read your story and just wanted to share mine.
Hope you have and will continue heal completely.

Oct 22, 2010
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Me too
by: Anonymous

I had the same happen to me about ten years ago while on a bicycle. Ten years of pain and several operations. Broke the metal plate they put in and several screws. I'm now starting to have my 16th surgery. I hope everyone else has had better luck. It changes your life for sure.

Oct 21, 2010
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Cartilage damage
by: John Drinkwater

Hi - I commented on your injury early in the story, and damaged my ankle cartilage in the original fracture.
The surgeon who operated to pin and plate the tib and fib recommended I take glucosamin and chondritin to encourage improvement in the cartilage, as the pain from bone on bone was extreme.
This surgeon left the hospital (in Malta) and the new head of surgery told me not to bother, as the cartilage damage was irrepareable, and I would eventually return to ask him to freeze the joint. However, I continued with the tablets, and the pain has gradually lessened, so much that I now walk at least 3000 paces each day, although all of that has to be on even surfaces.
Don't give up on it mate - as I see it, my injury was so bad that I feel privileged to have kept my foot!

Good luck from Malta ( in the Med)

Oct 21, 2010
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Hey all, it's Me!!
by: Shaun

Hi everyone! First, I want to tell everyone so far, thank you for sharing your stories and for all of the continued support.

Today is October 20, 2010 so I am approaching the 17 month anniversary of my accident. I have so much that I would love to share, that I honestly don't even know where to start...I ended up doing over 12 straight months of physical therapy, with SOME improvement. It was such a slow, long and PAINFUL road and I continue to have pain EVERY, single day.

I want to say somewhere around the 6 month mark of therapy, I started to notice a very uncomfortable pain in the knee of the opposite leg with the tib/fib injury. The knee Dr told me that is most likely related to being on the crutches for 6 months, and over-compensating for the bad leg. Let me just say that the combination of a BAD ankle on one leg, and BAD knee on the other leg is not a easy thing to deal with.

An MRI was performed on the knee to determine the extent of the problem. The MRI revealed something called Chondromalacia. Chondromalacia is a term used to describe damage or softening of the articular cartilage on the underside of the kneecap. Anytime I bend my knee with any kind of pressure whatsoever, my knee makes this gut-wrenching crackle, which the Dr tells me is my femur bone grinding on the back of my knee cap. Lovely huh? I was perscribed therapy for the knee, to no avail.

Anyhow, I am doing a lot better today that I was on the day that I originally posted my story, but still very frustrated that I cannot continue my education to become a firefighter or play sports because of these disabilities... :(


Again, thank you to all for the support.

P.s.- My brother took the pics in the ER, and if your interested I have one other gnarly angle of the compound. email me!

Thanks again & stay blessed


Oct 19, 2010
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Same Thing
by: Anonymous

Hey man, I know how you feel. This exact injury happened to me two weeks and two days ago. In a soccer game I had my foot planted and the keeper slid in and snapped my fibula and pushed the tibia out of my leg. It was pretty scary situation just sitting there looking at my foot sideways. I did not actually see the bone due to the sock still on, but I do see the scars where it came out and it looks exactly like yours. I've got a metal plate in now. The injury recovery time and quality is all dependent on us man. Stay positive.

Sep 17, 2010
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OUCH!!!!
by: Matt

THAT HAD TO HURT!!!! My question is who took the pic??? that looks gross

Aug 31, 2010
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Jesus!!!!! That HAD to hurt!!!!
by: Matt

I was at work when I did my fibula in 12 weeks ago...They are doing more surgery tomorrow to "spackle" my un-healed fibula....I just want to get back to somewhat of a normal life...I didnt go through anything near what you did though. THAT HAD TO HURT!!!!!!

Aug 10, 2010
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Info helped
by: Keiser U Student

Thanks for your story. I was looking up pictures for my paper on leg fractures and your story poped up. HOPE your all better now. God Bless you and your future indevores.

Jul 08, 2010
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Gnarly break!
by: Anonymous

Hi! It's been a year since your injury I am interested to see how you are doing now. My husband fell off a ladder 2 weeks ago and broke his tib/fib at the ankle also. For sure not a pretty sight! He also shredded his other shin from the knee to the ankle down to the bone! Of course, I knew the break was bad when I saw the bones protruding, but when the EMTs cut his boot off to stabilize his leg and I saw his foot flop over barely attached...I thought for sure they would have to amputate!

Modern medicine is amazing! 2 1/2 weeks out of surgery and they want him to start light physical therapy already. WOW! Good luck to all!

Tina

May 25, 2010
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Comfort in Numbers
by: DEFP

Hey, I too hope you're doing well and that your road to healing has been swift and complete. I incurred this same type injury a couple of days ago, due to a car accident. I read that one of the commentators had it happen on both ankles, and sure enough, the ER staff told me I was lucky that wasn't my case. The orthopedist closed it up, put me in a plaster cast, and told me we'll do surgery in two weeks when the swelling has reduced and the chance for infection has decreased.

To be honest, I'd never heard of such a thing before, so as odd as it sounds, I'm grateful there's a lot of forthright folks who are willing to share their own stories. I've not had much pain, outside of the initial break, but I'm not sure if it's a blessing or the sign of bigger problems. Oh well, for now I'm not going to complain. I did chip pieces off the end of my tibia, when it struck and fractured my heel bone.

I would be interested in hearing how your rehab progresses and how you're feeling about your prognosis.

Take good care! :)

May 19, 2010
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hope by now you're over the worst
by: Shelly

Interesting story, especially when the injury is the same as mine, just different circumstances! When I saw your picture it looked like my foot 8 months ago (except my toes were painted!) I wasn't put in a cast because my wound took so long to heal and I had alot of dirt in my wound, so the Drs were very concerned about infection. My injury was complicated with a second break after having the syndesmosis screw removed and the second fracture wasn't healing, so had to be put in a cast 5 months later. I'm still in considerable pain, which is probably due to the cartiledge loss, but we are currently not ruling out the possibility of infection.
This isn't a simple injury, and there's no rushing the progress it seems. When I look at the photos of my foot when broken, I am so grateful to have it! It doesn't work like the good one and certainly doesn't look as nice, but hey, it could've been worse. Best wishes and play ball....

Apr 11, 2010
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I can relate.
by: Mitch

Hey, hope you're feeling better buddy! In 2004 (age 16) I suffered a spiral fracture of my fibula and a dislocated ankle, which also led to torn ligaments. This took place at a hockey practice..in Canada by the way ;). I too had an immediate surgery, where 8 screws and a plate reattached my fibula. It's funny I found this article because at the moment I have a nasty infection in that same area. My ankle is really swollen, red and feels as if it's on fire all the time. I'm on day 3 of daily intravenous antibiotics and it hasn't really improved. The doctor said today that they're sending me to a specialist tomorrow and the remainder of this week and I'm going to remain on the intravenous. The good news is, other than this nasty infection, i had regained probably 85%-90% of my movement, yet still quite restricted, and I was able to play hockey again! Up until last week I was running and going to the gym everyday. I have the same positive outlook on life as you. I don't regret much of anything that happens to me because I feel any experience is good experience. So, best of luck with your situation and if it bothers you in the least, get it check asap!
Cheers!

ps - kinda wish I had some cool pictures like yours...

Apr 01, 2010
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Long term fractured ankle results
by: John Drinkwater

Hi
I suffered a similar injury to yours when I stepped down onto a rock which collapsed under my weight, allowing my foot to turn and drop into the hole. My weight caused the tibia to exit through the side of my ankle and strike the rock fairly hard, fracturing the end of the bone.
I then fell over backwards, leaving my foot in the rock, and fractured my fibia, which is now plated and has healed well.
When the Tibia struck the base of the rock it damaged the cartilage, and this is the only real problem I am experiencing at the moment as the tibia and talus are grinding together and destroying the joint further, and quite painfully.
I would expect that if you have not suffered the cartilage damage then hopefully you should by now be fairly mobile and pain free.
My accident was roughly 16 months ago, and my age at 63 didn't help much.
Hope your youth and determination are driving you to a successful outcome. Best wishes from Malta

Jan 19, 2010
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64 year old double compound tib/fib
by: Susanne

In July of 09 I suffered a compound tib/fib ankle socket fracture in a car wreck. It broke by ankle socket into 6 pieces and broke by tib/fib each in 2 places and each lower leg bone on each side of my right leg was blown out of my body. First surgery was an external fixator. 3 weeks later they set the bones with 26 pieces of metal. Due to my age of 64, my bones have not filled in at all. It has been six months. So now in 2 weeks I have schedule bone graft surgery where they are going to fill in all of the open spaces with a mixture of cadaver bone, my bone marrow, and some bone paste which is a mixture of protein enzymes that tell the bone to get with the program. I have managed to avoid any infection, due to the excellent efforts of paramedics, hospitals, and trauma staff. I am growing skin where they thought none would ever grow. I had just had a right knee revision on my total knee replacement 6 weeks prior to this car accident, and my knee is knowcked askew so it will need another surgery. And the ball of my foot and toe tendons will need attention after that. SHAWN, please update us on your end results. I am sure you are out living your life to the fullest but some of us are where you used to be. Please let us know our realistic outcomes to expect. In advance, thank you.

Oct 21, 2009
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Whats Your present situation brother?
by: Karan Grover

Hello, I was surfing on the net when I came across this post.

On Sept 13 2009 in an accident, I got exactly injuries mentioned in the post. I got a Dislocated Tibia and fractured Fibula. I had surgery same day and both the fractures have been fixed. Lateral malleolus has been fixed with one third semitubular plate. For medial malleolus tension band wiring has been done.

Also I left with a wound without skin on it from where my Tibia bone came out. After 15 days of surgery I got a plaster on my ankle with an open window in the plaster at the wound location for cleaning and dressing of wound.
Now after a month doctor suggested me to walk with full load bearing on my feet with supports "if required" to balance. The wound is healing since am able to see that tissues are generating and covering "Periosteum" (is a membrane that lines the outer surface of all bones). Am recovering and am able to walk without any support also. Am not walking normally but yet am able to walk without support. This light weight plaster will be there for another couple of weeks.

I know what this person felt that moment… I would like to know about their present situation cause it’s gonna to be same with me also.

Sep 03, 2009
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Good Luck!
by: Jenny

My injury was very similar to yours actually and its posted here. I was on crutches for 10 months last year and now on them again, and yes they're hell. I had an external fixature on for 4 weeks after my 5th surgery, I've had 7 in the 19 months since my injury. I've had a lot of problems with getting back my dorsiflexion and I now know I won't get it all back, I'll be grateful if I have enough to alleviate the pain on my knee. I think cartilage damage will be something you will worry about long term.
It will always be painful, particularly when its cold, physio is always torture, and you may need more surgeries later on. But keep at it, there's no point feeling sorry for youself except to go on. Its like climbing, once you're up there, there's no going back except to reach the top.

Aug 12, 2009
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outcomes after injury
by: Bart - SII

Thanks for sharing your story. The fact that you can focus on the positive aspects and want to share those rather than the negatives is indeed a rare gift. The positive attitude and motivation will help a lot with your recovery.

It will be quite some time before you are "normal" again, and likely you will have some type of limitations. The keys to successful recovery after an injury like this is to be patient, but not ever stop working to get better. Most people take 12-18 months to get back to "normal" after an ankle fracture with ORIF. So you will have a long road ahead of you.

The final outcomes vary significantly from person to person. I have seen several young (under 30) patients with similar injury (ankle fracture with fixation) who were eventually able to resume activities similar to what they were doing prior to injury. But it took a lot of time and hard work. I have also had patients who were similar who never got all the way back - because they settled for what they had and decided they couldn't get any better.

It does come down partly to motivation - and having a good therapist who doesn't let you settle for "good enough".

Best of luck in your continued recovery.

Check out the ankle questions section of the site - there are lots of posts on injuries similar to yours.

Bart

Jul 31, 2009
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I left out a few BIG concerns.
by: Shaun

I know they say, that every person/case is different. But I am definately concerned about the life long effects of this injury.

Will I be pain free again one day? And, will I walk/run with a limp for the rest of my life?

When I origanlly posted my story, I was only trying to include the positives to help encourage others to stay positive. I can go on and on with negatives from this experience because there are many evry day.

Please comment or share your experience with a similar incident. I am interested to hear anything. Take Care....


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