Rehab After Healed Tibia and Fibula Fracture (ORIF Surgery)

by Nirmal
(Bangkok, Thailand )

Hi, I suffered a comminuted fracture of the distal end of my left tibia and fibula, in a high-impact motorbike accident on January 12 when I was flung from the pillion. I underwent successful open reduction and internal fixation with a T-plate and screws (stainless steel).

It's been over 6 months now. One screw has backed out of the bone slightly, but I am told by two surgeons that is not rare. I am told by 2 surgeons that the bone looks ok and all seems normal with regard to healing.

I can walk without aid, with full weight bearing, but the ankle remains stiff and painful and slightly swollen. I have taken physiotherapy only sporadically (the last time a month ago) mainly because once it seemed to inflame my leg, and generally the surgeon who operated says physio will not help much. However others say the opposite.

What worries me now is I still cannot climb down stairs normally, and I cannot run. I can only walk slowly and painfully. I am trying to get back to exercise (swimming and some tentative Yoga) but I can feel the calf muscle in the affected leg is still relatively weak, and the leg also seems to hurt on its upper side ie on the top of the shin.

My questions are : with this sort of injury, by when should I expect to walk normally, and run??

And, should I take physiotherapy and if so what kind? At the hospital here (in Thailand) they used ultrasound and electricity etc. Is that proven to help??

Thank you and regards,

NG

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Nov 18, 2014
Tib/Fib/Talus fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

First of all, best of luck to everyone recovering from injuries. Some of you have had very serious accidents and I really admire your courage!

I had a real freak accident coming down the stairs mid September 2014, twisted my foot and fell on it sideways, fracturing the tib/fib and talus. Had an operation the following day with t-bars and 26 screws on the bones. Unfortunately, I am 61 and although I was very active before, exercising and walking everywhere, the enforced rest with elevation and inactivity these two months has really taken a toll on my health and I see problems down the road. I am also very afraid that I will never be able to get around like before which, at my age, is NOT a good thing. Mid-October, I had the first cast removed and another put on; stitches on both sides of leg healed well. However I have a long road ahead with phys. therapy, and months to recover, and this does not factor in dealing with the depression, the pain, the uptick of asthma, and inactivity I have had since being in the hospital.

Nevertheless, this site helped me put everything in perspective and has given me really useful information about recovery and timelines. Some of you had very bad injuries, putting your lives on hold, and I really empathise as my own work has suffered. Not an easy road we are traveling, but take heart! We will get better.



Nov 16, 2014
to missDPT NEW
by: Rachel

i have just read ur comment. I've been out of plaster for 1 week (6weeks in plaster). Can u suggest or lead me to any websites that I can use to start the partial weightbearing leading to full weightbearing. My physio starts in 2 weeks so would like to do something in the mean time.

Many thanks

Nov 16, 2014
to missDPT NEW
by: Rachel

i have just read ur comment. I've been out of plaster for 1 week (6weeks in plaster). Can u suggest or lead me to any websites that I can use to start the partial weightbearing leading to full weightbearing. My physio starts in 2 weeks so would like to do something in the mean time.

Many thanks

Nov 16, 2014
to missDPT NEW
by: Rachel

i have just read ur comment. I've been out of plaster for 1 week (6weeks in plaster). Can u suggest or lead me to any websites that I can use to start the partial weightbearing leading to full weightbearing. My physio starts in 2 weeks so would like to do something in the mean time.

Many thanks

Nov 15, 2014
distal tibfib fx with ORIF NWBx8wks NEW
by: MissDPT

Hi all. I am a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) and approximately 2 months ago I fell and broke my leg, just 2 short weeks after beginning my first job as a DPT. I had an oblique fx of the tibia and fibula, complete dislocation of the distal tibia, a butterfly fx and a fx of one of the malleoli (among other things). To make matters worse this all happened 3 weeks prior to my wedding. I was placed on NWB (non-wt bearing) status for 8 weeks after going through a closed reduction and subsequent 3 hr. surgery for ORIF (specifically 1 plate and 14 screws). I am currently 8 weeks and a few days out and NWB restriction has lifted. I am now WBAT, however I can only stand to place about 18 lbs on my leg and I'm still relying heavily on my upper extremities and an assistive device to get around. I stumbled upon this website and hopefully will be able to gain some insight from other's experiences. Hopefully I may bring something helpful for you all as well.

As a physical therapist here is some info I can pass on...

Recovery from an injury like this takes a significant amount of time; at the very least one year to be back to "normal". weaning from a non-weight bearing state takes time and should not be rushed. It is very important to complete desensitization techniques in order to prepare the nerves for weight-bearing. Your leg hasn't experienced weight in 6 to 8 weeks and will be on sensory overload. Massage, Tapping, pressure, different surfaces and fabrics are all helpful in helping the nerves "find their way home". Always, always let pain be your guide. Pain is the body's built in safety mechanism! Listen!

Nov 08, 2014
3 yrs after shattered tibia & fibula NEW
by: Lynnhart77

Hi. I've posted a few years back. My accident happened August 13, 2011. I just want to share my recovery. First, I'll let you know what happened. I shattered two inches of my tibia and broke my fibula. The Ortho took bone from my knee and replaced it where the bone was gone. Before that I was in the hospital for 4 weeks for 6 washouts to remove debris, dead tissue and shattered bone. I had a total of 8 surgeries, the 6 washouts, one to remove the external hardware, and the last one to reconstruct my ankle. I fought infection from the water bc I had a compound fracture. I went thru PT for a short while. While my bone was healing in the cast then to the boot, it healed crooked. So my ankle turns inward. My ankle is pegged with little to no mobility but I didn't get a fusion. I can only wear certain shoes. Tennis shoes causes a lot of pain, my big toe never got the mobility back neither. My Ortho told me he can break it and put pins in it to straighten it out. Eventually I will bc my big toe digs into my shoes. I wear boots that look like Uggs and loafers, cute house slippers and boots that I'm able to wear out. I can't walk long or far bc I'm always in pain shortly after into the next day. My cartridge is pretty much nonexistent between my tibia and talus bone. So it bone on bone. I suffer from nerve damage also. It's worse at night and when the weather changes. I take lyrica for that and vicodins for the pain.
But I'm not complaining. I'm walking, I have my right foot. My Ortho at first wanted to amputate bc of the infection was so bad and it just wasn't an option for me.. but my faith in God and all the prayers I recieved.. I was blessed.

Nov 08, 2014
3 yrs after shattered tibia & fibula NEW
by: Lynnhart77

Hi. I've posted a few years back. My accident happened August 13, 2011. I just want to share my recovery. First, I'll let you know what happened. I shattered two inches of my tibia and broke my fibula. The Ortho took bone from my knee and replaced it where the bone was gone. Before that I was in the hospital for 4 weeks for 6 washouts to remove debris, dead tissue and shattered bone. I had a total of 8 surgeries, the 6 washouts, one to remove the external hardware, and the last one to reconstruct my ankle. I fought infection from the water bc I had a compound fracture. I went thru PT for a short while. While my bone was healing in the cast then to the boot, it healed crooked. So my ankle turns inward. My ankle is pegged with little to no mobility but I didn't get a fusion. I can only wear certain shoes. Tennis shoes causes a lot of pain, my big toe never got the mobility back neither. My Ortho told me he can break it and put pins in it to straighten it out. Eventually I will bc my big toe digs into my shoes. I wear boots that look like Uggs and loafers, cute house slippers and boots that I'm able to wear out. I can't walk long or far bc I'm always in pain shortly after into the next day. My cartridge is pretty much nonexistent between my tibia and talus bone. So it bone on bone. I suffer from nerve damage also. It's worse at night and when the weather changes. I take lyrica for that and vicodins for the pain.
But I'm not complaining. I'm walking, I have my right foot. My Ortho at first wanted to amputate bc of the infection was so bad and it just wasn't an option for me.. but my faith in God and all the prayers I recieved.. I was blessed.

Nov 08, 2014
Pain Management NEW
by: AprilD

Hi there,

I hope you're feeling a lot better now.

I'm on my 5th month & 7 days post orif on tib & fib fx.

I started walking without crtuches on my 3rd month. I terrified to walk because of the pain.


My doctor advise me to go on PT so that I would know the "right way" to step on my ankle, correct posture and how to walk again..(correct anle movement)

The Therapist told me that he can make me "walk" in less than 4 weeks. I attended the theraphy with the to literally get back on my feet. I endure the pain by taking pain killers before my sessions.

A friend advised me to get acupunture for pain management and the swelling as well. So I had my every other day PT session but I continue the excercise at home. I stopped staking the painkillers. In two weeks time I 'm back on my feet now.

I still conitue the ankle exercises and strectching. I still elevate my ankle coz its still sweeling from time to time.

I suggest you do the ankle exercise to lessen the stiffness of your ankle, get Pt sessions to guide you on correct putting and walking & lastly get acupunture.

there's life after ORIF, please take care!

Aprilesd*
Makati City, Philippines



Oct 29, 2014
Hope NEW
by: Sal

I am 9 weeks post op for ankle surgery for tib fib fx. I am still wearing boot off and on when my ankle needs some rest. Walking with 1 crutch. I turned 45 through this long recovery! I have lingering nerve pain to foot and toes that is not constant at least. This hasn't been fun, it has been painful and frustrating, and still is swollen everyday but physical therapy has been great and I am progressing pretty quick now. Planning to go to work Monday(10 weeks) to a nursing desk telephone job. I feel I am getting stronger everyday. So for those of you that are back in those beginning week's of recovery … hang in there and know that it will get better but it's just not a fast process!

Oct 29, 2014
Hope NEW
by: Sal

I am 9 weeks post op for ankle surgery for tib fib fx. I am still wearing boot off and on when my ankle needs some rest. Walking with 1 crutch. I turned 45 through this long recovery! I have lingering nerve pain to foot and toes that is not constant at least. This hasn't been fun, it has been painful and frustrating, and still is swollen everyday but physical therapy has been great and I am progressing pretty quick now. Planning to go to work Monday(10 weeks) to a nursing desk telephone job. I feel I am getting stronger everyday. So for those of you that are back in those beginning week's of recovery … hang in there and know that it will get better but it's just not a fast process!

Oct 29, 2014
Hope NEW
by: Sal

I am 9 weeks post op for ankle surgery for tib fib fx. I am still wearing boot off and on when my ankle needs some rest. Walking with 1 crutch. I turned 45 through this long recovery! I have lingering nerve pain to foot and toes that is not constant at least. This hasn't been fun, it has been painful and frustrating, and still is swollen everyday but physical therapy has been great and I am progressing pretty quick now. Planning to go to work Monday(10 weeks) to a nursing desk telephone job. I feel I am getting stronger everyday. So for those of you that are back in those beginning week's of recovery … hang in there and know that it will get better but it's just not a fast process!

Oct 27, 2014
Re: Swelling NEW
by: Mary S

I am two years from my initial break of tib/fib. and about two months from having hardware (a plate and ten screws) removed. I am back to slowly running about two miles, two or three times per week. I have found that the more active I am, the better my leg feels. I'm a teacher, so I'm on my feet a good deal of the day. I will still ice and elevate every now and then, especially after a run. Every person is different though. Keep a positive outlook! YOU WILL GET BETTER! :)

Oct 27, 2014
Swelling NEW
by: TB

I still do get swelling of my leg and foot and it has been over 3 years since my accident. If I am up on my feet for a long time I can expect to not be able to walk well the next day so I have learned to pace myself and not overdo it. Raise your leg and put ice on it when you do have the swelling. Massage also helps to move the fluid out of the area.

Best of luck on your healing process.

Oct 27, 2014
Swelling? NEW
by: StaySea74

I slipped in snow & fell back in February 2014, breaking my talus & spiral fracturing my Fibula, requiring fixation surgury consisting of 2 metal plates & 19 screws. I am just recently out of my aircast, after a long 8 months in various differents casts.

I am just curious if anyone has had a lot of swelling in and around ankle at the end of the day?

Oct 27, 2014
Swelling? NEW
by: StaySea74

I slipped in snow & fell back in February 2014, breaking my talus & spiral fracturing my Fibula, requiring fixation surgury consisting of 2 metal plates & 19 screws. I am just recently out of my aircast, after a long 8 months in various differents casts.

I am just curious if anyone has had a lot of swelling in and around ankle at the end of the day?

Oct 14, 2014
Bicondylar Tibial Plateau Fracture (type5)with broken Fibula and Laterally torn meniscus NEW
by: Lori A

Date of injury: 3/2/14 For those of you who are new here, I find information to be as good as we make it. I fell asleep and ran my truck into a utility pole, then flipped. Broken bones in face and left arm also. As for my leg, it just had stabilizing rods for a week or so. Then I got my 2 plates, 17screws. I was non weight bearing for 10-12 weeks I believe. Then pwb moving to fwb as able. I really struggled to move to FEB until I used a walker. It is now *October and though I have full range of motion, and get around, I've got a waways to go. I'm 55 but I was a runner and I'm very strong. This is, by far, more than I've ever known anyone to hurt themselves.

Oct 14, 2014
Bicondylar Tibial Plateau Fracture (type5)with broken Fibula and Laterally torn meniscus NEW
by: Lori A

Date of injury: 3/2/14 For those of you who are new here, I find information to be as good as we make it. I fell asleep and ran my truck into a utility pole, then flipped. Broken bones in face and left arm also. As for my leg, it just had stabilizing rods for a week or so. Then I got my 2 plates, 17screws. I was non weight bearing for 10-12 weeks I believe. Then pwb moving to fwb as able. I really struggled to move to FEB until I used a walker. It is now *October and though I have full range of motion, and get around, I've got a waways to go. I'm 55 but I was a runner and I'm very strong. This is, by far, more than I've ever known anyone to hurt themselves.

Oct 14, 2014
Tib and fib fracture NEW
by: Rachel

Hi all. I've fractured my tib and fib and have got a plate, pins and screws. I'm 41. What is the average time when you all were full weight bearing and walking? I'm 3 weeks into non weight bearing and have a plaster cast. I have got another 8 weeks until my pay drops to half. Do u think I will be walking ok by then??

Oct 14, 2014
Tib and fib fracture NEW
by: Rachel

Hi all. I've fractured my tib and fib and have got a plate, pins and screws. I'm 41. What is the average time when you all were full weight bearing and walking? I'm 3 weeks into non weight bearing and have a plaster cast. I have got another 8 weeks until my pay drops to half. Do u think I will be walking ok by then??

Oct 14, 2014
Tib and fib fracture NEW
by: Rachel

Hi all. I've fractured my tib and fib and have got a plate, pins and screws. I'm 41. What is the average time when you all were full weight bearing and walking? I'm 3 weeks into non weight bearing and have a plaster cast. I have got another 8 weeks until my pay drops to half. Do u think I will be walking ok by then??

Oct 14, 2014
To: Lia NEW
by: Julie

Hi, as you can see by my recent post, even 4 years down the road, I still can't do what I truly want without hurting. A lot depends on your age, the severity of the injury, and also arthritis, which I have now, post trauma. Just do everything your doctors suggest, take your time, and remain hopeful.

Oct 14, 2014
healing time? NEW
by: Lia

Hi I am so glad to read through the journeys of recovery here. I did a real number on my fib and tib 28th July '14 had surgery 1st Aug plates and screws like a meccano set to piece it all back together. I had been generally optimistic and not counting days/weeks so it would go by....making jokes and puns where I could ;) forward to sep 12th for 6 week post opp and I was looking forward to getting back to finishing my studies and life with the start of weight bearing.....not so! I was told that I was healing nicely but still non wb and prob not even in another 6 weeks!!! well came completely out of left field I was not prepared for that so now my studies would have to continue another year meaning I was another year out of work. I think it has created some depression for me...Good thing my children and family are supportive. I came to this page looking for some kind of time frame and prognosis as I do multicultural dancing (hula etc) performances and horse ride....will I be able to still do enjoy these parts of my life???

Oct 10, 2014
Broken tibia & fibula in 2007 NEW
by: Anonymous

I broke my lower tibia and upper fibula in a slip & fall. They put a titanium rod and four screws in my tibia, two screws at my knee and two at my ankle. I had to have one of the screws in my knee removed because it was backing out and poking under my skin.

Immedicately after I got the rod and screws in the doctor said I could walk, and I tried but being weak it took me a while. I didn't rush it and I did physical therapy three times a week to strengthen my leg back up.

I have always experienced some small pains in my leg ever since, when the weather is cold or rainy.

Just recently though (2014) I have been experiencing an aching pain in my leg at the place where it was broken. Sometimes it feels like growing pains. Sometimes it is sharp and deep, feels like it is my bone. Sometimes it hurts in other parts of my leg too, and shoots up my leg.

I went to the Dr and they took x-rays, he said they "look great, everything has healed perfectly." He said that my "muscles are attaching to different places"???? He put me in a boot and gave me an anti-inflamatory. He said we will see after two weeks if it helps. If it doesn't help, then he will get "more aggressive".

What does that even mean? I am worried and tired of the pain, hoping this boot helps.

Oct 10, 2014
Need Some Love NEW
by: Julie

Hi all. I have been on here off and on with my experience, and for a good while, my ankle was feeling pretty good, and I started doing yoga, and then got kind of cocky and started walking about a mile a day, and doing both, and in the last couple of days, my ankle is hurting, swollen, and I am going to see, but am afraid I may have to have another ex-ray to see if I did anything. It is so frustrating, because I have missed walking so much, and was enjoying even the limited amount, and the yoga was also enjoyable, and honestly, I think of the two, the yoga may have been the thing that was too much. Anyway, I am feeling down, and hoping I didn't hurt myself.

Sep 26, 2014
Tib & fib fracture NEW
by: zjte

Had a left Tib & Fib fracture 6 weeks back, hit by a speeding biker while I was walking along the road. Luckily I was near a hospital and received the immediate first aid and bone was proximated and secured by an expert with in 30 minutes of accidents. Next morning surgeon performed the surgery and metal plate along with seven screws were inserted to repair the fracture. full leg back slab was was placed. Recovery phase was initially a bit difficult with completion of probing up the leg all the time and sleeping in awkward positions.Now at seventh week, wound is almost healed only small portion left with healing hard skin. Still left foot feel numbness and burning sensation in big finger area.I am due to my surgeon tomorrow and I hope he will let me start some weight bearing

Sep 13, 2014
It takes time - trust your body NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi - It does take time. This week was the 3rd anniversary of my accident and I am still finding it difficult to walk much. tingling and pain seem to shift and change as various parts of the leg, joints, muscles, tendons and nerves heal, wake up and find new ways to work.

hang in there - I don't think anyone can predict what will happen but being alive is a positive to focus on as some of us had very near misses.

Sep 13, 2014
To Lori NEW
by: Nonni

Lori, I started driving after about 2 -3 months. I drove myself to therapy where there was a valet who helped with my wheelchair and parked my car. Remember though...I broke my left leg and left wrist, so I could drive with my right foot. Take time to heal...it takes a long time. I still cannot walk stairs like a normal person. I have to walk side steps down and one step at a time up and down. I am a lot older than you , but I can tell you that I damaged my right leg by hopping on it while using my walker and crutches for the almost. 6 months of being non- weight bearing. Make sure you don't injure your good parts by trying to overcompensate for your broken parts! I wish someone had warned me about that!

Sep 13, 2014
When does the tingling stop? NEW
by: Marti- girl

Well, this is a first for me. I was hit by a car on my motor scooter on July 24, 2014. Just driving to the dentist, when a man, uninsured, turned into my lane and t-boned me. I was life flighted and suffered a compound fracture to my femur, spiral fraction tibia, two upper left and one lower right pelvic fractures. Severe concussion, facial stitches, severely bruised ribs and elbows. Yes, I had a helmet on, or I would not be typing this. On my left leg I have pins at the hit, rod in femur, pins above my knee, pins below my knew, rod in tibia, pins at ankle. When does the tingling and numbness stop? I am still non weight bearing, was in great shape before the accident and very active. I just this week celebrated my 42nd birthday, and pray that I can continue walking and yoga daily. So when does the switch flip and I feel better? I do therapy twice a week and try to work out my leg and hips everyday. I just wish my body would catch up with my brain.

Sep 13, 2014
When does the tingling stop? NEW
by: Marti- girl

Well, this is a first for me. I was hit by a car on my motor scooter on July 24, 2014. Just driving to the dentist, when a man, uninsured, turned into my lane and t-boned me. I was life flighted and suffered a compound fracture to my femur, spiral fraction tibia, two upper left and one lower right pelvic fractures. Severe concussion, facial stitches, severely bruised ribs and elbows. Yes, I had a helmet on, or I would not be typing this. On my left leg I have pins at the hit, rod in femur, pins above my knee, pins below my knew, rod in tibia, pins at ankle. When does the tingling and numbness stop? I am still non weight bearing, was in great shape before the accident and very active. I just this week celebrated my 42nd birthday, and pray that I can continue walking and yoga daily. So when does the switch flip and I feel better? I do therapy twice a week and try to work out my leg and hips everyday. I just wish my body would catch up with my brain.

Sep 13, 2014
When does the tingling stop? NEW
by: Marti- girl

Well, this is a first for me. I was hit by a car on my motor scooter on July 24, 2014. Just driving to the dentist, when a man, uninsured, turned into my lane and t-boned me. I was life flighted and suffered a compound fracture to my femur, spiral fraction tibia, two upper left and one lower right pelvic fractures. Severe concussion, facial stitches, severely bruised ribs and elbows. Yes, I had a helmet on, or I would not be typing this. On my left leg I have pins at the hit, rod in femur, pins above my knee, pins below my knew, rod in tibia, pins at ankle. When does the tingling and numbness stop? I am still non weight bearing, was in great shape before the accident and very active. I just this week celebrated my 42nd birthday, and pray that I can continue walking and yoga daily. So when does the switch flip and I feel better? I do therapy twice a week and try to work out my leg and hips everyday. I just wish my body would catch up with my brain.

Sep 05, 2014
hang on in there baby... NEW
by: frankw

Fib/tib (orif), high energy impact spiral fracture, fib & broken clean thru' 3 inches below my knee, two NHS steel plates, eight screws, extensive soft tissue/nerve damage, knee also damaged, seventeen days in hospital - as a result of forced landing after take-off on May 3rd.

I'm in my early fifties and prior to the incident had the constitution of an old, beaten but rebellious tourist camel... three peaks, mt Carrauntoohil & mt Sinai were a walk in the park when I weighed in at 17 stone at 5 foot six inches… now (four months after traumatic injury) I 'm disabled both mentally and physically and have aged ten years. I can, whilst wincing, walk to my ensuite without a stick/limp but anything over this is challenging, resulting in a bruised and swollen lower leg - Ah, no personal injury insurance…

Inspiration from a couple of wheel chair bound friends, "just get to get on with it." Personally I wake up every morning and thank God I wasn't paralysed. Best wishes to all in dealing with your new reality.





Sep 02, 2014
spiral fracture on fibula bone NEW
by: Brenda

i just had my cast removed 9 weeks after my injury. i rejected the option of operation whereby the doctor had to insert screws in my leg.it sounded scary.
Now the problem is that after taking an x-ray before the cast removal, the doctor said that the bone had not developed fully.
am trying out some range of motion and stretching exercises for the Fibula bone. hope it works out for the best

Sep 02, 2014
spiral fracture on fibula bone NEW
by: Brenda

i just had my cast removed 9 weeks after my injury. i rejected the option of operation whereby the doctor had to insert screws in my leg.it sounded scary.
Now the problem is that after taking an x-ray before the cast removal, the doctor said that the bone had not developed fully.
am trying out some range of motion and stretching exercises for the Fibula bone. hope it works out for the best

Aug 24, 2014
Re Removal of Hardware NEW
by: Margaret

I had 5 screws removed from the ankle 2 and half years after tib/fib fracture in 2010. There is not much protection in that area and specialist was concerned that in time the screw heads would break through the skin as I age and might become brittle( I am 79) I don't have that problem but the heads were close to the skin and I had a lot of discomfort. Removal took 30 mins under general, now almost 4 years since fracture. Result... the screws are out, made some difference but nerve damage which can't be avoided is still there. I think we will always be reminded of it. Keep walking even if you limp and go down steps one at a time( as I do)I think if you are younger you have time on your side.

Aug 24, 2014
Hardware Removal NEW
by: Julie

I did not have mine removed, doctor said it was permanent. I could have had the long screw taken out, but have not so far. I have bad post trama osteoarthritis, and nerve damage, so my mobility will never be what it was. Hoping yours goes well.

Aug 24, 2014
Hardware Removal NEW
by: Mary S

My doctor said my hardware was in for life unless it caused problems for me. Because the lower tibia/fibula ankle area has little around it to cushion, it was painful and uncomfortable to me. My removal surgery was two years from the date of ORIF. Doctors usually want to leave it if it's not causing problems. Google "hardware removal surgery" and you will see that many people do get it removed, but many people do not.

Aug 24, 2014
Do most people have their hardware removed at some point? NEW
by: Lori A

Thats really all I was wondering! I have written to ask other questions but not finding anyone who answers so if anyone here knows whether the majority of people get their hardware out, I would appreciate it!

Aug 23, 2014
Hardware Removal Surgery NEW
by: Mary S

I had a plate and ten screws removed 8 days ago. I cannot say enough that I am SO GLAD to have it gone! Surgery was quick (20-30 minutes) and I was putting slight pressure on it the next day. I used two crutches maybe a day, then went to just one crutch for a day or two. Got tired of carrying it and realized I didn't really need it. I am now just wearing the boot when I'm going to be walking around a lot, but my doctor said I didn't HAVE to wear it. If you have to wear a boot, make sure to wear a thick soled shoe on good foot to save your hips. Icing and elevating still helps while recovering. I am not even taking any pain medication anymore. :) GOOD LUCK! I worried a lot before my surgery, but looking back, it was a breeze!

Aug 23, 2014
Hardware removal NEW
by: Ralph

Plates and screws coming out September 26.Has anyone had the removal surgery. What can I expect? I'm told recovery time is 2 weeks Max. I have to say I'm a little more than nervous about this operation. Another operation recovery again more flexible maybe. I'm walking normal finally orthopedic surgeon made that comment the other day! Do I really want to return to the days of recovery? The worst kind of Tib/fib was difficult to come back from as everyone on this blog know. Surgery???

Aug 13, 2014
Been There, Done That: 15 Months TibFib post-op NEW
by: L. Foster

A little over a year ago I had a spiral fracture to the lower tibia and a snap fracture to the upper fibula. I had to wait about two weeks, before they would do the surgery. And 3 weeks before they took out the 25 staples. I had to use crutches until the staples came out and couldn't bear weight at all, then graduated to a walker before finally getting enough strength to walk without anything. It was about 2 and a half months before I could walk without anything and about 3 months, from th eday of surgery, before I could walk without limping, but probably 7 months before I could walk up and down stairs normally. For some reason the pain only bothered with stairs. It has now been 15 months since surgery and I can jog, but I cannot take off running as fast as I used to or bear as much weight either, but stairs are no longer a problem. Also, side step movements, like when youre playing basketball and you fake left or right, it feels like it is literally going to snap in half. I'm sure that is impossible with titanium, but thats totally what it feels like.
It's wierd, becasue I can walk and wear heels now without limping, but jogging and running, I cannot bear the weight of my leg pounding the pavement so I have to limp a little before I can push off with the injured leg. I'm a veteran so it took a lot for me to keep going without being able to function normally with my comrades, but they never left me behind.

The best advice I can give you is hang in there. The best pain remedy I had was elevation and comfy shoes. Make sure you are drinking PLENTY of fluids if you are taking meds though.

Aug 04, 2014
Reply to Nonni NEW
by: Lori A

I was told May 20th that I could go PWB and increase as able to FWB after 2 weeks. That meant I would (in theory)June 3rd I could be FWB. I can promise I was not! It was sometime in June that I tried to let go of my walker and I went straight to the floor. I didn't try that again until July and over the past 2 weeks I have spent less time on my chair and more time with walker. Yesterday was my first time to the mall with a walker and I will not do that again soon. It won't be forever but yesterday was just a bit soon. It was over 12 weeks of NWB. Is that normal or no? When did you start to drive?

Aug 04, 2014
Reply to Nonni NEW
by: Lori A

I was told May 20th that I could go PWB and increase as able to FWB after 2 weeks. That meant I would (in theory)June 3rd I could be FWB. I can promise I was not! It was sometime in June that I tried to let go of my walker and I went straight to the floor. I didn't try that again until July and over the past 2 weeks I have spent less time on my chair and more time with walker. Yesterday was my first time to the mall with a walker and I will not do that again soon. It won't be forever but yesterday was just a bit soon. It was over 12 weeks of NWB. Is that normal or no? When did you start to drive?

Aug 04, 2014
Reply to Nonni NEW
by: Lori A

I was told May 20th that I could go PWB and increase as able to FWB after 2 weeks. That meant I would (in theory)June 3rd I could be FWB. I can promise I was not! It was sometime in June that I tried to let go of my walker and I went straight to the floor. I didn't try that again until July and over the past 2 weeks I have spent less time on my chair and more time with walker. Yesterday was my first time to the mall with a walker and I will not do that again soon. It won't be forever but yesterday was just a bit soon. It was over 12 weeks of NWB. Is that normal or no? When did you start to drive?

Aug 04, 2014
Lori A NEW
by: Nonni

Lori A...I'm shocked that you are full weight bearing with your injury. I had a broken tibia with one plate and 12 screws and it was 4 months before I was fwb. I also shattered my wrist...now, 3 1/2 yes later, can walk just fine. However, my balance sucks and I have to be very cautious on stairs. So, keep forging ahead. You might never return to your former self, but you will heal. Also, I was 60 when I fell. So, your youth will be an asset to healing.

Aug 04, 2014
Lori A NEW
by: Nonni

Lori A...I'm shocked that you are full weight bearing with your injury. I had a broken tibia with one plate and 12 screws and it was 4 months before I was fwb. I also shattered my wrist...now, 3 1/2 yes later, can walk just fine. However, my balance sucks and I have to be very cautious on stairs. So, keep forging ahead. You might never return to your former self, but you will heal. Also, I was 60 when I fell. So, your youth will be an asset to healing.

Aug 03, 2014
New to broken ANYthing! Now I am full of broken bones NEW
by: Lori A

Good evening all - I am so new to this even though my accident was March 2nd. I have not reached out and don't think the doctors were incredibly forthcoming with information other than "You really did a number on yourself" I have a Bicondylar Type 5 Plateau Fracture. I know my knee was displaced and I tore my meniscus. They told me my cartridge was separated also and that what may happen in reality is that this will 'heal' but just so they can do a knee replacement due to the amount of soft tissue and cartilage damage. Finally, I have 3 plates and 17 screws (I believe 17, def 3 plates). My question is, no one gave me milestones once I was told I could go to FWB as able. There has been a delay between my in home PT/OT and my outpatient. I begin outpatient in 5 days. I wish I had milestones/expectations. No one has told me anything. In fact, last night was the first time I looked up Bicondylar and Type 5 and realized that was no bueno. This was just one of my injuries as I broke my Distal Radius bone and the Ulna Head, and three bones in my face. The wrist is not nearly as rough as my leg is. I had the ExFix on both my left wrist and right leg. So, anyone had this type of break and what were some one your milestones?

Aug 03, 2014
New to broken ANYthing! Now I am full of broken bones NEW
by: Lori A

Good evening all - I am so new to this even though my accident was March 2nd. I have not reached out and don't think the doctors were incredibly forthcoming with information other than "You really did a number on yourself" I have a Bicondylar Type 5 Plateau Fracture. I know my knee was displaced and I tore my meniscus. They told me my cartridge was separated also and that what may happen in reality is that this will 'heal' but just so they can do a knee replacement due to the amount of soft tissue and cartilage damage. Finally, I have 3 plates and 17 screws (I believe 17, def 3 plates). My question is, no one gave me milestones once I was told I could go to FWB as able. There has been a delay between my in home PT/OT and my outpatient. I begin outpatient in 5 days. I wish I had milestones/expectations. No one has told me anything. In fact, last night was the first time I looked up Bicondylar and Type 5 and realized that was no bueno. This was just one of my injuries as I broke my Distal Radius bone and the Ulna Head, and three bones in my face. The wrist is not nearly as rough as my leg is. I had the ExFix on both my left wrist and right leg. So, anyone had this type of break and what were some one your milestones?

Aug 03, 2014
New to broken ANYthing! Now I am full of broken bones NEW
by: Lori A

Good evening all - I am so new to this even though my accident was March 2nd. I have not reached out and don't think the doctors were incredibly forthcoming with information other than "You really did a number on yourself" I have a Bicondylar Type 5 Plateau Fracture. I know my knee was displaced and I tore my meniscus. They told me my cartridge was separated also and that what may happen in reality is that this will 'heal' but just so they can do a knee replacement due to the amount of soft tissue and cartilage damage. Finally, I have 3 plates and 17 screws (I believe 17, def 3 plates). My question is, no one gave me milestones once I was told I could go to FWB as able. There has been a delay between my in home PT/OT and my outpatient. I begin outpatient in 5 days. I wish I had milestones/expectations. No one has told me anything. In fact, last night was the first time I looked up Bicondylar and Type 5 and realized that was no bueno. This was just one of my injuries as I broke my Distal Radius bone and the Ulna Head, and three bones in my face. The wrist is not nearly as rough as my leg is. I had the ExFix on both my left wrist and right leg. So, anyone had this type of break and what were some one your milestones?

Aug 03, 2014
New to broken ANYthing! Now I am full of broken bones NEW
by: Lori A

Good evening all - I am so new to this even though my accident was March 2nd. I have not reached out and don't think the doctors were incredibly forthcoming with information other than "You really did a number on yourself" I have a Bicondylar Type 5 Plateau Fracture. I know my knee was displaced and I tore my meniscus. They told me my cartridge was separated also and that what may happen in reality is that this will 'heal' but just so they can do a knee replacement due to the amount of soft tissue and cartilage damage. Finally, I have 3 plates and 17 screws (I believe 17, def 3 plates). My question is, no one gave me milestones once I was told I could go to FWB as able. There has been a delay between my in home PT/OT and my outpatient. I begin outpatient in 5 days. I wish I had milestones/expectations. No one has told me anything. In fact, last night was the first time I looked up Bicondylar and Type 5 and realized that was no bueno. This was just one of my injuries as I broke my Distal Radius bone and the Ulna Head, and three bones in my face. The wrist is not nearly as rough as my leg is. I had the ExFix on both my left wrist and right leg. So, anyone had this type of break and what were some one your milestones?

Aug 03, 2014
Bicondylar and Type V Plateau Fracture NEW
by: Lori A

Good evening all - I am so new to this even though my accident was March 2nd. I have not reached out and don't think the doctors were incredibly forthcoming with information other than "You really did a number on yourself" I have a Bicondylar Type 5 Plateau Fracture. I know my knee was displaced and I tore my meniscus. They told me my cartridge was separated also and that what may happen in reality is that this will 'heal' but just so they can do a knee replacement due to the amount of soft tissue and cartilage damage. Finally, I have 3 plates and 17 screws (I believe 17, def 3 plates). My question is, no one gave me milestones once I was told I could go to FWB as able. There has been a delay between my in home PT/OT and my outpatient. I begin outpatient in 5 days. I wish I had milestones/expectations. No one has told me anything. In fact, last night was the first time I looked up Bicondylar and Type 5 and realized that was no bueno. This was just one of my injuries as I broke my Distal Radius bone and the Ulna Head, and three bones in my face. The wrist is not nearly as rough as my leg is. I had the ExFix on both my left wrist and right leg. So, anyone had this type of break and what were some one your milestones?

Aug 03, 2014
Bicondylar and Type V Plateau Fracture NEW
by: Lori A

Good evening all - I am so new to this even though my accident was March 2nd. I have not reached out and don't think the doctors were incredibly forthcoming with information other than "You really did a number on yourself" I have a Bicondylar Type 5 Plateau Fracture. I know my knee was displaced and I tore my meniscus. They told me my cartridge was separated also and that what may happen in reality is that this will 'heal' but just so they can do a knee replacement due to the amount of soft tissue and cartilage damage. Finally, I have 3 plates and 17 screws (I believe 17, def 3 plates). My question is, no one gave me milestones once I was told I could go to FWB as able. There has been a delay between my in home PT/OT and my outpatient. I begin outpatient in 5 days. I wish I had milestones/expectations. No one has told me anything. In fact, last night was the first time I looked up Bicondylar and Type 5 and realized that was no bueno. This was just one of my injuries as I broke my Distal Radius bone and the Ulna Head, and three bones in my face. The wrist is not nearly as rough as my leg is. I had the ExFix on both my left wrist and right leg. So, anyone had this type of break and what were some one your milestones?

Jul 16, 2014
Julie NEW
by: DHebbie

My ankle does the same thing and I had the hardware out 2 years in August,but it's not just may ankle that hurts,my tibia and fibula hurt also they were fractured completely in half and I still have the rod in my tibia that my orthopedic refuses to remove because he thinks it's buried to deep and he said I'm as good as I'm going to get without pain management and I can't afford pain management and my insurance won't cover pain management he won't sign disability papers for me buy my family doctor will.
I haven't started the process of disability yet but I will be soon,I will keep you posted.

Jul 16, 2014
To: DHebbie NEW
by: Julie

My ankle is good some days, bad others, better since I am not working, and can sit when I need to. It still swells if I overdo, and occasionally I get this deep ache where the hardware is. When I went back to PT the last time, they finally agreed with me that they had done all they could. Some things just don't get better. I just hope you have a doctor that will back you up. Mine would not. He wouldn't lift the restrictions that made me lose my Library position, but he also wouldn't say I was totally disabled, so my time frame went past. Ah well, you get what you get. Keep me informed.

Jul 15, 2014
Julie NEW
by: DHebbie

Thank you for your post today has been a bad pain day,I have not been able to put weight on my ankle . today. It has been raining almost everyday here in florida and I wander if this has made my pain worse do to all the damp weather. I'm getting ready to file for disability and I to miss my walks even going to the movies is a challenge because I can't stand or sit to long because my leg and ankle swell and become really red and is warm to the touch.
I'm so glad to be able to talk to people who know what it's like.
Sorry to hear you missed out on the full benefits in this day and age every little bit helps I miss being able to work and wish I could take the pressure off my husband I am so blessed that he has a good job, but still I wish I could help out.Oh by the way are you still having a lot of trouble with your ankle?

Best regards,
Deana

Jul 15, 2014
Julie NEW
by: DHebbie

Thank you for your post today has been a bad pain day,I have not been able to put weight on my ankle . today. It has been raining almost everyday here in florida and I wander if this has made my pain worse do to all the damp weather. I'm getting ready to file for disability and I to miss my walks even going to the movies is a challenge because I can't stand or sit to long because my leg and ankle swell and become really red and is warm to the touch.
I'm so glad to be able to talk to people who know what it's like.
Sorry to hear you missed out on the full benefits in this day and age every little bit helps I miss being able to work and wish I could take the pressure off my husband I am so blessed that he has a good job, but still I wish I could help out.Oh by the way are you still having a lot of trouble with your ankle?

Best regards,
Deana

Jul 15, 2014
Julie NEW
by: DHebbie

Thank you for your post today has been a bad pain day,I have not been able to put weight on my ankle . today. It has been raining almost everyday here in florida and I wander if this has made my pain worse do to all the damp weather. I'm getting ready to file for disability and I to miss my walks even going to the movies is a challenge because I can't stand or sit to long because my leg and ankle swell and become really red and is warm to the touch.
I'm so glad to be able to talk to people who know what it's like.
Sorry to hear you missed out on the full benefits in this day and age every little bit helps I miss being able to work and wish I could take the pressure off my husband I am so blessed that he has a good job, but still I wish I could help out.Oh by the way are you still having a lot of trouble with your ankle?

Best regards,
Deana

Jul 15, 2014
To: DHebbie NEW
by: Julie

Hi, we have commented to each other on here before, so sorry you are still having trouble. I finally got on SSI, unfortunately, due to my county job I had when hurt, I missed my opportunity for full disability. I still miss my 4 miles walks, and all the things I used to love to do. I have tried to find other outlets, but finances hinder that too. Anyway, it is good to come on here and share and know we are not alone.

Jul 15, 2014
4 years later NEW
by: CORoadie

Just over 4 years ago I got hit by a car which left me with a fracture that didn't heel of my left fibula. The docs never casted it and the ends of the bone cauliflowered as it kept breaking since the break was only about 3-4 inches below the knee and any twisting motion or shock with break the displaced fracture over and over again. Finally I had ORIF where they had to chisel the bone back down to a normal shape and insert a plate, 5 screws and a pin which I have been told will be with me forever. The first surgery also left me with an entrapped nerve that caused a drop foot condition and almost no feeling below about half way down my shin. A second surgery released the nerve but I was told I would probably never get full function back, will always have numbness and this tingly feeling and some weakness in the ankle, which so far they have been right about. I couldn't run, walking down stairs was a challenge and I never felt stable. What I did find that helped was cycling. It has helped me build the muscles down there to a point where, while still weakened now allow me to do just about everything I want. The numbness and tingling are still there, but I can run, hike, jump and stair are no longer a problem. I will say after long periods of hiking or cycling the outside of my foot 'goes to sleep', sometimes for a day or two, but still I don't have the horrible fear of falling or weakness I had before. Just wanted to pass this along, maybe try riding if you have an issue after ORIF. Much less jarring and a great way to build the muscles up to support the weakened areas.

Jul 15, 2014
Frustrated NEW
by: DHebbie

It has been awhile since my last post,
November will be 4 years since my tib/fib and ankle fracture. I have an im rod and 4 screws in my tibia and a plate with 7 screws in my ankle and a year and a half later I had the plate and screws taken out but the surgeon won't take the rod out,I also have nerve damage and chronic pain every day.I am not able to work anymore and everyday chores are a constant challenge.I thought after almost 4 years I would be feeling better not worse,this year has been my worst as far as my pain goes I am at my whits end and my family doesn't really understand what I am going through, and there is nothing more they can do for me other than pain management which my insurance doesn't cover.I really miss my old life. I was so active and care free.

Jul 13, 2014
recovery takes time NEW
by: TB

Anyone new to this board should read older comments. Some of us have been submitting our questions and experiences for quite some time. Although each has their own unique path to recovery there are many things we have in common. Patience is important as is listening to your body.

I do have a question - where are you located? I am in Ontario Canada and wonder truly how much difference there really is in health care across different countries.

One thing to keep in mind is to stay open to the experience and to learn as much as we can from this different path in our lives that we would never have predicted or ever asked for.

Jul 13, 2014
recovery takes time NEW
by: TB

Anyone new to this board should read older comments. Some of us have been submitting our questions and experiences for quite some time. Although each has their own unique path to recovery there are many things we have in common. Patience is important as is listening to your body.

I do have a question - where are you located? I am in Ontario Canada and wonder truly how much difference there really is in health care across different countries.

One thing to keep in mind is to stay open to the experience and to learn as much as we can from this different path in our lives that we would never have predicted or ever asked for.

Jul 13, 2014
recovery takes time NEW
by: TB

Anyone new to this board should read older comments. Some of us have been submitting our questions and experiences for quite some time. Although each has their own unique path to recovery there are many things we have in common. Patience is important as is listening to your body.

I do have a question - where are you located? I am in Ontario Canada and wonder truly how much difference there really is in health care across different countries.

One thing to keep in mind is to stay open to the experience and to learn as much as we can from this different path in our lives that we would never have predicted or ever asked for.

Jul 13, 2014
To: Thomas NEW
by: Julie

Nerve damage is common, I think. I had a bad fracture, tibia, fibula, total dislocation. I had to wait for 2 weeks for surgery due to no insurance and red tape, so had it set as best as they could. I am now on SSI as I lost my job because they said I could not do it anymore with my restrictions. Anyway, I have numbness in my foot, as well as very restricted motion. Many of us have found our lives are changed forever due to these injuries. You can find ways to live with it. I hope you do, wishing you the best. Do go to PT and try to get as best as you can with movement.

Jul 13, 2014
I need advice NEW
by: Thomas s

I'm 19, this was a motorbike accident, nobody involved, bike landed on my tibia...I had an operation, in my left tibia, screw, on the 19/6/14 at Winchester royal county hospital. I got told of a few possibilities that may happen during the surgery, as I was being told this, my girlfriend and her mum was their to support me as I was very scared, None of us recall anybody telling us about the possibility of nerve damage, I went to the doctors on 9/7/14 and he told me everything was fine, but if the problem persist it would mean nerve damage, I still have no feeling on the left side of my left knee and also on the inside of my left foot under my ancle bone, I then spoke to the doctor again on the 11/7/14 briefly to say it hadn't changed and he said well I have nerve damage... I can not feel anything at all!!! This same doctor also told me to wave goodbye to my career in the fire service (I was meant to start training last Monday) Is this negligence??

Jul 13, 2014
I need advice NEW
by: Thomas s

I'm 19, this was a motorbike accident, nobody involved, bike landed on my tibia...I had an operation, in my left tibia, screw, on the 19/6/14 at Winchester royal county hospital. I got told of a few possibilities that may happen during the surgery, as I was being told this, my girlfriend and her mum was their to support me as I was very scared, None of us recall anybody telling us about the possibility of nerve damage, I went to the doctors on 9/7/14 and he told me everything was fine, but if the problem persist it would mean nerve damage, I still have no feeling on the left side of my left knee and also on the inside of my left foot under my ancle bone, I then spoke to the doctor again on the 11/7/14 briefly to say it hadn't changed and he said well I have nerve damage... I can not feel anything at all!!! This same doctor also told me to wave goodbye to my career in the fire service (I was meant to start training last Monday) Is this negligence??

Jul 13, 2014
I need advice NEW
by: Thomas s

I'm 19, this was a motorbike accident, nobody involved, bike landed on my tibia...I had an operation, in my left tibia, screw, on the 19/6/14 at Winchester royal county hospital. I got told of a few possibilities that may happen during the surgery, as I was being told this, my girlfriend and her mum was their to support me as I was very scared, None of us recall anybody telling us about the possibility of nerve damage, I went to the doctors on 9/7/14 and he told me everything was fine, but if the problem persist it would mean nerve damage, I still have no feeling on the left side of my left knee and also on the inside of my left foot under my ancle bone, I then spoke to the doctor again on the 11/7/14 briefly to say it hadn't changed and he said well I have nerve damage... I can not feel anything at all!!! This same doctor also told me to wave goodbye to my career in the fire service (I was meant to start training last Monday) Is this negligence??

Jul 13, 2014
I need advice NEW
by: Thomas s

I'm 19, this was a motorbike accident, nobody involved, bike landed on my tibia...I had an operation, in my left tibia, screw, on the 19/6/14 at Winchester royal county hospital. I got told of a few possibilities that may happen during the surgery, as I was being told this, my girlfriend and her mum was their to support me as I was very scared, None of us recall anybody telling us about the possibility of nerve damage, I went to the doctors on 9/7/14 and he told me everything was fine, but if the problem persist it would mean nerve damage, I still have no feeling on the left side of my left knee and also on the inside of my left foot under my ancle bone, I then spoke to the doctor again on the 11/7/14 briefly to say it hadn't changed and he said well I have nerve damage... I can not feel anything at all!!! This same doctor also told me to wave goodbye to my career in the fire service (I was meant to start training last Monday) Is this negligence??

Jul 13, 2014
ORIF on spiral Tibia fracture NEW
by: Anonymous

I fractured my right Tib in a riding accident, my friend's horse kicked out and got my leg. This was back on 25/05/14. I had to have an exo cage , transferred to another hospital and given a ORIF (rod & 3 screws)
I was in a cast for 3 weeks as the soft tissue damage meant they had to operate and remove the dead tissue. I was very very luck as they did a skin flap, not a skin graph, which would of been from my hip or back!
I have been weigh bearing for 4 weeks now, since the cast is off & have also been walking without crutches at home (take the crutches when out of the house, just in case as still not that steady)I can get up stairs using the rail & the wall ok , but coming down is one foot at a time. Killer.
I had a sports massage to help move the swelling/fluid retention and get some of my ankle flex back. It killed but it needs to be done.
I am off the meds too as only take something at night if the leg aches just that little too much to bear.
I am determined to get back on my horse & to be able to drive.
I have come to that point where it is just time & exercise to sort this bit out.
It is so frustrating to be stuck indoors as I live & work outdoors. Like a caged bear at the moment.
However its good to see how everyone else is doing & that helps me so much.

Jul 10, 2014
Tina NEW
by: JIm

Tina,

Hang in there. Most of us on this forum are here because we had very similar life circumstances, injuries, pain, etc as you are having and need to use commonality as a means of comfort and advice. I was hit by a car while running in September, sustained a major tibial plateau fracture, went through orif and was back at the ortho just yesterday due to ongoing unbearable pain.

What you and I have experienced is life changing and long term. However, it's not life ending. Find yourself a good psychologist in your area that deals with pain victims. Believe me, the longer you resist treating all of Tina rather than just Tina's injuries, the worse it's going to get. Please don't wait as long as I did.

Try acupuncture. I have found some great results with it. Get off the pain meds ASAP if you have not already and just take 1/2 pill about an hour or so before bed. Masking the pain could be worse long term, and your nights need to be restful.

No one truly can relate to your plight other than those who have gone through similar experiences. Don't remind your friends and family of that fact, just find yourself a few good outlets.

I hope the best for you.

Jim


Jul 10, 2014
Ankle/Tibia/Fibula Fracture NEW
by: Tina

I fell on skates January 18, 2014 and broke my ankle. My tibia and fibula fractures were comminuted. Also, several ligaments were dislocated. I had surgery on January 24, 2014. I have a titanium plate and nine screws. In May, the longest screw in my right leg was removed. I have been on several types of medication and the pain is still severe especially at night. I'm in therapy three times a week and there is very little flexibility. I had a 3D MRI done in June. The results showed that there is bone growth between my tibia and fibula. Could this block flexibility? Pain! Bone Growth! Therapy since February! Very Stressful! On Friday, July 11, 2014 a lumbar sympathetic blocker will be performed, and I pray this procedure helps. Next step will be to target bone growth. I walk very slow, and can't walk bare feet at all. I can only walk in sneakers. No more heels! Two orthopedic surgeons are telling me that my injury was so severe and my recovery will probably be one to two years. I'm so SAD!

Jun 29, 2014
Re: bad trampoline NEW
by: Julie

I wish you the best, although I was 52 when I broke mine, and as I sit here tonight, my ankle is swollen, and it is always stiff and partially numb. My walking days are long gone, and I used to burn up 4 to 6 miles a day. I miss it a lot, but I know if I try that now, I would not be walking at all the next day. I do hope you prove me wrong.

Jun 29, 2014
Re: bad trampoline NEW
by: Julie

I wish you the best, although I was 52 when I broke mine, and as I sit here tonight, my ankle is swollen, and it is always stiff and partially numb. My walking days are long gone, and I used to burn up 4 to 6 miles a day. I miss it a lot, but I know if I try that now, I would not be walking at all the next day. I do hope you prove me wrong.

Jun 29, 2014
Bad trampoline NEW
by: Anonymous

The last of may 2014 while showing my 11 year old daughter how to do a back flip on a trampoline I came up short. My daughter said the flip looked good but I did not stick the landing. For my attempt I received a spiral fracture of the lower tibia with displacement. Five days after the accident I went into surgery for a plate and nine screws. Seven into the plate and my tibia and two lag screws to pull the bone together.

It hurt like ..... For about three days!

Now June 29 I am in a walking boot but not allowed to put any pressure on it. My foot and lower leg are badly swollen. My doctor said to move the foot back and forth, around and around. It hurts but I do it several times a day, as much movement as I can stand.

The doctor said I would be non weight bearing for 3 months, but that I would recover completely. He also said I could return to running.

Forgot th mention...I am 64 years young. I don't have time for 5 or 6 years of partial recovery. I will give an update in another month. Going to write the alphabet with my toes!

Jun 25, 2014
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture NEW
by: Shelly

It has been 3 years and almost 9 months to the day of my Motorcycle accident.
I still only have a 90 degree bend and my leg aches daily and still swells occasionally. I have tendonitis in my knee that I have been working to rid myself of ... hopefully that will happen sooner than later =)
Good News is :
I started riding my horse again YAY!! I have to force my leg to bend enough to get my foot into the stirrup but thats ok =) NO PAIN NO GAIN !!
I am taking my dogs for walks again =) Life is Great!!
Hang in there everyone!!
Its a long road to hoe but its worth it!!
Take Care
Shelly

Jun 25, 2014
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture NEW
by: Shelly

It has been 3 years and almost 9 months to the day of my Motorcycle accident.
I still only have a 90 degree bend and my leg aches daily and still swells occasionally. I have tendonitis in my knee that I have been working to rid myself of ... hopefully that will happen sooner than later =)
Good News is :
I started riding my horse again YAY!! I have to force my leg to bend enough to get my foot into the stirrup but thats ok =) NO PAIN NO GAIN !!
I am taking my dogs for walks again =) Life is Great!!
Hang in there everyone!!
Its a long road to hoe but its worth it!!
Take Care
Shelly

Jun 18, 2014
To Kimberly NEW
by: Ralph

I was hit by a truck last June thrown 35 feet in the air. Tib-fib fracture in one leg, ACL/MCL in the other leg, shattered right wrist. Worked to come all the way back, work, gym at least 4 times a week but still have trouble standing for long periods of time or walking long distances. Swelling, stiffness, pain in knees ankles feet numbness happen on a daily basis. Hoping once they remove the hardware in left leg that it will be better. Im what they consider a miracle considering the injuries I sustained. Wish I had better news for you. Walgreens and standing will be difficult. But I hope that your recovery continues positively.

Jun 18, 2014
fractured tibia/broken fibula NEW
by: melissa

I slipped on my porch steps when it was wet out, my leg hit all three steps going down and i heard it snap. I had surgery and had hardware put in my ankle and leg. I am on my second cast. Next month i go in and get this cast off and xrays done to see if i can get a boot cast, if not then i get the cast back on again until i heal more. Will i always have pain from the hardware or will it go away in time? Will i be able to walk normal? I cant take this pain, it hurts so bad even after i take my pain med.

Jun 18, 2014
fractured tibia/broken fibula NEW
by: melissa

I slipped on my porch steps when it was wet out, my leg hit all three steps going down and i heard it snap. I had surgery and had hardware put in my ankle and leg. I am on my second cast. Next month i go in and get this cast off and xrays done to see if i can get a boot cast, if not then i get the cast back on again until i heal more. Will i always have pain from the hardware or will it go away in time? Will i be able to walk normal? I cant take this pain, it hurts so bad even after i take my pain med.

Jun 18, 2014
To: Kimberly NEW
by: Julie

You didn't give your age, but I tried to go bak to my part time job as circulation clerk at the Library, which a lot of things could be doing sitting, and was let go due to my limitations. I am 4 years post break/surgery, and I cannot walk very far or stand very long without swelling, pain, and stiffness. I am on SSI now. I am not completely against going back to work, but jobs that I can do, I am mostly not qualified for. I am 56.

Jun 18, 2014
Car Accident NEW
by: Kimberly

i was in a car accident January 20 2014 I broke my right femur which they had to do surgery on and my left leg and every bone in that foot. ITs been a long process and im still not fully walking. My foot is somewhat numb and tingles a lot. Its really stiff but I have been doing therapy on it. Im in a boot but the pain is still there. My question was I worked at Walgreens did a lot of standing bending walking no sitting DO you think that job will be for me or should I not go back. Also in my car accident I broke my right wrist, left shoulder, neck, lower back, and ribs

Jun 13, 2014
Broken tibia/fibula NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi during Easter Sunday I broke my tibia and fibula in a skating accident both were bad breaks
I was in hospital for almost two weeks because of the swelling and finally had surgery on may 1st
I now have a moon boot and just recently can walk on it (slowly) and fairly painful
I have a bit of nerve damage also
I had a rod and a plate with over 14 screws in my leg (i did a good job)
But anyway I'm just wandering how long it will be until I will up and walking un-aided the dr did say I will be quicker than most patients as I'm only 17

May 24, 2014
to: Hollandarc NEW
by: Julie

You may never be rid of the numbness. My foot has been partially numb since my break and surgery. I know having to keep the hardware in there and the fact that there was nerve damage as well, are the reasons. I have to be very careful on stairs, as it seems to make me stumble easily, which is scary. Hoping you find your best way to adjust to a very life-changing injury, which we all seem to agree we share, having lost a lot of activity and abilities we used to have and do.

May 23, 2014
Pilon fracture NEW
by: HollandArc

I severely fractured my right ankle 8 months ago in a fall. Non weight bearing for three months after ORIF surgery with plates on both sides. Now trying to walk without cane but have bad limp mostly due to bad neuropathy in sole of my foot, particularly the heel pad. Gets worse with use. Any ideas on how long it will last and effective treatment to seek

May 23, 2014
Pilon fracture NEW
by: HollandArc

I severely fractured my right ankle 8 months ago in a fall. Non weight bearing for three months after ORIF surgery with plates on both sides. Now trying to walk without cane but have bad limp mostly due to bad neuropathy in sole of my foot, particularly the heel pad. Gets worse with use. Any ideas on how long it will last and effective treatment to seek

May 23, 2014
Pilon fracture NEW
by: HollandArc

I severely fractured my right ankle 8 months ago in a fall. Non weight bearing for three months after ORIF surgery with plates on both sides. Now trying to walk without cane but have bad limp mostly due to bad neuropathy in sole of my foot, particularly the heel pad. Gets worse with use. Any ideas on how long it will last and effective treatment to seek

May 18, 2014
Open tib fib from car accident. NEW
by: Anonymous

My dr. Said the worst break he had ever seen. Needed 3 teams of surgeons to do bones, nerves, veins, etc. walked in aided in 8 months. Ankle never ok, like all of you have said. Stairs are horrible. It has been 6 yrs. some days just fine, but I only walk. 64 yrs old. " friends" ask why I don't walk faster...I should run up and down the stairs. Right. Bungee jump might be better.
I am grateful to have my leg..they weren't sure. But at my age I have aged 38 years in the last 6. I have a greyhound and walk her 6 times a day. I never dud exercise before I did what I had to......won't be skiing again the rest of my life.
Joke is on me.
Sorry, you guys do all you can exercise wise...easy, don't be a big shot and Lise it all.
Such is life.. Be careful, good luck.
Goose

May 15, 2014
To Julie NEW
by: Margaret

You and I have posted here many times over the years since the fractures. Our responses run along similar lines. Nerve damage has been the main reminder, although mine is not numbness but tender and sensitive. As you say lots of stairs need a rail to go down, one foot at a time( I hate this ) going up is as normal. Long walks ...no although 2 dogs get at least an hour each day at my speed. Running, don't think so, have not checked that out and not had any reason to!

May 15, 2014
To Julie NEW
by: Margaret

You and I have posted here many times over the years since the fractures. Our responses run along similar lines. Nerve damage has been the main reminder, although mine is not numbness but tender and sensitive. As you say lots of stairs need a rail to go down, one foot at a time( I hate this ) going up is as normal. Long walks ...no although 2 dogs get at least an hour each day at my speed. Running, don't think so, have not checked that out and not had any reason to!

May 15, 2014
To all NEW
by: Julie

I am nearing 4 years since my tib/fib fracture with complete dislocation. I still have all the hardware, and while the pain is much less, as long as I don't overdo the standing or walking, the worst is the nerve damage, which has caused permanent numbness in my left foot, and affects me on stairs especially, for some reason. I have to be very careful going up and down them. I am thankful to be able to walk at all, but I do so miss the days when I used to be able to do 4 or 5 miles of fitness walking.

May 15, 2014
Jennifer NEW
by: Jim

Jennifer, I am 8 months post-op from ORIF Tibial Plateau this week. I was given zero weight bearing order until week 12 but started with PWB at about the 8 week point. I recall the 8 week point being particularly difficult, as were a few milestones along the way. The good news is that I also recall the 10 week point being considerably better than 8, and by 12-13, I was getting around with no crutches pretty well. Hang in there. Word of advice as you move forward - find another doctor once the ortho turns you loose. I'm dealing with the impact of chronic pain now, having not been on any meds for 4 months. The pain is going to last, and you need to enroll help with control, less addictive drugs. I don't want you to get to the point at which I arrived before engaging further help.

May 15, 2014
For Anonymous Tib/Fib 7 years ago NEW
by: Margaret

I had a tib/ fib fracture 3 half years ago and I asked my Dr many times as to why my ankle was affected when the break was about 5 inches above that joint. Her explanation was that when you fracture the tib/fib the ankle is then no longer attached to the upper bones and so literally 'lost the plot' so to speak! All the tendons, nerves etc are affected. Which I suppose is obvious when it is pointed out. I have rod and did have 4 screws into the ankle joint and after repeated visits to the Dr I was referred to a specialist after 2 and half years from the fracture who recommended removing the screws. He explained that it would take a few months to settle down. I was in doubt at first, with the pain and discomfort following the removal, however the result is, found this helped. The flexibility of the ankle is still not as it should be, even though I had physio, there was at least 6 months before I was fully weight bearing and that's a long time. Each day you realize how much this fracture affects your every day life, we have to be thankful that at least we are upright and can walk!


May 14, 2014
Recovery Takes Time NEW
by: TB

I am 2.5 years into recovery from a car accident resulting in compound fracture above the ankle and break below the knee. Bones healed fairly well and I was partial weight bearing after almost 3 months, used wheelchair for about 6 months.

Soft tissue damage has taken a lot longer to heal - I had physio for almost a year and have continued exercising since. I do a lot in water which is a life saver. Now doing 4-7 days per week of aquatic strength training.

I still have pain in foot and leg - the tendons,muscles and nerves are still getting sorted out still especially those where I have two plates in my lower leg, my ankle because is seems not to know it is connected to my foot and my leg and in the ball of my foot from the force of the impact of my accident. I thought I was pushing the brake pedal but think I was actually hitting the accelerator when I hit a stone wall which meant my foot and leg were driven back quite forcibly.

If I am on my feet too long one day or walk even a few blocks, I likely will not be able to walk well the next day. I still am quite unsteady on my feet at times.

Generally, exercise to strengthen and break up scar tissue, reduce stress on the foot and leg, get good footwear to support the foot and be in water as often as possible.

good luck

May 14, 2014
Tib/Fib fracture 7 years ago now causes ankle pain NEW
by: Anonymous

Spiral fracture of tib/fib just above the ankle in 2007 from an on duty motorcycle accident. No surgery, just cast, boot and time. I still have problems and about three days a week I can't put any weight on my right leg. My right ankle gives out regularly and the pain is so bad at times, I have difficulty walking. My question is, should this still be affecting me and why is the pain and problem in my ankle? I've made a few trips back to the Ortho and they say there's no sign of ankle injury. Any words of advise or knowledge would be extremely helpful at this point.

May 06, 2014
progress NEW
by: Ralph

June 14th 2013 hit head on by a truck while running on the sidewalk. Thrown 35 feet in the air. Tib fib fracture left leg acl mcl right leg. Right wrist shattered. Didn't walk for two months. Walking working exercising at the gym now. Stiffness pain swelling still part of my daily life. Looking at getting plates and screws removed in July. Heard that gives your leg more flexibility. Almost a year ago. Long road that never ends exercise is possible running not yet but there's hope

May 06, 2014
Re: Pain with weight bearing NEW
by: Anonymous

I experienced that pain too. Keep in mind that your leg has not had ANY weight for two months, so it will take some time for the pain to diminish when putting weight on it. Make sure to ice frequently and elevate as much as possible. While I was non- weight bearing, I read that, if at all possible, you should avoid limping when you start walking again. It puts a lot of pressure on the opposite leg and hip. It becomes habit AND is very hard to get back to your natural gait. I wish I had tried harder to avoid it. I'm still working at getting my natural walking and running gait back at a year and a half since ORIF.

May 06, 2014
Re: Pain with weight bearing NEW
by: Anonymous

I experienced that pain too. Keep in mind that your leg has not had ANY weight for two months, so it will take some time for the pain to diminish when putting weight on it. Make sure to ice frequently and elevate as much as possible. While I was non- weight bearing, I read that, if at all possible, you should avoid limping when you start walking again. It puts a lot of pressure on the opposite leg and hip. It becomes habit AND is very hard to get back to your natural gait. I wish I had tried harder to avoid it. I'm still working at getting my natural walking and running gait back at a year and a half since ORIF.

May 06, 2014
ORIF tib/fib NEW
by: Jennifer

I am 8 weeks post op ORIF repair. Spiral fracture to tibia and broken fibula playing roller derby. Just this week I have been allowed to weight bear, however, the pain is almost unbearable at times and feels like it's running up through My femur. I have a rod and 3 screws. Feels like I'm going backwards and not forward with the pain. My ankle stays swollen and I have doubled the pain meds. Is this normal?

May 06, 2014
ORIF tib/fib NEW
by: Jennifer

I am 8 weeks post op ORIF repair. Spiral fracture to tibia and broken fibula playing roller derby. Just this week I have been allowed to weight bear, however, the pain is almost unbearable at times and feels like it's running up through My femur. I have a rod and 3 screws. Feels like I'm going backwards and not forward with the pain. My ankle stays swollen and I have doubled the pain meds. Is this normal?

May 06, 2014
ORIF tib/fib NEW
by: Jennifer

I am 8 weeks post op ORIF repair. Spiral fracture to tibia and broken fibula playing roller derby. Just this week I have been allowed to weight bear, however, the pain is almost unbearable at times and feels like it's running up through My femur. I have a rod and 3 screws. Feels like I'm going backwards and not forward with the pain. My ankle stays swollen and I have doubled the pain meds. Is this normal?

Apr 09, 2014
Bilateral tib-fib fx. NEW
by: Anonymous

I was on a motorcycle when a cell texting driver drove in front of me. Among other injuries, I had bilateral tib-fib fractures. The right leg had a rod placed and the left leg was pinned and plated. It's been eight months and I still have a great deal of pain and walk with a limp. I lost my job because of this injury and wonder if my legs will ever heal.

Apr 09, 2014
Bilateral tib-fib fx. NEW
by: Anonymous

I was on a motorcycle when a cell texting driver drove in front of me. Among other injuries, I had bilateral tib-fib fractures. The right leg had a rod placed and the left leg was pinned and plated. It's been eight months and I still have a great deal of pain and walk with a limp. I lost my job because of this injury and wonder if my legs will ever heal.

Apr 09, 2014
Bilateral tib-fib fx. NEW
by: Anonymous

I was on a motorcycle when a cell texting driver drove in front of me. Among other injuries, I had bilateral tib-fib fractures. The right leg had a rod placed and the left leg was pinned and plated. It's been eight months and I still have a great deal of pain and walk with a limp. I lost my job because of this injury and wonder if my legs will ever heal.

Mar 01, 2014
femor bone shatter and knee cap shatter NEW
by: Anonymous

Femor bone shatter also kneecap. The doctor tried his best. He couldn't put back together. He said he tweeted this way and that way but could not do it. He tried the infusion to get my bones to grow back together. It didn't work. I have a plate and 8 rods. He said there was nothing else to do. I can't except that. the injury was from a car accident. I had other problems also. Crital intensvine care. I made it. Several ribs broken head injury and the worst is my right leg. No weight on my leg for the longest. In the hospital I think longer than a month. It was a hard time. Wheel chair thin walker and now a cane have a very hard time with steps. Want to start exercising is that possible.

Mar 01, 2014
femor bone shatter and knee cap shatter NEW
by: Anonymous

Femor bone shatter also kneecap. The doctor tried his best. He couldn't put back together. He said he tweeted this way and that way but could not do it. He tried the infusion to get my bones to grow back together. It didn't work. I have a plate and 8 rods. He said there was nothing else to do. I can't except that. the injury was from a car accident. I had other problems also. Crital intensvine care. I made it. Several ribs broken head injury and the worst is my right leg. No weight on my leg for the longest. In the hospital I think longer than a month. It was a hard time. Wheel chair thin walker and now a cane have a very hard time with steps. Want to start exercising is that possible.

Feb 21, 2014
Re: Swelling NEW
by: Mary S

My pain and swelling was greatly improved by icing and elevating. Hope this helps!

Feb 21, 2014
Broken Tib/Fib from a fall NEW
by: Anita

Broke my tibia and fibula on December 30, 2013. Slipped on some ice while walking to work. Had surgery - rod, plate and screws. Cast on for two weeks and then wrapped with tensor bandages. Non weight bearing for 6 weeks.

Just being able to weight bear as tolerated now. Will be 8 weeks since accident. However, there is a lot of swelling in ankle and foot. Is this normal? How long till it goes down? I am a 61 year old woman. Non smoker and non drinker.

They did discover that I have osteoporosis and I am now taking calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D.

Feb 21, 2014
Broken Tib/Fib from a fall NEW
by: Anita

Broke my tibia and fibula on December 30, 2013. Slipped on some ice while walking to work. Had surgery - rod, plate and screws. Cast on for two weeks and then wrapped with tensor bandages. Non weight bearing for 6 weeks.

Just being able to weight bear as tolerated now. Will be 8 weeks since accident. However, there is a lot of swelling in ankle and foot. Is this normal? How long till it goes down? I am a 61 year old woman. Non smoker and non drinker.

They did discover that I have osteoporosis and I am now taking calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D.

Feb 17, 2014
Zip line accident NEW
by: Mary S

I broke my leg on a zip line in Roatan Honduras in June 2012. Fractured my fibula and tibia and had ORIF. I have a plate, 7 screws and a pin. I went through the slow recovery- nwb, crutches walking, then a cane. Went to PT, and I have to say, this was the HARDEST thing I have ever had to do! ( WAY harder than childbirth!) I worked through my pain though, and I used my frustration as motivation to keep going. I am now back to running- I can go three miles on a good day. I am having a hard time walking with correct form though, so every now and then have pain issues. Walking with crutches with total non weight bearing for 18 weeks really causes problems :/ Keep your spirits up guys! It definitely WILL get better!!

Feb 17, 2014
Luck of the Irish? NEW
by: Anonymous

ORIF surgery Dec. 30th.following a trip on a broken sidewalk. Six screws, two plates, one rod.
Happened in Lima, Peru and I cannot speak more highly of the medical care I received.
Foot never touched the ground for three weeks following the incident and the boot/cast only came off on weekly doctor visits to change dressing. Halfway through week three returned to US via Dallas - no assistance available so I was forced to use my wheeled walking cart to get through immigration and customs. The surgeon in Peru told me to start putting some pressure on the foot ( wearing boot) starting week 4. Saw a surgeon in the US three days after return and he told me in all of a three minute consult to keep the boot on and NO walking for an additional two weeks and to start PT. I decided to follow the advice of the Peruvian surgeon and began walking wearing boot and holding onto the wheeled walking cart. Week six last Monday and the boot came off for good. I'm walking without the aid of a cart and just use my hiking pole if I'm on rough ground. Swelling but no pain. Limited flexibility in the foot but getting there. 1.5 hours of intensive PT three times a week. Reading these stories of pain and ongoing misery I guess I really am lucky. I'm no spring chicken either - 72 year old fit woman.

Feb 16, 2014
Continued NEW
by: MrsWilliams

I'd really like to go back to work but I can't drive, still going to PT 3 times a week plus exercises at home that wipe me out and really need pain medicine.probably as much as I did before the surgery and the days immediately following surgery. Ugh! This is frustrating! My children laugh at me when I say that I really wish the driver could see me when I can't sleep and am in pain and agony. If he could just know what his decision to be reckless that day cost me and my family. Sure we lost a nearly brand new car which I am stuck paying a portion of let alone coming up with another down payment. Sure I ctainly am bringing home less money. The cost of my medical bills and my privacy are something to consider but the true. Oat is the impact his actions have on my life each and every moment of life I have left since He made a decision

Feb 16, 2014
Tibial Pleateau and Ankle Fracture NEW
by: Mrs Williams

Having a particularly bad day today and came across this site. First, thank you for each of your postings. Reading the. When you are going through a tough time helps you feel less alone.

I was on my way to work on Tuesday, December 10th when a careless driver decided it was a good idea to speed on a downhill curve in my neighborhood as it was snowing. An area that on a dry sunny day we all exercise caution. He lost control of his car hit our front end spun us around and hit the passenger side. 5 airbags deployed in our car. My husband who was driving walked away with a sprained wrist, a severe care of guilt, and some minor stuff. I knew as soon as the first hit occurred that something was wrong. I couldn't move my leg and it hurt pretty badly. Once they were able to get be out and into the ambulance I noticed that they also put the other driver in the ambulance with me.
I'm in my forties and felt really badly about complaining that my knee and ankle, among other things, hurt. We later found out that my ankle and tibial plateau were fractured and I would require surgery. Five days in the hospital with absolutely no privacy,two nerve blocks which they weren't sure they would get in because I carry a little extra weight several hours of surgery later I have two plates and several screws. I still sleep in my livingroom in a hospital bed as I cannot go upstairs and it is best with helping me be as comfortable as I can while keeping the leg elevated as much as possible. Non weight bearing then partial weight bearing. I couldn't wait to be able to walk so that I could use the powder room and not the commode and certainly that would mean I was getting back to normal. PT IS HARD! Pain and agony are part of every day. Like many others I wonder if and when I'll be able to do all of the things I did. Will I ever even be able to put a shoe on this foot let alone the fierce high heels I love.
Don't get me wrong, I am grateful to be alive. I didn't think I would be as a was spinning around in the car.my biggest regret was tht my work here isn't done. But that was not the case, I'm still here but I really wonder how good I will ever really be again.
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Jan 28, 2014
To Julie and others -in the same boat! NEW
by: Margaret

Julie! Pleased to see your comments. You were about 3 months before me.. mine was Christmas Day 2010, fracture of tib/fib and wrist, after being bowled by two large energetic dogs who used me as a brick wall!
It is one of those injuries that does not seem to follow similar paths and every ones healing differs. Whether we(Julie and myself) will return to what we were before seems unlikely. I was active walker and did not feel my age, suddenly in a second everything changes. Oh! no problem we will be fine soon..or so we think but having not had that before we did not know that our questions of the 'when' were not answered. It is such a frustrating injury, you are unable to move and have to ask for this and that. It drives you crazy! I had a rod or nail, screw under the knee and 4 into to ankle joint. In inserting the rod, the surgeons cut through the knee cap move it aside and insert the rod into the shaft of the tibia, that creates nerve damage, which cant be avoided. The 4 screw into the ankle gave me all my problems. After the time consuming of no weight bear, then partial, moon boot,physio, swimming you get to one year after, then two, at that stage a surgeon suggested removing the 4 screws from the ankle joint, that is interesting because there was no problem with original fracture, just the sites where the screw were. So last July, 2013 they were removed. The surgeon explained that this was a quick surgery and after 10 days the stitches removed, however still surgery, and this can create nerve damage and pain. Because of nerve damage and associated pain I have now been given pain relieving patches Catapres-TTS-1 which certainly have helped. Like you, Julie at the end of the day the ankle gets tired, I walk our dogs daily, do the usual housework,(not at speed!) but I still limp, go down steps one at a time, but up normally. For those of you that read this and have suffered this type of injury recently do not despair as you might be considerably younger than I am at 79 years, and you will have the time to gain back strength and confidence. We are all different. It is 3 years now, but it is still good to have feed back - keep in touch

Jan 27, 2014
To: Ski Fall NEW
by: Julie

You didn't give your age, but I broke my tib/fib and total dislocation on Sept. 8, 2010. I had to have a plate, and I am not sure how many screws, but also have a long screw clear across still in there too. I know what you mean about the immobility. I was a fitness walker, had been for years, and to not even be able to walk to the bathroom was awful. You will have a lot of strange feelings, tingling, and the swelling is just part of the deal. I have nerve damage, so I am always kind of numb in my foot, and also still have a lot of pain and often swelling if I am on it too much. And fitness walking is a thing of the past, I fear. Eventually, I may face am amkle replacement, but am not sure if I will do it. I am almost 56, and I know I could still have a lot of active years ahead, but am not sure what to do right now. Hoping you heal quickly, and well.

Jan 27, 2014
What's next? NEW
by: Ski fall

My skiing accident was Dec 11. Broken tib fib and pilon / left ankle fracture. Surgery was dec 14 with one screw (so far). it is week 7 in ext fixator. Currently not a lot of pain but lots of swelling tingling pain and need to elevate and ice all the time. This immobility is torture. So is not sleeping at night and dependency on others. Seeing doc tomorrow but have a feeling the status quo will continue. "anonymous" how are you doing since your injury was the same day or anyone else with similar issues! Wonder what the future hold for using my ankle again?

Jan 14, 2014
Praying I will run one day NEW
by: KatyZ

I had bizarre injury at work Nov 8 resulting in deltoid ligament tear, shattered fibula, non displaced posterior malleolus fx and high ankle sprain. Underwent ORIF of fibula with 7 cm plate and 7 screws. Non weight bearing for 8 weeks but could take off boot to work on range of motion 2wks post op. Have bee allowed to wt bear past 2 weeks. Had no pain by two weeks after surgery, until the wt bearing. Oh my! First 12 days the weight bear even with boot on was awful. Improving. I saw PT for first session today. She said my range of motion is practically normal so if you are able to work on it, DO!!! My pain is much more manageable with ACE wrap and ankle brace. I've talked to several people and I see on here, that it is normal to be in agony, initially (will that be weeks or months?). I still sleep with ankle elevated every night. Ice or heat depending on if I just did a lot (ice) or mostly a stiffness heat).

I know I need to be patient. I do wonder if I'll be able to run again.

Jan 09, 2014
Looking for a light NEW
by: Gerry

Thank you - my salvation is essentially no pain for the past four days - aches and irritation but nothing that a couple of paracetamol can't take care of.
Big hurdle now is to find a doctor who will take me on the the US. - since I've already had surgery the opportunity to make big bucks off this has passed. Two have turned me down .
Hobbling on....

Jan 09, 2014
To: Feeling like I will never be normal again. NEW
by: Julie

I didn't want to have the surgery, or the hardware, but my doctor said if I didn't, I would not be walking at all. Mine is permanent, and it has been tough. I have severe post traumatic osteo arthritis, and my life has not been the same, but I am looking for ways to keep active even though walking, my one true love as an activity, is no longer an option. I can walk, but just not for long periods of time, or I suffer swelling and pain still, 4 years after the fact. Stay strong, try to find ways to be active, keep your mind occupied, and you will get through.

Jan 09, 2014
Feeling like i will never be normal again NEW
by: Anonymous

I need a light as well, Dec 11 2013 broke fibula messed up ankle bad. Dec 17 surgery rod 12 screws,arthrex knotless tight rope in ankle...it's been 3 weeks since surgery...my right side of ankle is smashed in.I have nights of extreme pain still. I believe having the hardware put in was a mistake..all the reading i have done this is the worst thing to go through. I feel like i will never be normal again.

Jan 09, 2014
Feeling like i will never be normal again NEW
by: Anonymous

I need a light as well, Dec 11 2013 broke fibula messed up ankle bad. Dec 17 surgery rod 12 screws,arthrex knotless tight rope in ankle...it's been 3 weeks since surgery...my right side of ankle is smashed in.I have nights of extreme pain still. I believe having the hardware put in was a mistake..all the reading i have done this is the worst thing to go through. I feel like i will never be normal again.

Jan 09, 2014
Feeling like i will never be normal again NEW
by: Anonymous

I need a light as well, Dec 11 2013 broke fibula messed up ankle bad. Dec 17 surgery rod 12 screws,arthrex knotless tight rope in ankle...it's been 3 weeks since surgery...my right side of ankle is smashed in.I have nights of extreme pain still. I believe having the hardware put in was a mistake..all the reading i have done this is the worst thing to go through. I feel like i will never be normal again.

Jan 07, 2014
I need a light at end of tunnel! NEW
by: Gerry

72 year old fit, active woman visiting family in Lima, Peru for several weeks. Had the misfortune to trip on broken sidewalk, Monday 30th. and I knew instantly that something had broken. Literally sat on the ground howling in pain. Son took me to an urgent care centre and wonderfully prompt treatment and diagnosis ( pain killer wasn't bad either!) broken right fibula close to the knobby bone bit - 4 lateral and one diagonal fracture. Was taken to hospital for surgery that night. Six screws, one rod and the most god-awful uncomfortable leg boot/cast. 5 days out saw the orthopedic surgeon again - no infection, all progressing normally and I can honestly say very little pain. Stitches out this Friday. I go back to the US (Tucson, AZ) on 23rd. and will obviously see an orthopedist. Questions - what time frame am I looking at before any weight bearing. Ask because I live alone, right leg, ergo no driving plus my house is built part way up a hillside and I have 17 steps. Doctor here says minimum of 6 weeks in the boot then PT.
Any ray of hope will lift my spirits - near crazy with boredom! Good news is this happened after I hiked the Inca Trail and explored Machu Picchu.

Jan 05, 2014
Tibial Plateau Fracture and crushed fibia NEW
by: Cherie

I fell off a ladder at 0200 in the morning on December 18, 2013, I was replacing a battery in a smoke alarm. I am category 5 Tibial Plateau Fracture with a crushed fibula. I went to surgery 4 days after the accident ending up with two plates and 8 or more screws. i am getting close to 3 weeks post op, and I started physical therapy 10 days after surgery and doubled my dose of ASEA (Redox Signaling Molecules-I sell it because I almost died 4 years ago from toxic exposure and my doctor put me on it-it saved my life. Well, 8 oz of ASEA and daily PT exercises, (in 3 weeks) I can bend my leg completely straight, bend it to 90 degrees, lift it straight up in the air, pull it up and down and hold it for several seconds. I am healing rapidly because ASEA is doing all the healing for me. When I fell, the pain was so bad that my husband had to call 911 just to get me to the hospital. The doctor said this is one of the worst cases he has seen, I basically crushed my bones on impact. I cried when the doctor told me I may never run again, I am a dancer, so I am concerned. But I have faith in dedicated physical therapy, and ASEA-which makes the body heal itself, and at my age I need all the help possible. I am a former Marine who has always been very athletic so I am concerned for my future, but I am determined to train hard to get back to normal as possible. I read stories of people suffering from this same injury, and it saddens me how horrible this injury is to suffer from and I never in a million years ever thought something like this existed. I wish everyone the best of luck in their rehabilitation, and hope that you work hard to train that leg to get back to normal. Life without legs is so difficult, I think about my fall daily and wish to God I could go back to that night and wish I made myself ignore that irritating battery. If you would like information on ASEA, e-mail me at pcsp@live.com. It works in improvement of helping the body heal itself from disease, pain, infection. It is non-toxic and interacts with no medication because redox signing already exists in your body, but diminishes as you age...that is why it takes longer to heal. If you buy it through me, you will be able to discuss any issues with a board certified doctor, and I will answer any questions you may have. i only mention ASEA because it helps the body heal faster with less pain. I truly hate seeing people suffer.

Lots of Luck and God
Bless!
Cherie

Jan 05, 2014
Tibial Plateau Fracture and crushed fibia NEW
by: Cherie

I fell off a ladder at 0200 in the morning on December 18, 2013, I was replacing a battery in a smoke alarm. I am category 5 Tibial Plateau Fracture with a crushed fibula. I went to surgery 4 days after the accident ending up with two plates and 8 or more screws. i am getting close to 3 weeks post op, and I started physical therapy 10 days after surgery and doubled my dose of ASEA (Redox Signaling Molecules-I sell it because I almost died 4 years ago from toxic exposure and my doctor put me on it-it saved my life. Well, 8 oz of ASEA and daily PT exercises, (in 3 weeks) I can bend my leg completely straight, bend it to 90 degrees, lift it straight up in the air, pull it up and down and hold it for several seconds. I am healing rapidly because ASEA is doing all the healing for me. When I fell, the pain was so bad that my husband had to call 911 just to get me to the hospital. The doctor said this is one of the worst cases he has seen, I basically crushed my bones on impact. I cried when the doctor told me I may never run again, I am a dancer, so I am concerned. But I have faith in dedicated physical therapy, and ASEA-which makes the body heal itself, and at my age I need all the help possible. I am a former Marine who has always been very athletic so I am concerned for my future, but I am determined to train hard to get back to normal as possible. I read stories of people suffering from this same injury, and it saddens me how horrible this injury is to suffer from and I never in a million years ever thought something like this existed. I wish everyone the best of luck in their rehabilitation, and hope that you work hard to train that leg to get back to normal. Life without legs is so difficult, I think about my fall daily and wish to God I could go back to that night and wish I made myself ignore that irritating battery. If you would like information on ASEA, e-mail me at pcsp@live.com. It works in improvement of helping the body heal itself from disease, pain, infection. It is non-toxic and interacts with no medication because redox signing already exists in your body, but diminishes as you age...that is why it takes longer to heal. If you buy it through me, you will be able to discuss any issues with a board certified doctor, and I will answer any questions you may have. i only mention ASEA because it helps the body heal faster with less pain. I truly hate seeing people suffer.

Lots of Luck and God
Bless!
Cherie

Jan 04, 2014
12 Months Out NEW
by: Andy E

Jan. 12, 2013, I slipped on some black ice and uneven pavement on my patio, and broke my right tibia and fibula through and through, with the fibula break about 5 inches above the tibia break, due to the rotation as the breaks occurred. I was 58 when it happened. I got surgery the next day, after a pretty painful reduction. I ended up with a rod through my tibia and two screws in my knee and two in my ankle. I have to say that the home health rehab was nothing like the outpatient PT, and applying yourself to the PT is extremely important. Patience is the most important element to success. I progressed through 25%, 50%, and full weight bearing, getting through wheelchair, crutches, cane and unassisted walking by the time I was 6 months post-op. After that, progress is less evident, getting past the limping, swelling, and pain. A year later, I'm still slightly limping, my foot swells if I don't elevate and cool the ankle, and I get pain if I stay on it too long. The good news is that my threshold time gets longer every day. Coming up on 60 is an unfortunate time for this to happen, but I just approach it with stubborn resolve, like most things.
Stay focused, and talk to those around you. They notice your improvement more than you ever will.

Jan 03, 2014
Recovery Paths Differ NEW
by: TB

I am continually amazed at the very different ways people have been injured and the patterns of their recovery.

I concur with the other comments, keep up your PT. Make sure you have a PT that you trust and can work with you. I think there is a lot of variability in these professionals.

I broke my right tib/fib and below the knee in Sept 2011 in a car accident. I had a compound fracture and got two plates and 13 screws (I am beginning to forget the details). I was hospitalized for almost 3 months and used a wheelchair for almost 6.

Recovery has been slow although steady in many respects. I did not expect the soft tissue and nerve recovery issues that only started after a year into recovery. I really only felt pain at that point which seems to migrate to different parts of my foot, ankle, shin and need. Also the indirect hip, back and shoulder pain from walking awkwardly.

I can go up and down stairs, often with alternate stepping. Yay! but, if I am on my feet a lot one day or walk a fair amount I can barely stand and walk the next day.

I am really feeling the cold weather this week and it is causing a lot of discomfort and stiff walking. This seems new as I don't recall this the past two winters.

I use a warm exercise pool in a local community centre as often as I can and in the summer swim as many times a day as possible in my small outdoor pool. Being in the water is great and eases a lot of the discomfort and allows me to strengthen muscles with little strain.

Do we ever fully recover? not sure but we can keep on keeping on. Happy New Year and yes, we can be grateful to be alive considering some of the accidents we have had. I almost died during my surgery after my accident - my lungs had been crushed and my oxygen levels almost bottomed out - I was on oxygen for about a month and not being able to walk well for a couple of years kind of worked as I did not have the lung capacity to walk across a room.

This year I am breathing better and walking better - things are looking up.

Listen to your body and your pain - be patient and don't give up.

Jan 03, 2014
Hello Jill NEW
by: Margaret

Ouch! That sounds like a nightmare! You must have wondered to yourself ... what have I done.
I fractured Tib/Fib a clean break of both when bowled by two large energetic dogs. I had no idea what I was doing on the ground. It was Christmas Day early morning 2010 and now 3 years later I am still not running! However, it is one of those injuries that take time and the medics cannot really give a time frame. It depends on age and not just the bones are affected but the nerves and tendons. I had nail, one screw at the knee and four screws at the ankle. After 2 and half years I was advised by the surgeon to have the 4 ankle screws removed. The screw heads were close to the surface as there is not much flesh there. That has made a difference as the screws attracted the cold. The ankle in my case has suffered more than the original fracture site. There was about 4 months till slight weight bare and I don't think the ankle likes being immobile for that time. It is a very frustrating injury. Just be prepared to work at it and there is a lot of support on this site as we have all been through it and understand what you are feeling. Keep us all posted.

Jan 02, 2014
To: Jill NEW
by: Julie

Wow, that is bad, so sorry it happened. The worst thing in this injury is resulting arthritis, which I have in my left ankle, and I still have the hardware. I have been told, ankle fusion, which I refuse to do, or a replacement, which I may someday do, but simply cannot right now. I have no paid time off, and very little income at this time. All I can suggest is, do your PT as required, and keep a positive attitude. I went through a period of actual mourning as I was so very active before this injury, walking was my life, and now it is very limited. Take care, and keep us informed.

Jan 02, 2014
Tib fib, plateau and calcaneous fractures NEW
by: Jill

Thanks to everyone on here,

I am an active 48 yr. old female triathlete who also dnjoys renovating my old log home i purchased 3 years ago. On Oct 14 2013 I slipped on my metal roof and slid on my belly 18 feet before shooting off my roof and falling 26 feet down to the ground, landing on my feet causing a compound tib fib fracture in 2 places and a plateau fracture on my left leg, and a calcaneous fracture of my right heel. Honestly, according to statistics I should be dead or paralyzed, but I'm not. Although I'm hurt fairly severely, I still have faith that I will some day again be able to run, swim and cycle In competition. I, like many of you have a IM nail, but with only 2 screws, top and bottom.. I have not been WB at all due to non surgical plateau fracture, and right heel.. The lower screw is causing me some discomfort, I feel as if it is catching on my tendon or ligament. I have been in a wheelchair for 11 weeks, and am now beginning to put 50% WB but its extremely painful. I realize that I am going to have pain but this is almost unbearable.

Dec 24, 2013
pain in knee where rod ends NEW
by: tejas

Hello
I went through surgery in in tibia shaft fracture and im nail is done after 1.5 months two screws below my knee is removed and knee pain is there by rod.
As I put my leg on ground I can feel pain by rod in my knee.
Please suggest what I ll do?
As I am unable to move my legs due to huge pain.

Dec 05, 2013
To Julie NEW
by: Tabbykatt0521

Follow up!! The dr told me I wouldve had to fall to do any damage to my leg so I am good! The pain is because I havent had any weight for 8 weeks and have to ice it for 10 min every 30 min!! Thank God!! I had myself thinking I was going to need another surgery!! :( I go back to the dr on the 17th of Dec!! Hopefully I get to put some weight soon!! thanks for your replies

Dec 05, 2013
To: Tabbykat NEW
by: Julie

That would be best. I was almost 4 months non weight bearing, it was hard. Hoping you hear good news. Keep us posted!

Dec 05, 2013
Julie NEW
by: Tabbykatt0521

I have never had to take anything for reflux or heartburn. I did have very low Vit D several years ago and probably for a very long time as I do not venture out much or drink milk. I am going to call the surgeon in the AM and let them check it since Ive noticed that there is increased swelling where the actual break is. I hope I havent done anything bad I dont want to start this process over :(

Dec 05, 2013
To: Tabbykat NEW
by: Julie

I think maybe you didn't do much to it, with all the hardware in there, in most likely would not have moved at all, but you might ask for an x ray just to be sure. I broke my tib/fib and total dislocation in my left ankle, have plate and screws still in there, and arthritis which has ended my walking for fitness and pleasure days. I am curious. Do you have a history of taking PPI's for reflux or heartburn? I took them for several years, and now bone fractures are a warning on them. Just a personal curiosity for me. Hoping you heal quickly and well.

Dec 05, 2013
ORIF TIB/FIB NEW
by: Tabbykatt0521

SO glad I found this site!!! Let me give you a little background. On Oct 15, 2013 I was walking down my driveway (red dirt road) and with my left food stepped into a rivet (made by car tires) and with my right foot stepped up on the side so I wouldnt get that one stuck as well. When I stepped I felt a snap, looked down and realized I had broken the shin part of my tibia!! Needless to say I ended up in ER, had surgery 2 days later.I had ORIF of fractured distal fibular (lateral malleoulus) with closed IM nailing, the fibula was repaired with plate and 5 screws. OUCH!! I am now almost 8 weeks post op with NWB as of yet. However, today as I was hopping to the steps, I felt I was going to fall and instinctively threw my right leg down and put some weight on it. Do you think I have caused damage?? I have a little more pain than usual, nothing is swollen. Just curious how easy it is to cause damage!! I am also curious how long before you were able to bear weight. Thanks
Tabby

Nov 18, 2013
ORIF NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm 9+ weeks post op and still on crutches per Dr order. Guidance is 12 weeks toe touch weight bearing only. Dr has told me no more impact exercise for life (I was a heavy runner before the injury) since the injury was to the tibial plateau and compressed the TP downward greater than 2cm, requiring quite a bit of grafting. From what I've read, pure tibia of fibula ORIF provides easier recovery than the TP, as the TP is integral to the knee structure. Dr has told me more than once to expect one year "full" recovery. Hope this info helps. Feel free to post a comment with any questions. I'm almost at the end and happy to help.

Nov 18, 2013
football injury NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there,
anyone had ORIF in fibula from football injury? I'm 2.5 weeks post op and the doc said I have to wait till week 6 to have the cast removed.
What is the likelihood that I'll be bale to play sport again and when?
Also did you all get physio on the NHS? How much do they give you?

Nov 18, 2013
football injury NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there,
anyone had ORIF in fibula from football injury? I'm 2.5 weeks post op and the doc said I have to wait till week 6 to have the cast removed.
What is the likelihood that I'll be bale to play sport again and when?
Also did you all get physio on the NHS? How much do they give you?

Oct 19, 2013
Post ORIF Question - Need Support
by: Jim

I am 5 weeks post ORIF and synthetic-grafting due to a tibial plateau fracture, resulting from being hit by a car while running. The doc installed a fairly long plate and 10 screws. I'm at 124 degrees flexsion now after 3 weeks of PT and down to 1.5 norco per day plus some ibuprofin. I'm a 40 yo male.

Throughout the recovery period, I have been significantly more fatigued than prior to the injury. However, the past week has been far worse than the week prior, like I took a step back 3 weeks or so. I'm wondering if anyone out there has (1) experienced a similar injury and circumstance, and/or (2) experienced similar symptoms at this point in the recovery period.

Thanks for any feedback. This is my first ever post on something like this site. As you that have experienced this surgery know, it's difficult to ge through alone. Thanks

Oct 19, 2013
Outpatient rehabilitation
by: Ralph

Started outpatient therapy this week. Therapist and I might not be a match. Started second session by warming up riding a bike. When she says to me I will walk with a limp all my life. I was taken back because it's only the sender session. It being a long haul and all. One bee full weights bearing for over a month and limits are being set for me. I was unhappy. Will speak with her next session. Limits are not my thing. Has anyone else had this issue with their physical therapist before? Orthopedic doctor cleared me to return to work November 12. Yay!!

Oct 19, 2013
achievement
by: james salisbury north wales , uk

Hello all. Just giving you some hope!! I have commented before. Just want to say that on 5th October just gone I completed tough mudder which is a 12 mile obstacle course designed by the special forces. My ankle did hurt towards the end. Think it may be down to the fact that on mile one I lost both my trainers in knee high mud and ran 6 miles bare foot. So it can be done. With determination and thinking positive and patience you will achieve what you need to!!

Oct 19, 2013
achievement
by: james salisbury north wales , uk

Hello all. Just giving you some hope!! I have commented before. Just want to say that on 5th October just gone I completed tough mudder which is a 12 mile obstacle course designed by the special forces. My ankle did hurt towards the end. Think it may be down to the fact that on mile one I lost both my trainers in knee high mud and ran 6 miles bare foot. So it can be done. With determination and thinking positive and patience you will achieve what you need to!!

Oct 17, 2013
progress
by: Ralph

Hi everyone: saw my orthopedic dr today. Everything looks great. On track. It will take a year for me to feel like normal at least the new normal. Outpatient therapy tough. Therapist wrecked me Tuesday but I'm going back for more of a beating tomorrow. Thanks Karla for your kind birthday greeting. It's one hell of a birthday. My best to everyone.

Oct 17, 2013
Happy Birthday Ralph!
by: Anonymous

Hang in there it is a lon g haul!
Karla

Oct 17, 2013
Happy Birthday Ralph!
by: Anonymous

Hang in there it is a lon g haul!
Karla

Oct 17, 2013
Happy Birthday Ralph!
by: Anonymous

Hang in there it is a lon g haul!
Karla

Oct 17, 2013
tib fib break
by: unfortunate

Hello everyone,

This September marks 1 year anniversary of my last surgery. A rod was inserted in my tib, instead of a plate and screws. The best thing that could off heppen to me.

No more pain around the outer of the tib. My body did not like this extra metal around my bone. The screws loosen up after time as well. Not good!

But now 1 year later, I've joined a gym and started to jog on the treadmill and weight lifting. Yay!! been a long road. It takes commitment and your desire to better yourself.

I have to admit that it still feels weird seeing yourself walk normal and exercising. Sometimes I'm a little timid on really putting a lot of stress on the leg. My right leg is begining to look normal again. Muscle mass coming around. I do feel some discomfort around the area of the front insicion. Mainly the skin or possibly inner tissue area.

Take care,
Be strong and faithful, It's a slow process...

Oct 17, 2013
tib fib break
by: unfortunate

Hello everyone,

This September marks 1 year anniversary of my last surgery. A rod was inserted in my tib, instead of a plate and screws. The best thing that could off heppen to me.

No more pain around the outer of the tib. My body did not like this extra metal around my bone. The screws loosen up after time as well. Not good!

But now 1 year later, I've joined a gym and started to jog on the treadmill and weight lifting. Yay!! been a long road. It takes commitment and your desire to better yourself.

I have to admit that it still feels weird seeing yourself walk normal and exercising. Sometimes I'm a little timid on really putting a lot of stress on the leg. My right leg is begining to look normal again. Muscle mass coming around. I do feel some discomfort around the area of the front insicion. Mainly the skin or possibly inner tissue area.

Take care,
Be strong and faithful, It's a slow process...

Oct 17, 2013
tib fib break
by: unfortunate

Hello everyone,

This September marks 1 year anniversary of my last surgery. A rod was inserted in my tib, instead of a plate and screws. The best thing that could off heppen to me.

No more pain around the outer of the tib. My body did not like this extra metal around my bone. The screws loosen up after time as well. Not good!

But now 1 year later, I've joined a gym and started to jog on the treadmill and weight lifting. Yay!! been a long road. It takes commitment and your desire to better yourself.

I have to admit that it still feels weird seeing yourself walk normal and exercising. Sometimes I'm a little timid on really putting a lot of stress on the leg. My right leg is begining to look normal again. Muscle mass coming around. I do feel some discomfort around the area of the front insicion. Mainly the skin or possibly inner tissue area.

Take care,
Be strong and faithful, It's a slow process...

Oct 15, 2013
progress
by: Ralph

Have just finished home therapy. Started outpatient therapy today. I'm driving, walking, exercising. PT today exhausted me but it felt good. Ankle still swells. Knees hurt. Off of pain medication except from Tylenol and advil. Foot still feels like a foreign bodies attached to me. Maybe that will always feel that way. Work possibly in November. Birthday Thursday. I'm thankful to be alive. The best to everyone.

Oct 15, 2013
Still not right
by: Judith Smith

I suffered right tibial plateau fracture in March 2013 as well as right wrist/arm. Both arm and leg have had plates with screws fitted. Am here in October 2013 and although walking (very badly) with crutches I am still not safe enough to be unaided and get a lot of opposite side hip pain when upright as well as heel pain now. I was non weight bearing for 5 months and partial weight bearing for 2 months before being let loose with gutter crutches as I can't press down on ordinary ones due to right arm pain and inflexibility. I have been told 6 months to walk, 6 months to stop hobbling (if ever) and another 6 months for nerves to grow back and numbness to go down so I do read the 'I got better in 6 weeks and began to run again'posts on the internet now with scepticism as no-one with these injuries and surgery on the leg can be expected to leap up and be running marathons within weeks! It's a long' long haul of physio, pain and swelling. The only fun you can get is watching your bad leg turn into the colour and appearance of salami when you first get the bloodflow back!.

Sep 25, 2013
To all the newbies
by: Julie

Hi, I just read three new posts here, and after my tib/fib fracture and total dislocation in September of 2010, I am still having trouble with stairs, one at a time going down, and going up is now hard due to a lot of hip pain. My foot still feels alien to me, it is partly numb all the time, and still my ankle swells if I am on it too much. I have gotten two different braces, which often cause me more discomfort to wear than not, and I have bad post-traumatic arthritis in the ankle. I am now 55, and am only hoping for SSI to be approved so I can only have to work part time. I am hoping for better things for all of you.

Sep 25, 2013
Almost 11 months post injury
by: Karla

ORIF Tib fib plateau fracture with external fixation, and compartment syndrome at beginning of Nov 2012. Due to abnormal gait patterns for months during the healing I now have residual pain, bursitis in hip and low back pain along with knee pain in the other knee. Got a cortizone shot in the hip and therapy for stretching exercises. But, admittedly, the Dr originally said recovery would take 1 yr. He was right. I can see gradual improvement. i still am not confident on stairs. But at least I can walk. Definitely a life changing event.

Sep 25, 2013
On one cane
by: Ralph

Tib/fib fracture from being hit by a truck while running on the sidewalk. Full weight bearing since September 19th. I'm now walking with one cane, sometimes no canes around my apartment. Walking stairs, going out finally - super market, Apple orchard, even Walmart. But the pain has increased tenfold. Pain medication has once again become a vital part of recovery with all of its awful side effects like extreme constipation. Pain all the time. I want to be myself again so badly. But nothing is the same anymore. Will my feet ever feel like they're part of me again, not something separate that hangs at the end of my ankles and swells up every day. Shower chairs,speciall toilet seats, exercises that take hours to complete, pain, life changed forever because of one man. Feeling blah. Take care everyone.

Sep 25, 2013
just having hope I could walk a liittle faster..
by: cookie

I had a car accident April 14, 2012 I broke my tibia and fibia Im walking but not fast enough I could go up the stairs fine but coming down one foot at a time . Seven months ago.my Orthopedic doctor told me one of my bone wasn't mended so let nature do its course let mend on its own, see you in six months . We'll I had my last appointment my bones healed but now the X-ray showing that Im getting arthritis and theres nothing he could do for me anymore I cannot go back to work I still cant stand on my feet that long cause my foot stiffens up . Maybe I still need more time .

Sep 25, 2013
just having hope I could walk a liittle faster..
by: cookie

I had a car accident April 14, 2012 I broke my tibia and fibia Im walking but not fast enough I could go up the stairs fine but coming down one foot at a time . Seven months ago.my Orthopedic doctor told one of my bone wasn't mended so let nature do it course let mend on its own see you in six months . We'll I had my last appointment my bones healed but now the X-ray showing that Im getting arthritis and theres nothing he could do for me anymore I cant work I still cant stand on my feet that long cause my foot stiffens up . Maybe I still need more time .

Sep 25, 2013
just having hope I could walk a liittle faster..
by: cookie

I had a car accident April 14, 2012 I broke my tibia and fibia Im walking but not fast enough I could go up the stairs fine but coming down one foot at a time . Seven months ago.my Orthopedic doctor told one of my bone wasn't mended so let nature do it course let mend on its own see you in six months . We'll I had my last appointment my bones healed but now the X-ray showing that Im getting arthritis and theres nothing he could do for me anymore I cant work I still cant stand on my feet that long cause my foot stiffens up . Maybe I still need more time .

Sep 17, 2013
Patience, Grasshopper
by: powderpuff

If somebody had told me on January 21, 2012, that I would be still dealing with the effects of my injury, I would have thrown myself off a bridge then and there.

However, here I am, 20 months out from my skiing accident and still not quite right. Three surgeries later, the leg is crooked, shorter, and not even the same colour or temperature as the other one.

But that's the way it is. Expecting your life to be exactly the same as it was before may not be realistic for many of us, but life does go on and you deal with it.

Work hard, eat well, and do as much of what you CAN do as possible. You'll make it through.

Good luck, everyone!

Sep 17, 2013
Full weight bearing yesterday
by: Ralph

Tib/fib fracture. Was hit by a truck while running. Just was cleared for full weight bearing on left leg. Pt took off the arm supports on my walker. Also walking with two canes-outdoor walking sticks around my apartment. The difference is like night and day. The pain has increased ten-fold. Both knees screaming at me. Pain killers increased. 100 percent different than 50-70. No weight distribution through arms anymore. Feeling very down. So don't think your comments are boring people because they are not. Two days in and not feeling better.

Sep 17, 2013
Open fracture left tib/fib
by: james salisbury

Hello. I feel your pain, I snapped my tib/fib bones in my left ankle in April 2007. I recieved a lot of intense physio and I am no better off.I have taken so many pain killers. I have continued to play football and run etc to try and lead a "NORMAL" life as possible as im only 26. I have 7 screw and a plate in my ankle, it causes me pain nearly everyday, I could be stood still and I get a sharp pain out of nowhere which causes me real agony, I know people say you shouldnt play sports if its causing me so much pain, but its difficult to let these things go.

I am begining to look at what lies ahead in regards to my future and my mobility, I fear not being able to work and provide for my family. I have considered early retirement from football this year as ive just bought a new Giant Mountain bike for low impact adrenaline sports.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I have to weigh up the pro`s and con`s of my current situation. I do wish I had not stepped off that wall drunk but it was something I had done as a kid all the way up to adulthood.

If anyone has any advice on what Could reduce my pain and improve my lifestyle ,I`m all ears. Sorry for boring you and thank you for reading . James ,North Wales , UK

Sep 17, 2013
Open fracture left tib/fib
by: james salisbury

Hello. I feel your pain, I snapped my tib/fib bones in my left ankle in April 2007. I recieved a lot of intense physio and I am no better off.I have taken so many pain killers. I have continued to play football and run etc to try and lead a "NORMAL" life as possible as im only 26. I have 7 screw and a plate in my ankle, it causes me pain nearly everyday, I could be stood still and I get a sharp pain out of nowhere which causes me real agony, I know people say you shouldnt play sports if its causing me so much pain, but its difficult to let these things go.

I am begining to look at what lies ahead in regards to my future and my mobility, I fear not being able to work and provide for my family. I have considered early retirement from football this year as ive just bought a new Giant Mountain bike for low impact adrenaline sports.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I have to weigh up the pro`s and con`s of my current situation. I do wish I had not stepped off that wall drunk but it was something I had done as a kid all the way up to adulthood.

If anyone has any advice on what Could reduce my pain and improve my lifestyle ,I`m all ears. Sorry for boring you and thank you for reading . James ,North Wales , UK

Sep 17, 2013
Open fracture left tib/fib
by: james salisbury

Hello. I feel your pain, I snapped my tib/fib bones in my left ankle in April 2007. I recieved a lot of intense physio and I am no better off.I have taken so many pain killers. I have continued to play football and run etc to try and lead a "NORMAL" life as possible as im only 26. I have 7 screw and a plate in my ankle, it causes me pain nearly everyday, I could be stood still and I get a sharp pain out of nowhere which causes me real agony, I know people say you shouldnt play sports if its causing me so much pain, but its difficult to let these things go.

I am begining to look at what lies ahead in regards to my future and my mobility, I fear not being able to work and provide for my family. I have considered early retirement from football this year as ive just bought a new Giant Mountain bike for low impact adrenaline sports.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but I have to weigh up the pro`s and con`s of my current situation. I do wish I had not stepped off that wall drunk but it was something I had done as a kid all the way up to adulthood.

If anyone has any advice on what Could reduce my pain and improve my lifestyle ,I`m all ears. Sorry for boring you and thank you for reading . James ,North Wales , UK

Sep 11, 2013
2 years and still not all the way there
by: TB

Yesterday marked the 2nd anniversary of my own car accident and I feel my leg and foot are almost working as a regular leg and foot. As I read the various stories that people are posting I realize there is no typical injury nor a typical recovery. I had a compound fracture above my ankle with both tib and fib shattered as well as a break below the knee. I was non weight bearing for almost 4 months and used a wheelchair for close to 6 months - intermittently with a walker. I only started having pain after almost a year as soft tissue - nerve recovery etc. I usually can walk up stairs properly and walk down properly sometimes (more often each month). I still can't walk distances without tremendous discomfort - mostly in knee, hip and shoulder.

all in all don't give up and know it can be very slow


Sep 11, 2013
Hit by truck
by: Ralph

Mid June I was running on a large sidewalk when a truck came up onto the sidewalk and hit me. It threw me 35 feet in the air. I landed in the backyard of a house I was passing. Tib-fib fracture of my left leg, mcl tear in right leg, broken right wrist. Operation put me in a brace locked in extention and an outside fixster unit. Cast on right wrist. 3 weeks later, the second operation, plates and screws in left leg, brace on right. After two and a half months in rehab center where I hopped, pivoted, learned how to walk again, I have been sent home. PT is difficult. Leg hurts, ankle stiff, sleep a forgotten art, and one leg slightly shorter than the other. Almost 3 months in since accident and still on pain medication and feeling like it hasn't improved enough. Does it improve? Dr appointment on Monday. Full weight bearing. Will that make a difference? Awake and in pain.

Sep 08, 2013
Keep at it!
by: Judy

Broke both the tibia and fibula in a car crash in Feb., 20013. The bone came through my skin on the inner part of my ankle and my foot turned around, going up the back of my leg. I had an excellent surgeon, spent a month in a rehab place, another month with in-home physical therapy, 3 months of outpatient therapy and now doing home program and going to the fitness center. Going downstairs is still quite difficult, upstairs also to a lesser degree. I was weight-bearing at 5-1/2 weeks, used a walker until I was at the 10 week mark, then one crutch, a cane and now nothing. My foot still has some swelling, and about half of the foot feels a pins and needles sensation. When I turn my foot inward, it's painful right above where the bone came through the skin. I'm told this is my tendon still needing to normalize. I really believe you have to say good things to your body, as the body listens to what the brain tells it. I get a sore back after walking 6 laps at the fitness center track, but can use the exercise bike for a half hour with no problems. Oh yes, I also banged the opposite knee in the crash and am now doing physical therapy on that, hoping to avoid a knee replacement. If you think you aren't making progress, look backwards a month and you will probably find you're better than you were a month ago. I was told at the onset that recovery could take 6-12 months and I sort of inwardly scoffed at that. Now I believe them! Be good to yourselves and picture yourself feeling better. Baby steps! Also, I have to say golfing this summer helped tremendously. I used a riding cart, but walking on uneven ground and up on the greens really was good for my foot.

Sep 08, 2013
Keep at it!
by: Judy

Broke both the tibia and fibula in a car crash in Feb., 20013. The bone came through my skin on the inner part of my ankle and my foot turned around, going up the back of my leg. I had an excellent surgeon, spent a month in a rehab place, another month with in-home physical therapy, 3 months of outpatient therapy and now doing home program and going to the fitness center. Going downstairs is still quite difficult, upstairs also to a lesser degree. I was weight-bearing at 5-1/2 weeks, used a walker until I was at the 10 week mark, then one crutch, a cane and now nothing. My foot still has some swelling, and about half of the foot feels a pins and needles sensation. When I turn my foot inward, it's painful right above where the bone came through the skin. I'm told this is my tendon still needing to normalize. I really believe you have to say good things to your body, as the body listens to what the brain tells it. I get a sore back after walking 6 laps at the fitness center track, but can use the exercise bike for a half hour with no problems. Oh yes, I also banged the opposite knee in the crash and am now doing physical therapy on that, hoping to avoid a knee replacement. If you think you aren't making progress, look backwards a month and you will probably find you're better than you were a month ago. I was told at the onset that recovery could take 6-12 months and I sort of inwardly scoffed at that. Now I believe them! Be good to yourselves and picture yourself feeling better. Baby steps! Also, I have to say golfing this summer helped tremendously. I used a riding cart, but walking on uneven ground and up on the greens really was good for my foot.

Sep 08, 2013
Keep at it!
by: Judy

Broke both the tibia and fibula in a car crash in Feb., 20013. The bone came through my skin on the inner part of my ankle and my foot turned around, going up the back of my leg. I had an excellent surgeon, spent a month in a rehab place, another month with in-home physical therapy, 3 months of outpatient therapy and now doing home program and going to the fitness center. Going downstairs is still quite difficult, upstairs also to a lesser degree. I was weight-bearing at 5-1/2 weeks, used a walker until I was at the 10 week mark, then one crutch, a cane and now nothing. My foot still has some swelling, and about half of the foot feels a pins and needles sensation. When I turn my foot inward, it's painful right above where the bone came through the skin. I'm told this is my tendon still needing to normalize. I really believe you have to say good things to your body, as the body listens to what the brain tells it. I get a sore back after walking 6 laps at the fitness center track, but can use the exercise bike for a half hour with no problems. Oh yes, I also banged the opposite knee in the crash and am now doing physical therapy on that, hoping to avoid a knee replacement. If you think you aren't making progress, look backwards a month and you will probably find you're better than you were a month ago. I was told at the onset that recovery could take 6-12 months and I sort of inwardly scoffed at that. Now I believe them! Be good to yourselves and picture yourself feeling better. Baby steps! Also, I have to say golfing this summer helped tremendously. I used a riding cart, but walking on uneven ground and up on the greens really was good for my foot.

Sep 08, 2013
Keep at it!
by: Judy

Broke both the tibia and fibula in a car crash in Feb., 20013. The bone came through my skin on the inner part of my ankle and my foot turned around, going up the back of my leg. I had an excellent surgeon, spent a month in a rehab place, another month with in-home physical therapy, 3 months of outpatient therapy and now doing home program and going to the fitness center. Going downstairs is still quite difficult, upstairs also to a lesser degree. I was weight-bearing at 5-1/2 weeks, used a walker until I was at the 10 week mark, then one crutch, a cane and now nothing. My foot still has some swelling, and about half of the foot feels a pins and needles sensation. When I turn my foot inward, it's painful right above where the bone came through the skin. I'm told this is my tendon still needing to normalize. I really believe you have to say good things to your body, as the body listens to what the brain tells it. I get a sore back after walking 6 laps at the fitness center track, but can use the exercise bike for a half hour with no problems. Oh yes, I also banged the opposite knee in the crash and am now doing physical therapy on that, hoping to avoid a knee replacement. If you think you aren't making progress, look backwards a month and you will probably find you're better than you were a month ago. I was told at the onset that recovery could take 6-12 months and I sort of inwardly scoffed at that. Now I believe them! Be good to yourselves and picture yourself feeling better. Baby steps! Also, I have to say golfing this summer helped tremendously. I used a riding cart, but walking on uneven ground and up on the greens really was good for my foot.

Sep 08, 2013
Keep at it!
by: Judy

Broke both the tibia and fibula in a car crash in Feb., 20013. The bone came through my skin on the inner part of my ankle and my foot turned around, going up the back of my leg. I had an excellent surgeon, spent a month in a rehab place, another month with in-home physical therapy, 3 months of outpatient therapy and now doing home program and going to the fitness center. Going downstairs is still quite difficult, upstairs also to a lesser degree. I was weight-bearing at 5-1/2 weeks, used a walker until I was at the 10 week mark, then one crutch, a cane and now nothing. My foot still has some swelling, and about half of the foot feels a pins and needles sensation. When I turn my foot inward, it's painful right above where the bone came through the skin. I'm told this is my tendon still needing to normalize. I really believe you have to say good things to your body, as the body listens to what the brain tells it. I get a sore back after walking 6 laps at the fitness center track, but can use the exercise bike for a half hour with no problems. Oh yes, I also banged the opposite knee in the crash and am now doing physical therapy on that, hoping to avoid a knee replacement. If you think you aren't making progress, look backwards a month and you will probably find you're better than you were a month ago. I was told at the onset that recovery could take 6-12 months and I sort of inwardly scoffed at that. Now I believe them! Be good to yourselves and picture yourself feeling better. Baby steps! Also, I have to say golfing this summer helped tremendously. I used a riding cart, but walking on uneven ground and up on the greens really was good for my foot.

Sep 05, 2013
To Jay
by: Julie

Hi, I am not sure of your age, but I broke my ankle badly, tib/fib, complet dislocation, along with comnition (?) or some shattering. I was 52, and it happened in September of 2010. I was non weight bearing for 4 months, then was in a walking boot for another 2 months. I was a circulation clerk at the Library, and had always been an avid walker, 4 to 6 miles a day for years. The surgeon who did my repair, told me the hardware was permanent, and he put restrictions on my standing and walking. I have pretty bad arthritis, still have numbness in my foot, and if I overdo the walking, am almost unable to walk on it at all by the nighttime. I lost my job at the Library due to the limitations. I am sorry to say, it did change my life. I can no longer do my fitness walking. I wish I could say you may be an exception, in fact you may, but don't expect too much.

Sep 05, 2013
Spiral tib/fib fracture
by: Jay

On Feb 13, 2013 I (age 48) slipped on black ice and sustained spiral fractures of my right tibia and fibula. In addition, the flared corners where these bones meet the ankle joint were broken off as well. The day I broke my leg, I thought I’d be back at work in 3 days but was out of work for 2 months. One week later I had surgery to repair the breaks. Two plates and 13 screws where needed to put it all back together. The doctor told me I could expect a full recovery in 6 to 12 months. I was on crutches for four months, a walking boot for the fifth month, and then on to full weight bearing. At six months out, I asked the doctor for expectations on walking without pain and then running. At this point I was told that for many people this injury is a life changing event, and running is something I should put off trying to do until the 12 month point. Today, at almost 7 months, I am happily walking 10,000 steps a day. The downside is, my leg/ankle is still very stiff even after months of physical therapy. If I start to walk after sitting for 30 minutes or more, it is quite painful for the first 50 steps or so. I still look funny going down stairs and I am nowhere near as stable on my feet as I was before my slip. Uneven sidewalks, clumps of grass and pretty much anything under my foot causes pain. Still missing sensation in parts of the bottom of my foot. Doc wants plates and screws to stay in forever, but I have thin ankles and believe circulation issues may contribute to the stiffness. I am expecting 100% recovery so I am always using PT devices throughout the day to try to flex the foot. I am way better today, but still have a long way to go before I will feel normal again.

Jun 19, 2013
Long Haul
by: Karla

Yes, this was a life changing event. My fracture was in Nov 2012, and though I am walking without an assistive device, I still have difficulty with stairs. Aqua therapy helps, I need chlorine not bromine for the pool chemical as I developed an allergyto bromine. The water therapy really helps with the swelling. I joined the local YMCA and use the therapy pool about 2x/week. Leg press machine also helps strengthen my leg. I still can't lay on that side in bed..pain in my thigh, have no clue why. Ankle swelling is bad. It looks like my ankle swallowed a cantalope by the end of the day. If I wear compression knee high stockings, it controls the swelling somewhat. When I walk too much my back hurtsm probably because when I fell I turned and fell onto my back rather than falling head first. I am 61. Getting older was bad enough without adding a bum leg!

Jun 13, 2013
keep the faith
by: Rudy

Hi my name is Rudy,I had a skiing accident on March 23,2013. On the24th at 7:00a.m. I went to surgery. I had what they call a boot fracture. One break was spiraled the other straight thru. My knee was busted. As a result I ended up with a rod Implanted in my tibia with 2 screws to hold it. Also had a plate in my knee with 6 screws. First nine weeks were total bed rest. I am now able to put 50 percent weight bearing. I have a cast boot which really helps.I'm able to take steps without pain. Leg is stiff but doing well. I had some therapy at home for twelve visits with stretching knee bending and generally just keeping the muscles from getting stiff. Last visit Dr told me down the road I will go to therapy for strengthening. Things seemed really bleak at first but now I see a little Sun thru the clouds now.Emotions have been off the chart. Anger at the out of control snowboarder, there were only five people around when he hit me he actually came up the trail to get me. Depression laying in a bed peeing in a cammod for nine weeks. Finally acceptance, accepting the fact that this has happened and there was nothing I could do about it. I just want to say to anyone reading this do what your doctor says he knows best let him guide you thru and for goodness sake let people help.In ending I'd like to say I too am a little older I'm 62 a great skier and I cannot wait to hit the slopes in January in Pennsylvania.
Also want to say I love my Dr.Sexton he did great work. He is a trauma surgeon I think he is the best. Oh yeah there is an animation off the surgery on u tube. Bye for now.

May 09, 2013
To Karla
by: Julie

Hi, I just wanted to say, I hope you do well, many of us have found our lives changed completely from this injury. My Tib/Fib total dislocation, and ORIF surgery did change mine. I am now 55, and getting towards 3 years since, and still have swelling and difficulty being on my feet for too long at a time. I have post traumatic osteoarthritis, and it has even affected my right hip, which I feel is from not walking normally. I lost my job due to not being able to stand, and was unemployed for over two years. I am now working part time, and even this job requires me to be on my feet far more than I am comfortable with. So, I will be hoping for much better for you. If you are younger, it should be easier.

May 09, 2013
Tib/Fib Plateau Fx
by: Karla

I casn sympathize. Mid Nov 2012, I missed 2 basement steps and ended up with a Tib/Fib plateau Fx and compartment syndrome. Following a wound vac, external fixation and 3 surgeries, of which both my tib and fib bones were outlined with wires to hold them together, I am on the mend. I was non wt bearing for 3 months. I still has swelling, esp around my ankle. At least I am walking with out a cane. I developed an allergy to the bromine in the therapy pool but I have joined the Y and they use chlorine which I can tolerate. I go to the therapy pool at least 2 x/wk. The water helps keep the swelling down. But I am amazed how long this is taking. I still have difficulty with stairs. When I sleep I have trouble turning over and have to lift my leg to turn. It is especially bad after an active weekend or allot of walking. It has been 6 months now, grateful to be wal;king and back to work but still not 100%; other people just don't understand how long this recovery takes. Dr said I will be limping for another 6-9 months.

May 01, 2013
To Janice
by: Margret

You have my sympathy...I have followed this site over the last 2 plus years after breaking Tib and fib the frustration is hard especially if you were active. . You did not say how the fracture was managed...it has taken me time but make sure you do plenty of physio and in my case after this amount of time, a gym has been a great help to strengthen the muscles which weakened. Pain... Yes I agree nothing to compare it with, tears, frustration etc all of those.. Be mindful, keep positive and take heart that you are not alone (I am also and oldie and am told we take a bit longer to heal,)

May 01, 2013
trauma abroad
by: janice

Hi I have just returned from Tunisia, where I fell after b eing pestered by someone wanting to seel quad bike rides, and I broke two ribs, and my tibia, I believe its called a tibis plateau fracture, I was operated on in Tunisia and had five days in hospital, I have never had pain like that in my whole life I am 64yrs old, had three children, but this beats the lot, I am now home waiting for home physio to start, stuck in a wheelchair and am housebound and thoroughly down in the dumps. my life is not my own at the moment, and yes we all take what is so normal to do, for granted. why why why

May 01, 2013
trauma abroad
by: janice

Hi I have just returned from Tunisia, where I fell after b eing pestered by someone wanting to seel quad bike rides, and I broke two ribs, and my tibia, I believe its called a tibis plateau fracture, I was operated on in Tunisia and had five days in hospital, I have never had pain like that in my whole life I am 64yrs old, had three children, but this beats the lot, I am now home waiting for home physio to start, stuck in a wheelchair and am housebound and thoroughly down in the dumps. my life is not my own at the moment, and yes we all take what is so normal to do, for granted. why why why

Apr 30, 2013
muscle damage
by: Anonymous

hi my name is kevin, on feb 9th 2013 i was in a horrible motorcycle accident. i was left alone in the middle of the road. i broke my left leg in half in three diffrent places. i broke my right leg twice and shattered my hands. i had a rod inserted into my left tibia also. the doctors said i wouldnt walk for months because both legs were broken. 11 days later i walked out of the hospital. three weeks later i was walking without any walker or crutches. now april 30 im back at work. my left leg still hurts but every day gets easier. im worried about muscle and nerve damage tho. does muscles and nerves repair themselves? why are some people cut below the knee and others above the knee?

Apr 30, 2013
muscle damage
by: Anonymous

hi my name is kevin, on feb 9th 2013 i was in a horrible motorcycle accident. i was left alone in the middle of the road. i broke my left leg in half in three diffrent places. i broke my right leg twice and shattered my hands. i had a rod inserted into my left tibia also. the doctors said i wouldnt walk for months because both legs were broken. 11 days later i walked out of the hospital. three weeks later i was walking without any walker or crutches. now april 30 im back at work. my left leg still hurts but every day gets easier. im worried about muscle and nerve damage tho. does muscles and nerves repair themselves? why are some people cut below the knee and others above the knee?

Apr 09, 2013
I feel your pain!
by: Carli

I broke my tib/fib last June. It's been almost a year and I'm just now starting to walk somewhat normal. I do have days where it still swells up, and I have sharp sudden pains from time to time. I went to physical therapy, I didn't feel that it helped me at all with exception to the ultrasound. The ultrasound treatment they use it very soothing to the area. I do think it stimulates blood flow to the area to induce healing. I think you're doing pretty good for your recovery at the 6 month mark. I wouldn't expect a fill recovery for another 18 months.

Apr 09, 2013
I feel your pain!
by: Carli

I broke my tib/fib last June. It's been almost a year and I'm just now starting to walk somewhat normal. I do have days where it still swells up, and I have sharp sudden pains from time to time. I went to physical therapy, I didn't feel that it helped me at all with exception to the ultrasound. The ultrasound treatment they use it very soothing to the area. I do think it stimulates blood flow to the area to induce healing. I think you're doing pretty good for your recovery at the 6 month mark. I wouldn't expect a fill recovery for another 18 months.

Apr 04, 2013
tib fib compound break
by: unfortunate

Hello you fine people,

Me again...

Well it's been sometime since my last update. Spandana, I feel for you. I have to say though that the best thing for me has been the rod my Doc performed on me my last surgery. That was my third surgery to correct the break.

My last surgery was on Sept 2012. Almost seven months now. I can walk sort of normal with minimal discomfort. Looks like the swealling has stop as well. My muscle mass though is still off. The DOC has recommended a membership at the local gym. To help with muscle mass and cardial. A little weight loss wouln't hurt either. LOL.

It's going to be a long recovery, have faith and lots of patience. Follow your DOC's intructions.

For those of you that continue to have a lot of pain due to your plates. My firts DOC also told me that it was suppose to stay for ever. Turns out that it was not the correct surgery for my leg. I too had a lot of needle pain around the plates. The more weight on the leg the worst the pain. A rod makes a world of difference, I dont even feel it. It runs through your tibia. Acts like your bone. It actually ads stability to your tibia. The only thing is, that I sometimes still have some scar tissue discomfort around the knee were the incision was made. I still have some stiffness around the ankle as well.

I believe I'm about 80% recovered from my bad break. I will start to slow jog to see how the leg reacts. I think I'm a little behind now on my rehab.

Good luck and keep your head up.

Bye,
Unfortunate



Mar 23, 2013
3 months to heaven
by: Anonymous

january 19th 2013 , i slipped and fell and fractured my tibia and fibia in several places , 16 screws and 22 staples later , spent a week in the trauma unit , said it was a very bad injury,i would rather be in labor with no medicine than what i went through , the pain was severe, this was truly the worst thing i've ever gone through, relying on others also for the past two months wasn't easy ,couldn't walk at all, on a walker and had to hop on one leg , a brace from the top of my leg to my ankle,with 5 steel rods in it , lousy to wear..the hardest part for me is not being able to have a bath or shower , have to sit and sponge bath , and sleeping is another story , then it was all the drugs i was on all heavy duty , your body hurts from head to toe , the surgeon said i have 6 more weeks till i can walk if everything goes alright , fingers crossed

Mar 23, 2013
hit by a car-tibia fibula fracture
by: spandana

Hey guys, it feels so good that I m not only the one going through this...I met with an accident on January 25th 2013...it was the worst thing happened to me ever:( I broke my tibia and fibula badly...a rod,plate and 10 screws are being inserted into my leg...I can't move walk or do anything by myself..it is really heartbreaking to depend on someone for each and every small work.
Doc told me best rest for 8 weeks...I m hoping to walk soon.Going to hospital on Monday..:) hope for the best..guys! Never loose your hope..there is always a hope for betterment.My prayers for all of you:)

Feb 26, 2013
To Margaret
by: Julie

Hi! Yes, I so agree that this site has been a blessing. I was so depressed after my injury, still have bad days when I get so discouraged that I can't do the things I used to take for granted. You are so right that life changed in an instant. And I do agree that the hardware in my ankle, at least does help make things more difficult. But at least we can moan to one another now and then and not feel so alone. Take care.

Feb 26, 2013
It's been awhile
by: Nonni

It's been awhile since I was on this page, but like
most of you, this page was my lifeline when I got
hurt Dec 2010. Was so discouraged with broken left
tibia(split down the middle) and shattered wrist. Metal plate
with 10 screws in wrist and metal plate with 12 screws in leg.. This page gave me hope. Today I can walk really good..except stairs give me a challenge. I can't run, but can walk fast...well, not really that fast, but fast enough. My wrist does pretty darn
good and can do almost anything with it. So, please don't get discouraged. Prayers to you all.

Feb 26, 2013
Mergie, Alex, powder puff and Julie and others!
by: Maragret

My goodness! This is such a good site to have communication from so many of us who have questions re: this injury.. mine was Xmas 2010 fracture tib and fib, clean break after being bowled by two very large dogs. I had rod into the tib, 2 screws near the knee and 4 into the ankle. Life changing in a split second. even at the age of 77 was active, walked, and in no way felt my age. I have stiffness in the ankle, which swells at the back of the heel making finding shoes difficult, and walk with a limp. I have recently had another x-ray and waiting to hear from my Dr. I have had lots of PT, and swim in hot pools but no miracle cure yet. I wonder if it is the metal work that slows down our recovery? Some of your injuries are multiple, and I ams sure with youth on your side you have better chances then a 'premature oldie'!

Feb 26, 2013
Mergie
by: Julie

Yes, keep me informed. I have found other ways to be active, I have an exercise bike, and if I can afford it this summer, plan to swim also. But I loved walking so much, it was my escape as well as my fitness. I could think and work things out while getting exercise to boot. Hang in there!

Feb 26, 2013
Thank you Julie.
by: mergie

Thank you for the reply. I hope you are right Julie.
I'll give a little more info:
Im 40 and was very active. The Dr's seem to think it is a pretty serious even thought I shouldn't need surgery. I was in the hospital for three nights.
I already have arthritis in my feet and along with the ankle I broke every bone across my foot - not the toes. The fracture is at the very end of the fibula. It is shattered - comminuted.
I hope to get more info next friday when I get re xrayed and a new cast. I will report back.
The back was awful, but recovery is going to take a lot longer with this injury. I was already walking 2-3 miles a day four weeks after the back injury. That won't be an option with the ankle/foot, I'm non weight bearing at least 6 weeks. I love to run and am afraid that wont be possible.

Feb 26, 2013
To Mergie
by: Julie

Hi, Sorry for your troubles, geez, back and ankle too. You didn't give your age, but I broke my left ankle in 2010, at age 52, and in my surgical report the surgeon said there was a lot of comunition, probably spelled that wrong, but in other words, it was a bad break. I used to walk 4 to 6 miles a day, and now due to the hardware, nerve damage, and arthritis, can barely walk the mall without it swelling and hurting. So, if no arthritis, no hardware, I say your chances are good of being back to normal. Keep us informed.

Feb 26, 2013
Not as bad as everyone else.
by: mergie

Hi Guys - glad to have found this page. My injuries are not as severe as everyone else but I though I'd share.
I had been recovering from a broken back for almost two months when my ankle and foot were stomped on by a galloping horse.
I was so mad because I knew it wasn't going to be good and had already been thru so much repairing my back. I couldn't bear weight after I got stomped on but my car was close. I was brought to my car and drove myself to the hospital and had the nice valet bring me a wheelchair.
I heard the X-ray tech go "wow" when my X-ray came up. I broke all five metatarsals and I have a comminuted fracture of my distal fibula - aka shattered ankle. But despite all the breAks, nothing was displaced. So after waiting a long time, the dr's decided no surgery.
Like most here, I'm very active/athletic. This happened a week ago and I have no idea what to expect. I'm in a hard cast and go for a recheck in a little more than a week.
I'm pretty much keep my leg elevated most of the time right now and non weight bearing for at least six weeks. If I get up my foot instantly turns red/purple and really starts to hurt.
I'll continue to follow this page and everyone's stories. I wish you all the best.

Feb 26, 2013
Tib/Fib open fracture
by: Alex

I am 22 yrs old and was struck from behind by a SUV while walking to the store on 12/22/12 and broke my heel in my left foot which healed in less then a month, I also broke my Fibula and Tibia in my right leg about 4 inches above my ankle which actually broke through the skin and they had to insert a rod in through a 6 inch incision on the side of my right knee. I have 2 screws in my ankle and 2 more about 2 inches from my knee. Had a visit with my ortho doctor on 2/8/13 and my Tibia showed no signs of healing yet but my Fibula with the rod fused to it was healing great. The main concerns I have is I go through spurts of extreme pain from my right knee near the kneecap, and also alot of pain where the 2 screws in my ankle are. When ever I bend my knee I can feel it grinding inside the joint with constant pain. Dr. told me I can walk with a walker but I can't stand any weight on my right leg. I'm wondering if its arthritis in my knee since I'm not sure what type of surgery they did to me while I was in the hospital. Been 2 months since I got my stitches taken out and it still keeps swelling up even on days I don't move it. Any kind of feedback would be appreciated since my Dr. seems to think I am too young to be in this much pain and refuses to give me any sort of medication to help me out. I have a physical therapist coming out to the house 3 days a week and I can't do over half the stuff he needs me to do because the pain is unbearable.

Feb 25, 2013
Thirteen months out...
by: powderpuff

On January 21, 2012, I broke my tibia and fibula in a skiing crash. The tibia was broken into several pieces mid-shaft, and the fibula snapped about 5cm above the ankle. IM rod and three screws were installed in the tibia, and the fibula was left alone.

Five months later, is was still in a fibreglass cast, still 100% NWB and not healing. My surgeons removed the proximal screw, nearest the knee, and had me move into an air cast to start weight-bearing. The idea was to dynamize the fracture and stimulate bone growth. It failed.

On October 30th, I had a total hardware replacement and a bone graft, with material taken from my iliac crest. Not fun, and five days in hospital after losing a lot of blood.

Now, it seems to be finally healing, but the ankle is very sore and stiff, and the circulation below the fracture site is terrible! Hoping to start physio soon, but my doc doesn't believe in it, either. Not sure it will ever be the same again, but have my fingers crossed! Good luck to all!

Jan 23, 2013
my broken tib and fib
by: hirak jyoti das

hii,i
am 22 yrs old.and i had an accident due to which i have broken my tibia
and fibula.so how much days or months it will take to heal
completly.and after how many months i will able2 run,play,ride byke.pls
help me out.

Dec 23, 2012
Reply to Tom
by: Nikki

Wow, your son had a terrible, horrific accident. It sounds as if he is doing amazingly well considering what he has been through. If he spent all that time in the hospital it's no wonder he gets exhausted so quickly, it will take him some time to acclimate to regular life again. I was off legs for six months and it took me a good four months to 'get back' in some shape or form. In fact I am still recovering and recently had another surgery - my accident was 2 years ago this January.My surgeon told me recently that my leg was going to be my 4th child ( I have 3 already!) because it will always need to be taken care of. Your son has had 12 surgeries to my 2! Is he still on pain meds? Because that could be making him extra tired. It sounds like the accident must have caused a lot of tissue and muscle involvement too.I broke my tib/fib and shattered my tibial plafond (down by my ankle ) into 4 pieces. I cannot run easily at all any longer and even going down stairs is hard since my leg just can't get the angle it used to do. Your son's must have been much worse judging by the number of surgeries and you also mention he is now shorter on one side which would make running more difficult I imagine. My advice is for him to keep pushing for what he wants out of life,whilst remembering that sadly he will never be as he was before. That's been hard for me to accept but it also keeps me pushing to try to improve all the time. He sounds like an amazingly brave kid, and kids do bounce back better than us oldies I think.Keep us posted with how he gets on.

Dec 23, 2012
AFter Fib Tib and Orbital Fixator
by: Tom

Hi everyone.
My 14 yr old son is just out of 13 months in the hospital. He was on the back of an ATV when a kid pulled on the main road. His leg went down into the chain and shredded from his knee down.
He wore an orbital fixator for a year and has had 12 surgeries so far.
He is at home now and I have pushed him to use his leg. He was sent home with crutches but we took them after a week and I bought him a cane. After another week he is not using the cane at home but takes it to school. He has a 2 inch lift in his shoes to balance him out and they are planning to break the growth plates in his other leg.
He is doing great and has an exceptional attitude. He even wants to be a medic like his dad and older brother. I am wondering from other experience if this may be possible? He is young so that is on his side but like many others on here he does get the ankle pain and tired easily. I tok him to Walmart and he after 20 min in the store we came home and he slet for 16 hours. He was beat out. Being in my profession I do push him and his attitude is he wants to run and play soccer again. Does anyone have any long term experience with this type of fracture and outcome. When I got on scene, unfortunatly I found it to be my son I was responding to. He had broken fib, tib, pelvic and his leg was held on by 1 inch of skin with bleediing from the bone. I didn't think he was even going to make it so the outcome thus far is amazing. Thanks for any replies.

Nov 24, 2012
Should I or Shouldn't I have the surgery?
by: t. Smith

I fell down concrete steps, about 9 of them. I saw an orthopedic surgeon and he said I have a right tibial plateau fracture with 3mm displacement. He wants to do an Open reduction, internal fixation. He did only x-rays and a CT scan so I don't know what soft tissue damage there is. He said I needed the surgury to prevent arthritis in the knee joint and plans to use cement, plate and screws to fix with a 6 in incision on the side of my knee. He said he would do the surgery if it were his knee. He said recover would be about 2 months no weight on the joint. I am concerned that if I do have soft tissue damage it won't be fixed unless I agree to the bone repair. He wants to do surgery this Wednesday, November 27, 2012 opinions would be helpful.

Nov 20, 2012
also 2 years post fracture
by: Margaret

I am almost 2 years post fracture... and yes I too wonder - do we forget it happened... seems not, and I too have days when the ankle causes me 'pain' or discomfort and is not flexible.. I did not break the ankle but the tib/fib so why is the ankle so affected... I have rod and 4 screws which are seated just about the ankle joint.. the "ironmongery" I call it does not like the damp or cold, warmth ..yes. Dr's have no answer and was warned by the surgeon that arthritis could follow, last x-ray shows poor bone density... I think we have to cope, energy is short lived and most physical things are an effort.. but I am pretty 'old' and don't have to cope with energetic children, you have my sympathy. This site is a great way of keeping in touch and being able to see others, who all have questions.

Nov 20, 2012
Julie
by: Anonymous

Hi Julie I'm nearly two years down after shattering my tim and fib. I have good days and bad days. Still lots of swelling especially when I spend long periods of time standing - this can't be helped as I have two boys who play lots of sport. I do feel as though a part of me has gone, but then I look back at how far I have come. I do lots of leg stretches which helps, Its a long job which everyone has told me, my surgeon has said he can take the pin and plate out but cannot guarantee that that is the answer. I have a wobble board at my desk and try to walk around as often as possible. Don't give up, just shout and someone on here will answer!

Nov 20, 2012
Question About Hardware
by: Julie

Hi, I am still having a lot of swelling and pain with too much standing or walking after 2 years, and people have said I should have the hardware removed, but the surgeon led me to believe it is permanent, unless I have a fusion, which I don't want to do. Does anyone else have the arthritis too, and has it affected your work life? Because I can't find a job to save my life now. Thanks.

Oct 29, 2012
compound tib fib break
by: unfortunate

Hello everyone,

Man can't believe how many of us have gone through such an experience. I'm pretty sure there's plenty more.
Well my last post was sometime ago, I was facing a new procedure to correct the non-union of the right tibia. I last had metal on the outer to help with the healing process. That my friends was very painful and did not work. As the tibia was not healing and the metal was became loose and failed.
This September 20th I had a third surgery. This time my new doc recommended a metal rod and the removal of all the hardware I had on my leg. Prior to having this new procedure he ordered blood work and a cat-scan to see what was happening with the bone. Why was this bone not healing.
Results show that the bone had no infection, thank you "Lord". We did find that my vitamin "D" level was lower than normal. Vitamin "D" helps with the health and strengh of our bones. So I started taking Vitamen D pills and definetly stopped smoking as well.
This week will be 6 wks post op. I have an apt with the doc and I'm really hoping for the best. Our goal with this exray is, BONE GROWTH! then I can resume with pt and begin with light weight bearing. YaY!
I will tell you that I can see a major improvement this time around. My new doc has really taken charge of my injury and has showned geniun interes of my health. This is critical! I really feel a lot pain free, still stiffed anf I still feel scar tissue discomfort. When it comes to the metal rod, I don't feel it.
So hang in there everyone! I will keep you posted on my progress. It's been 1 1/2 years since my accident.

Thanks,
Unfortunate

Oct 27, 2012
frustrated
by: DHebbie

I to am approaching 2 years since my accident and I agree with Margaret, age and surgery affects the outcome of your recovery and even though I had the plate and screws removed and my knee fixed I still have physical limitations and fear that this is my new normal and would give anything to be the way I was before my accident.
I tend to push myself and over do it because I have a day with less pain and then I end up on the couch with my leg elevated with ice for a few days , I just really struggle with these limitations I used to be so active.

Oct 26, 2012
to prempgp
by: Margaret

Well Julie just about summs it up. I am almost 2 years post fracture tib/fib after being bowled by tow dogs. I think the reason that there are no great comments that life is back to normal is perhaps we feel that we are not back to what we were before. Age does reflect you recovery and myself not being young have been told that for me, this is as good as it gets, however do not despair as when I have met those considerably younger can be fully recovered and in my experience depends on the surgery, how much metal work, rods, screws etc as opposed to just plaster, that way seems to be a bonus to recovery rather than the surgery and invasion affecting nerves, etc. So there you have it!

Oct 26, 2012
To all who want updates
by: Julie

Hi all, well, I am over two years post injury/surgery, and I am still unable to find a job, am working with the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation to try and get back to work in some capacity. Got denied my disability, even though anxiety was a huge part of my claim, not just this, and am now awaiting decision on SSI only. What a trip this has been. I think that in some way we will all be changed forever for this. Depending on your age, and other variables, you may not be able to do the things you once were able to do easily. Like me walking 4 or more miles a day. Can't happen now. I have just tried to find other ways to get fit again. Hoping you all are doing well. Hang in there!

Oct 26, 2012
tibia and fibula(runnig)
by: prempgp

hi everyone, all are keep on saying their experience up to the get well. after complete heal and after enter to the normal life all are forgot to comment. i do not got any useful from all of your comments. now i crossed six months of fracture. i am handball crazy. want to play. at least i want to play lazy cricket and be weight bearing. post this regards

Sep 20, 2012
Next surgery
by: Nikki

Hi Everyone - I saw my surgeon again and he has recommended taking out the fibula plate that I have and scoping my ankle area to remove scar tissue. Hopefully this will improve range of motion somewhat. He wants to leave the remaining two plates in there.

Hoping to get this done early October...will keep everyone posted :))

Sep 20, 2012
pressing on
by: DHebbie

Ok,
So I'm 7 weeks post op and still going through pt, it looks like I have 6 more weeks at 2 times a week because I still have weakness in my ankle along with balance issues and still can't squat all the way to the ground from knee surgery. I'm improving though it is just slower than I want it to be and I don't have the chronic pain in my ankle all the time like I used to since hardware removal but I still hurt and swell if I stand or walk on it to much and my doctor said this could go on for 9 to 12 more months before I know if the hardware removal helped these issues, I'm trying to stay positive because I do have some relief and my knee doesn't hurt anymore since my surgery and I just have a slight limp now since hardware removal that slight limp will most likely remain because I still have the rod in my tibia,but at least I am having some relief from the chronic everyday pain, although I still have days where I hurt but at least it not everyday now.

Sep 19, 2012
Swealing ankle from broken fibula
by: Anonymous

I broke my left fibula 2.5 wks. ago. i remember
everytime i sprained my ankle from playing
sports i would use epsom salt or hawaiian salt with warm water and soak my ankle for 15 minutes
to calm the swealing and thats what im doing now
after work. I find it very helpful. this might help you. wont hurt to try it.

Sep 19, 2012
Swealing ankle from broken fibula
by: Anonymous

I broke my left fibula 2.5 wks. ago. i remember
everytime i sprained my ankle from playing
sports i would use epsom salt or hawaiian salt with warm water and soak my ankle for 15 minutes
to calm the swealing and thats what im doing now
after work. I find it very helpful. this might help you. wont hurt to try it.

Sep 17, 2012
15 post tibia/fibula break
by: Gechy

i read all your comments and am touched .as at june last year i broke my tibia and fibula as a result of being hit by a bike while crossing d road. i was adviced by my doctor not to do any surgery which i did not. I had to use crutches for 6 months and with a POP cast all through the time. as at the 7th month i got the cast removed. As at now am walking, but i still have a little limp. i hardly have swellings though. I believe its a matter of time and we will all be fine. i wish you all the best. The good Lord will see us through it all. Amen.

Aug 24, 2012
To Nikki
by: Julie

Thanks for the reply. Wow, you had a bad one too! My surgeon has only suggested ankle fusion, which I do not want at all, because I have read that you lose all motion in your ankle, and have to even wear special shoes to help with walking. I would rather have a total replacement than that. It is tough to lose something you once never thought about. Fitness walking was my true passion. Take care, and keep me up on your progress.

Aug 24, 2012
18 months post surgery
by: nikki

Julie, I feel exactly the same as you. I broke my tib/fib and shattered my tibial plafond into 4 pieces in January 2010...it took 8 hours to piece me back together. I can no longer run,going downstairs is an issue and my foot is almost always swollen unless I lie flat with it raised all day! I am a mother of three and prior to this was active and happy. I have a refusal to accept this is as good as it gets,though in all likelihood it is,and I am still pursuing physical therapy. Trigger point dry needling is excellent but the relief does not last for more than a few days.I am considering asking about removal of hardware - I have 3 plates and 32 screws in there and my PT thinks removal may improve range of motion and pain. I am reluctant to be cut open again if nothing is going to improve,however. I too feel like I am mourning something and am very bitter about the change this has brought to my life. Not a day goes by that I am not thinking about this,because it is always there! My head tells me I was incredibly lucky not to lose my leg or suffer another more debilitating injury but that is of little comfort.I totally sympathise with you :(

Aug 24, 2012
18 months post surgery
by: nikki

Julie, I feel exactly the same as you. I broke my tib/fib and shattered my tibial plafond into 4 pieces in January 2010...it took 8 hours to piece me back together. I can no longer run,going downstairs is an issue and my foot is almost always swollen unless I lie flat with it raised all day! I am a mother of three and prior to this was active and happy. I have a refusal to accept this is as good as it gets,though in all likelihood it is,and I am still pursuing physical therapy. Trigger point dry needling is excellent but the relief does not last for more than a few days.I am considering asking about removal of hardware - I have 3 plates and 32 screws in there and my PT thinks removal may improve range of motion and pain. I am reluctant to be cut open again if nothing is going to improve,however. I too feel like I am mourning something and am very bitter about the change this has brought to my life. Not a day goes by that I am not thinking about this,because it is always there! My head tells me I was incredibly lucky not to lose my leg or suffer another more debilitating injury but that is of little comfort.I totally sympathise with you :(

Aug 23, 2012
DHebbie
by: Julie

Thank you so much for the reply, it sure helps to know you're not alone. Please keep me informed on your progress, as I would like to know if you get improvement from having the hardware out.

Aug 23, 2012
I feel just like you do
by: DHebbie

Julie,
I feel the same way it to has been almost 2 years since my accident.
This has definitely altered my life, I am also very limited on what I can do, I can not stand or walk any length of time without swelling, redness and a lot of pain, thats why when I found out that I needed knee surgery I asked him to remove the hardware from my ankle at the same time to see if that would improve my symptoms , I am 2 weeks post op so the jury is still out on if it improved yet because I still have pain from the surgery and I am still in pt 2 times a week.
Hopefully I will know at the 6 week mark if it worked,fingers crossed.
Hang in there Julie, I know how you feel just know that you are not alone and we are all here for each other.

Aug 22, 2012
Anyone feel like this?
by: Julie

Hi, I know it is going on two years since my break and surgery, but since then my life has been so altered, I often feel almost like an amputee, like I have lost something I will never get back, and in many ways I have. I loved walking for fitness, I loved putting on my shoes, and just going, walking as far as I could go, briskly, feeling strong, and happy, and now I can't make it through Walmart without limping to the car and having to put my feet up when I get home. I feel angry, and sad, and like I am in mourning almost. Has anyone else been through this? And what did you do to shake it off?

Aug 20, 2012
similar problems with bone healing
by: Anonymous

Hey. My g/f was on the back of my bike when some genius deided to pull in front of us. We both sustained pretty severe injuries, but she had a compound Tib break. 8 weeks later, was also told the break was not healing, so back to surgery. They identified a strain of Strep A in her leg. They removed the metal rod, cleaned the inside of the leg, and inserted a pick line in her arm to pump in antibiotics. Also installed an external fixator on her leg and a wound vac. 6 weeks later, bone was healing but "not properly". She is back to the doc this week to discuss whats next, but they thinking bone graft from the pelvis with a plate to cover. We were originally told she was "lucky" it was a clean break, etc. but here we are, 4 months later, and she is looking at surgery #6. Hope you arent headed this route, and would be interested to hear what they come up with as a solution for your situation. Good luck, and keep updating

Aug 18, 2012
TIB BREAK
by: unfortunate

Hello everyone!

Sitting here alone thinking about my new surgery opportunities. Looks like my old doc was unable to help me with my healing process.
It's been 9 months since my last surgery to repair the broken metal. Now my problem is the bone not healing. ;( went to a new doc cause the leg was beginning to look crooked. gave up on the old doc.

Blood work and ct scan orderedl to begin with. New doc is concerned as to why the bone is not healing! Vitamin deficiencies? Calcium? Infection on the bone? Not sure. Found out that you shouldn't smoke cigs at all if you want to heal. ;( wish i would of known this at the early stages.

Well it's a wait an see situation. Doc said surgery again for sure. Man miss my leg! Got to do what i got to do...

Take care fine people.






Aug 16, 2012
Diving
by: Richard

In April of this year, I suffered a high-impact fracture of the tibia and ankle(pilon). A large part of the ankle was quite simply dust and fragments. 14 screws, steel plate, some cadaver parts and some wire rebuilt my ankle(all that missing was throwing some duct tape in there), and I am now walking, albeit with a definite limp, stffness, and pain. Physical therapy is doing its job, as well as really pushing it at home. Yep, it hurts like a sonuvabitch every day, but I trust my ortho and have faith in the stability of my ankle. I am a commercial deep sea diver by trade, and very much in a rush to get back to it. I'm curious if anyone has had experience with diving following this sort of procedure, and if so, what affects not only being at depth (from 0 to 500 fsw...SurD O2 tables and Sat.), but also repeated hyperbaric exposure, cold water exposure, DCI issues, O2 therapy,etc anyone may have experienced. I appreciate all comments, and best of luck to all out there recovering. Hang in there, suck it up, rub some dirt on it, and get well!

Aug 13, 2012
Question for all of you
by: Julie

Hi, I just wondered, since my surgeon has only suggested fusion as an alternative to leaving the hardware in my ankle, as a solution to the pain. Has anyone ever had total ankle replacement suggested? If so, would you consider it? I am curious, because it is out there, and I would certainly rather have a new ankle that might give me back the ability to walk somewhat like I used to, as opposed to a stiff, unbendable ankle that might not fuse the way it is supposed to. Thanks for any feedback.

Aug 13, 2012
Margaret
by: DHebbie

I don't feel gutsy, I'm just want to decrease my pain level doctor said I have 50/50 chance of improvement but I figured since he had to fix my knee I would take the 50/50 chance of decreasing pain level and I still have the im rod I start pt today I will keep you posted on my progress. I'm praying that taking the plate and screws out will get my pain level to decrease by half, I know it will never be at 100% again do to the severity of the breaks and all the soft tissue damage.
The pain level since surgery is different so I don't know if taking out the metal has helped yet I'm 5 days post op so time will tell. I have a lot of stitches so I think a lot of the pain is from that I get these burning pulling sensations from them I get them out on thursday, I'm hoping that the stitches are causing the pain.

Aug 12, 2012
DHebbie
by: MArgaret

My goodness you certainly have 'guts' to undergo further surgery and I hope that the outcome is positive for you. It has taken me 20 months to sort of accept that 'this is as good as it gets' and no way would I consider any further surgery! Screws and rod can stay where it is! I still walk with a limp as the side affected has lost strength but last physio said the calf muscle is not flabby but not the same as the other. Some days the limp is more noticeable, caused by...who knows. I don't take any pain relief, so put up with any discomfort now. I take my hat off to you for at least trying to get things back to normality. Please keep us updated.

Aug 12, 2012
Update
by: DHebbie

I went back to the knee doc and I was mistaken about not needing surgery for my tears in my knee, he proceeded to tell me since the cortisone shot worked that i would benefit with arthroscopic surgery to fix tears and clean up any scar tissue and he would remove all my screws and plate from my ankle.
Well I had the surgery on Aug.8,2012, 21 months to the date of having hardware put in. he would not take out the im rod because he said that was opening a whole other can of worms and the outcome could be worse than having the nail put in. he did take the plate and all the screws out of my ankle including the nails from thr im rod.
4days since surgery this one was not as bad as the first surgery I just have a lot of swelling and lots of stitches I start pt this week and post op is on the Aug. 16.
Hoping for a speedy recovery so I can get on with things I need to do for this has been going on for almost 2 years .

Aug 07, 2012
One Day At A Time
by: Mike

Hi,everyone back in 1980, my senior year, Iended up with a double compound fracture, from a motorcycle accident. I spent my senior year in Johns Hopkins.Ihad a hoffman device,for the fractures, because,i had skin graphs, off my left thigh with a crossover flap from left leg to right leg. Iwas in traction for 4 months, then a wheelchair.When the hoffman device with pins came off ,Iwent through 4,plaster cast ,the a fiberglass.I went through 4, sets of crutches. The accident involving the drunk driver happened Oct. 11, 1980, I was walking 3 months after my graduation, August,1981. The hospital I was rush to the night of the accident,had wanted to amputate,a doctor there suggested John Hopkins, after laying in the hospital bed for 8 days,them not knowing what to do,my leg gangress. My uncle at the time had custody of me . He made the decision to take me to Johns Hopkins. The doctors an nurses was my drive to walk again. I do have a cane now, an just was put on disability.2009. But grateful to have my leg, so now its one day at a time. Thank you, Mike*

Jul 25, 2012
follow up
by: DHebbie

Ok so I finally found a doctor to take my case a knee specialist who also does hardware removal, so I saw him on June 25 and received good news the meniscus tears are not bad enough for surgery yet,so he gave me a cortisone shot in my knee and proceeded to tell me that I have severe quad atrophy and I need 6 weeks of pt and also said that I had a very sick leg and have a 50% chance of not having as much pain if I remove the hardware in my leg and ankle.
I have my follow up tomorrow and I hope he will schedule me for hardware removal for my ankle and my tibia I am willing to take the 50% chance of improvement especially on my ankle because the screws heads are becoming more prominent and I just do not like how the plate and screws feel in my ankle.

Jul 25, 2012
follow up
by: DHebbie

Ok so I finally found a doctor to take my case a knee specialist who also does hardware removal, so I saw him on June 25 and received good news the meniscus tears are not bad enough for surgery yet,so he gave me a cortisone shot in my knee and proceeded to tell me that I have severe quad atrophy and I need 6 weeks of pt and also said that I had a very sick leg and have a 50% chance of not having as much pain if I remove the hardware in my leg and ankle.
I have my follow up tomorrow and I hope he will schedule me for hardware removal for my ankle and my tibia I am willing to take the 50% chance of improvement especially on my ankle because the screws heads are becoming more prominent and I just do not like how the plate and screws feel in my ankle.

Jul 25, 2012
3 months Left Tibia - Normal
by: Kumar

Past Post : 3 Week left Tibia hmmm NEW ,May 16
well, being lazy did not Follow up from past .
Since 2 Month 2 Week I started to walk wihout pain and any support .
Now its 3 months completed ..
I can ride a Bike and while i put more weight on niggling side i tend not to put full weight YET , but can bear almost 75% easily ...
Got to check up with MED for my X-Rays ...
Let you know ...
Diet
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1.2 Apples at least to get absorption of 1000-1500 Mg calcium Tablets
2.Some times Trypstin\enzoheal Enzyme tablet if its seems weak
3.Green vegetables,chicken,some red meat,multivitamin a day

AM I 100% there ?
not sure 75% at least ...
I repeat Aged 37 from India survived a pretty hard summer lol

Best of Luck Dudes and Gals ...
there is Hope Dont give up

Jun 13, 2012
Recovery Story (for the most part)
by: sb

Hi! Glad to find all of you. I broke my fibula and tibia 3 1/2 yrs ago. Had a rod implant and it was 2 1/2 months before I could get out with crutches. Call it "one room recovery." Walking on concrete, asphalt was nigh impossible.

I went to a total of 3 physio therapists (Noting that they tend to be "done" in 6 wks every time). The last one was brutal, and it got far worse before it got better, but after 3 years, I could finally pick something up from a store without cringing in pain.

I find, however, that the muscles in that leg tighten up every few months, and when that happens, the brakes are on particularly in the calf area and the leg aches, gives out easily, and is stiff.

Then I pull the physio pages out and do the exercises. (I think the number of repetitions was excessive last time around. Also, that particular physiotherapist didn't as much as examine the leg.

I was on a temporary job, so that left me with no ongoing benefits. I've tried to work twice, but health issues have made it impossible both times to get through the initial 6 month period. Thank God my husband has a job, but this hasn't done anything for me personally! Everyone else my age is at work! (I loved working.)

(Let's say it's been a long road and sometimes never actually quite ends. My sincere sympathy to those of you who have on-going pain. Never hesitate to check with another doctor, specialist if you want to. Best wishes to all.

Jun 13, 2012
Recovery Story (for the most part)
by: sb

Hi! Glad to find all of you. I broke my fibula and tibia 3 1/2 yrs ago. Had a rod implant and it was 2 1/2 months before I could get out with crutches. Call it "one room recovery." Walking on concrete, asphalt was nigh impossible.

I went to a total of 3 physio therapists (Noting that they tend to be "done" in 6 wks every time). The last one was brutal, and it got far worse before it got better, but after 3 years, I could finally pick something up from a store without cringing in pain.

I find, however, that the muscles in that leg tighten up every few months, and when that happens, the brakes are on particularly in the calf area and the leg aches, gives out easily, and is stiff.

Then I pull the physio pages out and do the exercises. (I think the number of repetitions was excessive last time around. Also, that particular physiotherapist didn't as much as examine the leg.

I was on a temporary job, so that left me with no ongoing benefits. I've tried to work twice, but health issues have made it impossible both times to get through the initial 6 month period. Thank God my husband has a job, but this hasn't done anything for me personally! Everyone else my age is at work! (I loved working.)

(Let's say it's been a long road and sometimes never actually quite ends. My sincere sympathy to those of you who have on-going pain. Never hesitate to check with another doctor, specialist if you want to. Best wishes to all.

Jun 13, 2012
Recovery Story (for the most part)
by: sb

Hi! Glad to find all of you. I broke my fibula and tibia 3 1/2 yrs ago. Had a rod implant and it was 2 1/2 months before I could get out with crutches. Call it "one room recovery." Walking on concrete, asphalt was nigh impossible.

I went to a total of 3 physio therapists (Noting that they tend to be "done" in 6 wks every time). The last one was brutal, and it got far worse before it got better, but after 3 years, I could finally pick something up from a store without cringing in pain.

I find, however, that the muscles in that leg tighten up every few months, and when that happens, the brakes are on particularly in the calf area and the leg aches, gives out easily, and is stiff.

Then I pull the physio pages out and do the exercises. (I think the number of repetitions was excessive last time around. Also, that particular physiotherapist didn't as much as examine the leg.

I was on a temporary job, so that left me with no ongoing benefits. I've tried to work twice, but health issues have made it impossible both times to get through the initial 6 month period. Thank God my husband has a job, but this hasn't done anything for me personally! Everyone else my age is at work! (I loved working.)

(Let's say it's been a long road and sometimes never actually quite ends. My sincere sympathy to those of you who have on-going pain. Never hesitate to check with another doctor, specialist if you want to. Best wishes to all.

Jun 06, 2012
To: Julie
by: DHebbie

HI,
In answer to your question my surgeon said he would be happy to take the plate out of my ankle and explore the nerve damage that was 6months after my accident. As for the rod I would have to wait the full 18 months, but he would not do another surgery because I had no insurance at the time and I owe him thousands of dollars so I don't think he will see me until my settlement comes in and he is paid off and they didn't do mri on my knee back then my attorney had the mri done and thats when they discovered the tears in my knee, so I have had no follow up on my knee injuries yet.
The surgeon didn't say anything about ankle fusion my ankle wasn't fractured as badly as yours.
I know the holes have to fill and I would have to be really careful until they did ,thats why I'm trying to find another doctor to see what they say I should do and to weigh all my options. I'm 42 so I think my bone quality is still pretty good.
I will keep you posted on my progress and let you know if I find another doctor fingers crossed.

Jun 06, 2012
To: Julie
by: DHebbie

HI,
In answer to your question my surgeon said he would be happy to take the plate out of my ankle and explore the nerve damage that was 6months after my accident. As for the rod I would have to wait the full 18 months, but he would not do another surgery because I had no insurance at the time and I owe him thousands of dollars so I don't think he will see me until my settlement comes in and he is paid off and they didn't do mri on my knee back then my attorney had the mri done and thats when they discovered the tears in my knee, so I have had no follow up on my knee injuries yet.
The surgeon didn't say anything about ankle fusion my ankle wasn't fractured as badly as yours.
I know the holes have to fill and I would have to be really careful until they did ,thats why I'm trying to find another doctor to see what they say I should do and to weigh all my options. I'm 42 so I think my bone quality is still pretty good.
I will keep you posted on my progress and let you know if I find another doctor fingers crossed.

Jun 05, 2012
To DHebbie
by: Julie

Hi, did your surgeon say they didn't think you should have the hardware removed? The only way I could is to have a fusion, which would give no flexibility at all. Also, do remember that the holes have to regrow bone to fill them in, and that will take a long time. The hardware, while a pain in the arse, gives you stability. I am 54, so my bones are weaker anyway. Just some food for thought.

Jun 05, 2012
So frustrated
by: DHebbie

Ok,
So I have been waiting for the pre-exisying insurance and waiting for the 18 month mark for hardware removal made it on both and now I am having trouble finding a doctor to take on my case. All the red tape, I thought when I received the health insurance that it would be easier to get this done boy was I mistaken.
I just want to have my knee fixed and maybe the hardware removed, so maybe I can feel somewhat pain free and normal again not having to worrying about taking showers or walking up and down stairs and constantly being aware of my surroundings so I don't fall,so tired of being scared all the time.
Today was a hard day hoping for a better day than today.

Jun 05, 2012
Selena
by: Skully

YES!!!! it gets better, but the extent is different for everyone because of age and types of breaks. I felt pretty normal by 11 month but if I worked out really hard I would still get minimal swelling and occasional pain, but overal a lot better, can't speak for after year mark cuz I was then broken again....good luck to you!!! Oh and I did have a sports psychologist/personal trainer FOR 3 months (9-12 month mark) familiar with these type of beaks & she pushed me to my limits AND MORE!! it was horrible, but I must say after that, normal days & workouts were a breeze:)

Jun 05, 2012
Selena
by: Skully

YES!!!! it gets better, but the extent is different for everyone because of age and types of breaks. I felt pretty normal by 11 month but if I worked out really hard I would still get minimal swelling and occasional pain, but overal a lot better, can't speak for after year mark cuz I was then broken again....good luck to you!!! Oh and I did have a sports psychologist/personal trainer FOR 3 months (9-12 month mark) familiar with these type of beaks & she pushed me to my limits AND MORE!! it was horrible, but I must say after that, normal days & workouts were a breeze:)

Jun 05, 2012
Selena
by: Skully

YES!!!! it gets better, but the extent is different for everyone because of age and types of breaks. I felt pretty normal by 11 month but if I worked out really hard I would still get minimal swelling and occasional pain, but overal a lot better, can't speak for after year mark cuz I was then broken again....good luck to you!!! Oh and I did have a sports psychologist/personal trainer FOR 3 months (9-12 month mark) familiar with these type of beaks & she pushed me to my limits AND MORE!! it was horrible, but I must say after that, normal days & workouts were a breeze:)

Jun 05, 2012
Tib, fib, heel fracture
by: Selena

I broke my tib, fib and heel on Aug 21st 2011 while bike riding. They delayed my surgery until Sept 8th due to the swelling and the reductions. I have a plate and ten screws. I was in a splint, then another splint, cast for six weeks, then a boot for 6 weeks. I did 8 weeks of PT. I returned to work as a nurse on Jan 3rd. Sooooooo painful, so much swelling. I just want to get back to my activities too. I mowed the lawn this weekend, which makes me feel good, but it still swells. I'm 9 month status post. Will it get better?

Jun 04, 2012
Unfortunate
by: Skully

Yes THIS BLOWS!! I too had a lot of pain on my inner tibia plate, swelled a lot and got worse on very active days. What was funny was when I went back to roller derby 6 months post op, it wouldn't hurt, but walking, going down stairs & squatting were all very bothersome. Now get this...it slowly got better, lots better around 11 months but still had problems with steps and also limped on some days. Had appt with doc, he also said have to wait at least to a year, I was in no hurry, because summer was coming along. Well 2 wks ago I broke the same leg again. Had my 2 wk appt today. It broke right above the plate plus below the knee. Again xray tech asked if I was in a motorcycle accident and had to reply nope fell into a pool. Anyway because of this I AM ALL FOR REMOVING HARDWARE ASAP. so keep on them. Doc also said today if plate wasn't there from last year, good chance there would be no break at all this time, only a sprain.... UGGGGGH

update: redness & burning was a-ok , just healing area offender trauma. But, I got the great news today of absolutely NO weight bearing until bones are healed...3-4 months... UGGGGH also can't get a walking moon boot either because center tibia segment is floating.. DOUBLE .UGGGHHH so I will have one of those half plaster half bandage splints all summer which means no swimming ... Triple UGGGH!! have any of you had anything removable besides the walking moon boot? Just wondering, I really love swimming & this is killing me. Only hope is I am changing to a new ortho next week, so maybe he will have some better ideas and news. We have bad luck my friends....but happy healing to all, my thoughts are with you!!!!!

Jun 04, 2012
To: Unfortunate
by: DHebbie

I have been going through this with my ankle and tibia my doctor told me I would have to wait 18months to have the hardware out. I have constant pain in my ankle and tibia from the metal it's hard to walk or stand any length of time it has been so frustrating these last 18 months. I used to walk 5 miles 3 times a week until my accident ,I can't work and spend a lot of my days on the couch with my leg propped up, I used to be so active and I packed on 20 plus pounds since my accident.
I agree with Julie the pain and frustration seems to be the norm with these types of injuries,hang in there a least we all have each other to vent to.
I will be praying for you and hope you are feeling better soon. I am also sorry that you are in the metal club not a good club to be in lol.

Jun 04, 2012
To: Unfortunate
by: Julie

Hi, So sorry that you are now in our club. I wish I could be more upbeat, but it will be two years since my hardware was put in this September, and I went back to work for about 3 weeks, and even though I asked to be, was never allowed back in my own department at the Library, and after the doc gave his final restrictions for me, I was let go, and guess what? Still unemployed, still waiting on disability, still hurting. The doctor said a fusion would make the pain better, but give me no flexibility. I think I would rather have a total replacement than fusion, although I don't want to have surgery again. Could you find another doctor to give a second opinion? I am again, sorry, hope things get better for you. It seems for most of us, it has lamed us for good.

Jun 04, 2012
tib fib coumpound break
by: unfortunate

Hello friends,

Unfortunate here....nice to hear from all you fine people.

Motorcycle accident myself. It's been 11 months since my accident and 6 months sice my last major surgery. Had to go back in there to fix a metal that broke during my therapy sessions.

Well as of today, I'm still in need of a cane to help me get around. Left the crutches and boot a while back. But, still have promblems walking. Too much pain around the metal plate. Especially the inner plate on my tib. My outer plate seems to be doing ok. My fib plate never gave me a problem. The doctor has release me to go back to work. It hard to get around, but I don't have a choice.

I've told my doc that this darn inner plate needed to be removed. His response was that it needed to wait for a full year for him to consider removing it.

Is anyone going through the same issue I am? I dont think this is the way it suppose to go. It's frustrating!!! How much longer with this? I also have a very noticeable limp.:(

Take care....

Unfortunate


Jun 02, 2012
To: Skully
by: Julie

Hi, I seem to remember worrying about that too, I was terrified of infection, or blood clots after surgery, and I also remember when I started unwrapping my ankle and was able to wash, I was just a big old baby about it. But I agree with Margaret, I would show the doctor, and let them decide if it is anything more than just healing. Let us know what you find out.

Jun 02, 2012
to Skulley
by: Margaret

Please do not ignore any inflammation, I was told - especially in the muscles after a fracture.
Check on the internet "Compartment Syndrome"

You just need to be wise have anything unusual checked as a precaution.

Jun 02, 2012
Red burning skin
by: Skully

Does anyone remember having really red burning skin near the fracture. It's not by any of the incisions, since those are at knee and ankle for IM rod. But more in the middle around the breaks. It will be 2 weeks since surgery on Monday but this just scares me a bit because it wasn't there at first, just noticed last couple of days, skin really warm to touch and burns and is swelling more than before in these areas. I hate that everything freaks me out even more this time around

Jun 01, 2012
To: Margaret
by: DHebbie

Yeah,
It's a scary thought, I think I'm willing to take that chance just to see if I can walk somewhat normal again, but there is a chance that I will chicken out also depending on what the doctor says when I see him again.
I also have numbness in my knee area and down the right side of my leg and I have an lcl tear that affects my gait.
I live in florida and you would think warm humid weather would not cause pain in my leg and ankle but it does, in the summer the heat causes swelling and tightness and in the winter it aches from the cold , can't win lol.
I'm just glad that we are all here for each other .
Reading all the posts has really helped me and I don't feel so alone.

May 31, 2012
Julie, DHebbie and skully
by: Margaret

Wow, I think you are brave to contemplate further surgery. especially as the thought of more removing the screws and filling up the holes, makes me shudder. My knee has numb areas around the knee cap where there must have been damage and that does not help my gait. I can feel the heads of the screws quite close to the skin near my ankle and the Dr said unless the skin breaks they would prefer not to do anything. I am sure the body complains about this invasion of metal work. The fracture is above the ankle but it is the ankle that is the problem, loss of total mobility and the foot is always cold. Thoughts are with you in what ever part of the world you happen to live.

May 31, 2012
To: Julie
by: DHebbie

I know what you mean if I stand to long or sit to long I have pain or push myself to get things done my knee, ankle and leg hurt so bad
I feel like I can't win,but I keep pushing forward.
I don't think my ankle is a bad as yours but I do have nerve damage and muscle that is gone in my foot , just want the plate and
screws out to see if that relieves my ankle pain.
I don't blame you about holding off on the ankle fusion my step Dad had it done and he was basically in casts and non weight bearing for around 6months. His pain did subside though and he walks much better, so I can understand not wanting to do so unless necessary it is a big ordeal.
I am struggling with the thought of another major surgery and I still need to find out if my knee needs surgery to repair the tears.
My doctor told me there is a chance of re fracture of my ankle and
my tibia with hardware removal because the holes have to fill in and that scares me, but compared to an ankle fusion mine is peanuts.
My thoughts and prayers are with and keep posted on what is going on.

May 31, 2012
To DHebbie
by: Julie

In answer to your question about hardware removal, the next step for me would be ankle fusion, which I don't want unless it is the last resort. I cleaned house, and I mean minimally, today, and my ankle and heel are hurting like nobody's business. So frustrating!

May 31, 2012
To Skully
by: DHebbie

I had a lot of pain in my knee after surgery and when I started walking after 6 weeks ( because I also fractured my ankle)my knee would lock and buckle could not bend all the way and to this day I can not bend down on my knees, the pa said it was because of the hole they drilled in my knee and some of it was that, but months went by and my knee was still buckling and locking so they did an MRI and found meniscus tears with a cyst and a lcl tear. I am not trying to scare you but if you continue to have knee pain especially if your knee is locking or buckling and if you hear a clicking noise when you bend then let your doctor know.

May 31, 2012
To Skully
by: DHebbie

I am so sorry that you are going through this again I send prayers and blessings your way.

May 31, 2012
to: Julie and Margret
by: DHebbie

I'm so glad there are people out there who understand what i have been through, the fears of re-injury ,the constant pain and sleepless nights when all I can do is cry from the pain.

I can't believe we all broke are legs just months apart.Are either of you considering hardware removal? I'm waiting on the federal health insurance cards and then I will hopefully find out if my knee needs surgery and if I can have the hardware out,I think this is the source of most of my pain, but I am also afraid of more surgery to.
Please keep me posted on how both of you are doing, so nice to have some ladies to chat with who understand.

May 31, 2012
Thanks guys
by: Skully

I still couldn't jump off & land on that bad leg. You know that feeling when you DO push your limits? That extra pressure or memory of a feeling you had when you first broke it that would tell you to back off a little? That's exactly what I felt when I broke it this time but I wasn't able to back off a little, the momentum of the fall took me to that scary feeling and then beyond. Everyone told me I should be 100% & maybe even stronger now that I had metal in there. My brain wasn't fooled. It kept telling me this is a weak spot, don't push it when you feel this. It may be 100% one day, but not yet even though its been a year & that's right where it broke, where I always told everyone I felt pressure. Doc even said you probably will feel that until you get the metal out. I was planning on it soon. Would this happen if the metal was out? LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!!! I am wondering about this rod they put in, was the knee pain worse than other pain? Can you & were you allowed to bend the knee normal? Does the knee ever feel normal again? My splint has bandages above the knee which prevents me from bending it too far but so does the pain & pressure. I used a kneeling scooter that saved my ass at work & I'm wondering if I will be able to use it now because my job is on even thinner ice than before & I have to go back next week. I was cautious, I quit roller derby, I walked around like a 90 yr old in the winter ice, I had a deathgrip on railings, bathtubs made me nervous. This thinking could actually hurt us. I panicked when I lost balance at the pool, I tensed up & braced for the fall & a tense stiff leg landed first. I believe if i relaxed, just fell into the water, bellyflop or legs buckling under me, I'd only have a bruise now. It IS trauma & it will stick with us. I find myself even MORE careful now, stumbling so much more on crutches cuz I can't relax. So I just get through today, be very careful but don't let it consume me, accidents will continue to happen. But I'm also NOT going back to roller derby, I'm not a complete moron:) gotta find a happy medium. swimming is my second love after roller derby, not giving that up, won't walk around the pool like a 90 yr old woman, but in my head I will be scanning all possible danger zones. It's part of us now & time makes it better. 1st follow up doc appt is on Monday & I get to drive 2 hours away to get there cuz I was out of town & that's where they lifeflighted me & i can't be transferred to my hometown until after this follow up appt so they say.......yayyyyy, just trying to keep the positive attitude:) Good luck all thanks for letting me babble, I'm still on painkillers Im allowed:)

May 31, 2012
to Skulley
by: Margaret

Of course, I remember your postings too! That is devastating and to have to go through that again..I too hang on to rails going up and down steps. "Stop looking down" said a physio... my reply was are you hoping I will loose my balance. I find we take every precaution, as you were, and no fault of your own, you end up with this! I am so sorry and we are thinking of you...

May 30, 2012
To: Skully
by: Julie

Hey,

Lordy, I am so sorry! I really can't say much more. I have been so super cautious since my break and ORIF, I act like I am 90 sometimes, but I am just that afraid of re-injuring myself. I take stairs one at a time, holding the rail like a vice. Anyway, I will be hoping you get along okay, and just keep us informed, we are all here for each other.

May 30, 2012
I did it again, yep AGAIN
by: Skully

So I don 't know if any of you remember me but I
Had a to/fib fracture April 27, 2011 from roller derby. A plate and 11 screws. It devastated me and scared me but I worked my way through it, I worked hard and I got to skate again November of 2011. I gave it about 3 months and got all my skills back bit it was never the same. There was a fear deep down inside of mr that prevented me from going all out, making me more cautious and more prone to injury. So as of feb 2012, I hung up my skates

It was very difficult and have yet to find something I loved so much but last week I learned I had mad the right decision. May 19, 2012 me and my friends went to a reset island for her bachelorette party. What a blast. This was a party island. Mid afternoon I was walking towards the pool steps which were kinda blocked by some partying guys who were dancing I tried to squeeze by. I touched one to hold my balance, he flinched pushing me back, slipping and sliding falling right into the shallow end of the pool on the steps. Of course untried to brace myself and the first thing that hit was my previosly injured leg that snapped instantly, then rolled off that step causing additional breaks.

So here I am again one year later, doing it all again. My tib/fob broke right above the old plate with additional fractures up to my knee. They took the old plate & screws out inserted IM rod from knee to ankle in tibia and added another plate to the upper tibia.

I dont really know what to say about this. I'm 38 yrs old. I had to cancel my free prize of a vacation to punts Cana for next week which cannot be changed or transferred. Not sure if I will keep my job, almost lost it last year. And for the third year in a row all my work vacation days were used up for medical reasons

I don't know how I will get through this mentally. But for some reason reading all of your stories helps. In ways my experience has already helped me, I'm others it has made my future so daunting that I feel like I can't move. But we are here for each other. I can help you guys with things I know from last time and you van help me with your advice and attitude & with things that are different this time

THIS SUCKS, we all know it, but we all get through it, and I feel for you all

Skully

May 30, 2012
To DHebbie and Margaret
by: Julie

Just wanted to say thanks for the support. It helps to know there are others in the same boat. I will pray for both of you and me that we can be strong, and find quality in life even with this.

May 30, 2012
Julie and DHebbie
by: Margaret

Well, at last here are three of us and similar time lapse since we broke those unmentionable bones. I too am afraid of falling again, so we are not alone!

May 30, 2012
Julie
by: DHebbie

I fell and broke my tib- fib in November of 2010 ended up with a rod with 4 screws and a plate with 7 screws in my ankle and found out recently I have 2 tears in my meniscus and a lcl tear along with nerve damage my walking days are over I can barely get through my daily chores, I have constant pain and also have the flash backs of the fall. I still walk with a major limp, everyday is a constant struggle. I do not know about anyone else, but I know I will never be 100%, but I do a lot of praying and take many breaks through out my day it takes me a lot longer to clean and cook and thank God for my mom she still helps me around the house and irons my husbands clothes for me. I can relate to your depression I have been very depressed and had to go on anxiety meds to cope with ptsd have you talked to your doctor about maybe going on meds for anxiety it has really helped me and it takes the edge of the pain.
God bless you and I will keep you in my prayers.

May 29, 2012
To Margaret
by: Jullie

I know I will never be 100% normal again. The arthritis, and the numbness from the nerve damage, as well as the restrictions of movement have rendered my walking for fitness days at an end. I do use a stationary bike, and swim when I can, which isn't much. I have had a lot of depression, mine happened Sept. 0f 2010, and I had to wait two weeks for surgery due to the swelling. I still have flashbacks to the fall, they just come over me, and I feel like it is happening all over again. Does anyone else have this, so long after? I guess living alone and being rendered so helpless didn't help. Anyway, I too, would like to know if anyone really is ever 100% again.

May 29, 2012
This Injury..so many questions
by: Margaret

I have posted several times re this injury as we cope with the frustrations and never ending questions as to the recovery, the set backs, the progress and when will we be normal!.. I broke my tib and fib in one 'smack' when two very large dogs used me as a brick wall, which gave way! I had to wait four days for surgery as it happened over Christmas 2010 all surgeons were on holiday... I had rod, 4 screws near the ankle and two at the upper end. I dont think we understand at the time what the recovery is likely to be. plaster, then moon boot and the fib took 3 months to show any sign of fusing. However, I had many sessions of physio, swimming in thermal pool and as of late physio is tryihg a T.E.N.S. machine to reduce pain, which is below the ankle in the soft tissue - the ankle is stiff and does not have full movement compared to the other. Luckly, (if you can call it lucky) I am retired, and walk every day(the dog insists) At least I am walking, even with a slight limp, cold affects the rod and important to the calf warm, sleeping no problem.. we look for postings where someone says they are 100% normal again.. does that happen I wonder?


May 29, 2012
Spiral fracture of Left Tib/Fib
by: Kathy

On April 22,2012 I was onn a gentle trail hike with some friends. We were on a slight decline and I just put my foot down wrong. My leg twisted resulting in the spiral fracture...I got a helicopter ride off the mountain!

I had surgery the night of my injury...rodding with screw in my knee and ankle to stabilize the rod. Cast splint was removed after 2 weeks. I now have a bone stimulator that I use 2x a day, and a dynasplint that I wear as long as I kind...it helps with ankle flexibility. I'm still non weight bearing...the worst part!

I really have no pain, except when flexing ankle and knee. I go to the MD tomorrow. I hope he lets me swim as swimming is weightless and I really want to start moving. I do my weights daily to keep my upper body in shape, and do crunches in bed for my abs...I'm trying!

Boredom is HUGE!!! I've never not worked. Starting to read more, and sit on the back deck for a little sunshine daily!

Good luck to you all...it has to get better!

May 28, 2012
Shattered Tibial Plateau
by: Anonymous

I myself shattered my tibial plateau playing a charity soccer game on May 1st of this year, just a freak accident, but since then its been a nightmare, sleepless nights and pain filled, although has lessened of late, have noticed less swelling of my upper leg since they fitted me with a hinge cast roughly two weeks after the operation, i have been fitted with a plate to the affected area with 5-6 screws, i have 30 degree movement, and for the first few days after the appointment i was doing knee exercises to help get some movement, but for the last 8 days the knee area has been very stiff and unresponsive to this, needing constant help from family with regards my freedom being restricted and other functions, it has been a knock on my confidence and definitely days I have felt somewhat depressed because of the bad luck I had in this occurring to me, had a lot of plans for the year that unfortunately have to be canned, currently having sharp pain at the knee joint itself, don't know if this is through involuntary movement when I sleep, as I found myself laying on my belly in the middle of last night, which I found quite odd as I'm mainly laying on my back, have also had a few spasms out of the blue which have caused undue pain as well, just hope I have some form of active life when I fully recover from this unwanted experience, was also told by my surgeon before being discharged that I was definitely gonna suffer from arthritis at some stage due to this injury.

May 26, 2012
Fractured ti and fib post orif.
by: Stacey

I've read alot of your comments and it is true that it is going to be painful and as difficult as it is, you have to persevere. I work in a large orthopaedic hospital, so knew what i was in for when i was told i had fractured and dislocated my tib and fib. Having no insurance and no partner to depend on it's been a difficult journey. The physio gave me exercises, but these were pretty basic and i found more helpful ones online. It's been 14 weeks and while it still hurts like hell, i've returned to fulltime work as a nurse. I've found a sympathetic personal trainer who is helping me strengthen my ankle and helping me lose some of the weight i gained. It will take longer to heal if you don't exercise.
I find massaging the are for 5mins in the morning helps improve circulation, i use apricot kernal oil. Hope this helps, if will get easier.

May 16, 2012
To: Positive
by: Julie

Hi, I posted on here a few times about my experience, I was 52 when I broke my Tib/Fib, and basically had nothing connecting my foot to my leg. I was a 20 hour circulation clerk at the Library, and went back in January of 2011, they put me in a couple of different departments than my own, and even though I asked for light duty in circulation, they would not do it. In February, after my doctor issued my release, he still put too many restrictions as to standing and walking, as I have severe post traumatic osteo in that ankle, and I lost my job. I am still unemployed, and am awaiting a disability claim. I have fought depression, anxiety, and still have flashbacks to my fall. I pray you have a better outcome. If you want, please email me at jl_conkle@yahoo.com and let me know how you are.

May 16, 2012
3 Week left Tibia hmmm
by: Kumar

37 yrs M,no prior history 175lb ,5.6 ft,Exactly 3 weeks back,broke left lower tibia compound fracture ,No other bones an issue ,Got IM Rod 4 screws ,3 weeks light walking with max 10% weight,i Lift leg /thigh for max 15min a day ....Some time times ankle swells ,no therapy
eating lot of calcium with apples ,Planned light massager to simulate ultrasonic waves got to see ,
tried COQ ENZYME for fast healing for a 2 weeks for wound,stopped now since its giving sleepless nights,
Fingers Crossed my goal 12 weeks for normal brisk walk ....

Apr 30, 2012
Recovery 4 months
by: Positive

I work about 80 hours per week. I broke my tibia, fibula, and foot. Plates and screws in both locations. I am returning to work this week. I am worried about stairs. Plus, the employment gives no mercy in helping to slowly return to work. You need to go full force. Actually, signing me to the ultimate duties possible. Disappointed in this because they have no light duty. But, they could make it a little easier. Staying positive and will do what I can. Is it normal to be returing this soon? My paid therapy has ended. I was only allowed 20 sessions according to the insurance. trying to stay positive. I am 59 years old. No spring chicken.

Apr 30, 2012
Recovery 4 months
by: Positive

I work about 80 hours per week. I broke my tibia, fibula, and foot. Plates and screws in both locations. I am returning to work this week. I am worried about stairs. Plus, the employment gives no mercy in helping to slowly return to work. You need to go full force. Actually, signing me to the ultimate duties possible. Disappointed in this because they have no light duty. But, they could make it a little easier. Staying positive and will do what I can. Is it normal to be returing this soon? My paid therapy has ended. I was only allowed 20 sessions according to the insurance. trying to stay positive. I am 59 years old. No spring chicken.

Apr 30, 2012
Recovery 4 months
by: Positive

I work about 80 hours per week. I broke my tibia, fibula, and foot. Plates and screws in both locations. I am returning to work this week. I am worried about stairs. Plus, the employment gives no mercy in helping to slowly return to work. You need to go full force. Actually, signing me to the ultimate duties possible. Disappointed in this because they have no light duty. But, they could make it a little easier. Staying positive and will do what I can. Is it normal to be returing this soon? My paid therapy has ended. I was only allowed 20 sessions according to the insurance. trying to stay positive. I am 59 years old. No spring chicken.

Apr 14, 2012
To Nata
by: Julie

Well, I had a similar break, my ankle was "freefloating" as the EMT put it. But, I was 53 when I did it, and I had some prior problems with pain and weakness in both feet and ankles, some poor bone quality, which I didn't know about till my surgery. That said, you are 25, so you will most likely heal faster, and hopefully regain your mobility. I was an avid walker till my feet started bothering me so much, and now that is pretty much all gone. Walking through Walmart is more than I should do. Just keep up with your therapy, don't give up. It is hard to have your independence taken away like that, being stuck off your feet. I will be thinking about you.

Apr 14, 2012
ORIF
by: Nata

on March 28th I simply fell in my kitchen && fractured my tibia and fibula. After seeing an orthopedic MD that specialized in ankle reconstruction. It didn't click with me how bad my break was until he explained to the PA in the office when re splinting me prior to surgery to be extra careful because my foot can do a 180. I passed out. I finally had surgery the Thursday after so that the swelling could subside including plates and screws. It's only been a little over a week. On the 24th I have the full leg splint removed and stitches taken out and a half leg cast put on. I'm scared. I'm a 25 year old female with 5 year old and am very active. What should I expect? My doctor is very laid back and confident so I'm scared he's not preparing me for the worst because of my fragile emotional state about losing mobility, freedom, and the ability to run.

Apr 09, 2012
fib and tib broken 21/04/2010
by: Anonymous

hi everybody i'm 40 i had a motorcycle accident in april 2010 where a car came straight out and throught me into a tree i got 4 breaks in fibula and took a big chunk out of my tibula had screws and plate fitted had the physio for first year but another year on still not ran i've tried and i'm not a lazey person i like to play football and run before the that day my job involves standing all day and the swelling is nearly gone but the pain is still there can anybody tell me is this is normal.

Apr 05, 2012
Pilon fracture of tibia/fibula
by: paul 44

On july 17 2011 i was in a motorcycle accident. my worst injury was a broken tibia/fibula. I received a external fixator i had to have for 7 days.In my surgery i received 3 plates on my tibia and 2 on my fibula 26 screws also a bone graft.After 12 weeks i was told to try to weight bear.i also started pt from day 1 3 days a week .When trying to weight bear i developed pain in my knee.was told to try to push through it, probably from inactivity.but pain got worse and lost alot of rom in knee.Turns out i have transient osteoperosis of the knee brought on by trama and also compartment syndrom of ankle.I am trying to weight bear now but the pain comes and goes.probably a ankle fusion down the road.But PT helps alot My therapist is great and really works my leg i almost have full rom now but if i stop it will stiffen up.So yes i think rehab is very important and work that leg as much you can. Also no more motorcycles for me. ill stick to my cars from now on Thank god it was my left leg Good luck to all we all need it.

Apr 05, 2012
Pilon fracture of tibia/fibula
by: paul 44

On july 17 2011 i was in a motorcycle accident. my worst injury was a broken tibia/fibula. I received a external fixator i had to have for 7 days.In my surgery i received 3 plates on my tibia and 2 on my fibula 26 screws also a bone graft.After 12 weeks i was told to try to weight bear.i also started pt from day 1 3 days a week .When trying to weight bear i developed pain in my knee.was told to try to push through it, probably from inactivity.but pain got worse and lost alot of rom in knee.Turns out i have transient osteoperosis of the knee brought on by trama and also compartment syndrom of ankle.I am trying to weight bear now but the pain comes and goes.probably a ankle fusion down the road.But PT helps alot My therapist is great and really works my leg i almost have full rom now but if i stop it will stiffen up.So yes i think rehab is very important and work that leg as much you can. Also no more motorcycles for me. ill stick to my cars from now on Thank god it was my left leg Good luck to all we all need it.

Apr 05, 2012
Pilon fracture of tibia/fibula
by: paul 44

On july 17 2011 i was in a motorcycle accident. my worst injury was a broken tibia/fibula. I received a external fixator i had to have for 7 days.In my surgery i received 3 plates on my tibia and 2 on my fibula 26 screws also a bone graft.After 12 weeks i was told to try to weight bear.i also started pt from day 1 3 days a week .When trying to weight bear i developed pain in my knee.was told to try to push through it, probably from inactivity.but pain got worse and lost alot of rom in knee.Turns out i have transient osteoperosis of the knee brought on by trama and also compartment syndrom of ankle.I am trying to weight bear now but the pain comes and goes.probably a ankle fusion down the road.But PT helps alot My therapist is great and really works my leg i almost have full rom now but if i stop it will stiffen up.So yes i think rehab is very important and work that leg as much you can. Also no more motorcycles for me. ill stick to my cars from now on Thank god it was my left leg Good luck to all we all need it.

Apr 02, 2012
After 5 weeks and 3 days, off crutches and doing physio
by: Paul Kucera

Quadriceps in left leg have almost gone, have lost 10 kg... lot of work ahead of me if I want to be wakeboarding in June :). Need to concentrate to walk normally - slowly of course, ensuring I am using all the right muscles.

Apr 01, 2012
To April 1st Post
by: Julie

You didn't say how old you are. I have post traumatic arthritis, and mine will only worsen with time. I cannot walk or stand for very long without swelling and pain. I used to walk 4 to 6 miles a day, so it might depend on your age, and the bone quality.

Apr 01, 2012
Right ankle dislocation with trimalleolar fracture
by: Anonymous

I fell on January 13th and dislocated my ankle with a trimalleolar fracture. My doctor was not able to operate after due to my ankle developing "fracture blisters". Finally on Feb. 7th my Dr. was able to operate, placing a plate with 9 screws on the outer bone and 1 pin on the inner side.
I had my cast removed 4 weeks after and given a walking boot and returned to work. It's now April 1st, I feel like I'm improving weekly! I can walk without boot around the house and even to a short shopping trip!
I used to be a runner. Ran my first half marathon last October. My question is will I ever be able to run again?? My Dr. will not give me an answer, he says it just depends. I guess I'm just looking for some feedback from others experience.

Mar 16, 2012
Broken //Ankle on left
by: Anonymous

A response to the first question. I would have the hardware removed if it is paining. I fell and had a triamollar breake tib/fib/ and mallous and the physician took the rod/plate/screw six pins from the left outside of my leg out and he had plan to leave in the inner side screw, it was giving me a fit. He said "Well you are going to experience some pain. I told him this must be removed.He caught an attitude I did not care because this was my foot. Most of the time if hardware is bothering you it has heal. Well he took out the screw and told me the bone had heal, which was a lie. I found myself getting another orthopedic and he found inflamation in my fixations of my left ankle. I had so much pain. I have pain but not like it was before. Get a second opinion and keep going and follow your instincts Good Luck/

Mar 16, 2012
Broken //Ankle on left
by: Anonymous

A response to the first question. I would have the hardware removed if it is paining. I fell and had a triamollar breake tib/fib/ and mallous and the physician took the rod/plate/screw six pins from the left outside of my leg out and he had plan to leave in the inner side screw, it was giving me a fit. He said "Well you are going to experience some pain. I told him this must be removed.He caught an attitude I did not care because this was my foot. Most of the time if hardware is bothering you it has heal. Well he took out the screw and told me the bone had heal, which was a lie. I found myself getting another orthopedic and he found inflamation in my fixations of my left ankle. I had so much pain. I have pain but not like it was before. Get a second opinion and keep going and follow your instincts Good Luck/

Mar 15, 2012
tib fib break
by: unfortunate

Hello again everyone,

It's been a while since I cheched my e-mails. Looks like there's a lot more of us around than I originally thought. LOL...
We'll my new update.... it's been 15 weeks since my last operation and I'm still having issues with walking. Now it seems that my metal is causing some extreme pain around the edge of the metal. Don't know what the whorld is going on. I was hoping to at least be walking withouth any crutch help.
Dang! it hurts...Doc says that I need to walk through it. If this doesn't, I may need to remove it.
Man, I don't know anymore. Want to walk normal again hopefully soon.
Well gots to go. Thanks for the updates. It does help to know that you are not alone out there.

Ya'll take care,
Unfortunate

Mar 15, 2012
PAIN - HELP
by: Anonymous

SORRY TO HERE ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH....OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU I AM GOING THROUGH THE MOST INCREDIBILE PAIN GOD HAS ALLOWED ME TO EVER GO THROUGH........IT ALL STARTED WITH A TERRIBLE PAIN IN MY THIGH BONE AND AFTER A FEW WEKS IT WENT AWAY. THANK GOD....... THEN TO OUR SURPRISE IT WENT INTO MY CHIN - NOW I CAN'T WALK ---------OOOPPPPP WELL I CAN WALK I JUST FALL. I KNOW I AM NOT A SPRING CHICKEN - BUT DAMN I AM CAPAPABLE OF RAISING GRANDKIDS ANDI HAVE GREAT GRAND KIDS. SO I AM NOT DEAD YET ......LOL. I HAVE NO INS. WHAT COULD THIS BE> I AM REALLY GETTING SCARED..........HELP --- MCRAZYNAZ@YAHOO.CO - TITLE - PAIN. THANKS

Mar 15, 2012
PAIN - HELP
by: Anonymous

SORRY TO HERE ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH....OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU I AM GOING THROUGH THE MOST INCREDIBILE PAIN GOD HAS ALLOWED ME TO EVER GO THROUGH........IT ALL STARTED WITH A TERRIBLE PAIN IN MY THIGH BONE AND AFTER A FEW WEKS IT WENT AWAY. THANK GOD....... THEN TO OUR SURPRISE IT WENT INTO MY CHIN - NOW I CAN'T WALK ---------OOOPPPPP WELL I CAN WALK I JUST FALL. I KNOW I AM NOT A SPRING CHICKEN - BUT DAMN I AM CAPAPABLE OF RAISING GRANDKIDS ANDI HAVE GREAT GRAND KIDS. SO I AM NOT DEAD YET ......LOL. I HAVE NO INS. WHAT COULD THIS BE> I AM REALLY GETTING SCARED..........HELP --- MCRAZYNAZ@YAHOO.CO - TITLE - PAIN. THANKS

Mar 14, 2012
PT advice S/P Tib ORIF
by: Dr Seth

Hello all,
I am a PT and unfortunately am one month out of a tib-fib fx w/ ORIF after smoking a tree while snow boarding.
My recommendations- even more so now that I'm living it:
-Use Traditional Chinese Medicines- I've been using Dit Dat Jow, Resinall K, and Recovery Pills, as well as Bone Knitting Powder. San huang San is great to reduce swelling during the acute phases. It comes in both powder and prepared forms.
-Either consult a swelling expert- like a PT with lymphedema training, or look into Comprilan wraps. I use 3-4 with different widths- for foot/ankle and leg. The first layer on the skin is what's called stockinette used with casts, etc. It is absorbent for sweat, etc. Next 3-4" wide fleece strips (Joann fabrics) are wrapped from base of toes to knees. Finish with wrapping Comprilan from base of toes to knee. Ensure circulation is OK- no redness or toe numbness. I've used this system for over 3 weeks, including at night- elevated as much as possible.
-I still have a stiff ankle but gently stretch it in standing and while seated by straightening the knee and pulling the ankle towards the shin. Hold 5-10 sec. Repeat 10x frequently throughout the day.
-Receive some myofascial release!!! You can do it to yourself around the knee and ankle (not over the fx- especially the fib).
Imagine slowly shaping the clay that is your ankle/knee. One hand on each side or wherever needed. It does WONDERS to loosen restricted soft-tissue!!!
-Breathe and think positive thoughts!!
-Eat like a champ!! Consume antioxidant rich foods- berries, raw chocolate, green tea, etc. Fresh pineapple contains a potent anti-inflammatory enzyme named bromelain. You can find it in pill form at some health food stores. Great supplement!!
-Drink lots of water!! Lots of oxygen required to heal- and lots of wastes to clear from the body!!!

Mar 14, 2012
It takes longer than you would believe.
by: Anonymous mum

On 13th December 2010, I took an hour out of my hectic life to have an ice-skating lesson. I progressed during the hour and at the end the instructor said go and do one lap on your own! I fell and heard my leg snap like a twig. I was taken to hospital thinking just a cast would do - no a shattered tib and fib. I had the op the following day and left hospital after five days. My life has been turned completely upside down. My consultant and his senior gave me conflicting advice - no physio was provided to me they eventually sent for me about five months after the event. My lifesaver was my oesteopath, who i saw three times a week and gradually decreased it now I'm down to once a week. My ankle cracked back into place whilst walking around Disney. Today, I still have pain, can walk very far and walking down the stairs is extremely hard. To help myself I go the gym with a trainer twice a week and also try to fit in a swim. I'm fifteen months on and trying to get there. My sons have been my rock they were 13 and 10 when it happened. They have done things for me that I wouldn't have thought - I am so so proud of them as they have shown me they are such caring individuals. Never give up! I am starting the ball rolling about a second opinion but the rehab and the op really does put me off. I'm 46 and felt as though my life was put on hold!

Mar 13, 2012
January 2012 injury
by: Anonymous

Hi, I still have my hardware, and it is not going to be removed. But, I was 52 when I broke my tib/fib, and I also have advancing arthritis in both ankles, had been having a lot of pain and weakness for a while before the injury. You might be more flexible if it is removed, although I imagine it might take a bit to heal up again. I wish you the best, whatever you decide.

Mar 13, 2012
2 Months Out... Broken tib-fib
by: Anonymous

On new years i fell down a few stairs because of icy conditions. I broke my right tib and fib about 6 inches up from my ankle along with a badly sprained ankle. I had surgery the next afternoon. Two screws and a titanium rod. The first month after the accident was awful. I could not sleep more than 2 hours straight, the pain was throbbing, and i couldnt do anything at all. After about a month i started riding a stationary bike. This was excellent because it was the only thing i could do to workout. I am now about 2 and a half months out and i just began walking last week. It was tough to start but every day when i woke up it felt stronger. I have been completely off my crutches for about a week and i have a bad limp. I hope to recover soon so i can walk normally and play sports again. This is a very tough ingury both phisacly and mentally. Stay strong take healing serious and it will come. Im only just started walking and it is the best thing in the world after not being able to for so long. Practice and time make perfect.

Mar 12, 2012
Nido's Age..
by: Anonymous

Sorry didn't mention Age. I'm actually 30 years old. I decided I'm gonna leave the screws in for another month or two. One doctor says "taking them out will improve ankle mobility" and the other says "No it won't". I'm just confused.

Also, if anyone knows how long it will take for full recovery after removing hardware surgery?

Thanks

Mar 12, 2012
Nido's Age..
by: Anonymous

Sorry didn't mention Age. I'm actually 30 years old. I decided I'm gonna leave the screws in for another month or two. One doctor says "taking them out will improve ankle mobility" and the other says "No it won't". I'm just confused.

Also, if anyone knows how long it will take for full recovery after removing hardware surgery?

Thanks

Mar 09, 2012
To: Nido
by: Anonymous

Hi, you didn't state your age, but it will depend on whether the surgeon recommends having the screws removed. I was 52 when I broke my tib/fib and complete dislocation. I had arthritis and weakness and pain in both ankles and feet for a few years prior to the injury. So, other than the long screw, mine are permanent, and I opted to not have the procedure to remove even the long screw. I do have a lot of pain and swelling still, almost 2 years since the injury, and most likely, it will only worsen with age and time. If you are younger, you have a much better outlook. Hoping for the best for you!

Mar 09, 2012
Propblem with Ankle Range of Motion
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I dislocated my ankle playing soccer back in October. Tore ligaments, fractured Fib. Was non-weight bearing for 11 weeks.

I started walking back in January and still having problems moving my ankle up and down all the way. Side to side is getting better, but up and down is the main issue.

I go to PT and Gym, atleast 3-4 a week.

Should I remove the two long screws that goes from my Fib to Tip? Will that help with ROM?

Thank you

Nido

Mar 07, 2012
Physio is crucial and you need to start ASAP
by: Paul Kucera

Nirmal, bad move leaving out the physio, cannot imagine the dr. that would say that. I have an internal pin through my tibia with one screw under the knee and two above the ankle. The accident happened at resort Fri. 24.2 10.15, was on operating table by 12.30 same day and taking first steps with crutches and doing physio two days later Sun. 26.2. with light load bearing. 1.5 weeks later I am on exercise bike 2x20 mins a day and still only light load bearing, but walking up to 1km a day and doing various ball exercises.

Mar 06, 2012
To: Skier/Cathy
by: Julie

Hi, so sorry about your accident, I posted on here about my fracture and ORIF surgery which happened September 2010. I was a basket case, for more reasons than one. I live alone, had no insurance, and was terrified of the surgery, for lots of reasons, one being I am just a coward. But, to put your mind at ease, they gave me antibiotics during surgery, and after, and as long as you do what they tell you, there should be no problems. I healed really well, my biggest problem is I had weakness already in my ankles due to arthritis, and now that is much worse since the injury, and I can't stand or walk for extended times without paying for it. I know you will do fine.

Mar 06, 2012
Ski accident
by: Poor skier/Cathy

Hi, I am 40 and just fx my fibula and 5th metatarsal. Getting screws and plate in two days. I am not afraid of the surgery, just the possibility of an infection. Not a good time in my life to be homebound but I guess there is no good time. Any advice on how to not get an infection that experience has taught anyone would be much appreciated. I have found that my dr is great but does not give too much information. Thanks.

Mar 06, 2012
Ski accident
by: Poor skier/Cathy

Hi, I am 40 and just fx my fibula and 5th metatarsal. Getting screws and plate in two days. I am not afraid of the surgery, just the possibility of an infection. Not a good time in my life to be homebound but I guess there is no good time. Any advice on how to not get an infection that experience has taught anyone would be much appreciated. I have found that my dr is great but does not give too much information. Thanks.

Feb 27, 2012
to Paul
by: Julie

Wow, that sounds awful, thought mine was too. I am glad you had little pain. Right after my fall, I was mostly I guess in shock, and of course, they set it while in the ER, I had to wait 2 weeks for my ORIF surgery, and after the block wore off, had intense pain (my fault, waited too long for pain meds) and I was absolute non weight bearing for 3 full months, one month partial weight bearing. So, it was a long road, and now have post traumatic osteoarthritis, which is worse now. I wish you a speedy complete recovery, as many are still struggling.

Feb 27, 2012
Snapped Tibia and Fibula
by: Paul Kucera

Writing from hospital in Innsbruck, Austria. Had an accident at Hintertux on Fri. mid-morning, clean snapped the Tibia at top of boot - ended up going through inner clothing/sock and was restin on top of boot. Fibula broke about 10cms below the knee. For some reason I don't understand - whether shock and/or severity of trama plus my packing the break immediately in snow - there was no pain at moment of break, waiting or after the operation. Have a screw in place in the Tibia. By Sun. was doing first steps on crutches, physiotherapist and doctor said that at this rate, will be wakeboarding come summer. I guess it's a matter of luck...

Feb 23, 2012
Hang in there - there is hope!
by: TB

Hello - I posted some time ago and wanted to give an update. I still have not heard of anyone having severe nerve pain later in recovery from breaks higher up the leg. But am happy to report there has been much progress. I still have much numbness and pain the ball of the foot especially at the big toe which is persistent and making walking difficult. Physiotherapy has been very helpful all round and if anyone with any kind of injury can get good physiotherapy support it is well worth it. I have also found going often to a local exercise pool - very warm and fantastic for being able to move more freely and exercise more muscles than I can on dry land. Its also very relaxing.

As I am now walking with a cane, I am experiencing more discomfort in those parts of my leg that were broken, especially where the plates and screws are. Sometimes I think my poor ankle just won't be able to take the load.


Feb 22, 2012
Allow one year!
by: Pam

Hello, Nirmal! My name is Pam; I am 45 yrs old and broke my tibia and fibula skiing (well, actually it was the crashing that did it) on January 21st.

The fibula broke quite cleanly about 5cms above the ankle, but the tibia was quite comminuted, broke mid-shaft, and took fours hours in surgery to fix with an IM nail and screws.

I am now in a fibreglass cast until the end of April, but am not expecting to be weight-bearing until July. I have been told to expect a full year to "fully recover" although I have been told that things may NEVER be quite as they were down there. Let's just say that my career as a leg model may have to be put on hold.

Just be patient, I guess! I'll be watching this page to see what other people's experiences are like. Best of luck to you!

Feb 15, 2012
Thank you
by: to Margaret

Thank you for your reply. I tried to fight the loss of the job, but got nowhere. I pray that I can get my disability, it is nearing a decision. I am tired of the worry, and being made to feel I am unemployable in so many areas. I hope for the best for you as well.

Feb 15, 2012
to Julie new
by: Margaret

Your posting read today.....on reading my previous posting just before yours .. your date Sept 2010 on looking at mine I realise I had made an error.. the date of my fracture should have been December, 2010(not 2011!) The cause.. also dogs, in fact two large ones weighing over 60kg who bowled me over crashing into me at speed. Whilst in hospital, I was told that accidents with dogs are very common, usually lower leg injuries and arms when falling. My time frame is like yours, into the second year and I too have a limp,and don't think I could run. I think is very unfair for you to loose your work because of this injury, I sympathize.

Feb 15, 2012
Also had broken tibia, fibula, ORIF surgery
by: Julie

Hello, I got knocked down by the dog next door, his tie out rope caught me around the legs and threw me, my ankle was completely turned sideways, was as the EMT called it, free floating. I had to wait 2 weeks to have the ORIF surgery, and it all happened in September, 2010. I was completely non weight bearing for 4 months, had to wear a hard walking boot for another month or so. I lost my job due to the restrictions the surgeon put on me. I have had since then, more numbness in the foot, and have a near constant limp. I also suffer from sciatica, and pain my my hip and leg on the left side. I am still unemployed, and am awaiting a disability decision, and am hoping the doctor will finally authorize it totally when I see him next week. I used to walk 4 to 6 miles a day, and have been very depressed and have anxiety symptoms since all this happened. Wish I could be more positive, but this type of injury is very hard to recover from. I will be 54 next month, by the way.

Feb 11, 2012
Re:Latest 'Anonymous' posting
by: Margaret

I have posted to this site several times over the past year as I broke my tibia and fib Xmas day 2011.
I am more than 20 years older than you (as you say you are 55) and I have a pin and screws. I had plaster and no weight bearing under instruction until Mar 2011 as xrays showed the fib was not healing. Moving to care through another hospital and surgeon, this seems the time with no weight and what we call a Moon boot, may have been too long as I have had problems with the limited movement in the ankle and Achilles tendon which is 'tight' and still swells at the back of the ankle each day. Stretching and exercises and swimming even now after all this time does not seem to improve beyond a point about 85% to the floor and 90% upright. One is always looking for help to see if this is 'as good as it gets' or is it just a matter of time..and you have that on your side!

Feb 10, 2012
healing from multiple fractures
by: Anonymous

On 12/28/2011, I fell two steps. With a distorted ankle and by myself at the time. Using a cell phone, I was able to take a ride to a large medical center. Everyone thinking it was only an ankle break. The x-ray showed a slight problem. Because I literally had been blessed with no pain. It was almost missed the tibula and fibula were also broken. Because I had no swelling. I was able to have surgery by one of the best surgeons in our state. Yes, a miracle. The o.ly problem I am having is strain on my other leg because of a torn miniscus repair in 2010. I am starting to think this prior injury caused my knee to give out breaking my other leg. I am able to take my boot off to practice moving my ankle and building up my Achilles tendons. This is going well. I keep my other knee wrapped to protect it or straining it. Called the doctors today for a shot that is like a jell to cushion the knee, a fairly new shot. I will find out my healing status on Wednesday. I am lifting small weights for my arms. Plus, the ankle exercises. I am in my late 50's. Doctor states this could take 3-4 month healing a.d to expect swelling in the ankle. This does not happen much. Plus, leg looks good. I do have several plates and a lot of screws.

Feb 10, 2012
7 and 1/2 months after break
by: Gechy

Hi all, broke my tibia n fibula in June 23 2011,so its beeen 7 and a half months nw did d conservative all cast procedeoure,no surgery. Was at d doctors 2 days ago and he says I can drop d 1 crutch now. So I hv been walkn on my own 4 d 2days. Its nt been all bad, d usual swelling and a feel of a stiff ankle. My greatest worry is daat I walk with dis huge Limp... Its scaring d shit out of me. Please I need ur recommendations 2 help d situation... Doctor says dat I shuld try walkn normally again, dat its my psyche. Den he added in a little tone dat if derz leg shortening its less dan 5mm... Dat sentence scared me to bits, some say it will get better with time? Hv any of u experienced d Limp den normall walkn? am a 23 year old female...I really don't want 2 limp... Please give me ur suggestions.
Thank you all.

Feb 10, 2012
BROKEN TIB AND FIB
by: julie

hi there i broke my left leg tib and fib in 3 places on 9 oct 2011. i have a nail with 4 screws 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom i am still on 1 crutch the screws hurt and the bones are slowly healing all i can say is that you have a better doc than me. mine has seen me 2 times for 5 mins and told me nothing. been looking for answers too when will it stop hurting and how long before i can go back to work i am now 4 months down the line it helps to hear from others and i hope you are all getting better all i can say is 1 day at a time i have good days and bad. does any one else have pain where the screws are if so how long before it go's away i still have swelling it the ankle and foot the

Feb 03, 2012
compond fracture tibia and fibula
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Feb 03, 2012
compond fracture tibia and fibula
by: l.ross

how i wish their was a web site back in the day. on jan. 11 1989 I had a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in the ankle from a car accident.the doctors wanted to amputate my leg, I was lucky I had a surgeon who was one of the best and put my ankle back together. I had 13 screws and a plate put in. I lost alot of bone fragments from the impact and force of the compound.The surgeon had to operate on both sides of the ankle to piece back together what they could. I had skin graft done on the left side of my ankle to close the wound as I lost pieces of bone to close the wound properly. I was in a hard cast for 6 months. I had 3 surgeries plus one to remove the hardware that was pressing against my skin. From my experience Therapy was the best thing for my injury. The range I have on my ankle is alot better then it would have been if i had not taken it. I did lose 2 inches of height from bone loss,a lift works wonders. but as of today I can walk, run not to fast but I can run.Don,t give up it really does get better.I do notice once in a while my ankle will lock in place if I turn to quick,but the muscle does relax and everything is working fine good luck to you all, It does get better I promise. cystal

Feb 03, 2012
compond fracture tibia and fibula
by: l.ross

how i wish their was a web site back in the day. on jan. 11 1989 I had a compound fracture of the tibia and fibula in the ankle from a car accident.the doctors wanted to amputate my leg, I was lucky I had a surgeon who was one of the best and put my ankle back together. I had 13 screws and a plate put in. I lost alot of bone fragments from the impact and force of the compound.The surgeon had to operate on both sides of the ankle to piece back together what they could. I had skin graft done on the left side of my ankle to close the wound as I lost pieces of bone to close the wound properly. I was in a hard cast for 6 months. I had 3 surgeries plus one to remove the hardware that was pressing against my skin. From my experience Therapy was the best thing for my injury. The range I have on my ankle is alot better then it would have been if i had not taken it. I did lose 2 inches of height from bone loss,a lift works wonders. but as of today I can walk, run not to fast but I can run.Don,t give up it really does get better.I do notice once in a while my ankle will lock in place if I turn to quick,but the muscle does relax and everything is working fine good luck to you all, It does get better I promise. cystal

Feb 02, 2012

by: Chris

I broke my leg on October 28th 2011 at football practice and i regulary visit my orthapedic surgion and he said that it will generally take since months to heal but you will alway have some pain.....i broke both the tibia and fibula and i got a rod from the knee to ankle with to screws on top and 2 on bottom...the best advise my doctor gave me was to try to run and jump because if you dont then the pain will be worse years on i have a bad limp and stairs are a challenge, the only thing to do is keep going and fight threw the pain...unfortunatly i am also in the 15% range that has more severe problems and feels the effects everyday

Feb 01, 2012
when will it end
by: jane

I broke my fibia on the 15th december 2011. Because I am pregnant I could not have the operation to pin/plate the break. And had to go through all the pain and suffering with no pain relief. I was given a back slap for 2 weeks and then a full cast for a further 4 weeks. Had cast off a week ago and I am suffering with pain like mad. Doing physio exercises everyday and trying to put weight on it while still walking with 2 crutches. I am now 33 weeks pregnant and they have said I have zero chance of the selling going down before the baby arrives. I am trying to stay positive and crossing everything that I will be able to walk by the time the baby arrives. wish meluck everyone!

Jan 31, 2012
Plasma injection
by: Nancy

this is directed to Stefany. I did have the plasma injection in my ankle 3 weeks ago today. Too early to tell yet if it will be the end all to my problems. The Dr. who preformed this for me also want to do a therapy on my scar that will help free up my tendons and muscles. I should know in another 3 weeks if the injections were successfull or if we need to repeat. Many people have to have this done multiple times for success but I have spoken to others who have had good success with this proceedure. I'll follow up in another 3 weeks and report my progress. I will say the injections (5 or 6 numbing shots, 8,9 plasma injections) were painful but the proceedure lasted only for 20 minutes.I was sore an swollen for a week after then more normal.

Jan 26, 2012
ankle injury
by: elisa

i feel comforted having read what other people are going through because am not the only one suffering. i was involved in traffic accident and broke my lateral ankle on the left foot in november 2011. underwent surgery in december and off weight bearing for 6 weeks. the backslab that was put was removed and now have been told by the surgeon to start partial weight bearing with the crutches. its unfortunate that i cant bend the knee joint and it is quite painful when doing the pysio exercises. am becoming impatient because i want to walk on my own again

Jan 21, 2012
Recovery and foot pain
by: TB

I read the comments on this page with interest. I live in Canada and had similar fractures to those described by others in a September 2011 car accident. I was driving and hit a retaining wall head on. I had a compound fracture of tib and fib above the ankle and another break just below the knee. I now have two plates with 13 screws and was in hospital for 13 wks. I am now home and find physiotherapy to be very helpful - I have almost full range of movement in knee and ankle and walk a bit with cane (graduated from walker last week). I still wear air cast when going out because my foot is swollen and it is safer in snow and ice. I was feeling quite pleased that I had steady recover and did not feel much pain. My foot had been quite numb, hyper sensitive to touch and not flexible - it feels as though there is a large lump under most of my foot mostly below the big toe.
In the past few weeks I have begun to have horrible pain in my foot which has been confirmed as nerve pain. Has anyone experienced this and if so what have you been able to do about it?

Jan 20, 2012
Plasma injection anyone?
by: Stefany

Thailand!!! That's where my injury took place. I was in a motorbike accident in Koh Samui. While there I suffered a compound 3, multi tib, fib break. They tied a tourniquet around my leg, left me for several hours on a gurney until insurance cleared. After that they Inserted a plate with 10 screws, stitched me up, and kept me there for 11 days due to the fear of necrosis. After a 30 hour flight I came home and was immediately admitted to a hospital in the states. Here I had a soleus flap transplant, and a skin graft after debridment. After 5 months of healing I started physical therapy. 25 sessions later I noticed a pain. Whoops, I snapped the plate. After going back into surgery at the 7 month mark I had the plate and screws taken out, and an IM rod inserted through the knee. Worried about the skin graft, they did their best to not disturb the progress. At the Dr.'s today, it being my 8 month mark, I was told I'm still having issues with a bone. Last thing I want to do is snap another piece of hardware, so my options are as follows, plasma injection, or bone graft. Which leads me to the question, has anyone had the injection, and are there any success stories? From what I'm aware of, it is a fairly new procedure. Haha, what a vacation!!

Jan 18, 2012
YouTube
by: Anonymous

Try typing in your injury about physio work for your injury I am sure there is videos on YouTube regarding exercises for leg. Don't know what country your in? But here in England I get physio every 2 weeks at hospital which involves checking how I am getting on with my exercises which are basic stretching exercises 3 times a day x 10 reps.

Jan 17, 2012
need to continue my work!!
by: adeth

hi...i met a motor accident last May 28,2011...it was an open fractue and my surgeon inserted an IM NAIL at my right tibia, its almost 8 months i can walk without crutches but i cant walk fast and run...i never been to a physical therapist....what exercises should i do?i am a police trainee and i need to go back by March 2012...tnx

Jan 17, 2012
need to continue my work!!
by: adeth

hi...i met a motor accident last May 28,2011...it was an open fractue and my surgeon inserted an IM NAIL at my right tibia, its almost 8 months i can walk without crutches but i cant walk fast and run...i never been to a physical therapist....what exercises should i do?i am a police trainee and i need to go back by March 2012...tnx

Jan 17, 2012
need to continue my work!!
by: adeth

hi...i met a motor accident last May 28,2011...it was an open fractue and my surgeon inserted an IM NAIL at my right tibia, its almost 8 months i can walk without crutches but i cant walk fast and run...i never been to a physical therapist....what exercises should i do?i am a police trainee and i need to go back by March 2012...tnx

Jan 17, 2012
Broken fibia and tibia
by: Gary

Hi Brandon, I am Gary from England I am a 40 year old male that's trying to cling onto his youth by still playing football (soccer) if your in the US. I got tackled badly but not on purpose on the 31st of October (Halloween) 2011. It's been more hard mentally than physically. I even had to get sleeping tablets to sleep. Most professional soccer players (I am not one) seem to take around 12 months to 18 months before they are playing full time again, getting there £150,000 a week wages, it's a hard life for them ha ha ha. I have a steel rod running from my knee to my ankle with screws in knee & ankle. They are taking a screw out the end of thus month to speed the healing process up. I have also been to a nutrionist today to get a diet to stick to for bone £ muscle growth as I have lost a stone and a half in 2and a half months. I have started a new course whilst being almost house ridden as I am a big believer that everything happens for the greater good it might seem mad at that moment but in the longer term when your out of it you can see what it was all for back then!!! The course I am doing is by a guy in America called bill Harris it's your internal map of reality by his company centerpointe. Com it teaches you to change old programmed ways of thinking. I have been into thus stuff for many years but for once this is actually working getting to change your core beliefs etc. Back to your leg, focus on what you WANT with your body & NOT what you DON'T want. See your leg getting better really quick, feel your leg accept it's just not right at the moment maybe you need to slow down fir a bit. However a year isn't long and you will not take simple things for granted anymore after like driving to the local shop etc you will walk instead knowing how lucky you feel to walk. Just basically focus on every good shit in your life now. You can see, hear, taste, smell, think, kiss, open and close your hands, maybe move your toes, do you have a roof over your head!!!! A telephone a tv a computer focus on everything possible NOT rhe impossible at the moment of being back to normal tomorrow but focus on it will be healed even stronger than before when my body is ready. Keep in touch. Gary.

Jan 17, 2012
Broken fibia and tibia
by: Gary

Hi Brandon, I am Gary from England I am a 40 year old male that's trying to cling onto his youth by still playing football (soccer) if your in the US. I got tackled badly but not on purpose on the 31st of October (Halloween) 2011. It's been more hard mentally than physically. I even had to get sleeping tablets to sleep. Most professional soccer players (I am not one) seem to take around 12 months to 18 months before they are playing full time again, getting there £150,000 a week wages, it's a hard life for them ha ha ha. I have a steel rod running from my knee to my ankle with screws in knee & ankle. They are taking a screw out the end of thus month to speed the healing process up. I have also been to a nutrionist today to get a diet to stick to for bone £ muscle growth as I have lost a stone and a half in 2and a half months. I have started a new course whilst being almost house ridden as I am a big believer that everything happens for the greater good it might seem mad at that moment but in the longer term when your out of it you can see what it was all for back then!!! The course I am doing is by a guy in America called bill Harris it's your internal map of reality by his company centerpointe. Com it teaches you to change old programmed ways of thinking. I have been into thus stuff for many years but for once this is actually working getting to change your core beliefs etc. Back to your leg, focus on what you WANT with your body & NOT what you DON'T want. See your leg getting better really quick, feel your leg accept it's just not right at the moment maybe you need to slow down fir a bit. However a year isn't long and you will not take simple things for granted anymore after like driving to the local shop etc you will walk instead knowing how lucky you feel to walk. Just basically focus on every good shit in your life now. You can see, hear, taste, smell, think, kiss, open and close your hands, maybe move your toes, do you have a roof over your head!!!! A telephone a tv a computer focus on everything possible NOT rhe impossible at the moment of being back to normal tomorrow but focus on it will be healed even stronger than before when my body is ready. Keep in touch. Gary.

Jan 17, 2012
MULTIPLE BREAKS - TIBIA AND FIBULA
by: BRANDON

IM SO THANKFUL FOR THIS BLOG. FINALLY PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR INJURIES. ON DECEMBER 16, 2011 I BROKE MY TIBIA IN 8 PIECES AND MY FIULA IN 4 PIECES SNOW BOARDING. I ALMOST LOST MY LEG DUE TO CIRCULATION PROBLEMS. I HAD A TOTAL OF 4 SURGERIES DURING THE FIRST 2 WEEKS AFTER THE ACCIDENT. IM HOME NOW AND MY LEG IS VERY SWOLLEN AND PAINFUL. THE SURGEON INSTALLED ONE PLATE AND 6 SCREWS DURING THE FOURTH SURGERY. I HAVE ONE MORE SURGERY IN 2 WEEKS TO INSTALL ONE MORE PLATE . I STARTED PT TO EXERCISE MY LEG. THE DOC SAID NOT TO PUT ANY WEIGHT ON MY LEG BFORE MY NEXT SUGERY OR IT COULD BREAK AGAIN. WISH ME LUCK

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ME ON HOW LONG THE RECOVERY WILL BE?? IM 29 YEARS OLD AND VERY SCARED THAT I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RUN AND JUMP AFTER THIS. IS IT GOING TO BE PAINFUL WALKING OR RIDING A BIKE THE REST OF MY LIFE?? I GUESS IM LUCKY TO STILL HAVE MY LEG. POSITIVE THOUGHTS FOR MY NEXT SURGERY.

BRANDON

Jan 14, 2012
High hopes
by: Lynnhart

I went to my surgeon Thursday. My next surgery will be Friday the 20th. He will do the bone graft from my knee and place it where he removed the shattered bne on the bottom of my tibia. I didn't make myself clear last time. I won't be having the foot fusion until he sees that my bones are healing together and he said I might not even have to have one if everything heals. He said the only reason I might need a fusion because of arthritis, damage of my cartlidge. He told me to take care of myself, exercise and eat healthy and thi should prolong the arthritis.
I also wanted to say that I walk with a walker or crutches, nonweight baring on my foot as of now. Even though I feel I can put weight on it, I just don't want to hurt myself. He also gave me exercise for my knee and he wants me to stretch my ankle with a towel. Doesn't hurt just very uncomfortable because of the nerve damage. Weird feeling... but Neurontin helped a lot.
I go to pain management after my next surgery. There's an empedimic for narcotics where I'm from so there keeping a close watch out of doctors perscribing medications that are highly addictive.
God Bless everyone of to have the courage to share your story. We all have the same but different circumstances. I hope everybody has a fast painless recovery!

Jan 14, 2012
6 months 3 weeks post break.
by: Gechy

Hi everyone, once again is good to be here and have people share their varrious experiences afta a tibia aand fibula break. Mine happened on d 23rd of ;une 2011, its been a along journey, I had a cast on 4 like 6months as I did nt undergo any surgery, 2 months of above d knee cast aand 4months of below the knee cast, d cast wz remuvd and afta 3weeks my doc says I can manage wf jst 1 crutch now. The good news about my break is I rarely feel much pain around d fracture site. But I get d swelling of d ankle afta walking oon the leg for a while. The only thing that worries me is thaat from my X-rays although d front view shows a good matching, the side view shows a shift in my tibia,My doctor assures me it will get corrected on its own with time. Just want to ask if things like that gettt corrected with time, if so how long?... I willl appreciate your response.
Thank you.

Jan 13, 2012
tibia plateau fracture
by: Tibia break

I broke my tibia back on 6/18/11 and went thru surgery where the doctor inserted a rod at the top of my tibia and runs half way down my tibia with 9 screws holding it in place. I was in a wheelchair for 6 weeks and was not placed with a cast just a soft brace. I under went 3 months of physical therapy to gain back all the muscle tone that was lost and to regain my range of motion. It has now been almost 7 months from when I injured my leg and still have pain, stiffness in and around my knee. I also have numbness in my heel as well as swelling in my foot. Cat scan confirmed there was no additional damage to my knee but the pain is still there. I wonder if I will ever be back to normal. I walk without any aids but with a slight limp. I am hoping walking will help with the pain that I still experience. It has been a long road with recovery and I expect it will be some time until I get back to normal (if that's possible).

Jan 12, 2012
PRP Therapy
by: Nancy

Ok, I had my PRP Therapy on the 10th of January. PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a type of prolo therapy. Your blood is drawn from you arm, put in a machine that spins and separates the platelets from the plasma and then everything else is discarded. Your platelets and plasma are injected into the injured part of your body, in my case my ankle that was broken and had 3 subsequest surgeries. The prodedure was highly uncomfortable, and the after effects were considerable swelling and sorness the first night and the day after. Today the swelling is still there but the pain is subsiding. I should know if 6 weeks if my ankle feels much better or if we need another treatment. sometimes it will take 2-3 treatments to make a difference. I will post again in 6 weeks with the progress

Jan 12, 2012
Tibia/Fibula fructuresg
by: Mwiche

Hi All,
Its great to be back on this blog after many years in the hiatus, but its great to share in the thoughts. I last posted here on or around June 2010 and pretty much like most of you, i felt a hopelessness but want to assure you that the comments I got from this site have made me what I am today. My injury was not very different from most of you, it was a compound tibia/fibula break just above the ankle and i had to undergo ORIF. Today I still have the three screws and a K nail inside my foot but I have good news for you. Most of the times I forget I have these things in me, because I am back to my beloved soccer and I can run at a steady pace I was once known for. Only thing is psychological, because i keep reminding myself of the injury and exercise some caution and restraint otherwise I can assure you, I am perfect and no one notices any change in my distinct walk, which I had even before the surgery. So, word of advise is, do not be in a hurry to heal, and please do not visit the entire world or Orthopedics, the one you underwent is fine, with time you will be whole. For now, occupy yourself with more productive things such as personal enhancement through reading and or spend as much time around family as possible. Healing is a natural process, so do not put your leg under so much stress. In my case, I was still walking with an aid and one day, my physio therapist just grabbed them from me and gave me a jolt, to my shock, i withstood it. He told me, I had started walking a long time a go I just didn't know it, so simply hung in there.
Good luck and God bless

Jan 11, 2012
Ready for Rehab
by: Pam

Hi! It feels great to connect with others in the same boat. I kept hearing that this break was a bad one, but I had NO idea...Tib/Fib fracture on Nov. 18...10 screws and and a plate.. I was in a soft cast for 2 weeks, hard cast 2 weeks, the new hard cast for one week. Doc removed it early because it was extremely tight--my foot was numb and purple red..Have had an inflatable velcro boot on for 2 weeks and am going in tomorrow for the 8 week visit. What is next? My doctor is not really communicative, so I have been reading this and the other ORIF blog on the same site. He did say I could put some weight on the foot in the air cast and while using the walker. Is walking next? I am 59 years old, in great health and physically active. I was walking 3-4 miles a day before the break. The worst thing is that I am going stir crazy. I'm assuming that I can drive once I can get myself to the car,but I haven't been using crutches--only a walker.
What should I expect as far as pain upon walking, do you begin to walk in the cast or not? He mentioned something about a shoe brace...
Was your foot extremely swollen after the cast came off? Range of motion? By the afternoon, it is a purplish color, and painful.
I can only move it 1 inch up and down and am unable to point toes or flex foot...
The best advice I received and it came from many sources--was to stay positive and stay focused....it's not the time to feel sorry for yourself..I welcomed and celebrated each step along the way....I hope I'm not disappointed tomorrow when I go in.. I am expecting some walking to start!!!!
Any comments would be welcome...
Thanks so much.

Jan 11, 2012
Update in my tib and fib
by: Lynnhart

My injury happened August 13, 2011. I go to my surgeon tomorrow to find out when I have my lasy surgey.. to find out they will do my bone graft (from my right knee) to place it where my tibia was shattered. And do the fusion of my ankle. My fibula is healing fine still have plants and screws in. It's been 8 weeks since my last surgery where he removed the external fixactor and cut the bottom of my tibia and placed that with an antibiotic spacer. I wear a black boot to walk and to sleep. Taking a shower is very scary.. I have to say though since surgery he pain has gotten better. I don't take any narcotic medication. I only take Neurontin for the nerve damage and that helps a lot. My right knee is stiff though.. because of lack of movement. I wait till next surgery but not looking forward to the pain afterwads. The closer I get to recovery is the closer I can walk again. I know I probably won't ever walk the same, that's fine. God has let me be at peace and accept things the way they're supposed to be.

Jan 11, 2012
Compartment Syndrome from fractured Tib and Fib
by: DownHiller Steve

Hey everyone, I broke my leg back on June 18, Snapped it bad, Developed Compartment syndrome, needed a my calve to be sliced on both sides from my ankle to my knee to relieve the pressure from blood swelling it, drowning my muscle tissue, if not released it could have killed my mucsle causing my leg to me cut off. Fortunatly I still have my leg, but have a huge skin graft on the outside of my calve, a IM Rod insertion, 2 screws in my knee, 4 screws in my ankle...I am almost at 6 months post break. My problem now is my knee hurts a lot, ankle has a lot of pain when putting pressure on my toes, leg swells up from more than normal use. Exercise helps a lot but some days it feels like I am taking a step back...I am hoping to ride my bike by march...Any suggestions?

Jan 10, 2012
PRAY-TRUST GOD
by: Anonymous

BROKE TIBFIB SPIRAL BREAK-ROD SCREWS PUT IN-AFTER 1 MONTH I BABY WALK-STILL HAVE PAIN-NUMB-SWELLING-LIMITATIONS-WILL WAIT 18 MONTHS REMOVE HARDWARE-BE STRONG-PRAY-TRUST GOD

Jan 10, 2012
Hang in there people
by: Lupe

Where to begin what can I say about this injuries they are nightmares! I had a pilon fracture of my tib/fib one 5-24-11one of the worst breaks that can happen iv been through 6 surgeries had many complications hard ware removal etc. bones were healing good then they shifted on me now my tibula is slightly crooked I've been out 6 months 3 months non weight bearing bones are solid enough to walk on but I'm going to need a Taylor Spatial Frame to correct the degree of the bone which will cost me another 3-6 months to correct all I can say is it gets better take it from someone who has been out for a while I have full range of motion In my ankle and I'm walking with a cane/crutch make sure when you get the ok to move your ankle you do to stretch the ligaments I'm a nurse so I'm lucky I'm educated about health care issues and what to except I've caught when my body was rejecting the hardware and had to be removed. I know this injuries are horrible and take time but take it from Someone who has been through alot with this injury only advice I can tell you is to keep positive don't jump to conculsions upon reading about other injuries everyones is different keep your heads up I know it's tough. It remember someone always has it worse. Also in reply to a couple of post its scary to walk on it again when your told to weight bear but your bones are a solid organism your body will know when your pushing it to far pain is a good signal sharp pain inside my be your bones are still getting used to the weight also I can tell you to excerise your muscles. Because when their strong it makes it easier to walk also move your ligaments don't let them stiff up on you google "ankle rehabilation" there's plenty of videos on it I wish every single one of you a speedy recovery god bless and take care of yourselves out there... But remember its an injury and it will heal hope For the best :)

Jan 10, 2012
Fibula
by: Anonymous

Hello,

I broke my fibula last November. Today I am going to get the cast removed after 6 weeks of the cast.
I had to have surgery as it was unstable and I got screws and a plate put in, cant remember how many as i was still dozy from anaesthetic when he told me.

I am very nervous as I havent walked since before the break and although they gave me a shoe to wear after 3 weeks to put partial weight on it, its a thick platform with the cast on also so its hard to know how a normal flat foot would feel on the ground.

Ive had 6 weeks off work and am worried that now the cast is off is that me back at work or do you get more time to repair your calf muscles...

After the surgery was so painful, for the first week at home, even though i had fractured the fibula, i got horrible scraping pains across the back of my ankle which felt like someone was slicing the back of my ankle with a razor blade. This was awful but i think it was just the swelling and the achillies tendon flaring up or something.

I am very excited to get the cast off today but hope thats it.

Im sick of reading things on the internet which have worried me. People saying you cant walk, drive, exercise for like a year after is lies. People go on here to frighten people and i just want to be honest.

Obviously it depends how bad the break was but for once instance i remember reading someone on one of these sites, not this one but another ankle forum saying theyre fracture was so bad the doctor said they might have to amputate the foot, i mean hardly, as if in this day and age...its just to scare people, and im sick of reading them!

The thing that freaks me out most is the metal and screws in my leg. you can actually watch a video on youtube of the procedure which looks very straight forward, it doesnt show a real leg but it helps a bit with knowing what you had done if you type in 'fibula surgery'.


Jan 04, 2012
Its been 5 weeks
by: Anonymous

HI Guys, It was refreshing to see a group with similar injuries,I was beginning to think I was alone.

I suffered a right spiral distal tibia fibula fracture and had to have a rod placed from my knee to my ankle with 2 screws on each end. I am unable to move my ankle down or up all the way and my knee does not have full range of motion.

It took me about 3.5 weeks to be able to get out of bed from the vascular damage done to my lower leg, it was so swollen and no circulation, I had to take shots for blood clots.

I seem to have improved and can now get in a wheelchair and use a walker, I am only partial weight bearing.

Doctor has not really said much as to how much range of motion I can expect or if I will be able to run or jump again. I am really starting to second guess my surgery, I am scraed to have a rod in my leg the rest of my life as I am only 31 yrs old. Should I have just gotten a cast?

Any support or comments on the road to recovery would be greatly appreciated.

-JR

Dec 29, 2011
Fibula placement update
by: Nancy

I noticed a few typos in my original post, like 1 year instead of 10....anyway for the rest of you out there who may be able to use this info, I found a doctor who specializes in prolotherapy and prp. It is supposed to strengthen your muscles and tendons surrounding the injured area. For ankles, here is a link to a study you might find interesting. http://www.practicalpainmanagement.com/treatments/complementary/prolotherapy/dextrose-prolotherapy-injections-chronic-ankle-pain?page=0,0

I am having this procedure done on Feb. 6th and will comment again on the success or lack of (but I am expecting great results really).
Nancy

Dec 28, 2011
Dislocated Ankle + Fractured Tip and Fib
by: Dean

This community has been helping me out since my Injury and I would like to give back if I could with this important message. I have few things to share and we'll start with...

...My injury. I was on my way to Vegas but decided to play a little game of soccer before my flight. Now, I've been playing soccer my whole life, got kicked around, and came out fortunate without any serious injury. Little did I know the worst injury of my life would be the result of a bad landing after a 10 inch hop. Perhaps it's because I turned 30 two weeks prior and no one informed me bones turn into glass when you hit that age. Anyways, I dislocated my ankle, tore all my ligaments, and fracture tip and fib. Got an ORIF surgery 2 days later and was told not to put weight on leg for 12 weeks (one more week to go,wooohoooo). I have strong faith in God and I'm sure that was part of his plans for me so I got over it pretty quick.

Look, no body is happy with broken bones. In fact, it's a bit depressing at first. However, you can't let your injury control your emotions and your life. Once you do that, you're adding emotional pain to the physical pain.

What got me through was by asking myself "How can I make the best of this situation" I had 3 months all to myself. I wasn't able to drive to work, my company didn't offer Short term disability or workers comp since I didn't get injured at work.

As you would imagine, You start to worry a bit. You start to worry about rent and all the other bills filling your mailbox. You start to worry about your family and kids...it's NOT an fun feeling. But I kept asking myself, "Now what are you gonna do about your current situation?"

Here was my solution:

Since I had lots of FREE time, I decided I'm gonna take a break from tweeting and facebooking and actually do something useful. I taught my self internet marketing, something I wanted to do for a long time but just didn't have the time. And obviously, time was no longer an issue.I'm excited to say....I've been able to quit my job and double my income at the same time working from home.

I'm sure most of you reading this have something you've always wanted to do...maybe write a book, maybe learn a new language, or maybe even start your own business...whatever it is, I encourage you to make it happen NOW. I know it's not easy for us when we have to deal with life changing injuries but there are lots of people much much worse. Like kids with cancer or kids in Africa (my home:)suffering from hunger.

My message to all of you is: DO NOT LET THIS KEEP YOU DOWN. You are MUCH STRONGER than IT. Use this opportunity to make an important change in your life.

Wish you all the best and happy holidays

Dean

Dec 27, 2011
Tibia and Fibula-NO SURGERY
by: Davis-Kenya

Hi everyone.am Davis,a 23 yr old medical student in Kenya.Got a comminuted fracture of tibia and fibula,just above ankle,in a soccer match in Aug 19th 2011.the fracture was closed,its was put in an above-knee plaster cast and i got crutches.I had to stay in school as exams were 3months away and i could not imagine repeating a year.so it was crutches to class and around wards.the real stress was that check x-rays at 5 and 9 wks showed little progress.so after exams at 13wks in November.surgery was scheduled.the cast was removed but since the new x-ray showed some callus,i put the the surgery on hold.my holidays would only be 6 wks and i just didnt know how the surgery would go.i immediately started partial weightbearing while using 2 crutches.i let go of 1 crutch at 15wks and went crutchless at wk 18,just 2 days before Christmas.the fracture site is ok,bt the ankle is painful and gets inflamed when i walk.am just happy to be up and about and although i havent accessed PT,i hope all goes ok.my target is to play soccer in 5months.for those having hard days,stick in there.it gets better.being a medical student,having seen so many fractures,i didnt know being a patient can be this hard.everybody is different,the same fractures can behave so differently.the only thing that can keep you going is hope.....and a lot of PATIENCE.I guess thats why we are called patients.

Dec 23, 2011
broken tibia fibia
by: GCR

Heres my story , not nearly as serious as others and I'm thankful for that . I'm 59 years old and was playing oldtimers hockey . Feb 1st 2010. A stick caught in my skate and twisted my leg about 120 degrees before the tibia and fibula both snapped . The fibula was clean but the tibia was spiral with numerous fragments. The surgeon put a rod down through the tibia and secured it with screws . There was no cast , just had to wear the airboot .

I had moderate constant pain for about a week . I wore a pressure sock until I was able to exercise . The swelling won't stop until the muscles are toned enough to pump the blood back out of the legs . I was getting xrays monthly and no bone growth showed up until June . By August there was lots of bone growth and I was able to walk without crutches. Once you can walk your conditioning comes back quickly . Now I can walk normally , jog slowly and even do deep knee bends . There was a large dead area on the outer leg due to the incision on the kneecap to insert the rod which cut the nerve supply . But the feeling has come back about 90 % .

So if you're older expect to be off your feet for about 6 months , and back to almost normal in another 4 . I would recommend using a recumbent exercise bike as soon as you can put 15 to 20 lbs load on the leg . That way you get mild , low risk exercise which increases circulation through the leg . You can build up to long periods of time and the knee joint is automatically stretched and strengthened . Circulation really helps the healing process and just elevating the leg doesn't give enough . Good luck to all .


Dec 22, 2011
Fibula Placement
by: Nancy

After 1 years and 3 surgeries, I finally found out why I cannot run or some days even walk without pain and swelling. My fibula is sitting too far forward. I found a P.T. who told me this and it is being taped weekly by thme and I am trying to learn to do this for myself. After being taped, I was able to do a 6 mile hike at a fair pace of 14 minute miles.

Does anyone know of a procedure or any other treatment to get the fibula in the propper position? It would be nice not have to tape for the rest of my life.
Thanks,
NP

Dec 18, 2011
tib fib break
by: unfortunate

Thank You Margaret,

I so wish I was in your shoes. Glad you are doing fine. I see that you still are having stiffness issues. WOW!! One year later.

Yay! to Margaret. We are so eager to get there.

Thanks again,
Unfortunate

Dec 18, 2011
To "Unfortunate" and all!
by: margaret

Unfortunate... good news and well, dare I say it now almost 12 months since my tib/fib break pin and screws i think my 'anniversary' will be a much brighter Christmas Day than the 2010 episode!

Certainly I feel there has been progress, especially as my Dr said to take pain killers if I felt it helped, and I do on occasions at night, I have good nights sleep and no pain only some stiffness in the ankle.

Happy Christmas wishes to all who follow this excellent site and hope that we can all be in the next Olympics! (I am joking of course! Well at my age anyway!)

Dec 18, 2011
tibia fibula break
by: unfortunate

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Well it's been 18 days since my last tib operation to repair my plate and bone placement. Ten days after my operation, I had my staples removed. Good news! as they removed my temp cast, I saw that my leg wasn't as bad as I thought it would be after the surgery. Hardly any swealling,bruising or pain. YAY! I was worried.

I'm now wearing my boot again and the doc didn't want me to start therapy until 6 wks of my surgery. Leg looks good, straight and I have pretty good mobility of the ankle. My incision is still trying to dry up and heal.

I'm really excited about my progress as you all should soon. It's been 6 months and counting for me. Sometimes I feel like running!! Miss my use of my right leg. But my outlook looks bright. We all should be thankful to still have our limbs in tack. With some hardware help of course.

Good Luck to you all!
Merry Christmas!
Your friend,
Unfortunate

Dec 14, 2011
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture
by: Shelly

Update....
Hi everyone =)
Well it has been 15 months since my motorcycle accident. I had another surgery on September 27 , 2011 My surgeon did a scope and debridement( scraped all the scar tissue ) and then a manipulation....I got another 20 degrees ..... so now I can bend 80 degrees. I go to physio 4 times a week and yet no progress. My leg still swells mostly around my knee which is close to all my hardware...a little discouraging, but I march on in hopes that time will heal all =) I realize I will never have 100% range of motion again , I just hope that I can ride my horse again and take my dogs for walks to the creek =)
Kat... The Surgery you are talking about is what I had , it wasnt bad =) I couldnt weight bare for a week after and my leg was a wee bit sore ....all those muscles, ligaments and tendons that had not stretched in a year were angry =0
but all in all worth it, even if I only got another 20 degrees =D

Dec 08, 2011
Horse accident
by: Kat

Hi everyone; it's terrible that so many people are hurt ! But I have to say what a tremendous relief it is to read that others are having similiar pains and concerns as myself.
On Aug 27th 2011 I had a horse riding accident and had a very complex tibial plateau fracture. ORIF surgery to repair which left me with a plate and five screws. I also had the symptoms of discolouration in the limb, pain and weird sensations/swelling. I can assure you it does get better, as much as you feel it never will. I have PT once a week and hydrotherapy starts shortly. I made good progress with physio at first but have now reached the stage that I have another 5 degrees to completely straighten my knee and i can only flex to 90 degrees. Past that, the pain is exquisite. My therapist claims i don't work it hard enough betwen sessions, which i think is insulting considering i have nothing else to think about while I'm stuck in the house!! I was wondering if anyone knows what happens when physio doesn't work? They have threatened a procedure to force the knee under anaesthetic, which scares me to death! I think it's the not knowing that is the hardest part of recovery isn't it?
Keep plodding on people! You are not alone!!

Best wishes, Kat xx

Dec 08, 2011
Horse accident
by: Kat

Hi everyone; it's terrible that so many people are hurt ! But I have to say what a tremendous relief it is to read that others are having similiar pains and concerns as myself.
On Aug 27th 2011 I had a horse riding accident and had a very complex tibial plateau fracture. ORIF surgery to repair which left me with a plate and five screws. I also had the symptoms of discolouration in the limb, pain and weird sensations/swelling. I can assure you it does get better, as much as you feel it never will. I have PT once a week and hydrotherapy starts shortly. I made good progress with physio at first but have now reached the stage that I have another 5 degrees to completely straighten my knee and i can only flex to 90 degrees. Past that, the pain is exquisite. My therapist claims i don't work it hard enough betwen sessions, which i think is insulting considering i have nothing else to think about while I'm stuck in the house!! I was wondering if anyone knows what happens when physio doesn't work? They have threatened a procedure to force the knee under anaesthetic, which scares me to death! I think it's the not knowing that is the hardest part of recovery isn't it?
Keep plodding on people! You are not alone!!

Best wishes, Kat xx

Dec 08, 2011
Horse accident
by: Kat

Hi everyone; it's terrible that so many people are hurt ! But I have to say what a tremendous relief it is to read that others are having similiar pains and concerns as myself.
On Aug 27th 2011 I had a horse riding accident and had a very complex tibial plateau fracture. ORIF surgery to repair which left me with a plate and five screws. I also had the symptoms of discolouration in the limb, pain and weird sensations/swelling. I can assure you it does get better, as much as you feel it never will. I have PT once a week and hydrotherapy starts shortly. I made good progress with physio at first but have now reached the stage that I have another 5 degrees to completely straighten my knee and i can only flex to 90 degrees. Past that, the pain is exquisite. My therapist claims i don't work it hard enough betwen sessions, which i think is insulting considering i have nothing else to think about while I'm stuck in the house!! I was wondering if anyone knows what happens when physio doesn't work? They have threatened a procedure to force the knee under anaesthetic, which scares me to death! I think it's the not knowing that is the hardest part of recovery isn't it?
Keep plodding on people! You are not alone!!

Best wishes, Kat xx

Dec 06, 2011
Thanks; stay strong; Keep moving.
by: Gechy

Thanks everyone for your comments.

My heart goes out to Frankie, i can imaagine what you are going through, you have this far , just hang in there, it will be positive news henceforth.

Unfortunate your positive spirit is what we all should embrace in a time like this when depression is likely.

still on the road to recovery myself since my tibia and fibula break on the 23rd of june. using a conservative approach with no surgery, still have my cast on. started doin short walks without my crutches with limps which is surely cause the casted leg is longer than the other.

i advise that you all with bearable pains now should try learning something new or go through a certain educational or social course. This helps divert your attention from the leg and gives you a sense of purpose.

May the good Lord heal us all.

Looking forward to hearing your good news and sharing mine.

Dec 06, 2011
Thanks; Stay strong; Keep moving.
by: Gechy

Thanks everyone for your comments.

My heart goes out to Frankie, i can imaagine what you are going through, you have this far , just hang in there, it will be positive news henceforth.

Unfortunate your positive spirit is what we all should embrace in a time like this when depression is likely.

still on the road to recovery myself since my tibia and fibula break on the 23rd of june. using a conservative approach with no surgery, still have my cast on. started doin short walks without my crutches with limps which is surely cause the casted leg is longer than the other.

i advise that you all with bearable pains now should try learning something new or go through a certain educational or social course. This helps divert your attention from the leg and gives you a sense of purpose.

May the good Lord heal us all.

Looking forward to hearing your good news and sharing mine.

Dec 06, 2011
Thanks; Stay strong; Keep moving.
by: Gechy

Thanks everyone for your comments.

My heart goes out to Frankie, i can imaagine what you are going through, you have this far , just hang in there, it will be positive news henceforth.

Unfortunate your positive spirit is what we all should embrace in a time like this when depression is likely.

still on the road to recovery myself since my tibia and fibula break on the 23rd of june. using a conservative approach with no surgery, still have my cast on. started doin short walks without my crutches with limps which is surely cause the casted leg is longer than the other.

i advise that you all with bearable pains now should try learning something new or go through a certain educational or social course. This helps divert your attention from the leg and gives you a sense of purpose.

May the good Lord heal us all.

Looking forward to hearing your good news and sharing mine.

Dec 06, 2011
Thanks.
by: Gechy..

Thanks you all for your comments.

My heart goes out to Frankie,i can imagine what you are going through, hang in there, you have come this far and its going to be all good news from henceforth.

Unfortunate your positive and strong spirit is what we all should embrace in a time like this when depression is very likely.

am still on the recovery road from tibia and fibula break that happened on the 23rd of june. its not been easy being inactive for all this months, using a conservative approach of no surgery,i still have my cast on, hope to remove it next week. have started walking without my crutches but with a big limp and slowly surely because of the cast which makes the wounded leg longer than the other.

i advise, if your pain is bearable,try doing or learning something new with this time. it diverts your attention from the leg and gives you a psycological feeling of not having wasted so much time with something to show for it.

Am currently preparing for my ACCA professional exams which i would be writing tommorrow and next, its given me a sense of purpose all the while.

May the good Lord heal us all.

Looking forward to hearing your good news and sharing mine.

Dec 06, 2011
Tib Fib compound fractures
by: Frankie

Hello everyone. Wow what a wonderful page and thanks for everyone info. I was pillion on a motorbike and as a guy failed to give way at an intersection, we hit his car at 50 ks. The bike spun and my right leg was crushed between the bike and car. My foot slipped off the footrest before impact and it went thru my leg causing the compound fracture of the tib fib and one up by my knee as well.I was thrown up in the air and my left side crashed into the back of his car, causing broken ribs, deflated lung, rota cuff tear and by bruising to my hip. This happened on 14th January this year. So 11 months on I have had 4 operations 2 months in hospital over 5 times, bone infections for months and drains in top and bottom of my leg for it. Six weeks with a tube in my arm to my heart for 24/7 antibiotics and 4 weeks with a Vac bandage to try and heal the open wounds and 29 pills a day for the last 10 months. This monday was a great day tho. I had confirmation that my wounds have finally closed up for the first time since the accident. I had no feeling in the top of my leg due to the crushing and prob won't ever. My 7 inch scarring area on my foot is still numb and looks ugly as but I got to keep my leg and they tell me thats a miracle. I had plates with 13 huge screws in my lower leg and my surgeon was incredible.I can now learn to walk and can full weight bear but I am still on crutches and out of the moon boot. My foot was set on an angle due to all the bone loss and flops when I try to walk without a shoe. I can only wear 1 pair of shoes due to swelling and it is painful all the time especially at night. Thank God for sleeping pills. I am going to push myself to walk properly. Bikes were my life and I am scared stiff to go on one again. I am also scared driving with anyone else. I need to be in control. Counselling for Traumatic stress has helped abit for the nightmares and flashbacks.But seeing the accident coming and thinking I was gonna die, has had an effect I won't forgat in my life. So it's not all physical for me. But hearing your stories help me feel on the right track. Good luck to you all and thanks again. p.s. Frankie is a girl by the way and I am from Palmerston North in New Zealand.

Dec 06, 2011
Tib Fib compound fractures
by: Frankie

Hello everyone. Wow what a wonderful page and thanks for everyone info. I was pillion on a motorbike and as a guy failed to give way at an intersection, we hit his car at 50 ks. The bike spun and my right leg was crushed between the bike and car. My foot slipped off the footrest before impact and it went thru my leg causing the compound fracture of the tib fib and one up by my knee as well.I was thrown up in the air and my left side crashed into the back of his car, causing broken ribs, deflated lung, rota cuff tear and by bruising to my hip. This happened on 14th January this year. So 11 months on I have had 4 operations 2 months in hospital over 5 times, bone infections for months and drains in top and bottom of my leg for it. Six weeks with a tube in my arm to my heart for 24/7 antibiotics and 4 weeks with a Vac bandage to try and heal the open wounds and 29 pills a day for the last 10 months. This monday was a great day tho. I had confirmation that my wounds have finally closed up for the first time since the accident. I had no feeling in the top of my leg due to the crushing and prob won't ever. My 7 inch scarring area on my foot is still numb and looks ugly as but I got to keep my leg and they tell me thats a miracle. I had plates with 13 huge screws in my lower leg and my surgeon was incredible.I can now learn to walk and can full weight bear but I am still on crutches and out of the moon boot. My foot was set on an angle due to all the bone loss and flops when I try to walk without a shoe. I can only wear 1 pair of shoes due to swelling and it is painful all the time especially at night. Thank God for sleeping pills. I am going to push myself to walk properly. Bikes were my life and I am scared stiff to go on one again. I am also scared driving with anyone else. I need to be in control. Counselling for Traumatic stress has helped abit for the nightmares and flashbacks.But seeing the accident coming and thinking I was gonna die, has had an effect I won't forgat in my life. So it's not all physical for me. But hearing your stories help me feel on the right track. Good luck to you all and thanks again. p.s. Frankie is a girl by the way and I am from Palmerston North in New Zealand.

Dec 05, 2011
TIB FIB
by: unfortunate

Hey Tim,

Hang in there buddy. Your therapy time sounds about right. Three months into it is pretty much on tract. Make sure that you take it slow.

I started some mobility therapy 6 wks after my plates were inserted. Some weight bearing 12 wks into it.

Make sure that there's bone growth!! you don't want to have the same thing happen to you that happen to me.

Good Luck,
Unfortunate

Dec 04, 2011
Thanks
by: Tim

I suffered a pilon fracture of my left tib fib 3 months ago. I just had xrays taken and there has been no bone growth that is visible. My Dr. just gave me the OK to bear weight on the leg, so now I am walking in a boot with crutches. I was very discouraged when I saw the xrays. Thanks for sharing your stories it really helps to hear from others that this is not uncommon. I will keep you guys updated on my progress.

Dec 03, 2011
TIBIA FIBULA BREAK
by: UNFORTUNATE

Hello again,

Thanks Margaret for your comments.

Well guys, I have a sad update to give you. I recently was diagnos with a major set-back. My metal plate on my tib broke in half. Yeah!! very disappoining and frustrating. When this happen, it also took a toll on the tib bone. Hairline fracture on it. Have no option, but to re-do the surgery.

Just got out of the hospital and laying here again, going through this process all over again. Dang! I was floored when the doc gave me the news. I'm ok now, got over it and accepted my challenges.

One good thing out of this, is that I know what lays in fron of me. Have experience the ups and downs. The pains and sleepless nights. Have a good idea of about the physical therapy. So, can't hang my head now. Just have to find a way to dig deep down and motivate myself.

One day I will walk normal again. My advise to you, follow your doctor's advise and by all means ask questions about your progress. Get copies of your x-rays and share your concerns with your doc. Be patient with your recovery. Make certain that you are ready for weight bearing. Take it slow.

Happy Holidays!
Sincerely,
Unfortunate.


Dec 02, 2011
Non Union of distal fib
by: nonunion of ankle fracture

I'm a 45 year old, exceptionally active male that snapped his distal fibula on a staircase on Oct 31. Was told since alignment was good, surgery wasn't required. Today I returned to the ortho doc only to learn of a complete non-union of the bone. Essentially no progress. The physician is still reluctant to perform surgery and is suggesting an ultasonic bone stimulator to use for another 5 weeks. I'm concerned, because I've been exceptionally careful and did everything right to avoid any weight bearing, as instructed. After reading through these posts, I almost feel guilty for complaining, as I see that many are suffering for months upon months. I cannot imagine being sedentary for another five weeks, let alone multiple months. Curious to hear if anyone has had success with the stimulator, or should I just demand surgery now?

Nov 29, 2011
12 weeks after ORIF surgery
by: Milagros

I have been reading comments posted here hoping to get an insight on what lies ahead for me, and it dawned on me that my experience can also help someone out there, hence, my sharing with you now.

It was a rainy FRiday morning when I slipped and fell at our office basement parking. I was wearing those strappy heeled shoes. I was diagnosed as having broken my right ankle in 3 areas. I had ORIF surgery within 5 days from the accident. The doctors placed 9 screws with 1 sysdesmotic screw that went across my tibia and fibula.

In October, I had that sysdesmotic screw removed, and 4 weeks later was advised to go on partial weight bearing. at first it was the best feeling ever to be able to put the injured leg to use even with a walker. However, right now, my foot gets swollen easily and I feel pain around the area. So i end up not walking with it again. My recent X-ray shows that my heel bone had demineralied and so despite the pain I must rise above it and use my injured foot.

I don't know when I also can get my life back. With Christmas approaching, I feel miserable that I cannot buy gifts for my loved ones without them knowing as sadly they have to wheel me to do my shopping.

I still believe that I am on the road to recovery and just have to bear a bit of pain and inconveniene for a while longer.

Nov 29, 2011
12 weeks after ORIF surgery
by: Milagros

I have been reading comments posted here hoping to get an insight on what lies ahead for me, and it dawned on me that my experience can also help someone out there, hence, my sharing with you now.

It was a rainy FRiday morning when I slipped and fell at our office basement parking. I was wearing those strappy heeled shoes. I was diagnosed as having broken my right ankle in 3 areas. I had ORIF surgery within 5 days from the accident. The doctors placed 9 screws with 1 sysdesmotic screw that went across my tibia and fibula.

In October, I had that sysdesmotic screw removed, and 4 weeks later was advised to go on partial weight bearing. at first it was the best feeling ever to be able to put the injured leg to use even with a walker. However, right now, my foot gets swollen easily and I feel pain around the area. So i end up not walking with it again. My recent X-ray shows that my heel bone had demineralied and so despite the pain I must rise above it and use my injured foot.

I don't know when I also can get my life back. With Christmas approaching, I feel miserable that I cannot buy gifts for my loved ones without them knowing as sadly they have to wheel me to do my shopping.

I still believe that I am on the road to recovery and just have to bear a bit of pain and inconveniene for a while longer.

Nov 29, 2011
12 weeks after ORIF surgery
by: Milagros

I have been reading comments posted here hoping to get an insight on what lies ahead for me, and it dawned on me that my experience can also help someone out there, hence, my sharing with you now.

It was a rainy FRiday morning when I slipped and fell at our office basement parking. I was wearing those strappy heeled shoes. I was diagnosed as having broken my right ankle in 3 areas. I had ORIF surgery within 5 days from the accident. The doctors placed 9 screws with 1 sysdesmotic screw that went across my tibia and fibula.

In October, I had that sysdesmotic screw removed, and 4 weeks later was advised to go on partial weight bearing. at first it was the best feeling ever to be able to put the injured leg to use even with a walker. However, right now, my foot gets swollen easily and I feel pain around the area. So i end up not walking with it again. My recent X-ray shows that my heel bone had demineralied and so despite the pain I must rise above it and use my injured foot.

I don't know when I also can get my life back. With Christmas approaching, I feel miserable that I cannot buy gifts for my loved ones without them knowing as sadly they have to wheel me to do my shopping.

I still believe that I am on the road to recovery and just have to bear a bit of pain and inconveniene for a while longer.

Nov 25, 2011
29 weeks and 5 days later
by: Anonymous

My heart goes out to everyone. This experience changes you forever.

On May 1, 2011 I was a passenger on a motorcycle and a woman pulled out in front of us. I was fortunate to only have a serious injury with open distal tib/fib fracture but never expected a road this long.

I had ORIF with 13 screws and 2 plates. Had ongoing issues with drainage from one site on my inner ankle and multiple bouts of oral antibiotics and an admission for a week of IV antibiotics. Never made it to weight bearing yet.

On October 27th, 2011 I underwent hardware removal and had a week of IV antibiotics. I had a PICC line inserted and am now on week 4 of home IV vancomycin that I do myself twice a day along with oral cipro and rifampin.

As a single mom going through this with only the help of my daughter who is very young, it has been an incredible experience. She refers to memories of "back when you could walk".

We are all capable of more than we realize, I just hate we have to go through this. I wish speedy healing to all!

Nov 23, 2011
6 weeks post-op for ORIF
by: Anonymous

Hi - 6 weeks ago I had surgery for a dislocated talus ans spiral fracture of the fibula. IT has been set with a plate and 7 small screws as well as one large screw that goes through both the tibia and fibula.
My cast was taken off 2 days ago and my specialist told me "You can walk on it now". Considering I hadn't been able to weight bear for past 8weeks (2 prior to surgery) walking is completely impossible. I had physio yesterday which has already helped immensely.

My physiotherapist wants me to come in 3x/week - I guess Im fortunate that I work in the actual clinic that Im being treated in so have my treatments for free. Otherwise 3x/wk would be extremely expensive and would not be able to afford.

My specialist gave me 3 weeks - apparently I should be walking by then but my physio says that the damage is so severe I may be lucky to take a step or two by xmas. Time will tell. I personally would recommend physio if you can if time and funds allow it and it will be painful and swollen - that just comes along with it.

Basically I would like to be able to run again - but for a start I would be soooo delighted just to be able to walk unaided. Baby steps though :)

Nov 23, 2011
5 months since |Fibia n Tibula break.
by: Anonymous

Hi, am gechy, broke my tibia and fibula on the 23rd of june 2011, its been 5 months/ 22 weeks ago. its been a longe road since then. i have been on cast since then. i initially had an above the knee to the thigh plaster cast then after 2 months changed to a below the knee scotch cast. its been 5 months and i still i have the cast on. no surgery was done, the doctors chose a more conservative approach. my recent Xrays shows the leg is healing but fracture union has not been achieved yet. my greatest fear now is the amount of muscle wasting that is taking place on my left leg. i can walk without my crutches for very short distances(with a huge limp though)and i have little or no pain when i do so. i hope to get the cast next month, the 6 month.
are there any specific dangers of having a cast on for this long?
how can i curb them?

May the good Lord heal us all.
Thanks for sharing with.

Nov 22, 2011
Tibia Plateu Fracture
by: Kevin

Someone hit my left knee from left side when playing basketball. I had 2 side tibia plateu fracture however Dr. told me they are minor 1-2 mm and 2mm gab. I didn't want any surgery.

My brief story:
First week swollen - red and blue - little pain
first 4 weeks immobilizer no movement allowed
last 2 week immobilizor with full movement
NOW 6th week,
no pain
little bit swollen
I can move my knee %90, I can do egzersizes easily but some stiffness
in MY JOB : 5-6 hours sitting and 3 HOURS STANDING OR WALKING.

my boss keep calling me for work. I already went to unemployee benefits however I don't want to lose my job. I want to return my job, but seems he will find someonelse if i don't

I don't have time for PT.

Anyone have an idea if I can start walking and go work next week (7th week).

If I try to step, any possiblity to break my knee again?


Thank you

Nov 15, 2011
Horse Accident - Tibia Platuea Fracture
by: Scarlet

I had a horse accident that left me with a severe tibia platuea fracture Feburary/2011. With five screws and a plate later I went thru physical therapy as instructed and now, 9 months after the accident I can feel the plate on top of my shin and it is extremely painful. I went to the doctor 2 months age and he said he recommends to leave the hardware in for a year before removing. I made another visit to him yesterday Nov. 14, 2011, and insisted I cannot take the pain anymore and wanted it out. He did xrays and agreed to take it out within the next two following weeks.
My question is this who may have experienced something similiar (I did not ask him all of the pertinent questions at the time; too excited he said "yes" to removing it.)

Is it inpaient or outpaitent? Approximately how long does it take? What is recovering time if you are eager to return to a normal life? Is there anymore physical therapy. Chutches? If so, how long.

These questions may be too vague to answer because each case is different, but I would like to hear any cases similiar to mine if you have them.

I appreciate anyone's comments, suggestions, etc. to help me prepare.

Nov 15, 2011
Horse Accident - Tibia Platuea Fracture
by: Scarlet

I had a horse accident that left me with a severe tibia platuea fracture Feburary/2011. With five screws and a plate later I went thru physical therapy as instructed and now, 9 months after the accident I can feel the plate on top of my shin and it is extremely painful. I went to the doctor 2 months age and he said he recommends to leave the hardware in for a year before removing. I made another visit to him yesterday Nov. 14, 2011, and insisted I cannot take the pain anymore and wanted it out. He did xrays and agreed to take it out within the next two following weeks.
My question is this who may have experienced something similiar (I did not ask him all of the pertinent questions at the time; too excited he said "yes" to removing it.)

Is it inpaient or outpaitent? Approximately how long does it take? What is recovering time if you are eager to return to a normal life? Is there anymore physical therapy. Chutches? If so, how long.

These questions may be too vague to answer because each case is different, but I would like to hear any cases similiar to mine if you have them.

I appreciate anyone's comments, suggestions, etc. to help me prepare.

Nov 15, 2011
To "Unfortunate"
by: margaret

Unfortunate.. in the operative word! How this changes ones life. I broke my tib and fib Xmas day last, 2010 and it is nearly 12 months.. I thought it would be a distant thought in that amount of time..however each day seems to be different, I can say wow.. it feels not too bad today maybe for two days and then for what seems no apparent reason it is sore and the ankle is swollen and of course then comes the limp. PT helped in the early stages but my specialist advised me to take a break as it was making me feel worse and no real progress. "no gain without pain" may be, but I seemed to reach a plateau. No answers from the Dr's as to the time it takes to return to 'normal' and a reluctance to say if there is. I now thank my lucky stars that the brain still works and things could be so much worse, and keep thinking that it has to get better eventually. Keep posting your progress.

Nov 14, 2011
tibia fibula compound break
by: unfortnate

Hello everyone,

Just wanted to share my 4 month update. We'll as of today, I still have issues with weight bearing of the right leg. My inner ankle strenth is horrible. I also have some discomfort on my right knee now. Dang!!

The range of motion seems to be coming around, but the more agressive my therapy is, the worst is seems to feel. Like if I take steps backwards. Instead of progressing.

Begining to feel anxious now. My time away from work is coming to an end. Has me concerned, am I ready to come back? physically and mentally?

This has been a tremendous experience that I would not wish on anyone.

Good luck to all,
Unfortunate

Nov 10, 2011
fixator removal
by: Anonymous

anonymous - I hope your surgery goes well on Friday, you have a long recovery ahead if your talking next christmas. The sheets on my toes bother me also, while my heel is mostly numb. I don't know how long ago you had your accident in my 14 weeks I have recently noticed a gradual reduction in the hyper sensitivity on my toes and the numbness of my heel seems to have gotten a little better. it seems like I go through a week or 2 of bad bain then I have a day or 2 where it seems I get just a little better then back to a week or so of bad pain. It does make me think I'm slowly healing though. took my fixator off this morning only took dr 3-1/2 minutes but I was at hospital all morning. my leg is wrapped in an ace bandage and he put the removable air cast that I used on my left leg is now on my right leg. If's hurting considerably. I'm going to take off the aircast and try to move my foot hopefully in a little while, when I build up the courage, DR said it will most likely be less painful in the cast. he says don't put any weight on it til he takes some new xrays in a couple of weeks and also he told me to hold up on PT til then also. Like you I also worry if I am going to be able to walk again on that leg. Dr said it will be at least January before I am full weight bearing , driving will come after weight bearing is achieved. Aren't these injuries depressing I hate being dependent on everyone else.Good luck to you and god bless you. For what its worth, I said a prayer for you.

Nov 10, 2011
fixator removal
by: Anonymous

anonymous - I hope your surgery goes well on Friday, you have a long recovery ahead if your talking next christmas. The sheets on my toes bother me also, while my heel is mostly numb. I don't know how long ago you had your accident in my 14 weeks I have recently noticed a gradual reduction in the hyper sensitivity on my toes and the numbness of my heel seems to have gotten a little better. it seems like I go through a week or 2 of bad bain then I have a day or 2 where it seems I get just a little better then back to a week or so of bad pain. It does make me think I'm slowly healing though. took my fixator off this morning only took dr 3-1/2 minutes but I was at hospital all morning. my leg is wrapped in an ace bandage and he put the removable air cast that I used on my left leg is now on my right leg. If's hurting considerably. I'm going to take off the aircast and try to move my foot hopefully in a little while, when I build up the courage, DR said it will most likely be less painful in the cast. he says don't put any weight on it til he takes some new xrays in a couple of weeks and also he told me to hold up on PT til then also. Like you I also worry if I am going to be able to walk again on that leg. Dr said it will be at least January before I am full weight bearing , driving will come after weight bearing is achieved. Aren't these injuries depressing I hate being dependent on everyone else.Good luck to you and god bless you. For what its worth, I said a prayer for you.

Nov 10, 2011
fixator removal
by: Anonymous

anonymous - I hope your surgery goes well on Friday, you have a long recovery ahead if your talking next christmas. The sheets on my toes bother me also, while my heel is mostly numb. I don't know how long ago you had your accident in my 14 weeks I have recently noticed a gradual reduction in the hyper sensitivity on my toes and the numbness of my heel seems to have gotten a little better. it seems like I go through a week or 2 of bad bain then I have a day or 2 where it seems I get just a little better then back to a week or so of bad pain. It does make me think I'm slowly healing though. took my fixator off this morning only took dr 3-1/2 minutes but I was at hospital all morning. my leg is wrapped in an ace bandage and he put the removable air cast that I used on my left leg is now on my right leg. If's hurting considerably. I'm going to take off the aircast and try to move my foot hopefully in a little while, when I build up the courage, DR said it will most likely be less painful in the cast. he says don't put any weight on it til he takes some new xrays in a couple of weeks and also he told me to hold up on PT til then also. Like you I also worry if I am going to be able to walk again on that leg. Dr said it will be at least January before I am full weight bearing , driving will come after weight bearing is achieved. Aren't these injuries depressing I hate being dependent on everyone else.Good luck to you and god bless you. For what its worth, I said a prayer for you.

Nov 10, 2011
fixator removal
by: Anonymous

anonymous - I hope your surgery goes well on Friday, you have a long recovery ahead if your talking next christmas. The sheets on my toes bother me also, while my heel is mostly numb. I don't know how long ago you had your accident in my 14 weeks I have recently noticed a gradual reduction in the hyper sensitivity on my toes and the numbness of my heel seems to have gotten a little better. it seems like I go through a week or 2 of bad bain then I have a day or 2 where it seems I get just a little better then back to a week or so of bad pain. It does make me think I'm slowly healing though. took my fixator off this morning only took dr 3-1/2 minutes but I was at hospital all morning. my leg is wrapped in an ace bandage and he put the removable air cast that I used on my left leg is now on my right leg. If's hurting considerably. I'm going to take off the aircast and try to move my foot hopefully in a little while, when I build up the courage, DR said it will most likely be less painful in the cast. he says don't put any weight on it til he takes some new xrays in a couple of weeks and also he told me to hold up on PT til then also. Like you I also worry if I am going to be able to walk again on that leg. Dr said it will be at least January before I am full weight bearing , driving will come after weight bearing is achieved. Aren't these injuries depressing I hate being dependent on everyone else.Good luck to you and god bless you. For what its worth, I said a prayer for you.

Nov 09, 2011
@bboyd41 or anybody else :)
by: Anonymous

Just to let you know I have the same feelings in my right foot. I went to my pre-op physical today and I have surgery Friday and I hoping they wil remove my ext. fixator but due to my inflammation levels went up they don't know if it's possible. I know I have a long road and I'm terrified to even think about walking on it again. Just a slight bump to the toes drives me nuts.
You know the feeling when you stub the tip of your finger/toe and you get the numbing sensation and you touch things and its just an awful felling but imagine having that in all 5 toes! Even a light sheet touching them is painful. And my foot swell and turns purple if I just walk to the bathroom. I asked my surgeon when that will go away and he said not till everything s fully healed. So I'm looking around next Christmas! Yay.. me! I haven't started pt yet, and my surgeon won't give me anything for pain. The offered pain managment, so I'm going through that after my surgery Friday. Maybe you can ask your surgeon about that Pain Management.. I was told they help you out with the pain and give medications but help you out other ways by dealing with the pain.
Happy to hear that you're walking and I have faith you'll have a full recovery soon.

You're really lucky lucky

Nov 09, 2011
@bboyd41 or anybody else :)
by: Anonymous

Just to let you know I have the same feelings in my right foot. I went to my pre-op physical today and I have surgery Friday and I hoping they wil remove my ext. fixator but due to my inflammation levels went up they don't know if it's possible. I know I have a long road and I'm terrified to even think about walking on it again. Just a slight bump to the toes drives me nuts.
You know the feeling when you stub the tip of your finger/toe and you get the numbing sensation and you touch things and its just an awful felling but imagine having that in all 5 toes! Even a light sheet touching them is painful. And my foot swell and turns purple if I just walk to the bathroom. I asked my surgeon when that will go away and he said not till everything s fully healed. So I'm looking around next Christmas! Yay.. me! I haven't started pt yet, and my surgeon won't give me anything for pain. The offered pain managment, so I'm going through that after my surgery Friday. Maybe you can ask your surgeon about that Pain Management.. I was told they help you out with the pain and give medications but help you out other ways by dealing with the pain.
Happy to hear that you're walking and I have faith you'll have a full recovery soon.

You're really lucky lucky

Nov 09, 2011
@bboyd41 or anybody else :)
by: Anonymous

Just to let you know I have the same feelings in my right foot. I went to my pre-op physical today and I have surgery Friday and I hoping they wil remove my ext. fixator but due to my inflammation levels went up they don't know if it's possible. I know I have a long road and I'm terrified to even think about walking on it again. Just a slight bump to the toes drives me nuts.
You know the feeling when you stub the tip of your finger/toe and you get the numbing sensation and you touch things and its just an awful felling but imagine having that in all 5 toes! Even a light sheet touching them is painful. And my foot swell and turns purple if I just walk to the bathroom. I asked my surgeon when that will go away and he said not till everything s fully healed. So I'm looking around next Christmas! Yay.. me! I haven't started pt yet, and my surgeon won't give me anything for pain. The offered pain managment, so I'm going through that after my surgery Friday. Maybe you can ask your surgeon about that Pain Management.. I was told they help you out with the pain and give medications but help you out other ways by dealing with the pain.
Happy to hear that you're walking and I have faith you'll have a full recovery soon.

You're really lucky lucky

Nov 09, 2011
progress on broken ankles
by: bboyd41

about 14 weeks ago I fell off my roof, landed on my feet on the patio which broke both my ankles. I had surgery that morning on both legs and about 2 weeks later had a second surgery on my right leg. I've have had an external fixator on my right leg since the fall but I'm going to outpatient surgery tomorrow to have it removed. My main reason for posting is to find out if anyone has experienced pain relief after having the fixator removed. As with most of you my recovery so far has been a sometimes terrifying ordeal to say the least. My left leg is doing OK I can stand on it and use crutches with it being the "good" leg. But I am really concerned about the right leg. After 14 weeks I still feel so many different types of pain in my entire foot and ankle area. numbness, burning, tingling, squeezing, shocking, etc... my foot still swells and turns purple in minutes wehn I sit up right. Seems like healing is real slow I'll go through a week of terrible pain and then have a day or two where the pain is more bearable then another week of terrible pain I guess its slowly healing though I'm just worried if and how I will eventually walk. I go to pt and so far I can put 60 lbs pressure on the leg with the fixator but it hurts I am hoping and praying that with the fixator off it will relieve some of the pain and with the ability to move my foot it will help speed up recovery. any comments with someones experiences after fixator removal would be appreciated. I would imagine the transition to full weight beaing after so long will be painful if 60#'s hurts. This whole ordereal is turning me to jesus I have faith he will heal me. It makes me appreciate my family and loved ones with them having to care for me as I recover. Thanks. BB

Oct 26, 2011
TIB FIB BREAK
by: unfortunate

Hello everyone,

WOW! Just hang in there guys.

I am now in my 15 week post major surgery to repair my tib fib compound breaks. Like I said before, I started wearing a tight soccer sock on my right leg and it has helped me tremendously. It has helped with the swelling. I wear it everyday and night.

My leg is still very weak. My muscle mass has weaken. My ankle is also very weak and it swells more as I put weight on it. With therapy, I have worked on my range of motion on my ankle. It has been painful, but well worth it.

I have been cleared for full weight bearing now and I have started to do some agressive excercises. Ouch!!! My knee is giving me problems now, I guess is due to me walking ackwardly on it.

I get kind of frustrated sometimes knowing that I can't walk normal. I have a noticeable limp due to the pain still. Been 3 1/2 months since my major surgery. Been watching some YOUTUBE vidoes as well of similar injuries. I would say that my progress is normal.

Seems like a pretty long time though.

Thaks for your comments.....

Good luck everyone,
Take care!
Unfortunate

Oct 22, 2011
For Lisette
by: Margaret

Have no fear Lisette, I am also 76 years old and broke my tib an fib Xmas day 7.30am last year! We had gone for an early morning walk with our small dog, before the heat of the day(we are southern hemisphere) and two other large dogs who were running around like they do off the lead, came back to the group of people who were wishing each other a "Happy Christmas!" The two large dogs decided to use me as the brick wall to stop themselves and well in an instance they crashed into me like a skittle in a bowling alley and down I went, tib a fib fracture an also the wrist as I landed awkwardly. Here we are now 10 months since and I am sure age has a bearing on the time it takes, not only to recover but regain confidence to do the simplest things. I have a pin from the knee to the ankle and screws below the knee and also just above the ankle joint. The iron work drew the cold in the winter and also does not like the damp weather. We are going in to spring here so am hoping for less of a problem in the summer. I walk with a limp, and the leg in question is now weaker as I lost muscle with, plaster and boot and inactivity for almost 12 weeks. Physio, I found quite hard, even tho had about 16 sessions and have also found that swimming in thermal pools, we have near here are more of a help to me at this ripe age! I too read these and sometimes can pick the age... so it is so good to read yours and feel that we can compare notes!

Oct 22, 2011
right arm just below shoulder joint broken
by: Lissette

After reading all the comments I feel guilty even posting my broken arm. I am 76 years old and just tripped over my own feet. The break was aligned so did not have to have a regular cast just a sling. The pain was bad at first but now 4 weeks today it is getting better. I take percocet only at night now. Everyday I seem to have more mobility so I know it is getting better. My fear is that I will fall again. I will never be the same because of that. Even a simple break like I had takes time to heal. Most of you are young so it will be easier. I pray for all of you.

Oct 10, 2011
Shattered Tibia and broken Fibula
by: lynnhart

Hello I broke my ankle on August 13, 2011. I went caneoing and jumped off a cliff into the river, well i didn't quite make it into the deep in. Luckily, I just broke my ankle. I was air-cared to the best orthopeadic hospitals around... it only took 7 minutes to get there. Anyways, the doc fixed my fibula with a plate and screws, but my tibia is shattered into 40 places. I had to get 6 washouts from the bacteria in the river, where I got infections. I was able to go home Sept. 7 and I still have an extenal fixator around my ankle. I have a picc line which is an I.V. for an antibiotic. I go back to the doc Oct. 3rd and hopefully the inflammation goes down in my blood (that's from the infections), and they decide a surgery date. I'm very nervous about it, not the surgery just the pain afterwards. The doc is going to cut the bottom of my tibia and place a spacer, few weeks after a bone graft to replace the spacer and then another surgery for the fusion. Has anybody had anything like this done? Does fusions really hurt months een years later? What about bone grafts?? Well, I hope everybody is have a peaceful recovery.

Sep 29, 2011
Tib Fib
by: Anonymous

I broke my tibia fibula Jan 5, 2011 stepping onto a slippery sidewalk. I underwent 4 hrs of surgery and now have a titanium rod with 6 screws. My ankle is still swollen, I still have bruising on my leg and cannot walk long distances. For about 4 or 5 months after the break I had painful body/joint aches from head to toe. It eases with Advil or muscle relaxants. I didn't have this pain prior to the broken leg and haven't had it for a while but this last weekend I was very active walking and riding for hours and the body aches came back. It felt like a very very bad flu. Does anyone else have this problem and do you know if this is just normal healing pain?

Sep 25, 2011
Progress on Tib n Fib
by: Unfortunate

Thanks Faith & Genchy,

Excellent comments! :>

Guess what? I climbed into my daughters Grand Am and for the first time in 3 1/2 months I DROOOOOVE!!! Yay! It was like driving for the first time. It was AWESOME! But, I have to tell you though I was also kind of nervous.

Ya'll are going to LOVE IT TOO! Crushing with one left cruch still. Sometimes I have to use two, that's when my ankle begins to ache. To get in the car and out still takes some gentle efforts on my part. But it's worth it.

My ankle during the day as I use it to get around seems to swell up around the ankle bones pretty bad. I asked my therapiest about it and he said that it's going to happen that's a sign that the muscles and tendons are trying to do their part. I'm begining to use it more and placing more weight on it. It's going to happen. Don't freak out and just place ice on it.

I'm going to get an evaluation this coming week by my therapist supervisor to determine were my progress is. My next Doc Appt is in mid October. Will see what the Doc orders then. Maybe full weight bearing then.

Good Luck everyone.

Take Care,
Unfortunate
:>

Sep 25, 2011
Non-Union Fibula - Slow Union Fibula
by: Balogh

Thought I'd share that I broke my fibula feb. 19 2011. I decided not to do surgery since the break was only mildly displaced (broke it skiing). After 6 weeks immobile, and 2 more months including running up to 5 miles and pain/swelling had a cat scan only to find out that I had no healing!

Had surgery 2 days later (live in Jackson Hole WY small town and know the OS). Now 3 months post op had repeat cat scan and learned I have only 20% healing. Not normal for 40 year old athlete - I run marathons. I will be going to SLC to see and endriconologist and get some help. Have been wearing a bone growth stimulator non-stop for 3 months - not sure if it is doing anything?!? Anyone else take Fortea? This is a suggested drug to help healing.

I am walking okay generally without pain, biking on the stationary for 60 minutes and swimming. Frustrating though because the doc does not want any strength work done until Dec! UGH I'm signed up for Ironman Wisconsin Sept. 12 2012 - I better be okay by then...

Sep 25, 2011
It has been almost 10 months
by: Faith

I broke my tibia plateau skiing over Thanksgiving last year. plate and 6 secrews. Surgery Dec. 3. Very long road, but I wanted to let people know that if you do the work you can really get better. I have had flexion issues; for long time I was stuck at 70. Three months non-weight bearing really takes its toll on your body, esp. if you are 58. However, with a good therapist and dedicated work at home I have managed to get it to about 115-120 I think. When I first was able to ride a stationery bike I could not pedal all the way around and really worked hard to ride a mile in 10 minutes. Today I can ride 8 miles in 30 minutes over a hilly course. So I feel great. My goad is to ski this winter and I expect to be able to do that.

Keep working hard and you will get there.

Sep 23, 2011
broken Tibia n fibula
by: Gechy

Hi people, I have been reading your great commments, its good to know people are going through/has gone through the same challenges as I am now. I broke my tibia n fibula bones on the 23rd of june, got hit by some bike while crossing the road... Its been exactly 13 weeks since then, I still have my scotch cast on but doctor says I can start placing the leg gently on the floor... I had a POP cast to my thighs 4 8weeks then did a recast to knee, I feel its getting much better I can lift d leg up wtout any pain, can go 70percent forward n 50percent backwards. Still on recovery road... My first scare came when my leg got swollen after this 15 mins little weight bearing exercise, I kinda freaked out, but from your various comments I guess its normal, that is comforting. I know it will finally get perfect. I choose to believe thatt. theres is this thing the docttor says abt d injured leg being smaller than the other when tthe cast is finally removed, buut will grow back to normal after a gOod use of the leg, its my concern now, who knows how it works?.ultimately I thank God for making live through this, it really could have been worse....
Good luck everyone as we go to doing Marathons.

Sep 21, 2011
tibia / fibula compound break
by: unfortunate

Hello again everyone,

It's been 3 months and 1 wk since my accident. If you count the weeks though, it's been 14 wks and 2 days.
Well, as of today I still have a lot of stiffness around the ankle. The mobility going forward is about 70% and towards my body is about 60%. Started to put some weight on the leg carefully as much as I can tolerate. Therapy sessions to loosen it has help tremendously.
My therapiest did something weird. He placed some therapudic tape in strips around the ankle and towards my knee. At first, I was skeptical. But, when I saw that it helped with the swelling I was in aww. I liked the idea, but as days went by and showering came into play, I notice the tape easily coming off. So I tried something else. I started to use one of my kids soccer socks. Believe you me. It worked!! the sock fits tight around the whole leg and it's helping keep the swealling down. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!
My only issue right now is when I try to walk. I use one crutch. I place it on my left arm pit instead of the right. I't seems to help me better this way. My shoes help with cushining. I have experience last week soreness under my feet. I guess my feet are not use to it anymore.
I guess so far so good. 3 months gone by so fast. Can't wait to see what happens next month. I'm shooting for 5 months to be able to walk without crutches. That would be a tremendous accomplishment for me.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE,
Unfortunate.

Sep 21, 2011
tibia / fibula compound break
by: unfortunate

Hello again everyone,

It's been 3 months and 1 wk since my accident. If you count the weeks though, it's been 14 wks and 2 days.
Well, as of today I still have a lot of stiffness around the ankle. The mobility going forward is about 70% and towards my body is about 60%. Started to put some weight on the leg carefully as much as I can tolerate. Therapy sessions to loosen it has help tremendously.
My therapiest did something weird. He placed some therapudic tape in strips around the ankle and towards my knee. At first, I was skeptical. But, when I saw that it helped with the swelling I was in aww. I liked the idea, but as days went by and showering came into play, I notice the tape easily coming off. So I tried something else. I started to use one of my kids soccer socks. Believe you me. It worked!! the sock fits tight around the whole leg and it's helping keep the swealling down. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS!
My only issue right now is when I try to walk. I use one crutch. I place it on my left arm pit instead of the right. I't seems to help me better this way. My shoes help with cushining. I have experience last week soreness under my feet. I guess my feet are not use to it anymore.
I guess so far so good. 3 months gone by so fast. Can't wait to see what happens next month. I'm shooting for 5 months to be able to walk without crutches. That would be a tremendous accomplishment for me.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE,
Unfortunate.

Sep 19, 2011
compound (open Wound ) tib fib fracture
by: Mr Dockworker

Well , I am 42 years old and on july 28 2011 I was backed over by a forklift . I compound fractured tib fib .I have had 5 surgeries so far and I am told I need one more . I had nail placed in Tibia with 4 screws, muscle flap removed from same calf used to cover missing tissue over tibula ,skin graph removed from hamstring (same leg ) to cover donor flap area.It is sept 19 2011 so far I have been fighting infection and haven't been able to do anything to rehab due to Dr orders. This has been the worse thing I have dealt with in my life .I am an avid,surfer,runner ,and tennis player and I am really freaking out . I don't know what the prognosis is but by the posts I am reading it dosen't look promising. Hopefully I am wrong .

Sep 18, 2011
To Skully 6 Sept2011
by: Greek Physio

Dear Skully I'm very glad for the good news and I wish you to be ALWAYS HEALTHY AND FAR FROM SURGERIES AND DOCTORS GENERALLY. GOD ALWAYS BE WITH YOU.

Sep 14, 2011
At 50 years old broken tibula fibula
by: Maree

My partner who is 50 years old broken his fib and tib. The hospital told us it would be emergency operation to avoid it over swelling.

After many hours waiting for surgery we were told the operation will be the next day. He was operation the next day they only put a rod cage in his leg, they told us it was to swelled to much to go on any further.

So my partner was in hospital 14 day's until they could operate again, after the 2nd operation he was released from hospital 3 day's later. His on pain killers and a lot of pain his sleeping a lot and not alert l'm so worried about him.

That was 2 weeks ago we go and have his out of patient check up tomorrow his stiches are getting itchy we are hoping they will remove his stitches. Does anybody know what will happen and how long is recovery time. The doc has given him 3 months off work.

Sep 07, 2011
Great news Skully
by: Margaret

That is such good news for you Skully.

My time frame is almost 9 months, (but I am upper 70's) and I gather that my progress is average considering the type of break, and may be even 12 months before I have full free movement, particularly the ankle. I had pin and 6 screws and still have stiffness in the ankle and some swelling at the end of the day. I have been told that at my age I may not return to how I was before. It is the most frustrating injury and I am sure we do not realise just how long it takes for things to return to 'normal' and each day we have a constant reminder of the original 'accident'.

I have found that swimming in thermal pool a great help, weightless and good to get those muscles working again.

I find this site a great source of information and it is obvious that many of us find it a good way of venting our frustration!

Sep 06, 2011
Happy Happy Joy Joy update
by: Skully

So today I am at 4 months & 9 days & FINALLY got the news I've been hoping and waiting for. I'm done with the moonboot for good, can start going for REAL walks & can skate & play roller derby again at the 6 month mark. So 7 weeks to my salvation.

Let me tell ya, I was shocked, looking at the xrays today, fibula still isn't completely joined, looks all curvy & still has visible spaces or cracks. Although all the little cracks in tibia are gone. I can't tell you how happy I am considering they told me I'd never skate again and would be lucky to walk right after the break. After 4 months of uncertainty & slowly drifting into a deeper & deeper hole of sadness, I can finally start climbing back out.

Keep hope people, that is all I can say. I learned never to get too worried or excited for an appointment because it was never what I expected ever, bad news when I thought it would be good & good news when I thought it would be bad. Try to keep a level head & 'go with the flow' attitude as long as you possibly can, to save your sanity. Keep hope, even if it's in a tiny little spot in the back of your head. This totally sucks & I don't wish it on anyone. But you do get through & every person does heal cometely different. We had 5 ankle/leg breaks in my league this year. Complete healing times varied: 8 months, 6 months (me), 5 months, 4 months & one girl who is 3 months in & yet TBD. (the 2 shortest recoveries were fib breaks only). Wish you all happy healing!!

Aug 28, 2011
Tibia / fibula compound break
by: Unfortunate

Hello South Bay,

Wow! reading your story is so discribing my recent situation. It sounds like you had it pretty worse then I did. With your foot touching your leg. Ouch!! gives me the chills just reading about it.
I'm now going into my 3rd month Sept.11th, my last major surgery was July 12th were I had (2) plates screwed on my fibula and tibia. At times it feals like in eternity. But, I must say that I have come a long way. Started PT 1 wk and 1/2 ago to work on the range of motion on my right leg (ankle). My first few visits were extremely painful, but slowly I'm getting a little more range on my ankle and my toes. My leg is very weak , but we are working on streghtening exercises right now.
You give me hope in looking ahead on was to come for me. I'm determine to do what I have to do to help myself recover more quickly. I jumped on my sons bicycle this week and for the first time I rode! Yay! Like a dummy, I forgot to strech and I was pretty tight afterwards. LOL. Although, I couln't believe the tremendous help it did for the mobility of my ankle. I could feel the flexibity and it freighten me and elated me at the same time. Once it cooled down it stiffend again. Darn!!
I have a doc appt. on Sept 7th, curious what the doc will order for me next. Looking forward to a 4th month and the things I would be able to accomplish. If it's similar to yours, I should be very pleased.

Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Sincerly,
Unfortunate
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Aug 28, 2011
Multiple Break Fibula and Tibula
by: South Bay Break

Part 2

I am now coming towards the end of the 4th month and have been going to PT twice a week. I do not feel any pain where the plates and screws were placed in my Tibia and Fibula, but I can feel that they are there over my skin. I have noticed tremendous improvement in the range of motion and strength of my ankle. It takes awhile to warm up my ankle so that I can walk almost normal, the day usually starts out with my ankle feeling tight. I have noticed that I walk better with shoes on and that may be because of the extra support shoes provide.

I have been able to walk around and actually almost do normal things around the house. I am able to play catch with my daughter but I am far from 100%. I am still unable to jog, run, or jump. My profession requires me to be able jog, run, and jump. Although I feel that I have come a long way since the accident, I think I am feeling more impatient the more I am able to move around and do more. I am slowly strengthening my ankle and calf muscles and also improving the range of motion of my Achilles by stretching it.

I am coming up to my 5th month this coming September since the accident. I feel that I should be able to jog, run, and jump by now. Or am I just being impatient? Although I do not feel any severe pain as far as the hardware in place, I do feel a tightness and I feel a lack of range on the top my ankle due to the hardware. Is it too soon to even consider removing the plates and screws? Would removing them improve my total range of motion and move me faster to becoming or closer to 100%?

Once again I appreciate everyone’s stories and experiences as it gives me guidance as to how my healing has come along.

Aug 28, 2011
Multiple Break Fibula and Tibula
by: South Bay Break

Part 1

I’m glad to read everyone’s different experiences, treatments, and recovery times. It gives me a barometer to gauge the time of my recovery. I consider myself very lucky in regards to what could have been.

In April this year I got into a car accident involving a DUI driver, where I went from going approximately 65 mph to 0 mph, without brakes, and without knowing what I hit or what happened. Looking at my car and the speeds I was involved, the paramedics and doctors all told me that I was lucky to be alive. And throughout the incident, I felt that I had a very good attitude regarding the entire incident, because I did feel very lucky. The doctors told me that it might have been good that I didn’t see the accident coming because I could have tensed up and could have injured more than just my right leg.

I suffered multiple breaks on my fibula and tibia, basically the x-rays of my right leg looked like a Picasso drawing. During the car accident my right foot was jammed up my leg, leaving my right leg looking shorter than my left leg at the Emergency Room. A few hours after the accident, I received a plate and about 6 screws on my Fibula. My right leg was also placed in an External Fixator until the swelling on my leg, foot, and ankle got better. About 3 weeks went by and the swelling had gone done, the External Fixator was removed and I went through my 2nd surgery, putting a 2nd plate and about 14 screws on my Tibia. My Doctors were very good and I was never placed in a cast. I always had a removable splint and had the dressings changed daily at my home. I never had any issues or complications such as infections, etc. My doctors told me that I had been healing better than they had expected.

On the 3rd Month after the initial date of the accident, which would have been July, I started driving even though my injured leg was my right leg. I was able to put enough weight and flex my ankle to press on the gas and the brake pedals. Being able to get out of the house on my own even though I was still on crutches was a tremendous feeling of freedom. On my 4th month after the date of the accident, which would have been August, I was able to start putting weight on my leg, foot, and ankle. I also started PT that week. The first thing my PT told me was to get rid of the crutches and try and walk without crutches. I also started going back to the gym. Although I know I lost a lot of size and strength, it felt good getting back into the gym and working out.



Aug 23, 2011
Tib/Fib Fracture
by: Anonymous

My son had similar injury approx. 3 yrs. ago from a BMX accident. He had IM rod placement with 2 screws at ankle and 2 @ knee. To date he has had 4-5 surgeries!! The second one after hardware placement was to remove screws @ ankle because of pain & swelling in area. Once removed he did much better with that part of leg. Then he had suture reaction causing infection, another to remove upper screws and then to remove the rod!! The hardware seems to cause a lot of problems and pain so I would reccomend having it removed if poss. & given the option (just my opinion from his exp..)I would also reccomend having the elect. & ultrasound therapy, it does seem to help with healing proccess.
After all this, what he is left with now is a kneecap syndrome and can barely walk because of the pain.
Before summer and the knee getting as bad as it has, he was back to doing things like mountain biking, snowboarding, running, working out,
etc.
The Doctor's have said that tib/fib fractures are one of the worst injuries to have & I would have to agree!!

Aug 16, 2011
TIBIA FIBULA
by: Unfortunate

Thanks!

Aug 15, 2011
To AG and others
by: Margaret

Well, AG you do give me hope - I am almost 8 months since tib and fib fracture and must admit wonder if my complete agility will ever return to what it was before. The pin and screws and a combination of plaster, moon boot and the time before partial and full weight was permitted was more than 10 weeks.
I certainly cant run and my walking pace is slower than it used to be. I walk daily and swim in thermal heated pools to help with exercising all those muscles in a weightless situation, and it certainly helps.
You are possibly younger than myself being in the upper 70's and I am told by my surgeon it may take me to a year or even more, so we live in hopes.

Aug 15, 2011
tibia and fubla
by: AG

i had the tibia and fubla fracture in my left leg 13 month ago and i had surgery at that time first 3 days after surgery was to bad for me
after that start to get better so i would say to every one on this page that its going to be all right my leg now good and i feel good becuse at the time when i had this fracture both bone tibia and fibula above the ankle i thought i cant walk again so thanks god and thanks every one who help my doc and my wife now i start running and feel good
i wish good luck for every one

Aug 12, 2011
tibia / fibula compound break
by: unfortunate

Hello everyone,

Nice to know I'm not alone at this. Had a motorcycle accident on June 11th. Had a fixater for 1 month and after some of the severe swelling came down, I had my tibia and fibula and my big toe put back together with plates and screws on July 12th.

It has been the worst experience of my life thus far. Unbeliable pain at first, now stiffness and lot's of needle pain. Taking pain pills and a sleep aid which seems to help somewhat.

Saw my doc yesterday and he stated that everything looks good. Now it's time for therapy. He stated that many people have gone through this type of injury and it's normal for the swelling around the ankle and foot. Frustating!!

Would appreciate any feedback.

Thanks

Aug 10, 2011
:)
by: shannon o'reilly

i dont the exact same think to my leg i havent had no pysio i had my accident in september last year i can walk fine just aches some times and when the weather changes it aches then am my leg is swollen still due to the plate n screws

Aug 10, 2011
:)
by: shannon o'reilly

i dont the exact same think to my leg i havent had no pysio i had my accident in september last year i can walk fine just aches some times and when the weather changes it aches then am my leg is swollen still due to the plate n screws

Jul 28, 2011
To Gerry 27 July
by: Greek Physio

Dear Gerry,immobilization gives a swelling, but icing and elevation could help. If you suffer too much pain consult your doctor as soon as possible because the pressure of casts and other things of immobilization some times cause a pathology named: " the compartment syndrome", that is very serious. I don't want you to be afraid, but as ready to do the thing you must do, as possible. I don't know the health system circunstances in your country, but it's very important for you and your doctor to keep in touch to each other for everything happens after operation. That kind of syndrome is not very common, but it might be happened some times, so you must have the advise of your doctoras soon as possible to exclude that case.
I wish you the best.

Jul 27, 2011
Gerry
by: Anonymous

Gerry, sorry to hear about your pain! I am no doctor but with my own experience it sounds like the pain and swelling in your foot is due to not using it for so long. Are you in physical therapy? I would ask your doctor about the pain and problems you are having. It is possible that doing NWB excerises might help loosen up the foot. I would also keep ice on it as much as possible. Good luck to you, again call your doctor!

Jul 27, 2011
pins and needles in my foot
by: Gerry

Hi,
ten weeks ago i suffered a platue tibial fracture in my right knee, I didn't need surgey thamk God! I had a hard cast for 4 weeks, then an imobilizer for 4 weeks and now a new "unloader" for 6 weeks. I can weight bear at 50% for now, the crazy thing is I have had no pain in my knee not even now at weight bearing but my foot has been giving me so much pain. It feels like pins and needles, very tight, swollen, it almost feels like it doesn't belong to me. I try soaking it and evevating helps can anyone tell me why this is happening and anything I can do about it????? HELP
Thanks,
Gerry

Jul 27, 2011
pins and needles in my foot
by: Gerry

Hi,
ten weeks ago i suffered a platue tibial fracture in my right knee, I didn't need surgey thamk God! I had a hard cast for 4 weeks, then an imobilizer for 4 weeks and now a new "unloader" for 6 weeks. I can weight bear at 50% for now, the crazy thing is I have had no pain in my knee not even now at weight bearing but my foot has been giving me so much pain. It feels like pins and needles, very tight, swollen, it almost feels like it doesn't belong to me. I try soaking it and evevating helps can anyone tell me why this is happening and anything I can do about it????? HELP
Thanks,
Gerry

Jul 23, 2011
Another Surgery
by: Pam

After 2 days of weight bearing with the boot my tibia re-fractured! I could not believe it. Dr was out of town so I saw another surgeon. He said the fastest way to fix with less recovery time was to insert an IM rod in the bone. Had the surgery done on 07/21. Spent one night in the hosptial with morphine drip. Came home 07/22 with percocet. The pain is incredible. I am only supposed to take 1 pain pill every 6 hours but the only way to get relief is to take 2. Any idea how long it takes to get some what comfortable. I can handle dull pain but this feels like my knee is on fire! Makes sleeping almost impossible.I was told I should be WB after 2 weeks.

Jul 23, 2011
Another Surgery
by: Pam

After 2 days of weight bearing with the boot my tibia re-fractured! I could not believe it. Dr was out of town so I saw another surgeon. He said the fastest way to fix with less recovery time was to insert an IM rod in the bone. Had the surgery done on 07/21. Spent one night in the hosptial with morphine drip. Came home 07/22 with percocet. The pain is incredible. I am only supposed to take 1 pain pill every 6 hours but the only way to get relief is to take 2. Any idea how long it takes to get some what comfortable. I can handle dull pain but this feels like my knee is on fire! Makes sleeping almost impossible.I was told I should be WB after 2 weeks.

Jul 23, 2011
Another Surgery
by: Pam

After 2 days of weight bearing with the boot my tibia re-fractured! I could not believe it. Dr was out of town so I saw another surgeon. He said the fastest way to fix with less recovery time was to insert an IM rod in the bone. Had the surgery done on 07/21. Spent one night in the hosptial with morphine drip. Came home 07/22 with percocet. The pain is incredible. I am only supposed to take 1 pain pill every 6 hours but the only way to get relief is to take 2. Any idea how long it takes to get some what comfortable. I can handle dull pain but this feels like my knee is on fire! Makes sleeping almost impossible.I was told I should be WB after 2 weeks.

Jul 18, 2011
Shelly and Skully
by: nonni

Shelly and Skully,

Thanks for the ideas. I will try the ice and maybe purchase a bean bag chair. My legs ache so darn much...it drives me crazy !!! I hope you are both better. You are in my thoughts and prayers....nonni

Jul 12, 2011
Nonni & Shelly
by: Skully

Thanks Shelly! I have been doing more with out getting completely crazy and it is going well. Getting used to the aches and pains now....and they keep going away which makes me happy! Should be and 100% WB on Sunday! Yippeeeeeeeee =) Can't wait to ditch those crutches! Wouldn't mind having a cool cane for a little while that I could bedazzle with glitter and stuff=)

Nonni, my savior has been a bean bag chair! It is awesome now that it is worked in. Leg doesn't fall off halfway through the night. Makes it's own little groove. Or I put both legs on there, they don't fall off and feels really comfortable. Even able to sleep on both sides still using the bean bag to elevate the leg. Oh sooo comfy....pillows were making me CRAZY! Also been having some success with Melatonin for those nights I just can't fall asleep!

Heal soon all!!!

Jul 12, 2011
Nonni and Skully
by: Shelly

Nonni,
I sleep with ice packs and a pillow under my leg , it seems to help somewhat . Give it a try ,I hope it will give you some relief =)
Skully,
Dont be so guarded , I am sure that is what has my leg without the range of motion it should have, I still have to put a tensor on my leg every morning....it makes it feel more secure to me. Trust your physio therapist =) , I wouldnt be where I am now without mine ,I tried going it alone, but got nowhere. I would still be guarding it, fearful of everything.,It felt so strange to put weight on my leg after 8 weeks of nothing , now I walk without crutches or a cane....I still have to have a scope done , but heres hoping that will help get me more range of motion!! =)
Hang in there Nonni and Skully ....Time heals all wounds =) Keep Smiling

Jul 12, 2011
Nonni and Skully
by: Shelly

Nonni,
I sleep with ice packs and a pillow under my leg , it seems to help somewhat . Give it a try ,I hope it will give you some relief =)
Skully,
Dont be so guarded , I am sure that is what has my leg without the range of motion it should have, I still have to put a tensor on my leg every morning....it makes it feel more secure to me. Trust your physio therapist =) , I wouldnt be where I am now without mine ,I tried going it alone, but got nowhere. I would still be guarding it, fearful of everything.,It felt so strange to put weight on my leg after 8 weeks of nothing , now I walk without crutches or a cane....I still have to have a scope done , but heres hoping that will help get me more range of motion!! =)
Hang in there Nonnie and Skully ....Time heals all wounds =) Keep Smiling

Jul 10, 2011
Weight Bearing
by: Skully

I just started weight bearing and am so surprised about the aches & pains. They make me so nervous. I'm at 9wks. I started 50% WB but then have had to scale back to 25% because of soreness. Tryin 50 again. There is no pain to my surgery side with the shattered tibia, plate or screws. It's all on the other side. They left my fibula to rejoin on it's own & it hasn't yet & that is where all the soreness is along with farther down on that side of the ankle joint where there was no damage to my knowledge. Feels like it's gonna give out. Feels like I am injuring it. Feels like it is twisted & just wrong. Is this the way it SHOULD feel? Just scary because I DON'T want another surgery & don't see ortho for 4 more weeks! Im doing what PT says & she doesn't seem concerned, just not what I expected I guess. When does the soreness stop? Does it ever feel normal? When do u become concerned about what u r feeling?

Jul 10, 2011
Weight Bearing
by: Skully

I just started weight bearing and am so surprised about the aches & pains. They make me so nervous. I'm at 9wks. I started 50% WB but then have had to scale back to 25% because of soreness. Tryin 50 again. There is no pain to my surgery side with the shattered tibia, plate or screws. It's all on the other side. They left my fibula to rejoin on it's own & it hasn't yet & that is where all the soreness is along with farther down on that side of the ankle joint where there was no damage to my knowledge. Feels like it's gonna give out. Feels like I am injuring it. Feels like it is twisted & just wrong. Is this the way it SHOULD feel? Just scary because I DON'T want another surgery & don't see ortho for 4 more weeks! Im doing what PT says & she doesn't seem concerned, just not what I expected I guess. When does the soreness stop? Does it ever feel normal? When do u become concerned about what u r feeling?

Jul 10, 2011
Spiral Fracture
by: Pam

Hi all, I fell over a tree root on May 14th, broke my fibula in 2 places and clean break of the tibia. Had surgery on May 18th (2 screws placed to fuse back tibia). Hard cast for 4 weeks and have been in a boot since. I have to say this has been the longest 3 months! Some words of encourgement to those who are in early recovery, take your pain pills and get lots of rest. I slept on the couch for the first 2 weeks. I am a 43 old Mom, I work part-time (stayed out of work for 3 weeks). I am the one in the household who does all the grocery shopping, laundry, errand running, cooking and cleaning. Needless to say this has been a very big adjustment for my husband who has taken over most of these duties. I have a knee walker that I purchased on the internet, you can rent them for about 100.00 a month. It has been a life saver, I can wheel around the house; cleaning, folding laundry, etc. I also take it to the grocery store. If you can find one of these I highly recommend it! My next dr appointment is this Friday! I am really hoping he tells me I can start bearing weight on the leg. I am soooo ready to ditch these crutches! I go to physical therapy 3 days a week to regain strength in the leg. As far as sleeping goes I have found placing a pillow between my legs and propping the injured leg on another pillow helps a lot! Hang in there, it takes a lot of patience to get through this! Good luck to you all!

Jul 10, 2011
Spiral Fracture
by: Pam

Hi all, I fell over a tree root on May 14th, broke my fibula in 2 places and clean break of the tibia. Had surgery on May 18th (2 screws placed to fuse back tibia). Hard cast for 4 weeks and have been in a boot since. I have to say this has been the longest 3 months! Some words of encourgement to those who are in early recovery, take your pain pills and get lots of rest. I slept on the couch for the first 2 weeks. I am a 43 old Mom, I work part-time (stayed out of work for 3 weeks). I am the one in the household who does all the grocery shopping, laundry, errand running, cooking and cleaning. Needless to say this has been a very big adjustment for my husband who has taken over most of these duties. I have a knee walker that I purchased on the internet, you can rent them for about 100.00 a month. It has been a life saver, I can wheel around the house; cleaning, folding laundry, etc. I also take it to the grocery store. If you can find one of these I highly recommend it! My next dr appointment is this Friday! I am really hoping he tells me I can start bearing weight on the leg. I am soooo ready to ditch these crutches! I go to physical therapy 3 days a week to regain strength in the leg. As far as sleeping goes I have found placing a pillow between my legs and propping the injured leg on another pillow helps a lot! Hang in there, it takes a lot of patience to get through this! Good luck to you all!

Jul 07, 2011
Help with sleep?
by: nonni

My fall was in Dec. 2010. Broken left tibia and fractured left wrist. I hAd surgeries and external fixator....am finally able to walk, but I limp and my balance is awful. Stairs abd steps are the hardest. My leg hurts like crazy when I go to bed at night...does anyone have any ideas on how to get my leg to relax so that I can sleep?

Jul 06, 2011
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture
by: Shelly

It has been almost 10 months since my motorcycle accident and I still have major swelling and no more than a 60 degree bend =( I am now waiting on having a scope done to see if there is any tendon or ligament damage aswell as getting any scar tissue scraped away in hopes to allow my knee to bend ....

Jul 03, 2011
Tib/Fib Fracture in March
by: Liz C

I had a tib/fib break in March. Now over 3 months later and 3 surgeries (external fixator placement, ORIF, and infection) I am finally walking. I had a rod, 2 plates, and 15 screws placed to fix the fractures. I just want everyone to know it does get better. Somedays are better than others. It just takes time. I have days that the limp is more noticeable than other days. You just have to keep at it. Good luck everyone.

Jul 03, 2011
Tib/Fib Fracture in March
by: Liz C

I had a tib/fib break in March. Now over 3 months later and 3 surgeries (external fixator placement, ORIF, and infection) I am finally walking. I had a rod, 2 plates, and 15 screws placed to fix the fractures. I just want everyone to know it does get better. Somedays are better than others. It just takes time. I have days that the limp is more noticeable than other days. You just have to keep at it. Good luck everyone.

Jul 03, 2011
Tib/Fib Fracture in March
by: Liz C

I had a tib/fib break in March. Now over 3 months later and 3 surgeries (external fixator placement, ORIF, and infection) I am finally walking. I had a rod, 2 plates, and 15 screws placed to fix the fractures. I just want everyone to know it does get better. Somedays are better than others. It just takes time. I have days that the limp is more noticeable than other days. You just have to keep at it. Good luck everyone.

Jun 26, 2011
Similar Break
by: Manny72

Hey, well I also managed to get myself a Compound Distal Break of my Tibia and Fibula, about inch or so above the ankle. Both bones were sticking out right inner side of left leg. Motorbike accident. Within 5 hours of the accident I was laying up in hospital with two plates and 18 pins holding my leg together. One Plate per bone. Luckily my weight bearing bone has pretty much healed after 3 months off it, 6 weeks in cast, 6 weeks in boot, now 6 weeks to learn to walk again. I think I am a bit lucky as I did all my exercises when came out of cast into boot. That being rotating the ankle and flexing it back and forth. My main problem now is when I try to transfer to much weight to the left foot it complains mightily, the leg itself seems okay, no pain there, just a feeling of pressure. The surgeon told me that is to be expected as with foot being off ground for 3 months things tend to relax a fair bit in the foot and bones there have to get used to doing their job again. My biggest worry is because where the bones went through my skin I've lost all feeling down that side of my foot below the scar. Though I guess I'll compensate. Foot mobility is kinda okay, though I can't point my toes like I used to as they had to lift the tendons up and put the plates and screws under them, so now they sitting on top of that. All I can recommend is doing things like I do. When I'm sitting down, I don't' sit back in the chair I sit forward with both feet firmly on the ground, resting my elbows on my knees, and lean forward a bit so there is pressure going down to the leg, helping it heal. I also wiggle my toes and try flex my feet a little when I'm like that, and I must say I"m slowly feeling less pain. The worst pain is the one that feels like your entire foot is gonna crack or something, that gradually goes as your foot adjusts to doing what it's supposed to do. I"m just glad that with all this, the surgery, the plates, the hospital stay and the physio the most I have paid out is AUD$22.00, and that was for the meds I had to take home. My job itself is safe unless I go over the 6 month mark, then my employer is legally able to replace me. Centerlink is subsidizing my wage so I'm not short of money. The only thing I have to worry about is getting myself fully mobile again, and I"m on the way to that. Just stay positive and push yourself just a little bit past what you think you can handle in short bursts. The body soon gets back to dealing with the weight on the foot again.

Jun 26, 2011
Similar Break
by: Manny72

Hey, well I also managed to get myself a Compound Distal Break of my Tibia and Fibula, about inch or so above the ankle. Both bones were sticking out right inner side of left leg. Motorbike accident. Within 5 hours of the accident I was laying up in hospital with two plates and 18 pins holding my leg together. One Plate per bone. Luckily my weight bearing bone has pretty much healed after 3 months off it, 6 weeks in cast, 6 weeks in boot, now 6 weeks to learn to walk again. I think I am a bit lucky as I did all my exercises when came out of cast into boot. That being rotating the ankle and flexing it back and forth. My main problem now is when I try to transfer to much weight to the left foot it complains mightily, the leg itself seems okay, no pain there, just a feeling of pressure. The surgeon told me that is to be expected as with foot being off ground for 3 months things tend to relax a fair bit in the foot and bones there have to get used to doing their job again. My biggest worry is because where the bones went through my skin I've lost all feeling down that side of my foot below the scar. Though I guess I'll compensate. Foot mobility is kinda okay, though I can't point my toes like I used to as they had to lift the tendons up and put the plates and screws under them, so now they sitting on top of that. All I can recommend is doing things like I do. When I'm sitting down, I don't' sit back in the chair I sit forward with both feet firmly on the ground, resting my elbows on my knees, and lean forward a bit so there is pressure going down to the leg, helping it heal. I also wiggle my toes and try flex my feet a little when I'm like that, and I must say I"m slowly feeling less pain. The worst pain is the one that feels like your entire foot is gonna crack or something, that gradually goes as your foot adjusts to doing what it's supposed to do. I"m just glad that with all this, the surgery, the plates, the hospital stay and the physio the most I have paid out is AUD$22.00, and that was for the meds I had to take home. My job itself is safe unless I go over the 6 month mark, then my employer is legally able to replace me. Centerlink is subsidizing my wage so I'm not short of money. The only thing I have to worry about is getting myself fully mobile again, and I"m on the way to that. Just stay positive and push yourself just a little bit past what you think you can handle in short bursts. The body soon gets back to dealing with the weight on the foot again.

Jun 05, 2011
Reply to Margaret
by: Lupe

Thank you for your words of encouragement Margaret my mood is not depressed I'm taking it day by day and hoping that I can be walking soon im taking my calcium pills to help with the healing also resting as much as I can I hope your recovery is coming along well thank people on this website it's nice to know that their are others in my situation and it helps to hear yalls input well be back on our feet in no time we just gotta heal again I thank you for your words speedy recovery to us both and good luck god bless!!

Jun 04, 2011
Lupe
by: Margaret

Hi there Lupe, hope that does not describe your mood! However, I know what you would be feeling!
I am five months since now tib/fib fracture, but I am 76 so healing will take me considerably longer than a younger person. Yes, I do remember the nights quite clearly as we always seem to go to sleep our sides and having to stay on our backs seems foreign. I had to have several pillows at my back and also under my leg to keep it elevated anyway and i'd wake severeal times during the night as you might want to turn over but cant. Just have plenty of pillows would be a help and may be a good pain killer last thing at night and possibly codiene (30mg) but not to excess, I used to take one only at night. it seems as though it is an injury which as such a great degree of frustration and healing time seems to depend on the individual so here at 5 months I am doing ok so I am told. The fear of falling or hurting onesself was explained to me as "fracture jitters" as though you were anticipating more damage, that will go. I have never had any bone fracture in my life and go to this stage and thanks to two large dogs using me as a skittle in a bowling alley resulted in a moment where one life chamges in a split second!
If it had not been the computer I would have also felt that I was also going "Lupey" Good luck!

Jun 04, 2011
Tib/fib fx
by: Lupe

I'm 26 yr old male had tib/fib distal fracture had surgery a week ago on my fibula this coming week going to fix my tibia I too have felt the depressing feeling of not beig able to do much I'm scared to fall and hurt my self I can't sleep or get comfortable at night I mean these fractures are a nightmare reading this stories it makes me think positive but then again I'm fearful of not being my active self again doc says I'll get to 100% eventually but this is hard any suggestions on how to sleep comfortable or when to know when you can put weight on it this injury totally scares me thank u guys in advance!!

Jun 03, 2011
3 more surgeries to Steven Murphy June 2,2011
by: Greek Physio

Dear Steven, hello. Can you describe me what are all those surgeries you experienced after the first one ? I ask you because I've a friend who had an operation 2 months ago and she has very slow fracture healing. I think, she might be a candidate of other(s) surgery (-ies). Is that something like auto (-allo)grafts or other kind of surgeries?
Thanks a lot,wish you the best.

Jun 02, 2011
ORIF - Post Op Nerve Damage
by: CORoadie

It has been 5+ months since my surgery and my doc basically said the feeling will probably not come back w/o the additional surgery and maybe even not then. He said except for the fact that I am very active he probably wouldn't even do the surgery for someone in their 50's but instead just recommend they were an ankle brace or some other device to limit the fall risk (but what about things like getting out of bed in the morning, taking a shower and such).

Jun 02, 2011
ORIF - Post Op Nerve Damage
by: CORoadie

It has been 5+ months since my surgery and my doc basically said the feeling will probably not come back w/o the additional surgery and maybe even not then. He said except for the fact that I am very active he probably wouldn't even do the surgery for someone in their 50's but instead just recommend they were an ankle brace or some other device to limit the fall risk (but what about things like getting out of bed in the morning, taking a shower and such).

Jun 02, 2011
Re: nerve damage
by: Skully

How long has it been since your ORIF? just wondering, I also have a numb top of my foot & top of big toe & next toe & in-between those too. My doc said feeling might come back & might not, he didn't seem too concerned, but it totally grosses me out. I am just 4.5 wks from surgery thoug. Curious to know how your surgery goes...best of luck!!!!

Jun 02, 2011
Going back in post ORIF to release peroneal nerve
by: CORoadie

Looks like they are going to have to go back into my leg post ORIF to release my peroneal nerve which appears to have been pinched off somewhere during the surgery. Both branches have at best limited function and I have no feeling in the outside of my lower leg, top of my foot or top of big toe and I cannot lift (but can curl) the big toe and have weakness throughout the outer lower leg that has resulted in the constant feeling (and occasional event) of rolling my ankle, particularly when walking on uneven surfaces. Running right now is out of the question.

Has anyone had this surgery either by itself or after an ORIF and what kind of results did you get. Doc says it is a crapshoot if I will get all or no functionality back or somewhere in between.

One good thing, they are also going to finally deal with the medial knee issue this time when they go in for the nerve release. I had wanted them to do it at the same time as the ORIF but the doc I had at that time refused, wanting to see if fixing the bone after letting me walk around on a broken leg for 6 months would resolve the knee issues which it has not.


Jun 02, 2011
broken tib /fib
by: Steven Murphy

Hi everyone i have a spiral fracture to the tibia and broken fibula, i have had a nail and three screws. This injury happened on the 2/7 2010.Ihave had 3 operations as my tibia was not healing.Im finally walking slowly without any aids and im on my way to recovery although i have worked hard with physio,s and plenty of hydrotherapy in the pools.this injury has been my worst nightmare.There is light at the end of the tunnel although this injury takes along time to heal.my knee feels funny and my ankcle still swells up when im on my feet for to long.So good luck .

May 30, 2011
To SKULLY May 29,2011
by: Greek Physio

Dear Skully, it's my pleasure to give advice, but believe me, it's another thing having a patient in front of you, and other to give advice via net. Anyway I strongly believe, that you want a physio at least every other day, and of course your surgeon and physio to be close to each other, for your own good-shake. Please let me know where are you from, and if you are a man or woman. I'm a male physio from Greece, 31 years in my profession. My main experience is on strokes, but all these years I've seen and rehab many fractures like yours.Your sex and age has to do with your rehab as well. Females especially after menopause experience few problems more than males. That's why medications must be prescribed, like calcitonin and calcium for extra help to fracture.
Ok, thanks for giving me the opportunity to give you as many things as I can although I know I'm not able to be so effective with your case.
Bye.

May 30, 2011
Hey Margaret
by: Nonni

I am doing a little better. Walking with aid of walker is best for balance and least amount of limp. Have done a lot of squats to get my legs stronger so that I can stand easier, but still have trouble with low seats. My gait is off and I still limp, but I am getting better. My left leg still aches and my hip aches, but I try to exercise to keep it from too much aching. Does your leg ache too? It doesn't hurt at the break, it hurts up my leg and into my hip....strange.
Has almost been 6 months since my accident and doctor says I should be better within the year. Hope you are doing better.

May 29, 2011
Re:physio
by: Skully

I haven't been prescribed physio yet. Trying to do what I can to keep muscles strong. Only occasionally use wheelchair for long distances, crutches mostly & knee scooter at work. Thanks for all the advice! This is not fun:) I want to skate again & enjoy my summer:)

May 29, 2011
To SKULLY May 28,2011
by: Greek Physio

Dear SKULLY, don't be so afraid, but very carefull. The biggest danger is the non-union of the fracture. That's a complication of that sort of fractures. Swelling is something that will last for few months and you can do that condition better if: You elevate your affected area higher than the heart lever and also by icing the area 3-4 times/day for 20 minutes each time. Ice must be put NOT directly to the skin, but OVER a thin cloth, for preventing "ICED BURN". CONTACT EMERGENCY if it the swelling doesn't go better after 1-2 days.You must also exercise all muscle groups of your affected leg, BUT gently. TAKE A GOOD CARE of your quadriceps on the affected leg AND your healthy too.THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT for the time you'll be allowed to load weight on the fractured leg. It's CRUCIAL for you to have a good communication and trust to your physio and your surgeon whenever you need to ask something. YOU CAN'T SOLVE YOUR PROBLEMS VIA NET, JUST TAKE SOME OPINIONS. THAT'S NOT THE SAME. Every case is different and every patient as well. About WB now, I think you can put some load, JUST to FEEL THE GROUND AND TO PRETENT YOU WALK NORMALLY. That is your knee must be full extented when touching the ground and your ankle has a full range of motion during the gait circle. I would't recommend a wheelchair, but a walker, and later crutches. I mentioned earlier NOT afraid,BUT CAREFULL.
I wish you the best once again.

May 28, 2011
When do you call doc?
by: Skully

Yes I did have it backwards. It is the fibula that was left alone and is not lined up straight. I still have pain in that area. I am now 4 weeks since surgery and had a little wheelchair incident yesterday with uneven pavement resulting in me putting pressure on my broken leg. Im still NWB & it was a little sore yesterday & very sore with some pain & swelling today. Do u need to contact doctor? Or will I probably be ok? Pain is near uneven fibula & near heal/achilles & outside ankle (opposite of wear plate is). I'm thinking if it's better by Tuesday, probably ok? Next doctor appointment is in 3 weeks

May 28, 2011
To SKULLY May 7,2011
by: Greek Physio

Dear SKULLY, I am surprised to hear that the orthos fixed fibula (that isn't a weight bearing bone) instead of tibia (that is a weight bearing bone). Is there any chance for you to make a mistake? You know there is problem with tibia fractures that happen in the lower third of the bone. It has bad blood circulation, that means it's difficult for the fracture to be fixed, especially if that isn't stabilized. In that case may a non-union be occured. Physiotherapy could help with specific exercises to all joints that aren't involved to the fracture. You have to keep in touch with your ortho and physio as much as it can be, and let them know everything feel or suffer.
Don't give up, it's a difficult case, but with passion and exercise you can do it.
My best wishes for your complete rehab.

May 27, 2011
Amanda
by: Margaret

Hi Amanda,

I am a few months ahead of you, break 25 dec 2011 and like you, pin and screws. The knee, which was perfect before now can be quite stiff and when the surgeon explained what they do ( go into the knee, shift the tendons to one side insert the pin into the shaft and then put it all back) no wonder the knee is wobbly! I do think the physio's want to get you back to normal asap, but this fracture shakes your confidence. My surgeon has recommended that I take a break from physio as after 3 months and about 16 sessions, I felt considerably worse after each visit. The surgeon feels I will make more progress by pushing myself. I had fibreglass plaster for 7 weeks and then moon boot, no weight for bearing for 9 weeks, then partial and now full it is 5 months for me since the break and I am not 100% but you are young, and your rate of recovery will be a lot quicker than mine. It is one of those things you cant rush and making progress seems to vairy as you can read. Good luck and hang in there.

May 27, 2011
SAME BOAT AS YOU GUYS
by: Amanda

hey everyone i was just reading a few comments and i'm in the same boat broke my leg well tib and fib close to my ankle. the pain is crazy i just started physio and i broke it march 14,2011 had surgery on the 15 and my knee is so stiff feels like it will buckle at anytime my physical therapist keeps pushing me and i don't feel all that great on my two feet as it is i have a rod that was inserted along the bone and screwed and pined in place i have never had so much pain in my life i'm only 25. I'm still in my air cast and using crutches i really don't think alot of people understand the fear you have after having a bad break your body has no clue what it used to do and you haven't used any of your muscules in so long there tight and very painful i know physio can help but y do they have to push so hard i guess what i'm trying to say is i just started weight bearing and my physical therrapist wants me to get rid of the aircast and crutches i'm so whoobly i'm scared i'm going to break the other leg and be really scredwd anyways what should i do fight with the fight accept it and work though it or tell her i need time.......

May 24, 2011
Work & FMLA
by: Skully

Hi guys! Thanks for all the support and advice. Unfortunately I have been researching my work issues & it really seems I don't have a leg to stand on! :) FMLA only covers places with 50 or more workers. We have 35. And from everything I read, they can fire me here in Ohio if they wish. Day 2 went ok, but I honestly think they know they have this to threaten me with & I feel like I'm getting punished. Since I broke my leg playing roller derby, I'm also getting the 'vibe' that they expect me not to go back:( I want to go back if I physically can & think its crap for them to say anything about it. I just think it's awful that you have to worry about your job (that I work my ass off at & have been there for 4 years & have gotten nothing but praise before this incident) while you are dealing with such a bad injury. So they kept me a half hour over today & I got more work to do at home, so I should go. Again with the pain & swelling not to mention dizziness just trying to get home & in the house. Guess I will just have to muddle through however I can & try to not go insane. Broken legs suck:) hope everyone is healing well!!

May 24, 2011
Recovery
by: Anne

It’s been just over 10 weeks since my ORIF surgery and I’ve yet to return to work. It’s been a very trying experience and like the many others will agree – time is needed to mend this injury. I’ve just learned to use crutches, as prior it was the assistance of a walker. I still cannot walk long nor use stairs. In addition, I’m still using a wheelchair when out for appointments and errands with the aid of family and friends.

As for your employer, Skully, they must give you the time needed to recoup – regardless of their business needs. My employer is trying to force me back to work and it’ll be at least August before I return. Again, the date is tentative and depends when I can start my physiotherapy. My recommendation would be to gain the advice of a legal representative. Should your employer continue to force you – you may have grounds to sue them or at least have them charged.

Your health is more important, this injury can cause a great deal of difficulty in the future if it has not mended. My orthopaedic surgeon and family physician have advised me repeatedly not to concern myself with my employer and to focus on doing all I can to assure I fully recover. I was a very active woman prior to this incident and I want to ensure I can resume my usual activities.

Best of luck everyone! Take Good Care!

May 24, 2011
Recovery
by: Anne

It’s been just over 10 weeks since my ORIF surgery and I’ve yet to return to work. It’s been a very trying experience and like the many others will agree – time is needed to mend this injury. I’ve just learned to use crutches, as prior it was the assistance of a walker. I still cannot walk long nor use stairs. In addition, I’m still using a wheelchair when out for appointments and errands with the aid of family and friends.

As for your employer, Skully, they must give you the time needed to recoup – regardless of their business needs. My employer is trying to force me back to work and it’ll be at least August before I return. Again, the date is tentative and depends when I can start my physiotherapy. My recommendation would be to gain the advice of a legal representative. Should your employer continue to force you – you may have grounds to sue them or at least have them charged.

Your health is more important, this injury can cause a great deal of difficulty in the future if it has not mended. My orthopaedic surgeon and family physician have advised me repeatedly not to concern myself with my employer and to focus on doing all I can to assure I fully recover. I was a very active woman prior to this incident and I want to ensure I can resume my usual activities.

Best of luck everyone! Take Good Care!

May 24, 2011
FMLA Rights
by: marko

Skully:

Not sure if you are in the US and how many employees in your company, but you may be entitled to FMLA protection. check into that to help soothe your concerns. In this time of medical chaos, employment security should not be a concern. In my situation I am self-employed and being out of it for 3 months caused a real financial hardship, since in my line, no work, no pay.

Be strong. Can you work from home or telecommute by computer?

May 24, 2011
FMLA Rights
by: marko

Skully:

Not sure if you are in the US and how many employees in your company, but you may be entitled to FMLA protection. check into that to help soothe your concerns. In this time of medical chaos, employment security should not be a concern. In my situation I am self-employed and being out of it for 3 months caused a real financial hardship, since in my line, no work, no pay.

Be strong. Can you work from home or telecommute by computer?

May 24, 2011
Skully you have got to be kidding
by: Kitsy

There is no way you should be working after this short period of time. I am on Workers Compensation and it has been for over 6 months since my fracture and I'm still in pain and still have a great deal of swelling. I understand your position as I am in a similar one but your boss needs to cut you a break (excuse the terrible pun), the fracture you've endured is a serious one and your boss shouldn't be able to dismiss you on those grounds. I implore you to get some legal advice and know your rights. At least then you will know exactly what you are dealing with and you won't need to worry unnecessarily. Good luck I hope all goes well.

May 23, 2011
Back to work:(
by: Skully

So I went back to work today for 4 hours only. I am 3.5 weeks since fib/tib break & surgery. I've been feeling good! Ready to back to work, but the problem is we are SWAMPED at work. I fear losing my job. I do graphic layout & mostly sit @ a computer but do have to move around some. Anyway, after first day I'm in a lot of pain, super swollen & leg is just sore top to bottom. My boss is already asking if I can stay over 4 hrs even though dr note says not for 2 weeks. He also wants me to take work home. I need to keep my job, but I don't want to compromise my healing. Will the pain & swelling lessen or will I get used to it? Is it ok to keep pushing even when your foot feels like it's gonna pop from the pressure? The stress is also making things worse:(

May 23, 2011
update
by: marko

Well its been 8 months since the massive crushing of my tibia plateau. Am completely pain free and walk normally including going down stairs. Those occasional sudden stabs of pain are now a thing of the past! So for all the sufferers, its a process you have to endure but keep up on PT and over time you will notice getting better every day. Rebuilding atrphoied muscle seems to be the hardest part for me.

one odd issue that continues. i can be very active running, hiking, etc but in the mornings after a nights sleep when i get out of bed the entire knee feels loose and not very strong. After walking a few minutes it firms up nice, but making a pee break in the night have to be careful as my left leg feels like gumby and uncertain.

May 21, 2011
Atn Kitsy and humidity
by: Margaret

It is 5 months since my tib/fib fracture and I walk with a limp too, my ankle seems restricted. I get tired very quickly and wonder if there will ever be any real change. I do try to walk everyday on flat ground and take some steps with a stick and some without but wish I could see a real significant change.

To the last post about humidity. I noticed when my cast ws removed there was areas of very dry skin, even from the calf to the end of the toes and i was peeling it off for quite a long time. Don't know if that is what you are referring to. This appears to be one of the most frustrating fractures to cope with do you agree?

May 21, 2011
Humidity Inside Full Leg Cast
by: Yvonne

I suffered an injury to my leg on April 29, 2011. It was a slip/fall accident in the rain. Everyone thought it might be a sprain as I could move my toes. I decided to go to the hospital and they determined that I had fractured (spiral) my tibia. Fortunately enough, it did not require surgery. I've been to my ortho's office on 3 occassions to have my cast replaced as it didn't seem to be a proper fit and I was in severe pain which was not improving. Have I delayed the healing process by having my cast replaced on 3 occasions? The original cast was put in on May 6 and the last one was put in on May 16th Additionally, I don't know if any of you experienced any humidity issues? When the cast was removed there was humidity in my heel area, which I had been complaining about pain prior to having the cast removed/replaced. The ortho removed some of the dead skin and put in my cast. According to him this was either on account of water and/or sweat. It was most definitely sweat because I have been extremely cautions about keeping my cast clear of water. Any recommendations on cooling this area, have any of you experienced humidity inside your cast??

May 19, 2011
Pain in hip from constant limping
by: Kitsy

Hi fellow sufferers. It has been 6 months since my Tib Fib Fracture and I limp a alot because of the pain and weakness in my ankle. The pain in my opposite hip is relentless and I can't sleep at night. I can't take NSAIDs or Codeine based products. Has anyone else experienced this extreme pain and what did you do to overcome it?

May 17, 2011
Att Nonni
by: Margaret

Hello Nonni,

To answer you question about getting up from sittting... I found I had to'think' before moving when I stood up, grabbing one crutch for support.
My physio last visit wants me to drop the security of the crutch and use a stick. took some doing and I found the nearest door frame etc was something I grabbed! However, after a week I now can walk with a stick, and my limp, if i really concentrate is getting better. But and a big but... my ankle is still not free amd when trying to get it to do what the other one does seems to be as though the tendons cannot stretch that far, and I am trying hard. This affects the way I walk as the ankle does not flex properly. I have numerous excerises which my physio gave me, like standing on tip toes, stretches, and find those hard and getting up and down from a chair, quickly and rising as if sitting on a hot plate! My muscles did not know what had happened and I felt like I had been on a horse and ridden a 100 miles - strange took a couple of days to get over that but now try and do 10 a day. It must be getting easier. Keep me posted with your progress.

May 16, 2011
R U Kidding Me?!!!
by: Anonymous

Trimalleor fracture with ruptured ligament while hiking with my dogs in the rain on Feb 19, 2011.
One of the bones was actually broken into 3 pieces. Had ORIF with plates and screws on Feb 21. The first night home after surgery tripped on my crutches and went through a glass plated door requiring another ER visit and 50 stitches in my face. Two days later husband admitted to psych unit for severe depression to have ECT (deferred pain I suppose). After 3 weeks returned to work on crutches and that day had to use my ankle to support myself during long walk to desk and bathroom... created a cortical sheath fracture because the early weight bearing caused the screw to move and detach a portion of the bone on the outside. Off of work another 3 weeks. Now back to work and have been weight bearing for two weeks and overdid it this weekend in the airboot... now my ankle/foot are swollen up twice the size... back on crutches and vicodin.R U kidding me?!!! This is ridiculous! It has helped to read everyone's posts because this is a very annoying, irritating, frustrating injury for an active individual. Am keeping my spirits up by realizing I could have broken my ankle in a far more serious situation like hiking up Everest etc. or worse, I could have been decapitated! Yes, headless would be worse. Won't let a silly thing like an ankle bring me down.

May 16, 2011
R U Kidding Me?!!!
by: Anonymous

Trimalleor fracture with ruptured ligament while hiking with my dogs in the rain on Feb 19, 2011.
One of the bones was actually broken into 3 pieces. Had ORIF with plates and screws on Feb 21. The first night home after surgery tripped on my crutches and went through a glass plated door requiring another ER visit and 50 stitches in my face. Two days later husband admitted to psych unit for severe depression to have ECT (deferred pain I suppose). After 3 weeks returned to work on crutches and that day had to use my ankle to support myself during long walk to desk and bathroom... created a cortical sheath fracture because the early weight bearing caused the screw to move and detach a portion of the bone on the outside. Off of work another 3 weeks. Now back to work and have been weight bearing for two weeks and overdid it this weekend in the airboot... now my ankle/foot are swollen up twice the size... back on crutches and vicodin.R U kidding me?!!! This is ridiculous! It has helped to read everyone's posts because this is a very annoying, irritating, frustrating injury for an active individual. Am keeping my spirits up by realizing I could have broken my ankle in a far more serious situation like hiking up Everest etc. or worse, I could have been decapitated! Yes, headless would be worse. Won't let a silly thing like an ankle bring me down.

May 16, 2011
R U Kidding Me?!!!
by: Anonymous

Trimalleor fracture with ruptured ligament while hiking with my dogs in the rain on Feb 19, 2011.
One of the bones was actually broken into 3 pieces. Had ORIF with plates and screws on Feb 21. The first night home after surgery tripped on my crutches and went through a glass plated door requiring another ER visit and 50 stitches in my face. Two days later husband admitted to psych unit for severe depression to have ECT (deferred pain I suppose). After 3 weeks returned to work on crutches and that day had to use my ankle to support myself during long walk to desk and bathroom... created a cortical sheath fracture because the early weight bearing caused the screw to move and detach a portion of the bone on the outside. Off of work another 3 weeks. Now back to work and have been weight bearing for two weeks and overdid it this weekend in the airboot... now my ankle/foot are swollen up twice the size... back on crutches and vicodin.R U kidding me?!!! This is ridiculous! It has helped to read everyone's posts because this is a very annoying, irritating, frustrating injury for an active individual. Am keeping my spirits up by realizing I could have broken my ankle in a far more serious situation like hiking up Everest etc. or worse, I could have been decapitated! Yes, headless would be worse. Won't let a silly thing like an ankle bring me down.

May 07, 2011
Freaking Out Scully
by: Margaret

I can sympathise with your frustratuion regarding your recent fracture. If you look back to my postings (Marargret) in early April you will see that i too had questions of "how long" and yes, there do not seem to be any answers to the time frame, you do have young bones on your side and as I am 40 years OLDER than you I am now expecting it to take time! Frustration, is terrible as when in plaster there is nothing you can do, then when it does come off, then a moon boot,as you say no weight bearing etc. The first 8 to 10 weeks were the hardest, so as a guide, bearing in mind the age difference I am 18 weeks since my surgery, for me walking with a stick and limp is progress, but I am sure you will be ahead of me by far in this time frame. You just have to keep cool, I used to think that if you were car sick at least you could get out of the car with this there is no escape ..take heart it will get better ( not that is much help, I know!)

May 07, 2011
One week out of surgery & FREAKING OUT!!
by: SKULLY

I broke my tib/ fib last week Wednesday & had surgery Thursday. Fibula was a bit shattered above the ankle. One plate & 11 screws. They lined up tibia but left alone because they said fibula would stabilize it. I can feel the tibia move every time I move. Anyway, are all these comments the norm? I need to get back to my life & work ASAP. but more than anything I want to skate. Is that not even a guarantee? Skating again? I am 37, in pretty good shape & just lying here going crazy. I have 4 wkd non weight bearing, then what? Why can't I even get a ballpark timeframe? Is every single person different? And am I really supposed to just lie here & do nothing right now? I have a splint & cannot yet move me to boot because of swelling. Just tell me I can skate again in a couple months! Please!!!!

May 05, 2011
Margaret
by: Nonni

Hey Margaret,

The hardest thing I do is standing up from a sitting position. It is a challenge, when I sit for any amount of time,,,10 min or 30 min., my legs get stiff and it takes about 4 steps to get moving. I am trying to use a cane, but am thinking about going back to my walker until I get better. What to you think? Do you use a cane? Also, I am thinking of going to get a therapeutic massage and see if it helps. Hope you are doing better


May 05, 2011
Attn Nonni
by: Margaret

To answer you re the knee: yes i can, but let me say that i did not have any knee problems of any kind before this and felt quite pleased that at my age I could draw both knees up close to my body. Now though, with the surgery insision entry through the knee cap area, the nerves have been affected leaving the area 'sore' feeling rather like sunburn when anything rubs against it and the knee joint is latger than the other. Because i can draw the 'good ' knee up the physio is trying to match that angle. I did get advice to use an exercyle to just get the knee moving. I managed to get one, cheap, i did not need all the bells and whistles but something I could just sit on and pedal. This has helped becase there is no weight on it and I could eventually increase the tension, I guess! It s not painful more stiff on waking until I give it a short while pedalling. The physio gave me soemthing called Metron Rub which I can massage into the knee and ankle myself. He insists that important to keep the blood moving in the leg.. so I hope this helps. Keep in touch.

May 05, 2011
Broken
by: Nonni

Margaret,

Thanks for responding. Can you bend your knee ?

May 05, 2011
Broken
by: Nonni

Margaret,

Thanks for responding. Can you bend your knee ?

May 05, 2011
hello Nonni
by: Margaret

My first posting on this page was early April and i read following threads with interest. I too, like you broke my wrist and had to have a walker with arm rests as I could not use crutches. I was this way for 7 weeks and then on crutches but I found it really hard as the wrist would not hold the crutch as it should. I am 4 months since I broke tib and fib and the wrist and has pin and screws in the leg and only had a plaster on the arm. I can walk with a stick but also have a limp and hobble around in the house. The fracture is healed but it is the loss to the muscles over the time, causes the delay. I have physio each week and some is quite tiring and am going to try acupuncture as it is less vigourous. I too have questions, like you.. how long and am told it will take time. Pain, well, mostly at the end of the day and the foot is swollen. I elevate at night and when I sit down, I think we help each other by comapring our problems

May 05, 2011
Broken tibia and wrist
by: Nonni

I fell on 12-28-10, shattered my left tibia ( metal plate and 12 screws) and my wrist ((h it metal plate and 10 screws) I was in hospital for 3 weeks. I was non weight bearing for 3 months. I now can walk with aid of a cane, but I limp badly and have constant pain in my left leg. My right leg is also pretty worn out from "hopping" around with my walker during 3 months of non weight bearing. I could not use crutches due to my left shattered wrist, I have been doing physical therapy, but can only bend my knee about 90 degrees and my leg aches constantly. Can anyone tell me how long it takes to stop limping.? How long will it take for my knee to bend? I feel terrible for all of you who are suffering ....my empathy goes out to you.

May 03, 2011
Life
by: Anonymous

I was in a terrible car accident. Sounds very close to what you have, treatment and all. They did not think I would make it. I am here to tap ell the story. Stairs and ankle not so good. Can't kneel, had 2 knee replacements. I will never do much again, but I walk my greyhound 5 times a day and can have sort of a normal life. I am 60 years old. If I can do that, you will too. At your age people actually heal. Good luck.

May 03, 2011
Life
by: Anonymous

I was in a terrible car accident. Sounds very close to what you have, treatment and all. They did not think I would make it. I am here to tap ell the story. Stairs and ankle not so good. Can't kneel, had 2 knee replacements. I will never do much again, but I walk my greyhound 5 times a day and can have sort of a normal life. I am 60 years old. If I can do that, you will too. At your age people actually heal. Good luck.

Apr 28, 2011
I'm with you all
by: GAGlad

I sit reading many of the posts here and finally know that I am not alone. I suffered a spiral tib fib fracture at the end of January. I'm 3 months post accident/surgery (ORIF) and was just cleared for weight bearing two days ago. I went to PT for first time today and am optimistic that I will be "normal again" in time. I was very surprised at how well PT went. I'm confident that the simple exercises that I learned today will greatly improve my mobility. I can hobble around on one crutch now but I expect to come off of them in the next week or so. I definitely think that PT is crucial to recovery. My orthopedic doctor basically told me that if I didn't work to regain the flexibility in my ankle now, I may not ever regain it. That is why I plan to work through whatever I have to in order to progress. For those who do not have insurance or have no PT available in your area, search the web. Many orthopedic/rehab clinics have exercises plans on their websites. The exercises are simply and require little to no equipment. You can do most of them with a towel or belt.

Apr 28, 2011
I'm with you all
by: GAGlad

I sit reading many of the posts here and finally know that I am not alone. I suffered a spiral tib fib fracture at the end of January. I'm 3 months post accident/surgery (ORIF) and was just cleared for weight bearing two days ago. I went to PT for first time today and am optimistic that I will be "normal again" in time. I was very surprised at how well PT went. I'm confident that the simple exercises that I learned today will greatly improve my mobility. I can hobble around on one crutch now but I expect to come off of them in the next week or so. I definitely think that PT is crucial to recovery. My orthopedic doctor basically told me that if I didn't work to regain the flexibility in my ankle now, I may not ever regain it. That is why I plan to work through whatever I have to in order to progress. For those who do not have insurance or have no PT available in your area, search the web. Many orthopedic/rehab clinics have exercises plans on their websites. The exercises are simply and require little to no equipment. You can do most of them with a towel or belt.

Apr 26, 2011
I wrote powering thru on 2/20/11
by:

Hi there. I wrote a previous entry on 2/20/11 about my accident on 12/15/10. Since then I had another surgery 4/22/11 where my Dr took bone from my pelvis and placed it in my tibia after 4 months of it not healing. Dr says I will not have additional time to my inital recovery, but I have to say this surgery has been more painful in my pevis. Currently leg is in a cast for about 1 month and then later maybe a CAM half leg boot.

Has anyone had a similar secondary surgery? I am now starting to take calcuim and vitimin D3 supplements and looking into a protein shake to stimilate bone growth so this doesn't happen in another 4 months. I was in Physical therapy 2-3 times a week and walking with slight limp, with approx. 75-85% range of motion on both knee and ankle prior to second surgery. Any advice anyone has please pass it on, I am hoping this done graft/harvest works.

Apr 25, 2011
The Tib and Fib again!
by: Margaret

Marco and eveyone, since posting my first plea on 4th April and now feel there is progress, but seems slow. however onlookers and friends think I am doing well. My ankle is still holding me back from walking properly as there is restriction which becomes very 'tight' and swollen towards the end of the day. Doing physio daily myself and bi -weekly to the therapist. Pain free? Well not free of discomfort especailly in bed. Now 4 months since the fracture Xmas Day 2010 and I can 'limp' around the house wihtout crutch but for safety use either stick or one crutch and when in the supermarket the shopping trolley. The memories of the feeling of frustration still vivid, but thankfully now less as the mobility increases. I am told by my specialist that i am on track especailly at 76 - and he want to see me in 6 weeks and walk into his rooms "NORMALLY" well - I too am hoping!. It is great to read others experiences for comparisions.

Apr 25, 2011
pt ideas
by: marko

its kind of hard to explain, but basically do a number of leg lift exercises-- lay on back and left affected leg 3 sets or 10. lay on side and lift like a scissor. lay on belly and lift leg backwards. Be creative to find ways to exercise and push the bad leg. Once you get good, add a 2.5 pound weight and when you have good resistance go to a 5lb and later a 7.5 pound weight. Mine attach with velcro. Anything you can imagine to put a load on the leg or affected area will help. thats the best i can explain. I am of limited means and the PT was $40 UD per visit and that added up fast, but i learned and the MD confirmed, the exercises you do at home are of far more value than a PT visit. I'd suggest going to PT one or two times if only for a list of the suggested exercises. Hng in there

marko in reno

Apr 25, 2011
Marko
by: Dhebbie

Thank u for your comforting words the other day.I was wandering if u could tell me what u did for pt, as I have no health insurance and can not afford pt. I do how ever have a gym membership, Im just not sure what machines to use or what type of strengthening moves to do. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
It was so nice hearing from someone who has been through this and understands what I am going through.

Apr 21, 2011
Hang In There Be Positive
by: Marko

DHebbie

Hang in there, it is a difficult time. i was non weight bearing for 3 months and thru agonizing physical therapy rebuilt muscle strength. It is amazing how fast me leg atrophied-- just a couple weeks and my left lag was a skinny mushy bag of meat. Where did the muscles go? I was very physically active and this was quite a shock. I went to PT 3x/week and did all the suggested exercises many times per day at home and slowly rebuilt strength. At 3.5 months i was able to ditch the crutches and limp about. Descending stairs or a work ladder were a challenge. I force the affected leg to work hard, lifting and lowering. I am now 5.5 months post-op and consider myself 90% normal. Oddly, the rebuilt leg feels stronger and less painful than the unaffected leg.

The first couple months i went thru a lot of soul searching and self-doubt for a pain free future. It was depressing worried I would never enjoy sports, ride a bike or take a hike. Could not even make love, thanks to severe pain and the flaccid effects of the pain medicines. My family encouraged me to remain positive and strong and I offer that to you here. You WILL GET BETTER it just takes time, dedication to PT and positive attitude. Don;t let the injury win. I felt very helpless and totally dependent on wife and others and that bothered me, since i'm very independent minded. Felt bad using a disabled parking card in the car when i was later able to drive.

All that will pass and every day it gets better so that sitting here now i have not had a stab of pain in over a month. I can scramble up and down a work ladder with ease and walk without a limp. Hang in there, follow the PT program 100% and soon you will be in my position.

Cheers and best of luck!

Apr 21, 2011
What kind of Physio
by: Greek Physio

Dear Nirmal, you DO need to by under physio treatment, and I think it should be in everyday schedule. A physio must mobilize your knee,ankle and strengthen all the muscle groups that are involved and weak. He/she must also have a plan of recovering of any stifness is present. My opinion is for him/her to use ice while helping you to exercises, and a good help will be given, if kinesiotaping is used ,for improving blood and lymphatic circulation. You must have passion, co-operation with your physiotherapist and surgeon.

Apr 21, 2011
I feel your pain
by: DHebbie

I feel all of your pain , I also broke my tib fib in 4 places 6months ago after falling through my attic 8 feet to a cement floor,I have an im rod with 4 screws in my tibia and a plate with 7 screws in my ankle. I still have a lot of pain and stiffness in my ankle and it is very hard for me to do my daily activities around my house, I have to take alot of breaks and after a couple hour of standing, I am done for the day I have been very depressed since the accident and wondering will my leg and ankle ever be normal and without pain again. Is any one else having these problems?

Apr 21, 2011
I feel your pain
by: DHebbie

I feel all of your pain , I also broke my tib fib in 4 places 6months ago after falling through my attic 8 feet to a cement floor,I have an im rod with 4 screws in my tibia and a plate with 7 screws in my ankle. I still have a lot of pain and stiffness in my ankle and it is very hard for me to do my daily activities around my house, I have to take alot of breaks and after a couple hour of standing, I am done for the day I have been very depressed since the accident and wondering will my leg and ankle ever be normal and without pain again. Is any one else having these problems?

Apr 21, 2011
I feel your pain
by: DHebbie

I feel all of your pain , I also broke my tib fib in 4 places 6months ago after falling through my attic 8 feet to a cement floor,I have an im rod with 4 screws in my tibia and a plate with 7 screws in my ankle. I still have a lot of pain and stiffness in my ankle and it is very hard for me to do my daily activities around my house, I have to take alot of breaks and after a couple hour of standing, I am done for the day I have been very depressed since the accident and wondering will my leg and ankle ever be normal and without pain again. Is any one else having these problems?

Apr 18, 2011
Physio Yes or No
by: Greek Physio

I thought only here in Greece are some doctors that don't recommend physio after tibia fracture,but Isee this kind of "fruit" exists even elsewhere in our planet. OF COURSE you need post-op physiotherapy all of you because you have to get back in your every-day life as soon as possible, with the less cost of health problems. THere are special exercises to be done for all muscle groups that are involved in order none of you become , maybe, a handicapped one. DO INSIST FOR PHYSIO PRESCRIPTION FROM YOUR SURGEON.

Apr 18, 2011
Physio Yes or No
by: Greek Physio

I thought only here in Greece are some doctors that don't recommend physio after tibia fracture,but Isee this kind of "fruit" exists even elsewhere in our planet. OF COURSE you need post-op physiotherapy all of you because you have to get back in your every-day life as soon as possible, with the less cost of health problems. THere are special exercises to be done for all muscle groups that are involved in order none of you become , maybe, a handicapped one. DO INSIST FOR PHYSIO PRESCRIPTION FROM YOUR SURGEON.

Apr 18, 2011
Physio Yes or No
by: Greek Physio

I thought only here in Greece are some doctors that don't recommend physio after tibia fracture,but Isee this kind of "fruit" exists even elsewhere in our planet. OF COURSE you need post-op physiotherapy all of you because you have to get back in your every-day life as soon as possible, with the less cost of health problems. THere are special exercises to be done for all muscle groups that are involved in order none of you become , maybe, a handicapped one. DO INSIST FOR PHYSIO PRESCRIPTION FROM YOUR SURGEON.

Apr 09, 2011
I know the Feeling i had turn into a turtle walk very slow and painful.
by: Yb-lem Oskowitz

I 6ell on Ice last February and severely fracture both sides of my ankles in my right leg. Is been a little over two months since the surgery I can still feel the pain going up to my knee and lower back plus my back very weak and painful I had epiturial anesthessia and I try to walk with much pain and effort with a walker very slowly with my walker to walk half a block will take me probably hours so I use my wheel chair to go anywhere but with the help of some one to push it. I am looking foward to physical therapy. At times I fall down.

Apr 07, 2011
Frustrated after surgery!
by: Janira VIdes

Hello everyone,

I fell from a 3foot platform March 28 at work, 2 days latter I had ORIF surgery, and left the hospital one day after, I am at home now and I am super frustrated to the fact that I can not do anything with out the help of my family,my foot does not hurt as much anymore, though I still have days that it gets inflamed and since I've been at home my foot is been very red, do not if this is normal, I have read some of the experiences from which you guys have gone thru and now I feel even more nervous I might not recuperate as soon or as well as I was hoping for, I am single mom and own 2 small dogs that depend of me, and my work is very physically demanding and need to be standing and walking, if I can not recuperate entirely I might lose my job, and now I can only hope my recuperation is positive, I wish everyone that have suffer this type of surgery and experience the best of luck and hope for everyone to improve as time passes ;)

Apr 04, 2011
Tib and Fib fracture
by: Margaret

Firstly, I must add my bit here having read the message from Joan. I too had the same experience as she did! Christmas Day two dogs bowled me over resulting in a tib a fib fracture 3/4 way down, also having a colies fracture due to landing awkwardly. I had a 4 day wait for surgery due to the Christmas break. Surgery was entry through the knee and pin and 6 screws. Being active and a walker the extreme frustration is the hardest part. It is now 13 weeks and I have had physiotherapy weekly. I had 10 weeks no weight bearing and have now partial weight and working towards full weight, with difficulty. I use crutches, which is also tiring and when around home try to use a stick. Walking rhythmic pace is not perfect and slow. I too wonder how long will it be before things will return to some normality. Varied information seems to be "Its a long process". Even though doing the best that I can I am inclined to agree and at 75 plus I am working hard at it will befine by Christmas next.

Apr 03, 2011
Fibula & Tibula Fracture
by: Anne

Hello All ...

I thought I’d jump in and share in my recent injury in hopes for some insight and suggestions. Last month, in mid-March, I sustained both a fibula and a tibia fracture due to my deck stairs having collapsed 5 feet with me on them. My husband was working out of town and it was my neighbour and a newspaper carrier that heard my cries for help. After 30 minutes, I was taken to the hospital via ambulance and it was two days after the fall that I underwent ORIF surgery. During the surgery, the doctor had placed an intramedullary rod in the tibia and pin in the fibula to reattach the two bones. I remained very well medicated for pain and spent a total of 5 days in the hospital before being discharged. I am set to see my Orthopaedic Surgeon tomorrow for the first follow up and the removal of the stitches.

Thus far, I’ve been advised that it is a non-weight bearing injury and I am to keep my leg elevated and off of it for a minimum of 12 – 16 weeks. I currently have a plaster half-cast and tensor bandage and will be fitted for an air cast. I’m on a leave from work as I cannot get around easily and am completely dependent on the assistance of my family and friends. It’s only been 3 weeks and I’m already going crazy and finding myself depressed. Prior to this accident (which involved taking out recycling and having the stairs collapse), I was a fairly active woman.

I’m 38yrs of age and have a houseful of animals that depend on me. Now, I need the assistance of others to care for me and for my animals too. It doesn’t help matters that I live in a 2 storey home that had to be modified to fit my needs. A single bed has been set up in my dining room, a commode for my bathroom and a walker to assist me in hopping all of 5 feet. To get down the stairs to my appointments involves me sliding on my bum while someone supports my leg with a pillow. I’m also using a wheelchair when out in public that has been fitted to keep my leg up and extended.

I’m truly hopeful that one day, I will be able to regain full strength and return to my active life. I’m missing the use of my treadmill ... walking ... house-cleaning ... cooking ... shopping ... in a nutshell – independent freedom! I’ve never felt so useless and helpless until this injury. In reading your stories, comments and well wishes – it is refreshing and welcoming to see a forum in which we can all share in our difficulties and gain hope and strength from within each other.

So many thanks in advance for listening to my rant and for sharing in your stories. I truly hope God blesses each of us with a full and speedy recovery.

Take Good Care!

Mar 21, 2011
tibia plateau fracture rehab success
by: Brent from Utah

I'm very nervous after reading the posts since my serious splintering tibia plateau accident occurred just exactly a month ago. My rehab began with three weeks non-weight bearing. During this time I spent several hours a day with my leg suspended above my heart and the leg generously iced. Last week, my orthopedist gave me a knee brace and okay'd PT. At that point, I started to use crutches to prepare the broken leg for bearing weight. But I've found a cane works better because you can really push down through it to give the weak leg a lift. Yoga is also helpful. Try mountain pose and staff pose. As you perform these postures, really extend through the four corners of the feet--first, the balls of the foot near the big toe extend forward; then the pinky toe extends actively outward and upward in opposte direction; then, come to the inner back heel and hug it back and down; finally, draw the outer heels away and backward as well. The feeling should be an even spreading across the entire sole of the foot. If each foot corner's muscular balance has been organized in the posture equally, the foot should end up with the soles point directly forward, with the toes all activle spreading apart. The benefit of these actions is, if done correctly, the rest of the muscles in the leg should fall into an optimum alignment, working from the ground to the core. One other place to check alignment would be to test how strongly the tops of the quadriceps are hugging down toward the femurs, as they draw the leg down toward the hamstrings and anchor down the buttocks. Strong anchoring at the feet as well as the thighs will provide what Yoga calls "dynamic extension." I walk a great deal with a cane now and I hope that you all find success in dealing with this wretched injury. If God wanted people to have legs he wouldn't have invented motorcycles!

Mar 17, 2011
Hi Nirmal
by: Annabelle

I broke my ankle (low fibula fracture) and 6 months on, have the same symptoms as you, also it is so very depressing isn't it! Recently my Chiropractor suggested I had several sessions of 'The Graston Technique' which breaks down scar tissue.....This has really helped with ROM and pain, and I feel real progress is being made, and hopefully I can start playing golf again soon........Google this, give it a try..... and all the best with your recovery.

Mar 17, 2011
Hi Nirmal
by: Annabelle

I broke my ankle (low fibula fracture) and 6 months on, have the same symptoms as you, also it is so very depressing isn't it! Recently my Chiropractor suggested I had several sessions of 'The Graston Technique' which breaks down scar tissue.....This has really helped with ROM and pain, and I feel real progress is being made, and hopefully I can start playing golf again soon........Google this, give it a try..... and all the best with your recovery.

Mar 12, 2011
Tibia Plateau Fractures to both legs in December
by: Sleepyteacher

I broke both of my legs back on December 13. The fracture in my right leg is worse and it now looks like I have a chain link fence in it. I have men non-weight bearing since then. I had jumped from the second step of a ladder and I crushed both tibias. After spending 2 1/2 weeks in the hospital, I went to rehab for three weeks. I am now home and going quite stir crazy. I am a teacher and don't know when I will be cleared to go back to work. I see my OS on Friday and he said we can look at beginning to put weight on my legs. He said that it will probably be December before I am back to a somewhat normal gait. I hope I prove him wrong. I do plan on using my Bernese Mountain Dog for mobility support. They are actually bred for pulling heavy loads and working. Maybe you could do the same??

Mar 07, 2011
Tibia plateau fracture
by: Joan

Christmas day my 2 large dogs ran into my leg and fractured the tibia plateau. The doctor said it was the worst break he had ever seen. Waited a week for the swelling to go down before I had surgery.I ended up with 2 plates and 20 screws. The bone was so splintered they ended up doing a graft with cadaver bone. I started physical therapy immediately to increase my range of motion. I am now up to about a 90 degree flex.It has been 10 weeks & I am still non weight bearing. My physical therapist said once I start weight bearing exercises it will be several months before I can put full weight on my leg.Has anyone else had a situation similar to this, where recovery has taken so long? Any exercise suggestions to speed recovery? I am losing my mind being housebound & dependent on others for my every need.

Mar 05, 2011
broken tibia and fibula- just my opinion
by: Anonymous

snow injury at work.
titanium rod installed from the knee cap area to the ankle area . 2 screws in top 2 screws in bottom.
very painful. 1 1/2 days later then to skilled care.
woke up in skilled care and could not lift my leg while horizontal. concentrated hard and got it up about 2 inches . dont give up. eventually getting to the walker even at 3 am .I would get up and instant 10 out of 10 pain .but still managed to manuver to the nurses station and ask for pain pills then back to bed waiting for them .This is how I progressed. I was immediately allowed 1/2 weight of full weight on foot. could not do it still can,t. PT at home .just try to move any little amount to your comfort pain level ,it should get better as days pass. mimic anything the good leg can do,to a comfort pain level. just dont give up .from feb 2/11 to 3/5/11 walking with walker,foot trama ,hurts ,swelled ,little motion but gets better daily.dont give up, do your PT. My foot motion gets better with PT. Still pain level 1-6. keep elevated a lot.. PT and elivation .I may get crutches now. satisfied for now on my progression.Think positive.
God bless / good luck / hope this helps. This is just my opinion ,I,m no DR.



Mar 02, 2011
tibial plateau fracture and ORIF
by: Nan

I fell and had a tibial plateau fracture, and had an ORIF 5 days later, and the meniscus was also repaired. It has been 6 months since I broke my leg, I can go up stairs like a grown-up (!), coming down, I have to think about it. Still use railing while on steps. Ankle feels stiff, numbness in top of foot now gone, some numbness on lateral, lower leg, but MD said it could take up to year to completely go away. Those of you with steps, remember to use the un-injured foot first going up, and the injured foot first coming down. I can walk fairly well, but because I live in Michigan, am being extra cautious about bein out if their is a snowflake out there! My biggest concern is pain just below my knee, running laterally below kneee, and am wondering if what I am feeling is hardware discomfort. I don't take any pain meds. My surgeon is in Florida. He said hardware should stay, but if there are problems, it could come out. What has been your experience with hardware discomfort, and/or having it removed? I have a plate and 6 screws.

Mar 02, 2011
tibial plateau fracture and ORIF
by: Nan

I fell and had a tibial plateau fracture, and had an ORIF 5 days later, and the meniscus was also repaired. It has been 6 months since I broke my leg, I can go up stairs like a grown-up (!), coming down, I have to think about it. Still use railing while on steps. Ankle feels stiff, numbness in top of foot now gone, some numbness on lateral, lower leg, but MD said it could take up to year to completely go away. Those of you with steps, remember to use the un-injured foot first going up, and the injured foot first coming down. I can walk fairly well, but because I live in Michigan, am being extra cautious about bein out if their is a snowflake out there! My biggest concern is pain just below my knee, running laterally below kneee, and am wondering if what I am feeling is hardware discomfort. I don't take any pain meds. My surgeon is in Florida. He said hardware should stay, but if there are problems, it could come out. What has been your experience with hardware discomfort, and/or having it removed? I have a plate and 6 screws.

Mar 01, 2011
Still no big toe
by: CORoadie

I am now 10 weeks post op and still have no feeling in the top of my foot nor can I raise my big toe. Biggest problem is if I walk around barefoot I keep 'snagging it' because it sort of droops down. In shoes or even in socks it is not nearly as much of a problem. Doc says to give it another 5 weeks and then if I don't have the ability to contract that tendon and/or get feeling back they are going to do some sort of nerve test to see if the nerve was damaged (cut) during surgery. He swears that it couldn't have happened because of how he did the surgery but it has been dead since right after surgery. I can curl the toe, just not lift it.

Anyone ever have anying like this from ORIF surgery on the fib? My break was pretty high up, about 4 inches below the knee (about the height where an SUV bumper would make contact if you were riding your bike). Got a plate, 5 screws and a pin put in to stabilize the fib after several months of walking around waiting for it to heal (per docs orders).

Mar 01, 2011
Broken Talus
by: Anonymous

Xrays of my foot showed that bones were almost translucent, meaning the density was decreased due to lack of use. My doctor said walk on it, which did increase the density and risk of stress fracture decreased. Good luck

Feb 28, 2011
Broken Talus - 10-months later.......
by: Anonymous

10-mos. ago I broke my talus bone. I'm just now able to walk (with poor gait) without assists. My ankle is locked and my PT'ist can not figure out why it won't loosen. I've been in PT for 3-months. She has gotten the joints in my foot to loosen with exception to my ankle joint. Its a puzzle..... I also have temp. changes (being colder) in the leg and foot of the bad foot. And I have bone loss in my bad foot, that appears to be deteriating. I have no pain, but do have soreness. Some doctors say "RSD" other medical professionals say NO.. "pain is the hallmark of RSD".. I'm off to two more docs... we will see what they say......uggg.. Can anyone relate?? I just want to find out what is wrong and get it fixed!! Frustrated....to say the least......

Feb 26, 2011
FX Femur and Distal Tib/Fib
by: Kermit

Hi
I (61 year old male) was involved in a accident in Nov 2010. Fractured femur in 4 places, surgery with rod and screws, the next day my ankle hurt, so they got better x-rays and I also had a distal tib/fib fracture which was repaired two days after the first surgery with internal fixation, plate and screws.
Well, that was 9 months ago. I am on a bone stimulator for the femur which after the last appt the doctor said the femur is making progress. I am walking without much discomfort in my thigh. Its my ankle stiffness, lack of ROM, swelling, and general pain which has me concerned. I am swimming and can walk around but the ankle screams by the end of the day. I guess when they do the surgery, the nerve bundle for the ankle is severed and takes a long time to regenerate. Swelling in the toes and foot is gone, but around the ankle bones it remains swollen painful. I just can't seem to get any lasting results from stretching and the swimming. I swim with flippers to created more resistance, and run in the pool.
The doctor told me it would be about a year. At about 8 months my positive attitude went down the toilet. I believe the doctor, but just am having a hard time with the mental part of it. I was pretty active before this jogging, walking, yard work, golf and just plain putzing around. Now I have to get someone to cut my lawn, thankfully I can drive.
Can anyone relate?

Feb 26, 2011
fractures on tibia and fibula
by: mumtaj

hi every one! im 43 yrs old female. iam a polio patient. but i can walk without any aid. i hv two kids. i can do all of my house work without any1's help. on Dec 2010 just i slipped down in my room. not severe falling. i got fractures ( fibula and tibia) on my left leg ( attacked by polio). i went to the hospital and the doctors asked me whether i liked to get surgery or plaster. i prefered plaster. because my leg is very thin and afraid that after my surgery whether i can walk well or not. ( i walk with limping) nw already 10 weeks. my bones r healing. first they put plaster abv my knee. after 6 weeks they put again untill my knee. nw im using frame. i really worrying, because after open the plaster n physiotherapy i would like to walk without aid. but here, many ppl sharing their experience like their normal life was affected by those kind of fractures. if any 1 hv the same experience, can u pls share with me??

Feb 23, 2011
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture
by: Shelly

Well its almost 5 months since my accident .... Still having issues with ROM....51 degrees now .... Thanks Marko .... I am hanging in there !! I am walking with a cane now ....indoors, outdoors I still walk with crutches due to the fact there is soooo much snow and ice.
I need my patella tendon to just relax already and let my knee bend =) One day at a time!!

Feb 20, 2011
comminuted fracture recovery time
by: jbarlowe

Got hit by speeding vehicle 2/12. Tibia/fibula both just shattered, and I suffered some nerve damage as well. Toes are numb. Also suffered fractures on the ribs, pretty bad concussion, and lots of other cuts and bruises. Bruised the hippocampus and keep forgetting what doctor tells me-- I have him write things down now because I know I'll just forget. Keep throwing up-- which is worst feeling EVER with fractured ribs. Nurse gave me something for it but and it helps but hasn't stopped it. Absolutely miserable, losing hope. Tons of pain. Two surgeries on the leg so far, more in sight.

I keep asking the doctor how long I have to stay in the trauma center, and he says he can't give me an estimate right now. Luckily I have my laptop, which helps keep my mind occupied somewhat. Has anyone out there suffered comminuted fractures that might be able to tell me how long recovery is and when I might be able to get out of here? What's the road ahead of me look like? Worried about the head injury, too-- hopefully the memory will improve. I don't actually remember the accident, but I remember before it pretty well. Any help understanding what I'm up against would be appreciated.

Feb 20, 2011
comminuted fracture recovery time
by: jbarlowe

Got hit by speeding vehicle 2/12. Tibia/fibula both just shattered, and I suffered some nerve damage as well. Toes are numb. Also suffered fractures on the ribs, pretty bad concussion, and lots of other cuts and bruises. Bruised the hippocampus and keep forgetting what doctor tells me-- I have him write things down now because I know I'll just forget. Keep throwing up-- which is worst feeling EVER with fractured ribs. Nurse gave me something for it but and it helps but hasn't stopped it. Absolutely miserable, losing hope. Tons of pain. Two surgeries on the leg so far, more in sight.

I keep asking the doctor how long I have to stay in the trauma center, and he says he can't give me an estimate right now. Luckily I have my laptop, which helps keep my mind occupied somewhat. Has anyone out there suffered comminuted fractures that might be able to tell me how long recovery is and when I might be able to get out of here? What's the road ahead of me look like? Worried about the head injury, too-- hopefully the memory will improve. I don't actually remember the accident, but I remember before it pretty well. Any help understanding what I'm up against would be appreciated.

Feb 20, 2011
Real Rehab started
by: Road Biker

Had surgery 12/21 to have a pin, 5 screws and a plate installed in my left leg to fix a fibula that had refused to heal 6 months after being hit by a car cycling (other injuries included but were not limited to: multiple broken ribs, massive hematomas on both thighs, two messed up shoulders and a knee that still may require surgery but as long as I can deal with the pain it will wait at least until fall for that surgery.

Anyway, after 6 weeks no weight bearing in a boot, 2 more weeks weight bearing the the boot finally had the boot removed this week and was okayed to start rehabbing. Weight lifting, walking, stationary cycling to begin with. Will be working out a more definitive schedule with my PT this coming week.


Feb 20, 2011
Powering through ...
by: Anonymous

On 12/15/10 I was putting my 9 month old child in her carseat when I was hit by a car. I had multiple fractures to my left foot, left tibia and fibula. On 12/17/10 I had surgery to repair the damage, 2 pins under knee, 4 pins and long plate in ankle. I was in hospital for 6 days and put in a walking full leg brace. About 2 weeks later over 20 staples and countless stitches were removed from 6 different incision sites.

I was doing PT in the hospital, given daily exercises and 2 weeks ago I started out patient PT including pool therapy. My doctor told me on 2/1/11 that I could slowly start WB on my leg and increase it by 20 lbs a week as long as I could tolerate the pain and my swelling would go down over night.

I have a lot of pain but do not take much pills for the pain. I walk with a limp to avoid more pain, but can walk more normal if I want to feel all the pain. I use the walker or crutches. I no longer put the leg brace on as dr said to ween myself off of it as I increased the WB.

Dr decided to not give me skin graphs so I have no feeling behind my knee, and limited feeling in my leg. Dr was upset that more feeling has not returned, but doesn't appear too concerned and is unsure if I will get my feeling back. I hope my feeling comes back eventually.

I have a physical job that requires that I run, squat and kneel. I was told 12-18 months to recover. I am able to bend knee, and am getting more ROM back in ankle with each day.. although I have a long way to go I am determined.

After reading all of the entries here, I am not alone in feeling frustrated with my new (hopefully temporary) limitations. I wish all of you a speedy recovery and the strength to keep pushing through. I really think the early PT in hospital and daily stretching/exercises has helped but won't know for sure.

Feb 19, 2011
Tib / fib broken on black ice
by: Anonymous

I fell in my driveway 1/19/10 and fractured my tibia and fibula. The Dr. said the fibula was in a bunch of small pieces and the tibia had a major fracture above the ankle (not compound). I had surgery (titanium rod from knee to ankle, plate with 30 screws) and spent the next many months non-weight bearing. My tibia was very slow to heal and for some time I was getting concerned about a possible non union. I was given the ok to bear weight on 6/2/10 and started physical therapy mid July. Therapy helped with flexibility but I do not yet have full strength in the ankle, just over a year later. I have constant swelling/edema in my lower leg/ankle, frequent pain, and a slight limp. I can go up stairs one over the other, but descend them one at a time. I am also much slower at walking and have been told I won't run again. I wish I could get the swelling down and get rid of the pain, but am starting to get a bit pessimistic after a year. The good news is that the Dr. saved my leg (there was originally a concern that it may not be reparable).

Feb 19, 2011
Tib / fib broken on black ice
by: Anonymous

I fell in my driveway 1/19/10 and fractured my tibia and fibula. The Dr. said the fibula was in a bunch of small pieces and the tibia had a major fracture above the ankle (not compound). I had surgery (titanium rod from knee to ankle, plate with 30 screws) and spent the next many months non-weight bearing. My tibia was very slow to heal and for some time I was getting concerned about a possible non union. I was given the ok to bear weight on 6/2/10 and started physical therapy mid July. Therapy helped with flexibility but I do not yet have full strength in the ankle, just over a year later. I have constant swelling/edema in my lower leg/ankle, frequent pain, and a slight limp. I can go up stairs one over the other, but descend them one at a time. I am also much slower at walking and have been told I won't run again. I wish I could get the swelling down and get rid of the pain, but am starting to get a bit pessimistic after a year. The good news is that the Dr. saved my leg (there was originally a concern that it may not be reparable).

Feb 17, 2011
Lom
by: Dream to walk

I broke my left tibia in multiple places which included my ankle joint after a fall from a ladder on 10/25/10. Had orif surgery two weeks later due to swelling. Soft cast for two weeks, fiberglass cast for 4weeks, and air cast for four weeks. Still have swelling and numbness of the foot but both are getting better. My surgeon says this is very normal. Have been in physical therapy for 5 weeks with little progress. I can bear weight and walk without pain but have a significant gait issue. My ankle feels locked and I also have new issues of pain popping up, shin. I don't have any issues with the knee as some have posted. Just hope to walk soon without looking like a hunchback:-)

Was told on day one that these fractures are very serious and recovery is a very long process. So far, they are correct!!

Feb 17, 2011
Long haul
by: Dream to walk

I broke my left tibia in multiple places which included my ankle joint after a fall from a ladder on 10/25/10. Had orif surgery two weeks later due to swelling. Soft cast for two weeks, fiberglass cast for 4weeks, and air cast for four weeks. Still have swelling and numbness of the foot but both are getting better. My surgeon says this is very normal. Have been in physical therapy for 5 weeks with little progress. I can bear weight and walk without pain but have a significant gait issue. My ankle feels locked and I also have new issues of pain popping up, shin. I don't have any issues with the knee as some have posted. Just hope to walk soon without looking like a hunchback:-)

Was told on day one that these fractures are very serious and recovery is a very long process. So far, they are correct!!

Feb 16, 2011
Rehab After Healed Tibia
by: Phil

Hello, I got injured during skiing on 09/01/11.
Result was that the top of my right tibia was crushed. Docters took a bone from my right hip and used it to replace the "evaporated" bone.
I have been lying in bed now for almost 6 weeks with this injured tibia + a double right shoulder fracture.
Used to go 3 times a week to the fitness and swimm whenever I found time for it (ex waterpolo player) and now I also feel my muscles start to atrophy.
Next week I'll start with rehabilitation excercices but after reading all the comments ... I fear it will be a long and painfull road to recovery, if at all !
Surgeons in Austria told me that I would be limping for the rest of my life + that I would need a new knee in 10 years time.
Doctors here in Belgium more or less confirmed this.
But hey, I have always been an optimist. Perhaps I cannot run that fast anymore, will not be able to play volleyball with my ex-scout mates ... well than perhaps I can become a faster swimmer.
Even if I need to drag myself to the swimmingpool, or hump up there with a cane ... so be it !
Everything can only get better, right ?

Feb 14, 2011
Right Tibial Plateau ORIF
by: Hilda NYC

I'm a 33 year old woman and had an automobile accident where I broke my right tibia and right arm on June 2010. I had surgery 2 weeks later because my leg was too swollen to have had surgery any sooner. I stayed at the hospital 4 days then transfered to a rehabilitation center where i stayed for 1 1/2 months. My leg was non weight bearing for 3 months and in September 2010 I was able to begin using my leg. I was so happy to get rid of the wheelchair. I used crutches for 2 months after that then progressed to a can or 1 crutch. My knee is still not bending like it used to. I walk with a limp and my walking speed has diminished. I walk very slow, I cannot go up and down the stairs like I used to. I go up the stairs with my left leg going first. Now my left knee is in pain because its bearing all the weight of my body. I have a preschooler and i cannot run with her anymore. I hope one day to run again, but from the stories i've read here, i dont think i will. Its so hard for me to accept my life as it is now. I used to be a fast paced new york city girl. Now i feel old and useless. I pray I will get better. The only positive thing out of it are the prescribed Percocets for the pain lol. Its been 8 months since the surgery, I still cant squat, cant bend my knee all the way and if i need to walk fast i have to use a crutch.

I hope this info helps someone. I wish i knew what to expect when this first happened to me.

Hilda from NYC

Feb 14, 2011
Non surgery for tibia fracture
by: Anonymous

I have a sprial fracture of my left tibia from snowboarding. It has been 4 weeks now and because the alignment was acceptable, i did not have surgery. I will be in a long cast for 4 more weeks then a shorty. Has anyone else had a full recovery without surgery, I'm nervous that I should have had a rod.

thanks

Feb 14, 2011
Non surgery for tibia fracture
by: Anonymous

I have a sprial fracture of my left tibia from snowboarding. It has been 4 weeks now and because the alignment was acceptable, i did not have surgery. I will be in a long cast for 4 more weeks then a shorty. Has anyone else had a full recovery without surgery, I'm nervous that I should have had a rod.

thanks

Feb 13, 2011
What to do for swelling in legs&has anyone successfully had fractured fibula repaired
by: Susan

For swelling in your knee's,legs,ankles&feet THIS WORKS:
1.Of course stay off your legs and feet for long periods at a time.
2.This works when nothing else will for swelling. Put your leg(s),ankle(s) and feet above your heart for swelling to go down. To get your feet above your heart, you may need to lay on floor and put your feet up on sofa. Many blankets&or pillows piled high enough so when lay down feet are above heart.I even took a med. sized cooler&padded with a blanket to raise legs above heart.Learn to sleep on your back so you can have legs in air and possibly use a cervical spine pillow under neck.(Can purchase at fine linen stores or wallmart.$12 to $50.)
3.Do not sit with legs bent&feet touching floor for long periods of time. Prop up leg(s)when sit, a recliner when available is good. Also do not cross legs when sit, cuts circulation.
4.Do feet exercises like picking up marbles with toes, stretching and rolling balls of feet.
My husband Rick fell 28 feet&broke both fibula's & 1 ankle 5yrs ago. Rick was in the hospital for a week. We are not doctors but you could see clearly on the xrays like a comic strip, that the breaks looked like if you took a chicken leg bone and snapped in half, than held vertically above each other, so one bone went toward the left not touching and the other toward the right, not touching and the fractured areas were totally rough and splintered. We are not doctors as stated but common sense said these bones would never heal together,but no surgery was done. The Doctor claimed they would heal themselves,so no surgery. Rick followed to the letter everything he was suppose to do &also went to PT.
It is a pity, 5yrs latter, Rick use to run fast,work hard 20hr. days if needed & go, go go. Rick now works, ices his legs, rest, takes pain medication & works. His quality of life is terrible & he suffers daily with pain in his breaks, his knees & ankles and they swell, he gets a lot of cramps in his legs & now walks with 1 or 2 canes or crutches& his once strong legs are weak. Finally, recently he went to the doctor as the pain & swelling were so bad & we learned his fibula's never healed. 2 shots have given him some pain relief but something needs to be done. We were looking on the internet to see if there is anything new to quickly repair these old fractures. We have a auto body and custom restoration shop and Rick needs to work & manage our shop so recovery needs to be as fast as possible, but something needs to be done.

Feb 05, 2011
Recovery of knee function following fracture of the tibial plateau ...
by: Sanja

Hi all. On 26.01.2011 I had a ski accident while I was skiing off piste in France. I was operated on 29.01. 2011 fracture was enforced with 5 screws and one plate. French doctors did a good job, operation was successful. I was told that I would be able to ski again next year, however, would have to adopt to snow conditions. In addition they told me that it might be possible that n 10 years time I would get arthritis pain in my knee. By the way I am a very fit 35 year old woman. On my second day after operation I was doing physiotherapy with some machine that bends your knee for one hour. I was able to bend my knee that day by 60 degree. Had physiotherapy next day as well and could bend my knee by 70 degrees. The next day I was let back home to Ireland with a note to do as many physiotherapies as possible and not put any weigh on my leg for 3 months and not to drive a car for 4 months.

However, doctors in Ireland told me that they have different approach to this and told me not to have any physiotherapy until 2 or 3 months and just do light exercise at home without showing me any exercise that I have to do. They told me to come back in one week time to remove staples ( 14 of them) and do another x ray.

I am really confused what to expect now and will I do physiotherapy or not and what type of exercises are good to do. I don’t have pain now in my knee but I have a lot but swelling and pain in my foot. I m really surprised because of that as I asked doctors in both countries about that problem and they told me my foot is fine and that is normal. One more thing about differences between these two countries is that French doctors told me to inject my self with anti coagulant INNOHEP 4500U while Irish doctors told me not to do that.

I don’t know do I have to take pain killers or some tablets now even though I don’t not have pain in my knee except swelling in my foot.
What is recovery of knee function following fracture of the tibial plateau ...

Feb 04, 2011
it does suck then, it's not just me!
by: tib fib craig

Nov. 25 2010 i broke my tib/fib falling down some stairs. the break was about 4 inches up (reading here seems common) had surgery the next day got a plate and some screws put in. wore a cast till January 3 then took that off. thought i'd then get an air/walking cast but the dr told me it wouldn't need one but it really scared the crap outa me! feels ok now, taking two or three steps. start physio next week...hope i'm on the path to recovery because this is starting to get me down! still getting a few aches around my ankle and calf and lots of swelling!
this site has been great for letting me know what i'm going through is normal and very comforting knowing i'm not alone!

Jan 24, 2011
Pushing Through It
by:

I broke my fibula wrestling and I needed surgery so that my ankle could heal back in place. My surgeon told me too that it is common to have screws backing out. It's been 8 weeks since my surgery and I am now walking but am experiencing the same problems you are. The pain walking has became a lot better by just pushing it and fighting through it. My trainers have said that my calf will come back with use (I can not lift my self up with it). I don't know if you are really trying to fight through pain, but if you are taking it easy, going through the pain to stretch tendons and ligaments will get you running. But I don't know for sure, I'm not in the same situation.

Jan 24, 2011
Compound fracture tibia fibula with orif
by: Rob C

I suffered a mid shaft compound fracture of tibia and fibula in 1980 at 19 years of age on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. I had an 8" x 8" x 9foot long wooden beam blown into me at about 50 miles per hour where my toe hit my knee on my right leg. Now my R leg is shorter than my left leg, I am 49 now and still today cannot run, and I have diminished articular circulation in my right lower leg as a result of this as well as lower back problems and hips due to the limp. Anyone with this type of traumatic fracture with nerve damage and or numbness please have your circulation tested or it can seriously haunt you later. I had to have 2 stints put in in July 2009.

Jan 21, 2011
hang in there
by: marko

hi shelly


my plateau was busted in 8 little pieces in the hit and run-- i was a pedistrian--September 5. Got off crutches 100% on christmas day. weeee! I was having ROM issues, but constantly folding my leg back and hoding it for a minute or so, then repeat 5x really helped. i was near 140 degrees which about matches the unaffected leg. Then, with a few shots of whiskey to 'medicate' i started doing controlled squats, using two chairs as a support. I can now kneel down and the heel touches the behind, so i feel good about that. I like to work on cars as a hobby and kneeling down is necessary. It takes time, pain and dedication. Everyone at PT said how nasty plateau fractures are, and thats the truth. Best of luck and don;t despair, there are better days ahead. i'm bummed because i missed all the fall of 2010-- had to watch it thru the window from the bed we moved into the downstairs living room. At least i got a fireplace and netflix! haha...

Jan 21, 2011
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture
by: Shelly

It has been almost 4 months since this all happened..... I now can bend my knee 47 degrees.....its coming!! I am weight bearing but not full weight....cant seem to talk myself into that. I know it will never be a 100% again , but everyday is an improvment.
To all you out there that are dealing with this injury , Keep your chin up :o) It will get better its just a matter of time !!

Jan 18, 2011
Ice is the enemy
by: Erik

I am a 33-year-old, and on 12-17-2010, I slipped on a patch of ice on the street in fron to of my house in Montana, and despite not ever having broken a bone in my life, I knew that I had broken my leg as soon as I hit the ground. When I tried to move it, all I felt was a trmendous stabbing pain and bone grinding on bone. Going to the ER, x-rays revealed that I had a complete spiral fracture of the tibia (closed, thank God) about four inches above my ankle, as well as five minor fractures of my fibula. two hours later, I was in surgery. The orthopaedic surgeon realigned the two portions of my left tibia inserted a titanium rod the entire length of the bone, from the knee down, securing it in place with three titanium screws at the top and two at the bottom. He said that based on the structural support that would be offered by the rod inside the bone, a cast would not be necessary, but instead applied a compression wrap and a walking boot, instructing me not to bear any weight on that leg, using crutches instead.

At my first post-operative visit on 1-7-2011, the doctor took the staples out, and took a new set of x-rays (which were REALLY cool!!!), and said that it looked like the bone was healing quite well. He instructed me to remain on the crutches, and keep the compression and boot on.

It's been nearly five weeks since the surgery, and I am experiencing no pain whatsoever in the area of the fracture. My ankle and foot on the other hand are another matter. They remain swollen and very painful, even to the point where I have trouble sleeping at night. I can not find any reliable information on whether or not this is normal, and I am beginning to grow concerned.

I am doing some PT/ROM exercises at Home, and I am able to comfortable bear some weight on that leg, and progress is being made ... the pain is just a bit better each day, but I am still worried. Does anyone have any ideas?

Jan 16, 2011
wanted to run
by: Anonymous

I am two years out, 49 years old. Severe pilon fracture with multiple shatters, etc. plate and screws no weight bearing early on. I was told i cannot do any lifting anymore in my life or run...in fact i have tried to run; but it is impossible. i am crippled when it comes to running. i also have nerve damage from just below my knee so parts of my foot are atrophied.and arthritis set in immediately. It is a sad life changing event and i still am in denial. I was always extremely physically active and did labor for a living...i think accepting that i am different now is the hardest; because i just can't accept this...

Jan 16, 2011
wanted to run
by: Anonymous

I am two years out, 49 years old. Severe pilon fracture with multiple shatters, etc. plate and screws no weight bearing early on. I was told i cannot do any lifting anymore in my life or run...in fact i have tried to run; but it is impossible. i am crippled when it comes to running. i also have nerve damage from just below my knee so parts of my foot are atrophied.and arthritis set in immediately. It is a sad life changing event and i still am in denial. I was always extremely physically active and did labor for a living...i think accepting that i am different now is the hardest; because i just can't accept this...

Jan 14, 2011
Better, but not right yet
by: Annie

Hi,
I slipped on the stairs at home and broke tibia and fibula. I had surgery and a plate inserted. The surgery went well, and although it's a long, slow process, I seemed to be healing pretty well (I'm a 50 yr old woman, somewhat overweight but pretty fit). As a regular yoga practitioner, the first exercise I was able to do in the very early days - taking off the airboot - as lying meditation. I used the Prana Nidra meditation, available on CD by Swami Pragyamurthi, which I felt helped to move the energy all around the body and to make my leg, which seemed so alien, part of me again. I also started doing yoga from a chair to stretch upper body, which gets very cramped when you're in a wheelchair or using crutches. I built up gradually,and I'd recommend anyone with this injury finding a good, well qualified yoga teacher to help them to develop a practice that's safe and keeps as much of you possible flowing and stretched.

The physio I was offered by the hospital involved using the hospital gym,and it was nice to get back into doing something active, but I think I probably needed more hands on treatment. I also did the exercises at home like using the balance board and stretchy bands etc. After around 6 months, I rejoined my gym and found aquarobics classes to be great. I had to be careful at first and had to do the exercises low impact, but it was a good way to get moving again. I started to do some weight training and fitness work in the gym. I was still doing a regular yoga practice.

Now, over a year after my initial fall, I'm worried that I've got more pain and difficulty than I did a few months ago. I'm still having problems with stairs, and get exhausted travelling around on public transport (I live and work in London, and much of our public transport remains inaccessible if you have a mobility problem). I found this site because I wanted to see if this was normal. I'm going to see a GP next week with the hope that he'll refer me back to the hospital to get checked over. My osteopath says there's some internal inflammation and it's sensible to get it checked out. I hope my tips are useful for new folk, and welcome comments from those in my position.

Jan 12, 2011
orif
by: Anonymous

I had the same surgery feb 2006 i was 20. i was in a cast for 12 weeks with limited weight bearing after 9. i was then put into a air cast boot for another 6 weeks.for months i did rehab i think it does help only because after a while it does help to build your muscles back up . it took almost a year or so before i could walk a floor of a mall with out stopping at every bench and before braving a escalator. it is a very slow process. i was told not to remove the hardware as u are prone to fractures after due to the weak spots in the bone. but almost 6 years later and i still have pain. standing for more than a few hours at a time leaves my foot swollen and painful. it "gives" out a lot you got to learn to deal with your new ankle. i can run and do stairs normally about a yrafter the surgery as i said before. Good luck!

Jan 11, 2011
All Better Now I Hope!
by: Anonymous

AG and others, healing is slow and painful. Four months ago i never would have thought that. After 125 days no weight bearing i graduated to weight bearing and one crutch. Then i got my Christmas wish: ditched the final crutch and am now crutch-free!!! Still having a bit of trouble climbing and descending stairs, but it seems each day gets better. Hang in there everyone! its been REALLY cold here and i can for sure feel the tibia plate in my knee when i walk but the limp is slowly fading away....

Then last week i had bi-level ACDF surgery--- had to beat the new year reset of insurance deductible.

The most significant contribution to the healing was to consistently do the PT directed exercises at home. I have now stopped going to PT and see the MD Friday for final discharge.

YES!

me in reno

Jan 10, 2011
tibia and fibula fracture.
by: AG

i am 25 years old male .i had fracture in my leg both of the tibia and fibula on 06-22-10 falling from the bicycle. had surgery on 06-27-10 and i got plate and screws in my leg. the first three days after the surgery was the worst days in my life becuse of the pain. after 2 weeks i was able to sleep and the pain was gone thanks god. i had to visit the doctor who did the surgery every month since the surgery and took some x ray. and last friday was my visit date and the doctor said i dont need to visit him again the bone are healing well and now i am able to walk with limping not to far but in my home even in the mall i think i need three month to walk normaly i see from the other comment this kind of fracture need one year to full recovery and then you need another surgery to remove the plate. keep Exercises and and good luck for every one ......

Jan 10, 2011
Just had an ORIF surgery Jan 6 2010
by: Anya

I am a very healthy 30 year old woman. Swim/Run/Yoga regularly. Fell on black ice on Wendsday night an broke my Tibia and Fibula had to have surgery

I was released from the hospital two days ago. Much of the pain and swelling and fever tends to creep up at night. i am finally am able to sleep which i have not done in a while. The fever is mild doesnt go up beyond 99.6 at night and is hardly present in a.m. and during the day.

No nerve damage had a closed fracture on both bones. They put a metal plate and a few screws to keep it in check. They sais the surgery was a success and went really well (whatever that means)

Anyway i was looking to see if there is a website which shows week by week what to expect from this type of surgery. I am thinking of keeping a journal and writing it down as well. but was wonderinf if there is a website out there which shows what to expect

you can also email me at GraceKellyClassic@yahoo.com. its my non personal email as well with comments suggestions.

Jan 10, 2011
Just had an ORIF surgery Jan 6 2010
by: Anya

I am a very healthy 30 year old woman. Swim/Run/Yoga regularly. Fell on black ice on Wendsday night an broke my Tibia and Fibula had to have surgery

I was released from the hospital two days ago. Much of the pain and swelling and fever tends to creep up at night. i am finally am able to sleep which i have not done in a while. The fever is mild doesnt go up beyond 99.6 at night and is hardly present in a.m. and during the day.

No nerve damage had a closed fracture on both bones. They put a metal plate and a few screws to keep it in check. They sais the surgery was a success and went really well (whatever that means)

Anyway i was looking to see if there is a website which shows week by week what to expect from this type of surgery. I am thinking of keeping a journal and writing it down as well. but was wonderinf if there is a website out there which shows what to expect

you can also email me at GraceKellyClassic@yahoo.com. its my non personal email as well with comments suggestions.

Jan 03, 2011
3 Piece Break
by: Anonymous

So I was on my 1st moose hunt on Labor Day weekend. We start down a mountain on 4 wheelers and hit the one dip in terrain, bail off and it still lands on me. I waited on a mountain for a Medevac for 7 1/2 hours. Once I got out, I saw the xrays in town which showed a spiral tibial break but there were 3 pieces. I was Medevac'd to Fairbanks to be put on hold over night. The next day after surgery, they reaized I had bad compartment syndrome & had no pulse in my foot. So, Medevac'd to Seattle. They cut me from ankle to knee on both sides of my leg. After it was all over, I lost the muscle that goes along my shin, a nerve and an artery. After all of tha, I got 2 seperate sets of hardware on my leg through my knee. Jan 5th will be 5 months. My toes are still stiff and my ankle and knee joints are still being stretched. Any ideas?

Jan 02, 2011
1.5 year Update after ORIF Surgery
by: jp1092

Update and to answer some of the new comers. I broke my left tibial plateau, tibia, and fibula on June 2009. I have nerve damage to the peroneal nerve that runs down my leg. I am taking Topiramate 25mg twice daily to try to rejuvenate the nerve. Dr. said it will most likely be a permanent thing. I have been told by my surgeon that I am permanently disabled to do any physical labor. I am a Union Boilermaker. Stairs have to be negotiated using my right leg first. Ladders are a no go zone. Running is a forbidden activity. I was told to make this knee last until I was 64. I am 54. It swells, but swells more so if i don't use the cane. Slow and steady seems to be the order of the day for me. I also was riding my bike, I was told that that was not a good idea any more. So just settle in be positive and make the best of what you have. This injury is no joke and is a life changing event. The Lord allowed this to happen to you, the question is why? What is the lesson in this for me. Positive or negative, the choice is yours!

Jan 02, 2011
1.5 year Update after ORIF Surgery
by: jp1092

Update and to answer some of the new comers. I broke my left tibial plateau, tibia, and fibula on June 2009. I have nerve damage to the peroneal nerve that runs down my leg. I am taking Topiramate 25mg twice daily to try to rejuvenate the nerve. Dr. said it will most likely be a permanent thing. I have been told by my surgeon that I am permanently disabled to do any physical labor. I am a Union Boilermaker. Stairs have to be negotiated using my right leg first. Ladders are a no go zone. Running is a forbidden activity. I was told to make this knee last until I was 64. I am 54. It swells, but swells more so if i don't use the cane. Slow and steady seems to be the order of the day for me. I also was riding my bike, I was told that that was not a good idea any more. So just settle in be positive and make the best of what you have. This injury is no joke and is a life changing event. The Lord allowed this to happen to you, the question is why? What is the lesson in this for me. Positive or negative, the choice is yours!

Jan 02, 2011
1.5 year Update after ORIF Surgery
by: jp1092

Update and to answer some of the new comers. I broke my left tibial plateau, tibia, and fibula on June 2009. I have nerve damage to the peroneal nerve that runs down my leg. I am taking Topiramate 25mg twice daily to try to rejuvenate the nerve. Dr. said it will most likely be a permanent thing. I have been told by my surgeon that I am permanently disabled to do any physical labor. I am a Union Boilermaker. Stairs have to be negotiated using my right leg first. Ladders are a no go zone. Running is a forbidden activity. I was told to make this knee last until I was 64. I am 54. It swells, but swells more so if i don't use the cane. Slow and steady seems to be the order of the day for me. I also was riding my bike, I was told that that was not a good idea any more. So just settle in be positive and make the best of what you have. This injury is no joke and is a life changing event. The Lord allowed this to happen to you, the question is why? What is the lesson in this for me. Positive or negative, the choice is yours!

Jan 02, 2011
broken ankle after miliary tuberculosis
by: Ash

Hi fellow sufferers,

I suffered from widespread miliary tb for a year, which affected all major organs and my bones. Treatment caused 70% of my beautiful hair to fall out. Had fevers above 40 degrees C for 7months. Had family to help, but was continuously reminded of what a weakling I am. Stil continued to persever & work at developing lost muscle strength - learnt to walk again, climb up steps & regain lost vitality. Just when I started getting back to normal, sustained a trimalleolar ankle fracture, twisting my ankle on the last tiny step in my kitchen. BIG BREAK FOR A MINOR INCIDENT. Put in POP cast for 10days before ORIF surgery. 6 screws, a large pin and a large metal plate inserted. Fibreglass cast for six weeks. Amazingly this surgery only lasted 15 minutes! 3 weeks to go before cast is removed. Struggling with crutches - muscles stil weak from previous illness. Get myself around on typist chair (has wheels) - coping with The Almighty's help. Swelling is down. 3weeks post op - can place some pressure on injured foot - trying not to burden others. Only concerned about occasional numbness in foot if elevated for couple of hours - also, a burning sensation experienced on top part of foot and around areas of stitches - like chaffed skin. Hope its not infected. Any thoughts? I'm an academic starting work soon - need to stand a lot - hope i can do this!

Jan 02, 2011
ORIF 2 weeks in foot numb and painful
by: CORiverRat

Two weeks ago I had an ORIF to attempt to repair a non-union of my left fibula after almost 6 months of attempting to let it heal on its own after being hit by a car while riding my bike. (proximal fracture, displaced and getting more displaced, approximately 4 inches below the knee). Doc said because I was having pain and could not return to normal activity (I could walk, but no running or jumping or anything that caused twisting) he said the ORIF was the next option. He took bone from the front of the knee to use as a graft into the non union as well as a plate with 1 pin and 5 screws. He also had to do a ton of cleanup on the bone ends because I was putting down bone but it wasn't bridging, doc said probably because the bone was moving too much even with the limited activity.

Now two weeks in I have having a lot of knee and foot pain, most often at night when I am trying to sleep. I am 100% non-weight bearing and on crutches. I wear a boot to protect the leg. I have very little control over my foot (particularly big toe), numbness to the foot particularly on top of the foot, the sensation that the foot is asleep (tingling, pinprick pain), severe pain on the outside of the ankle (between ball of the ankle and top of the foot) when trying to flex the foot towards the knee). Also most of the knee pain is also laterally, at and just below the joint. Have also had some extensive bruising behind the knee.

So I go in to see the doc for the third post op (first was 2 days after the operation when he took the original soft cast off, 2nd was when I started to complain of the hip and knee pain, I did tell him about the pain and numbness in my foot and he said that was probably due to the swelling in the leg impacting the nerve bundle that runs down the outside of the leg) and besides telling him what is going on is there anything else I should be asking him to check. I want to start PT ASAP, particularly due to the pain/stiffness in the ankle and hope to get the okay for that.

I guess my biggest question is how much of this is normal and how much is unexpected. Doc seemed very surprised at the numbness but not concerned. One concern I had was compartment syndrome but since I have good color and a good pulse I don't think that is an issue. Any other ideas?

Jan 01, 2011
2 fractures of the fibula
by: david

I was deployed to Afghanistan when a heavy ob ject fell onto the back of my leg forcing me to the ground. I fractured my left leg fibula in 2 spots and there was a black line from the back of my knee to the back of my foot after the blood finally surfaced. It has been 2 1/2 months now, I can speed walk and then I do some recommended strecthes afterwards but it still hurts when I run. The pain is not always in the fractured areas, but in the lower back side of my calf. When I walk it is usaully completly painless, do you recommend any speficic exercises, foods, etc.?

Dec 30, 2010
Wish it was done having fun...
by: GG

Thanks to all who have written...it is interesting to see what others are experiencing. I fell down the steps doing laundry...wish I was having fun skiing. I had my ORIF six days after the initial fall - the surgeon said the swelling had to go down. 2 plates and 12 screws -- I was originally told 4 to 6 weeks non-weight bearing, but at my two week check up the doctors said 4 to 6 more weeks. I left the hospital in an air cast and was shown exercises prior to leaving...getting the ankle to 90 degree angle then at two weeks trying to point and flex...it hurts afterward and my muscles spasm. A PT friend said, make sure that you keep the swelling down (keep it up and keep it iced)...this prevents arthritis later on. Make sure to take extra calcium, V C and G/C to help the healing process.

I was a big runner and the doctor has suggested that I find a new sport as the pressure on my heal over time would not be positive....good luck and happy healing everyone!

Dec 30, 2010
Wish it was done having fun...
by: GG

Thanks to all who have written...it is interesting to see what others are experiencing. I fell down the steps doing laundry...wish I was having fun skiing. I had my ORIF six days after the initial fall - the surgeon said the swelling had to go down. 2 plates and 12 screws -- I was originally told 4 to 6 weeks non-weight bearing, but at my two week check up the doctors said 4 to 6 more weeks. I left the hospital in an air cast and was shown exercises prior to leaving...getting the ankle to 90 degree angle then at two weeks trying to point and flex...it hurts afterward and my muscles spasm. A PT friend said, make sure that you keep the swelling down (keep it up and keep it iced)...this prevents arthritis later on. Make sure to take extra calcium, V C and G/C to help the healing process.

I was a big runner and the doctor has suggested that I find a new sport as the pressure on my heal over time would not be positive....good luck and happy healing everyone!

Dec 30, 2010
Wish it was done having fun...
by: GG

Thanks to all who have written...it is interesting to see what others are experiencing. I fell down the steps doing laundry...wish I was having fun skiing. I had my ORIF six days after the initial fall - the surgeon said the swelling had to go down. 2 plates and 12 screws -- I was originally told 4 to 6 weeks non-weight bearing, but at my two week check up the doctors said 4 to 6 more weeks. I left the hospital in an air cast and was shown exercises prior to leaving...getting the ankle to 90 degree angle then at two weeks trying to point and flex...it hurts afterward and my muscles spasm. A PT friend said, make sure that you keep the swelling down (keep it up and keep it iced)...this prevents arthritis later on. Make sure to take extra calcium, V C and G/C to help the healing process.

I was a big runner and the doctor has suggested that I find a new sport as the pressure on my heal over time would not be positive....good luck and happy healing everyone!

Dec 28, 2010
I Prentended I was a Pro Football Player
by: Brad

I broke both bones in my ankle in Sept. 2010, at age 62, by having a block fall on it. Surgery left me with two plates and many screws. I attacked this problem by icing and elevating daily for 8 weeks, while wearing "the boot." I bought a small little manual scooter that I could push around the house instead of crutches, which was wonderful. Pain was there, as you would expect, but I came off meds. after a couple of weeks. It's been over three months and I still have swelling and a little pain, but I'm very thankful to be walking. It's good to put your shoes on as soon as you get out of the bed, to control the swelling. I'm up to walking two miles daily on the beach in Alaska without limping. I'm an outdoors person and this was a major setback for me considering I've only been retired since May, but I'm grateful for the progress I've made. This is a success story, so do not lose hope, do what the dr. tells you, ask questions and continue to read these posts, they help.

Dec 27, 2010
one step at a time
by: Anonymous

you will make it andrea, it takes strict dedication to following the MD and PT orders and do the PT exercises at home as often as you can. It hurts but there is a reason for 'no pain no gain'

keep us posted

mb in reno

Dec 27, 2010
Tib Fib fracture
by: Andrea R

I was skiing in Breckenridge (Nov. 20) and had a bad fall which broke my tibia and fibula. I had surgery the same day with a rod and sever nails into the bone. After five weeks, My knee and and ankle are very stiff. I do exercises every day and receiving physical therapy 2 x week. I am now 25% weight bearing. It has been a rough recovery and at times I felt very sorry for myself but I kept going. My ski season is over for this year but hopefully next year I will go back.

Dec 27, 2010
Tib Fib fracture
by: Andrea R

I was skiing in Breckenridge (Nov. 20) and had a bad fall which broke my tibia and fibula. I had surgery the same day with a rod and sever nails into the bone. After five weeks, My knee and and ankle are very stiff. I do exercises every day and receiving physical therapy 2 x week. I am now 25% weight bearing. It has been a rough recovery and at times I felt very sorry for myself but I kept going. My ski season is over for this year but hopefully next year I will go back.

Dec 27, 2010
Tib Fib fracture
by: Andrea R

I was skiing in Breckenridge (Nov. 20) and had a bad fall which broke my tibia and fibula. I had surgery the same day with a rod and sever nails into the bone. After five weeks, My knee and and ankle are very stiff. I do exercises every day and receiving physical therapy 2 x week. I am now 25% weight bearing. It has been a rough recovery and at times I felt very sorry for myself but I kept going. My ski season is over for this year but hopefully next year I will go back.

Dec 22, 2010
progress
by: DaGimp

after 13 weeks was able to weight bear as tolerated and start walking but using the crutches for balance and support. After a week ditched one of the crutches and used just one for another week and just this week, as a christmas blessing, dropped the crutches all together. i limp along and cannot use the affected leg to step up for curbs and stairs-- have to go one step at a time-- and it occasionally pops and cracks as i try to learn to walk again. Feels wobbly like a new born horse, haha. At night occasional stabs of pain hit and go at random intervals. Feels like i have shin splints and knee is generally sore. But each day it seems to get better. Need to climb stairs w/ affected leg- will try using a phone book for training, etc.

may all of you have a blessed christmas and the new year will bring new opportunities for growth and healing.

mb

Dec 22, 2010
tib/fib fracture and mid foot fracture
by: tacoma50

i was knocked off of a scaffold this past april.. 3 surgeries and 11 weeks non w/b before i could stand. i have 2 plates and numerous screws in left leg where tib/fib fracture plus had a bad sprain in same ankle.. my foot on the same side is still numb(novacane numbness)from big toe to mid toe up to ankle. my rt foot had the mid-foot fracture and kept me down longer. i used crutches for only about a week and a half when i needed to.. otherwise i slowly built up my strentgh walking and riding an excersice bike(flat only).. every step is still painful and very tight esp. in the morning. i have not felt the effects of the cold, but that is probably due to the fact i still have daily pain anyway. i take no meds as really do not do anything. my doctor says he usually leaves metal in, but as of now i have 1 broken and 1 popping against the skin on the rt. foot. i was a painter, but he has informed that will never happen again as i will not have that flex and movement ability to operate and be on a ladder safely. so goes my sports career too as he says.. but i am stubborn and trying to get back what i lost.. at least part. frustrating was that i could not bowl a cpl of weeks ago.. at least not the way i know.. patience is the hardest thing to have with this injury for sure. bone looks good and all.. problem is ligament and tissue damage that was part of all the trauma..

Dec 21, 2010
HELP IN ALOT OF PAIN
by: Anonymous

I'VE HAD SURGERY ON MY RIGHT LEG IN 2006,I BROKE MY TIB AND FEB IN HALF BY STEPPING IN A SINK HOLE ON CHRISTMAS DAY.IT WAS DOING GREAT AFTER AWHILE NOW I HAVE BURNING PAIN IN MY ANKLE,AND IT REALLY HURTS WHEN I WALK AND DRIVE,I REALLY DON'T WANT TO GO THROUGH THE PAIN AND SUFFERING OF GOING THROUGH SURGERY AGAIN.WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE,IT REALLY EFFECTS MY DAILY ACTIVITIES.

Dec 20, 2010
Compound 3b comminuted open fracture of tin n fib
by: Hassan shariff

Hey every1

I had a
Motorcycle accident in which a cement mixer ran over my leg . It was shattered lik it was jus hanging with d flesh which was left . I could not feel a part of it .I was rushed t a hospital . Where they diagnosed it t hav tib fib compound fracture with both breaking at 2 places each . I had a internal rod fixed and 3 skin grafts as the first two were a failure. Now ten weeks post op am still non weight bearing but I hav gained all d sensation in my foot although the place where the skin grafts were done are still not sensitive . My leg looks messy with all skin grafts n it's not at al in shape plus I hav even lost considerable part of my calf . My ankle is still kinda stiff it has very little Motion . Does any one hav any idea with how much time will it take t full weight bearing and to regain ROM completely .
Although am greAtful to Allah as d doctor said it's a miracle that I still hav my leg . I hav known in this very time that keeping faith will heal most of it . Lil piece of my mind b4 i i end have faith and be positive and look at what worst cud hav happend .And I pray that all you guys hav a fast recovery . Ameen

Dec 09, 2010
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture
by: Shelly

I forgot to mention I was NWB but as of last thursday I am aloud 10 lbs of pressure and can gradually work up to 40 lbs by January 6, 2011

Dec 09, 2010
Compound Tibial Plateau Fracture
by: Shelly

September 26, 2010............................... I have a compound tibial plateau fracture on my right leg due to a motorcycle accident. I have had two surgeries, the first was for an external fixater and antibiotic beads put inside the compound wound and left for a week. The next surgery was to remove external fixater and to fix the fracture 2 plates and 14 screws later it is repaired :)
I am now working on the rehabilitation
...it is going to be a long haul...this is truly a "NO Pain NO Gain " situation. I am now starting to bend my knee but am having a hard time getting past a 35 degree bend ,I know it will come and just have to keep thinking positive thoughts...It is really hard sometimes.
Wishing you all a speedy recovery!!!

Dec 04, 2010
Getting Better...
by: Da Gimp

13 weeks ago was struck by a scooter from behind as i walked across the street. Tibia plateau shattered in 5 places. 8 screws and a T plate and NWB until just yesterday. The first few weeks really painful, then gradually pain went away and it was more of a nuisance than trauma. Was getting pretty good on the crutches, but now they assist in walking and it really hurts. Keep leg stiff at the knee and its OK, but bend knee and while placing weight down doesn't hurt, upon lifting, it gives sharp pain to left side of joint. Pretty woobly and uncertain in gait-- cannot go fwd w/o the crutch assist. The PT home exercises really helped rebuild muscles. I am amazed how fast muscles atrophy. Am blessed with an understanding wife and employer. Took a fall last week on the snow-- crutches do not do well on icy surfaces.

Best of luck to all in these challenging times.

DG reno, nv usa

Nov 30, 2010
2 wks after ORIF
by: airisshu from PH

I also had an ORIF surgery last Nov.16 when I fractured my leg late October. It took weeks before I had my surgery because it was partly my decision. I wanted to wait for my husband who was on a business trip. But doctor had to put his foot down (pun unintended :) and scheduled me for an ORIF.

After the surgery, I was also put on a back slab and prescribed with antibiotic and pain meds. It was really painful the day after the surgery but I tried not to take any of the pain meds. Two weeks after the procedure I could only feel minimal pain, more like tingling sensation. But since I was advised not to bear weight for at least 3 wks. I am doing so and have been using crutches to walk. Biggest frustration with this is I could not go far with crutches as I am having problems with my balance. I've only been out with friends on a very occasions and on leave from work since the accident.

On my next visit to the doctor, I will be fitted an aircast boot. I'm looking forward to this. Doctor said I could start bearing weight on my leg with this aircast and could get a cane for support. Really hoping this would improve the quality of my social life hehe

I hope everything will turn out well for everyone of us who are going through this. God bless!

Nov 21, 2010
Update
by: Tarantula

Had second surgery to add bone to tib/fib fracture.....See my original post for the specifics. Otho Surgeon opted not to cut my leg and hip open for bone graft due to poor circulation on leg. Instead he aspirated bone marrow out of my hip and injected it into my leg. Will know if it works next week. I would recommend it to those that have upcoming bone grafts because it is much less invasive and speeds healing. Definitely something to talk to the doctor about.

Good luck to all,
Tarantula

Nov 13, 2010
Update
by: David Reinhardt

Hey Linda-thanks for your kind words. I never compare injuries cause they're all bad and no fun at all. I saw another surgeon for the second opinion on an additional surgery. To my delight this doctor said he would prefer to take me off my crutches, not operate now and see if pounding the pavement (literally) might not provide bone stimulation in a more rapid fashion. A little wobbly on a cane today but a really bright light is now shining at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks. Lets keep each other posted.

Nov 13, 2010
Update
by: David Reinhardt

Hey Linda-thanks for your kind words. I never compare injuries cause they're all bad and no fun at all. I saw another surgeon for the second opinion on an additional surgery. To my delight this doctor said he would prefer to take me off my crutches, not operate now and see if pounding the pavement (literally) might not provide bone stimulation in a more rapid fashion. A little wobbly on a cane today but a really bright light is now shining at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks. Lets keep each other posted.

Nov 13, 2010
Update
by: David Reinhardt

Hey Linda-thanks for your kind words. I never compare injuries cause they're all bad and no fun at all. I saw another surgeon for the second opinion on an additional surgery. To my delight this doctor said he would prefer to take me off my crutches, not operate now and see if pounding the pavement (literally) might not provide bone stimulation in a more rapid fashion. A little wobbly on a cane today but a really bright light is now shining at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks. Lets keep each other posted.

Nov 13, 2010
Update
by: David Reinhardt

Hey Linda-thanks for your kind words. I never compare injuries cause they're all bad and no fun at all. I saw another surgeon for the second opinion on an additional surgery. To my delight this doctor said he would prefer to take me off my crutches, not operate now and see if pounding the pavement (literally) might not provide bone stimulation in a more rapid fashion. A little wobbly on a cane today but a really bright light is now shining at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks. Lets keep each other posted.

Nov 13, 2010
Update
by: David Reinhardt

Hey Linda-thanks for your kind words. I never compare injuries cause they're all bad and no fun at all. I saw another surgeon for the second opinion on an additional surgery. To my delight this doctor said he would prefer to take me off my crutches, not operate now and see if pounding the pavement (literally) might not provide bone stimulation in a more rapid fashion. A little wobbly on a cane today but a really bright light is now shining at the end of the tunnel.

Thanks. Lets keep each other posted.

Nov 08, 2010
ORIF left ankle
by: Linda

OMG David - or should I now call you "Saint David" because you certainly need the patience of one . Your rebuild seems extremely extensive compared to mine .. the healing process is the invisible champion we all need. Them bones are going to heal - eventually - but they will do it in their own good time and not before. I am going to my first fracture clinic appt next Monday 15th, I expect to hear some horror stories whilst sat amongst the masses. My own story is below (holiday in Malta accident ). I saw my own GP for the first time on Saturday - came away with a another sick note for a month & much stronger pain killers, and a wag of her finger to be patient.. because I have a long road in front of me. I am still NWB & only on day 19v.. I don't do ill - hate not being able to dash about & do the usual stuff. So I empathise with you.. But in the greater scheme of things & in your situation - I would ask your surgeon to give you a time line - starting with the initial surgery - whats happened along the way - where your at - and a time scale for the future - hopefully if he can place you at the halfway point or even further along - it may boost your spirits to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel... keep your chin up & keep your leg higher than your chin :) Take care x

Nov 07, 2010
My recovery from tib fib comminuted fracture
by: David Reinhardt

I was involved in an accident on Feb 12, 2010. I was taken from scene of accident directly to hospital. Ortho surgeon informed me I would need surgery to repair tibia and fibula. In the middle of the night the doctor woke me from a sedated sleep to inform me I needed an immediate fasciotomy. Because of incredible swelling there was not enough blood supply to my lower leg and necrosis of the muscles and all that could possible entail could happen very quickly.

The fasciotomy (surgery to address compartment syndrome) was successful. At the same time they repaired my severely broken bones with open reduction external fixation. My hospital stay lasted approx 40 days and I underwent 7 surgeries. @ additional surgeries have been performed since then and now a few short days of 9 months since the date of the accident I am undergoing physical therapy and placing no more than 50% weight bearing on the affected leg. I must walk with two crutches and wear a boot whenever I am not in bed. The worst part is the pain which is still almost always severe.

Last week, after viewing results of the x-rays taken that day and a 3d catscan taken approx a week before that, my surgeon says it looks like I will need additional surgicla intervention. Before making a decision about grafting or internal fixation, my doctor is sending me for a second opinion.

I am finding it hard to stay positive. Anyone been through this and have any happy endng stories? Could use one right about now!

Nov 07, 2010
My recovery from tib fib comminuted fracture
by: David Reinhardt

I was involved in an accident on Feb 12, 2010. I was taken from scene of accident directly to hospital. Ortho surgeon informed me I would need surgery to repair tibia and fibula. In the middle of the night the doctor woke me from a sedated sleep to inform me I needed an immediate fasciotomy. Because of incredible swelling there was not enough blood supply to my lower leg and necrosis of the muscles and all that could possible entail could happen very quickly.

The fasciotomy (surgery to address compartment syndrome) was successful. At the same time they repaired my severely broken bones with open reduction external fixation. My hospital stay lasted approx 40 days and I underwent 7 surgeries. @ additional surgeries have been performed since then and now a few short days of 9 months since the date of the accident I am undergoing physical therapy and placing no more than 50% weight bearing on the affected leg. I must walk with two crutches and wear a boot whenever I am not in bed. The worst part is the pain which is still almost always severe.

Last week, after viewing results of the x-rays taken that day and a 3d catscan taken approx a week before that, my surgeon says it looks like I will need additional surgicla intervention. Before making a decision about grafting or internal fixation, my doctor is sending me for a second opinion.

I am finding it hard to stay positive. Anyone been through this and have any happy endng stories? Could use one right about now!

Nov 07, 2010
My recovery from tib fib comminuted fracture
by: David Reinhardt

I was involved in an accident on Feb 12, 2010. I was taken from scene of accident directly to hospital. Ortho surgeon informed me I would need surgery to repair tibia and fibula. In the middle of the night the doctor woke me from a sedated sleep to inform me I needed an immediate fasciotomy. Because of incredible swelling there was not enough blood supply to my lower leg and necrosis of the muscles and all that could possible entail could happen very quickly.

The fasciotomy (surgery to address compartment syndrome) was successful. At the same time they repaired my severely broken bones with open reduction external fixation. My hospital stay lasted approx 40 days and I underwent 7 surgeries. @ additional surgeries have been performed since then and now a few short days of 9 months since the date of the accident I am undergoing physical therapy and placing no more than 50% weight bearing on the affected leg. I must walk with two crutches and wear a boot whenever I am not in bed. The worst part is the pain which is still almost always severe.

Last week, after viewing results of the x-rays taken that day and a 3d catscan taken approx a week before that, my surgeon says it looks like I will need additional surgicla intervention. Before making a decision about grafting or internal fixation, my doctor is sending me for a second opinion.

I am finding it hard to stay positive. Anyone been through this and have any happy endng stories? Could use one right about now!

Nov 07, 2010
My recovery from tib fib comminuted fracture
by: David Reinhardt

I was involved in an accident on Feb 12, 2010. I was taken from scene of accident directly to hospital. Ortho surgeon informed me I would need surgery to repair tibia and fibula. In the middle of the night the doctor woke me from a sedated sleep to inform me I needed an immediate fasciotomy. Because of incredible swelling there was not enough blood supply to my lower leg and necrosis of the muscles and all that could possible entail could happen very quickly.

The fasciotomy (surgery to address compartment syndrome) was successful. At the same time they repaired my severely broken bones with open reduction external fixation. My hospital stay lasted approx 40 days and I underwent 7 surgeries. @ additional surgeries have been performed since then and now a few short days of 9 months since the date of the accident I am undergoing physical therapy and placing no more than 50% weight bearing on the affected leg. I must walk with two crutches and wear a boot whenever I am not in bed. The worst part is the pain which is still almost always severe.

Last week, after viewing results of the x-rays taken that day and a 3d catscan taken approx a week before that, my surgeon says it looks like I will need additional surgicla intervention. Before making a decision about grafting or internal fixation, my doctor is sending me for a second opinion.

I am finding it hard to stay positive. Anyone been through this and have any happy endng stories? Could use one right about now!

Nov 07, 2010
My recovery from tib fib comminuted fracture
by: David Reinhardt

I was involved in an accident on Feb 12, 2010. I was taken from scene of accident directly to hospital. Ortho surgeon informed me I would need surgery to repair tibia and fibula. In the middle of the night the doctor woke me from a sedated sleep to inform me I needed an immediate fasciotomy. Because of incredible swelling there was not enough blood supply to my lower leg and necrosis of the muscles and all that could possible entail could happen very quickly.

The fasciotomy (surgery to address compartment syndrome) was successful. At the same time they repaired my severely broken bones with open reduction external fixation. My hospital stay lasted approx 40 days and I underwent 7 surgeries. @ additional surgeries have been performed since then and now a few short days of 9 months since the date of the accident I am undergoing physical therapy and placing no more than 50% weight bearing on the affected leg. I must walk with two crutches and wear a boot whenever I am not in bed. The worst part is the pain which is still almost always severe.

Last week, after viewing results of the x-rays taken that day and a 3d catscan taken approx a week before that, my surgeon says it looks like I will need additional surgicla intervention. Before making a decision about grafting or internal fixation, my doctor is sending me for a second opinion.

I am finding it hard to stay positive. Anyone been through this and have any happy endng stories? Could use one right about now!

Nov 06, 2010
recovery
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am the originator of this thread. Just read Linda's comment. The only thing I can say is that you have to hang on and see it through. Find things to do to fill up the hours and days. And while it is true your leg/foot will probably never be the same again, it does NOT mean you can't do the things you always did once you are up and the metal is out. I had my 10 screws and plate removed around a year ago, and even now my ankle is still slightly swollen and tender, there are shooting pains occasionally, and there is stiffness when I suddenly get up and walk. BUT to my pleasant surprise, I just went on a fairly hard 3-day trek in Nepal, and the foot and ankle held up fine, so in other words it may not feel normal but it is perfectly functional. So a lot of the challenge is in the mind. Stay positive!

Nov 04, 2010
ORIF left ankle fracture
by: Linda UK

Hello. I am on this sight as like you I need answers to the impossible questions... I slipped in the rain whilst on holiday in Malta ( my 50th birthday holiday ) and acquired a multiple complicated butterfly fracture of my Left Fibula with tendon & ligament damage,16/10/10... I was put in a back slab given pain relief & flew home for surgery in the UK 4 days later on 20th Oct.. I have had internal fixation plate & 7 screws.. So far I have experienced intense pain & calf cramps & swelling so much that I have had 4 plaster changes & am now in a back slab again - I am going back to plaster room today to be recast in full plaster, which I would rather NOT have but seems there is no other option...
I have not actually spoken to the surgeon since the operation - his registrar discharged me with the usual NWB msge for 6 wks. I have been given commode, wheelchair, 2 walking frames, sitting stool for kitchen, raised toilet seat etc etc - but oh the days stretch out in front of me - and going upstairs is a NIGHTMARE . I will be seeing the surgeon on 15th Nov for post op review with xrays etc - what should I be asking / expecting in the weeks to come ?? ...I really want to be driving / working asap .. impatiently yours .. Linda ( if your reading this it's because your a fellow sufferer & also need the support & answers, so I wish you a heartily "Get Well Soon" x )

Nov 03, 2010
Broken fibula
by: Anonymous

Hi
I'm 21 years old and I broke my fibula (Weber B fracture) above the ankle on 30/09/10 playing soccer. Initially i was put in a non-wegiht bearing cast, and then on 16/10/10, i had surgery in which i now have a plate and 8 screws holding the break in place.

Thankfully enough, no ligament or tendon damage. Just a clean fibula break but it was displaced 3mm (hence the op). Now almost 3 week post-op, my leg, i haven't felt no pain since 2 weeks ago. Swelling has reduced drastically. I've not taken any painkillers since the 4th day after op.

I believe it is healing rather well. I am eating well (thanks to mum), and am taking calcium and vitmain tablets twice a day, between 1-2 pints of milk a day, and 300ml of tropicana orange with calcium. Along with this, i eat normally. I have my first follow-up on tomorrow (3 weeks post-op) and i am hoping that i get put in an air-boot along with some physio. My muscles will be weak from being in a cast for 5 weeks or so.

I hope i can begin pt tomorrow, but is it too soon just after 3 weeks post-op? I do keep my leg elevated almost all day, and when asleep i have one cushion under the leg.

Before the surgery, dr told me it'll be 4 weeks in a cast and 2 weeks air boot (all no weightbearing). Gonna find out tomorrow now!

Oct 23, 2010
Hang in there!!!!
by: tarantula

I am recovering from motorcycle accident on Aug 2010. Lady pulled out in front of me from stop sign and stopped in my lane. Hit my head on the car, broke two ribs and multiple tib/fib fractures 4 inches and 11 inches above the ankle. I has surgery 8 hours after wreck with internal fixation; 10 inch plate on tibia and 4 inch plate on fib w/ 14 screws. Discharged home after three days, as I was out of state. Don't know what the fracture was called, but it was a b^***tch.

Had DVT's (blood clots)in right left and threw a clot to heart and lung while in ER three weeks after accident. Saddle PE (pulmonary embolism) discovered on CAT scan and was flown to larger city that had a cardiac team on site. Out after 1 week and on Coumadan therapy. No need for embolectomy. CAT repeat today, 10-22-10 showed no Saddle PE. (YEAH)

I have been non-weight bearing since wreck and I have do the "butt drag" upstairs at bed time too. I use a walker to get around and I even went back to work half days on the computer. (lucky I wasn't a lumberjack) I have bone graft surgery in two weeks to add bone to tibia. This will be autograph from my hip. Not looking forward to this, but I guess It will have to happen to get back on two legs.

To Moore: Hang in there, you are not worthless and God will show you a door.
To Grant: Same advice. Your story is heartbreaking, but you will be stronger for it.

Thanks so much to everyone for sharing.

PS: My 2009 Harley Street glide is having surgery today too.

Tarantula

Oct 21, 2010
I feel your pain Part 2
by: Anonymous

I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I am 41 y/o, and the surgery consisted of 2 steel plates and 9 screws. Until reading this message board, I was under the impression that the hardware would remain in there permanently, but that was an assumption on my part, I never did ask the doctor. I will be sure to do so on my next follow up visit, which is Nov 5. My surgery was on 9/29, so that will have been approximately 5 weeks post-op. I still have stitches in and they will be taken out next visit along with Xrays being done again. Prior to surgery I was in a full leg cast up to the thigh, now I am in one of those Frankenstein boots up to the knee which at times is extremely uncomfortable, when swelling is present. The doctor told me during my visit last week (basically a wound check) that she wanted me to start working on moving the ankle and toes, which the toes are very difficult as they are numb, but it is incentive to remove the boot for brief periods of time. I have been keeping the leg elevated constantly and my toes turn very purple when I stand up. I'm not sure what to expect @ the next check-up because i was told I wouldnt be able to bear weight for 6-8 wks following surgery. I am hopeful that, depending on what my doctor says, if the next follow-up appointment is a few weeks after that, that I might be able to return home. I've been staying with my parents for the surgery & recovery since the medical care out where we live isn't the greatest. I am happy that we opted to get a 2nd opinion though, otherwise I'd still be in that full leg cast, going for weekly Xrays. The first doctor had said he wanted to leave it in the cast for 8 weeks, and that hopefully it would heal up nicely but that surgery might be required after that. By getting the second opinion I saved myself 6 additional weeks of agony in that monstrosity of a cast. It was very heavy and I could also feel my bones clicking and shifting while in it.

Oct 21, 2010
On the mend
by: Chris

My story is that 8 September I was playing a game of outdoor dodgeball and slipped and fell and fractured my fibula. I had the ORIF surgery that night and got a plate with 5 screws and was put into a soft cast for 2 weeks. I got the staples out and they proceeded to put me in a hard cast which I wore for just short of 2 weeks. From there I switched doctors because when the injury happened, I was away on a business trip and had to finish my trip; but I still got treated. They took the cast off when I got back home and put me in a walking boot, but still no weight bearing for another two weeks at which point I could start weight bearing as I saw fit. Also the boot wasn't fitted right and I ended up getting a nice big blister dangerously close to the incision. But I got that adjusted and got some padding for the boot and now it fits fine and the blister has since healed and subsided.

Two days ago was the first day for putting weight back on it and I attempted to bite off more than I could chew by walking without crutches. I got about 5 steps before I couldn't handle the pain anymore and had to use the crutches to help me walk. What's great though is that I'm now up and walking without them, but I do have a nice limp going on and it obviously takes awhile to get places because my steps are so small and awkward.

I see the doc again in another two weeks at which point I'm supposed to start physical therapy. I'm real anxious to get started on that. My range of motion isn't too bad given the circumstances; but I can tell I still have a ways to go.

I'm 22 and used to believe that I was invincible. I never had any sort of real serious injury like this and it's been a rough 6 weeks. I'm in the Air Force and live a very active lifestyle and it's been rough not being able to work out the way I used to just a month and a half ago.

But I'm beyond blessed that I had plenty of people to help me out while I was on this business trip and that I have friends and family now that I'm back home to help me with things like getting groceries and such. I live on the third floor of my apartment complex and there's no elevators; so that's been a challenge. But I've been making it through. Good luck to everyone going any similar injuries.

Oct 21, 2010
I feel your pain (ORIF)
by: Anonymous

I recently suffered a broken tib/fib due to a fall down a flight of steps. We live in a very rural area and I was taken to a small community hospital, where I stayed for 2 days. Initially I was told I would need surgery but it was pretty late in the evening, so the Dr. said he would do it the next morning, and ordered a CAT scan to get a better look at what would be needed. The next morning he recommended just re-aligning the bones and put in a full leg cast, and he recommended and was going to facilitate follow up at a larger hospital1 hour away. After the cast was put on he then changed this and said that I should leave it in the cast to heal & come for weekly xrays. I went to stay w/family in a metro area to get 2nd opinion, the ortho here recommended surgery but had to hold off for another wk due to the swelling. so i sat in the cast 3 wks prior to surgery. its been 3 wks now since surgery. I am doing the PT exercises but big toe is completely numb, has been the whole time...the other toes are numb but not completely. I constantly have pins & needles and seems like the pain & swelling are worse when the weather is cold & damp. I'm interested in finding out if others notice the change when the weather is bad? Also, typically, how long does the numbness last???

Oct 19, 2010
non displaced tibial plateau and fibula fracture
by: Anonymous

In the spring I fell and suffered nondisplaced tibial plateau and fibula fracture. Six months later the tibial seems to be healing but ankle and fibula area of leg is very painful - does not accept my weight. My orthopedic dr. suggests a knee replacement. How is a knee replacement going to help with the fibula/ankle pain?

Oct 12, 2010
Tib and Fib ORIF
by: Roy

Hi All

Radial fracture of the left tibia and fractured left fib following a hard landing during paragliding.

16 weeks after surgery involving ORIF I'm walking without crutches, I went partial weight bearing from 12 weeks.

I think that sticking religiously to doing my daily physio exercises has helped my recovery immensely.

Little by little full mobility is coming back.

I also did other exercises to keep up general strength as best as possible e.g. press ups from the knee, sit ups, leg raises etc.

Its a pretty grim experience, you could argue it puts the "grim" in "pilgrim". Doing those exercises has paid off though and I should have no lasting effects.












Oct 08, 2010
Its not always as bad as you hear
by: Anonymous

I've broken my ankles in three separate occasions. I don't have any bones left down there that have not been in a cast. Two of those times required surgery. I have metal in all of my ankle bones now. This is my experience with the worst of the three accidents.

My tibia broke and my fibula was hanging off my foot. They had to put a bunch of screws and plates to fix the tibia and a few more screws to "anchor" the fibula to my leg so the tendons could grow back on them. Then I had surgery again 10 weeks later to remove some of the screws. Total time from accident to when I started walking was 4 1/2 months. It was longer than normal breaks because of the work being done. The real problem is not the bone healing but all the inter workings of the foot/ankle that have not moved in such a long time. Do as much physical therapy as your insurance allows. In my case my foot still hurt 18 months after my accident and I wasn't comfortable with my lateral movement (to play tennis) at least until 2 years after the accident. When you are in a cast, there is nothing you can do but wait. Everyone heals at different rates and your doctor will tell you when the x-rays look good and when you can start walking. The best advice is to not walk on it at all until your doc says to. Also eat as healthy as you can.

Its been 5 years and I am currently in no pain, I can walk just fine, and actually I just ran a marathon last year. There have been times after its all healed that I have felt depressed about it and what not, but I have always pushed through. If its tight, do yoga, etc. Hopefully you'll have the same long term results as I did.

Sep 29, 2010
Tib & Fib break
by: Molly

Hi! I am Molly and I was recently in a scooter accident and was hit by a dually. I broke both my tib and fib in my right leg, it was set, and I had surgery the next day. I have been so upset and it feels like it is very hard to get through all of this. I am on crutches. I am a freshmen in college and pledging a soririty, it seems so hard to not be able to do these things and I am curious about what I have in store? I have a rod and plate and many pins and screws in my leg now and all I keep getting told is to relax. Well it is quite hard to do so when you are in pain and dont know anything. So if someone could please answer a few questions for me that would be awesome! What can I NOT ever do again someone mentioned high heals cant ever be worn is that correct? And what can I do to ease swelling and pain besides elevation, pain killers, and ice?

Thanks,
Molly

Sep 28, 2010
GO SEE A SPORTS MASSAGE
by: Anonymous

4 1/2 months ago, I had a quad bike accident, and shattered my tibial Plataeu into 4 peices. After 8 hours surgery, 9 screws and a very large plate, I was left to heal. I have been full weight bearing now to 4 weeks and Im in pain every minute of the day. Today a man I know A "sports massage" and I were talking, he asked if i would mind if he would take a look. After only 10 minutes of Hard massage, i cried and it hurt like H**l, I found walking easier and not as much hurting, I am now booked in for 1/2 massage until i can stand to take an hour. I have been so afraid of pain when someone touches me that i forgot that I was in pain all day, why not suffer for 1/2 hour and get better quickly.

Sep 25, 2010
43 years later
by: Anonymous

I fractured my tibia and fibula in South Vietnam, my leg was set in the field. I wore a full length cast for 8 months and was discharged 6 months later. Surgery was not an option. I never was able to walk without pain, and eventually needed fusion surgery to eliminate some of the pain. Its been over 40 years and now walk with a brace, cane and have constant back pain.

Sep 23, 2010
Recovering from a tib/fib fracture
by: Anonymous

I had a tib/fib compound fracture in August while riding my horse. After two weeks (and two times of my doctor trying to set and reset the fracture) I had an IM rod put in my tiba bone. About a week and a half later I was able, under my Physical therapists instruction, begin exercising. I use a stationary bike, can do a weight training exercises for my legs as well as upper body and core. Of course my good leg is doing all of the work and the other is going through the motions. It has really helped with my range of motion and with the swelling. You can also do exercises in the pool even if you are non weight bearing like kicks with a paddleboard or walking in water if you have a floatation devise to keep weight off your leg.

Sep 21, 2010
TIB/FIB SHATTERED IN CAR WRECK
by: sarah

Hi, I was in a car accident in January where I broke the entire left side of my body. The worst part, however has by far been my leg, which was pinned in the car for a half hour before I was extricated and flown by Life Flight to the local trauma center. I had a rod placed with screws in my left tibia. They did not fix the fibula, which I am told is standard procedure. I fractured my leg mid-shaft and initially had severe pain in that area but throughout the rest of the healing process it has been across my ankle. It is always painful to walk after I've been on my feet for pretty much anything over an hour. It has been almost nine months and I still regularly walk with a limp, have trouble walking down stairs and am unable to do much of any kind of exercise. It is so frustrating to be so far in the healing process and still in so much pain and limited in so many ways. Does anyone know of an exercise regimen that's worked for them while rehabing their leg? I am willing to try just about anything. I was thinking that swimming would be good since it's low impact and maybe the bike?
Thank you,
Sarah

Sep 16, 2010
Broken Tibia and Fibula
by: Anonymous

On May 25,2008 I broke both my right tibia and fibula playing volleyball. After several hours in the emergency room an orthopedic surgeon came to visit me and told me I would be placed in the hospital to have surgery. The first surgery was on June 2 and the next on June 4. My surgeon was awesome and was able to realign both bones and my leg is not shorter than the other. I wore an external fixator and had screws and plates on both bones. The external apparatus was removed at the first of August and I was then put into a walking boot. No weight bearing until around September 1. I returned to work at that time, but still had crutches for painful days. In February 2010 I was able to walk for the first time with out the boot. This was very painful and scary. I proceeded to get better, however I still have a tremendous amount of pain daily. I have began walking and jogging some, but my ankle is very stiff and swells occasionally. I was told by the doctor that the nerve damage was more than likely permenant. I take vitamin B6 and B12 to help with the nerve damage. I do believe it is better than it was 2 years ago, but will not be the same. I do as much as my body lets me, I work through the pain. It definetly affects the amount of physical activity I can do with my kids and husband. Stairs are a challenge. I just keep trying to work through it looking for new ideas every day.

Sep 15, 2010
Still Recovering
by: dwhines

I was hit by a drunk driver in September 2007 and fractured my left tibia and Fibula. I too have a rod and pins in my leg. I can honestly say that I did not have much pain during the initial healing process however I am experiencing a lot of arthritis pain in both knees, arms, elbows and shoulders now. Just like one of the other comments I too can not run and have very much difficulty climbing and going down stairs. I recently went to the doctor to find out why I had not completely healed from this injury yet. I mentioned that you have professional athletics who have these types of surgerys and miraculously make a comeback in months. She explained that they have a lot of the professional trainers to work with them everyday and unfortunately that is not the case with most people. She also said that there is always the possibility that some people will not fully recover. Meaning they may not be able to do a lot of the things that they could before the injury. I am sometimes frustrated because I am really into exercising and want so desperately to at least be able to jog. I have grandkids and I want to run and chase after them but it is impossible. I must say that I am experiencing more problems now (almost 3 years later) than I did when it first happened. I appreciate you guys and thank you for the encouragement to me and to others. I look forward to reading more post.

Sep 12, 2010
Broken fib and tib - ORIF- Plate and 9 screws
by: Anonymous

HI there,

I had broken my ankle in three places 2 months ago whilst playing football. I had the op on the same day. Discharged from hospital 4 days later in a hard cast. 2 weeks later had the stitches removes and re-casted for another 2 weeks. After this, was the given the aircast walking boot for a month (introducing to full weight bearing with boot only) and now in an aircast brace. Theres is still some swelling and the occassional twinge.
The sweeling does eventually go down but takes time, so whenever you feel your toes turning into chipolatas then elevate and rest. Everybody will have different recovery speeds so dont dwell too much on other peoples progress but be sure you will eventually be back to normal. I know its scary but onve your consultant advises you to start putting weight then you should...your leg wont tumble! just make sure you follow his advice and if he says dont rotate - just up and down etc.. then please follow!

I wish everyone the best and be positive and patient.

Ums

Sep 05, 2010
Quick recovery please
by: Blake

Recently broke my tibia and fibula in football, They broke right in the middle and was a scary sight, I have never broken anything in my life and was very overwhelmed by the surgery and hospital time. I also play basketball which starts a little under 3 months from when the surgery took place to have a rod put in my tibia. I only wear a boot and 2 weeks after surgery am able to put light weight pressure with little pain. just seeking advice if basketball which is my favorite sport will be possible this season and advice on healing, the soft tissue around my ankle and foot are very swollen but doctor said is normal I am hoping to gain full range of motion as quickly as possible but trying to be realistic.

Aug 26, 2010
Swollen ankle
by: Mwiche

Hi Allan celstial,
yours is very common and frankly you shouldnt even break a sweat over it. What causes swelling is the uneven rush of blood and fluids into places which were predominantly inert and the passage is not that smooth as the other good leg. i would recommend a lot of heat therapy to dilate the veins, relax muscles and soften tissues as much as possible but then, apply pressure bit by bit on the swollen leg. SECRET, after exercises, always rest it at a raised angle while seated so fluids do not collect at the foot of your leg. i can most certainly prescribe what worked for me. Sit on your comfortable bed, put a rolled up towel under your knee stretch ur both legs and start making knots and inside out circling movements with both feet always trying to do as well as the good foot. keep counts and possibly do sets of three each session. it wil take you some two or so week before you start feeling very confortable walking around thought the limp will still be there for a bit but will eventually go away.

Aug 25, 2010
Rehab after op fib/tibia
by: Mwiche

Hey guys,
I really liked what anonymous referred to us, as pilgrims, its really cheeky that we are in our postions are we are doing everything possible to get us back.

Heres what i will propose, seeing we are here and exchanging experiences pretty much like...hi, am mwiche and am a brocken. "Hi mwiche' goes the whole class, except here there aint no one to listen to us and then help us deal with out problem. I am therefore going to suggest we start out by dealing with each others situations and share as much as we have expeirenced that our friend could be going thru that way i think we would be helping each other.

So getting on to anonymous (8/24) feeling the electric jolts in your leg/ankle isnt uncommon and with time you will not know you leg used to feel that way when all goes calm. I had a bulge in my fibula that used to give me similar disconmforts probably because the screw through the bone was what could have been causing it, but now three months post op i can most cetainly feel them less. At times i do tease myself in the mirror and try to walk straight without limping and i do a pretty good job of it making me think its only a matter of mental strenght that i will regain my straight posture again. this is perhaps the first recommendation i would throw out to all pilgrims able to at least walk. stand in fron t of a full lenght mirror some few yards away and try to walk towards it doing evrything not to bend this way or that way. Its going to greatly help your stability in the near future.

Another excercise i will recommend is what i read from someone earlier. Try to sit as much as possible all the time moving your brocken leg and try as much as possible to mimic the good one. Move very little while at home coz the little movement you have going will be invaluable outdoors.
good luck guys

Aug 24, 2010
Fib ORIF
by: Anonymous

Hi All,

Enjoyed reading all the comments while recovering from a football injury. Broken fib now with some shiny metal hardware.

Cast came off a week ago (2 weeks plaster, 4 weeks fibreglass). Seeing some really good progress but unfortunately still on crutches. Doing the usual stretches, massaging the ankle and foot spa's seem to help. Set myself a goal to be off crutches by this time next week. Fingers crossed!

Best of luck to everyone else, it is certainly tougher then I imagined, very frustrating 7 weeks!

Aug 24, 2010
stiff ankle
by: Alain celestial

hi wish you coould help me in suggesting some helpfull exercises to reduce the swelling in my feet after the removal of my cast , i cant walk rightfully after the cast was removed

Aug 23, 2010
2 years after surgery
by: Anonymous

I fractured my left tibial platue in 2008. It was really painful I was on crutches for 8 months. Doctors said I would be able to walk and run normally. Not true because now I'm having severe pain and my knee is slanting inward. Can't bend or lift anything heavy. Hopefully a 2nd surgery can help.

Aug 22, 2010
tib/fib fracture April 2010 keeping perspective
by: Daphne- Ontario

Hello all fellow tib/fib pilgrims. Funny how intimately we become aquianted with our anatomy once we lose its function!I have a plate down my Tib with 17 screws and 4 pins through my ankle to my Fibula, also fractured the top part of my Fib in a horse back riding accident.So..I'm 4 months into this process and I think the main thing I'm realizing is to not have "certain" expectations of how it should be or where I should be at by now...it is a slow heal, especially with the hardware. My ankle is still swollen and gets more so throughout the day, I still get shooting pains and what feels like electrical shocks through my ankle and leg. I walk with a pretty good limp, but I can dance really well after a few glasses of wine! I'm taking lots of minerals and extra supplements, do magnetic field therapy, and I have a Chiro doing Graston therapy to break up scar tissue, so my mobility will be less compromised and I swim as much as possible. What I also think I need to keep in perspective is that modern surgery has allowed for this leg to have a chance at being normal again...incredible really.I also think there are no real "accidents" , things happen for a reason, and truly there have been many blessings come out of this..sometimes you just have to be looking to see them. God speed his healing to you all.

Aug 18, 2010
My Healing Process After A Tib/Fib Break
by: Shanda

Hi, my name is Shanda and I had a right tib/fib break. About 6 months ago, I had a car accident and I was so scared. I didn't know if I would be able to walk or use that leg again. I got on the internet and researched that type of break. I saw almost every story end with plates, pins and screws. I PRAYED TO GOD that I wouldn't have to have surgery...Now today, I am BLESSED to say I am almost recovered and by GOD'S GRACE, LOVE AND MERCY, i did it without surgery!!! Thanks CY(BRG orthropedics)

Aug 18, 2010
P.S. Barb
by: Doug

I forgot to tell you. You should not have surgery until meeting with a pain management specialist. If RSD is diagnosed, surgery can and often will make the pain WORSE unless special precautions are made by the pain management specialist prior to surgery. I found out the hard way and had surgery to remove the plate and screws before I knew about the RSD. Too late. My pain levels have skyrocketed, I developed Meniere's disease and pulmonary embolisms from the RSD, and now require oxygen. If you think I'm trying to scare you, you're right. This is very serious. I'm now permanently disabled and still in the military awaiting medical discharge and have already been approved for social security disability.

Many good support groups are available on Facebook. Here's a great group to connect with http://crps.physiciansforpatients.com/

Aug 18, 2010
P.S. Barb
by: Doug

I forgot to tell you. You should not have surgery until meeting with a pain management specialist. If RSD is diagnosed, surgery can and often will make the pain WORSE unless special precautions are made by the pain management specialist prior to surgery. I found out the hard way and had surgery to remove the plate and screws before I knew about the RSD. Too late. My pain levels have skyrocketed, I developed Meniere's disease and pulmonary embolisms from the RSD, and now require oxygen. If you think I'm trying to scare you, you're right. This is very serious. I'm now permanently disabled and still in the military awaiting medical discharge and have already been approved for social security disability.

Many good support groups are available on Facebook. Here's a great group to onnect with http://crps.physiciansforpatients.com/

Aug 18, 2010
To Barbara
by: Anonymous

Your symptoms mirror mine and I've had them for two years now. I was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). As soon as you google search it to find out what it is, you'll be saying...yep, that what I have. Only a good pain management doctor can help you. Ask for a referral immediately as early treatment can reverse the RSD process. If you wait too long, you could have the problems for life.

Aug 18, 2010
fracture tibia/ fibula
by: Barb

I am 8 months out of a tibia/ fibula fracture. I have a rod in my tibia and a plate on my fibula and a total of a dozen screws between the 2. I slipped and fell at home on some tile and banged my foot on the door. I am doing fine now except for one thing. I have constant numbness and electric shock pains on the front of my entire foot. At times, I feel like I am getting stung by a bee, I look down and there is no bee. It feels like a very quick shock... then goes away. The doctor tells me this is due from injury to the peroneal nerve. He said the nerve was damaged in the trauma of the accident and did not give me hope that this will be better in time. I am very sensitive to a very light touch on the top of my foot (actually very painful) and because of that, I can not wear shoes that tough this area. I have to wear shoes that only go up to my toes. I can rub the foot hard but it is painful to a lighter touch. sometimes, even the shower water hitting the foot hurts, or the bed linen touching the foot hurts. I am wondering if anyone else has this problem. And if so, does anyone have any ideas on how to treat something like this. My doctor tells me that I may get some relief when i eventually go back to the operating room to get the plate and all the screws removed in Jan 2011 (the rod has to stay in). I'm hoping this is the case.
well... I really hope everyone here is recovering well. there is life after a fracture!! Good luck to all of you.
Barbara

Aug 18, 2010
mother of two girls
by: Anonymous

thanks for all the work done here to inform people with these type of injury, i got hit by a car and broke both tibia and fibia in many places, i am right now wheel chair bound and i don't want to spend the rest of my life sitting on a wheel chair, the accident happened 1o months ago, there was a rod put in on the fibula but my leg is 4 inches shorter than the other one and definitely i can not walk or bear any weight, i am in terrible pain constantly and doctors have drug me up with all kind of pain pills, i want to get up and go back to work i want to walk again.
i am looking to find people who have had success in there surgery and tell me who i can contact so i can get my life back together again, youre help is much appreciated.

Jul 29, 2010
Left tibia/fibula fracture
by: Mwiche

Hi Nirma (hope got spelling right)
You like me is in a very similar position, left tibia fibula total fracture, Open and internal fixation and now trying to recover. When i read your post i was so excited hoping a competent Ortho would throw in some answers but it seems more aparent this site is a testimony only kind of site where we merely exchange situations without the help of qualified orthos to give us feedback on our issues.

Mine is a Fib/Tib soccer fracture sustained on feb 6th 2010 but the first orthos I met completely misled me...welcome to zambia, Africa!! They applied a pop(cast) on badly brocken bones which were not even aligned! Had cast on for eight weeks and when it was removed, the leg was still 'brocken'! Of course, i could not even dare put a chicken feather weight as it would not bear it, so i sought the opinion of a renowned surgeon in the capital who undertook an open surgery internal fixation and inserted a k-nail and screws.

I am now in the ninth week post surgery and walking with the aid of one crutch tho the pain does come back at times and i resort to both crutches. I do use the experience of friends who had similar injuries except in their thighs and their scanty advise has been somewhat helpful to say the least.

Here is what i gathered. Post op healing and rehabilitation differs from person to person and different people heal at different paces. The only thing to have in abundance is patience and don't put targets for healing as the healing is a long and winding process. go about life normally, worrying very little about your fracture and in time you will be amazed how much you have healed and able to walk.

Lastly, i would still love the help of a competent surgeon on this site to help the 'hurting' masses lol. Take care all
Mwiche-Zambia, Africa

Jul 23, 2010
Ankle Fracture of Tib and Fib
by: Rob

Suffered an ankle fracture injury on April 30, 2010. Riding my Gixxer 1000 when a guy on a cell phone pulls out infront of me in his van. Lucky for me I strattled the pegs and flew over the top of the van, bad part was I struck the ground at a force equal to falling four stories and badly broke the heck outa my left tib and fib. Also broke wrist and several toes on other foot. Had surgery about a week later. My Ortho decided, after reviewing the CAT scan, on an external fixator, pins and screws to the ankle. Having had several motorcycle wrecks in the past, I was no stranger to external fixators and bone breaks; this was the first time I ever broke a leg bone.
Surgery went well. Wrist and toes healed in about four weeks. Stayed in fixator for seven weeks. Used a portable ultra sonic machine while in the fixator, and took high dosages of vit supplements along with hot and cold compression therapy; ironicaly the bones in my ankle healed much faster than my doctor expected. Ortho put me in a walking boot and started therapy one week after fixator was removed with 30% weight bearing. Initially ankle was very stiff and swollen. Been attending therapy twice a week focusing on range of motion exercises. Pain treashold being very high, I have been able to push myself harder than most during therapy. Went back to othor last week for 4 week followup and he said radio graphs showed bone has healed much faster than expected. Was given the go ahead to use 100% weight bearing as tolerated which my therapist jumped all over. I now have about 90% range of motion in my ankle joint; however 100% is unlikely due to a past complete achilles rupture. I find that due to pain and swelling, by the end of the even my ankle is stiff all over again and I must stretch it out come morning. Ankle strength is doing very good. My last therapy session I was walking around an indoor track with no shoes on and standing on one foot (fractured ankle) for thirty seconds at a time. I am also riding a stationary bike for 15-30 minutes at level ten, which the therapist insists is good. I find that when I get thru with therapy my ankle is so sore that I am unable to put much presure on it. I also find that at night I have sharp pains shooting through my ankle area like as if the nerves are just waking up. For any whom have had similar fractures, survived surgery and the tourment or being stuck on your back and hopping around for the past month, know that therapy is no walk in the park.
Healing from an ankle fracture is a long long process that takes many months or even years sometimes to completely heal from!!!! So three months later, I am able to limp for short distances in tennis shoes(because it is definitely not walking) with quite a bit of pain. I am still attending therapy and staying focused that God will get me through this. Stay positive, listen to your doctor and keep believing that it will get better; because it will over time...

Jul 17, 2010
Tibia and Fibula Fracture (ORIF Surgery)
by: Anonymous

On June 25th I was walking down my stairs with my 11 month old in my arms, having just woke up. I was also 36 weeks pregnant (At the time.). I had my socks on and hit a slick part. All I could think of were my children so I threw myself back and held on tight to my daughter. She was fine, I never let her go thus did not put my arms out to try to break my fall and my unborn child is fine as well. I fell down like 7 steps which I tried to absorb the impact on my butt and legs. My left leg didn't take too kindly to it. Fractured my Tibia and Fibula right above the ankle and had to have ORIF Surgery same day.

I'm in my 3rd week of recovery and was happy to find this site. I wasn't having much luck finding a lot of information out there. Everything is complicated by the fact that I'm in Germany and communication is very difficult.

I was released from the Hospital on July 1st and just told to keep it elevated at all times and iced as needed. While I was in the Hospital I had a half splint with an ACE bandage wrapped around it. Due to my pregnancy they made a full cast and cut it in half, only to be worn when I deliver. I had the stitches taken out at two weeks and the Dr. said I needed to come back in 4 more weeks to get an X Ray and depending on how the healing process is going have the screws taken out. I was very dsicouraged to hear this to say the least. I was hoping that at 4 weeks I could start weight bearing. Every situation that I read about here is different. Besides when they put my leg in a "more normal position" I have been unable to take any pain medications due to the pregnancy. But really haven't had a lot of pain. I haven't iced my leg since I've been out. There is still some swelling, and bruising but it's minimal.

I have been doing circles, pointing my toes and holding it, and the alphabet. I just feel so frustrated at the forced inactivity and having to rely so much on my husband for even the most basic things. I have one week of leave left and then I'm supposed to be re-evaluated. My work is down one flight of stairs but I have no idea how I'm going to navigate them. I booty crawl up and down mine here in the house. I'm due in one more week so I have no idea how the cards are going to fall.

I feel like such a big baby. I read here that 6 months later people are still on crutches. It disheartens me. I can't even take care of myself right right now. Chasing down my daughter is a challenge, cleaning is a challenge, getting up and down stairs is a challenge. Adding in a newborn...OMG!

What more should I be doing? Anything?

Jul 17, 2010
Update Tibial Plateau and Fibula
by: jp1092

June of 2009 I broke the left tibial plateau, fubula and tore both rotator cuffs. Schlatker IV on the scale. It has caused my osteoarthritis to go into overdrive. I have had one rotator cuff repaired. The other repair has to wait until my heart arythmia can be controlled. The 3 screws were removed because they were backing out. The leg is permanately damaged. No carteledge between the knee now. The tibia healed in a mal-alignment(common). The doctor said it is modelling nicely. Think that means the leg is returning to it original form on it's own. The limp is pronounce if I don't use a cane. The continuos pain is getting maddening. I go to a pain magement Dr. next week. I have been diagnosed with nerve damaged still 13 months later. Prescribed Topomax and Metanx. Taking the generics. I had to push the surgeon for a referral to a neurologist. I am more optimistic now that I know the nerve damage may be treatable. Neurologist said it heals at the rate of 1cm followup in January. If you have nerve damage(numbness/tingling, etc.) demand an appointment with a neuroligist.

Jul 16, 2010
My Tibia and Fibula
by: Madison

I broke the ends of my tibia and fibula OFF on June 23, and had surgery July 2nd. I have a plate on the fibula, with about five screws, and three screws in the tibia. Yesterday, I got a new splint, thank goodness the doctor gave me an option so I did not have to wear a cast. I can't stand the feeling of the hardware, sweaty incisions rubbing against a hard surface. I got the stiches removed yesterday as well. It is good because with the splint, I have a soft wrap around the incisions and an L shaped splint to support the foot. My foot did start to drop and pushing the foot back was horrible. Overall, glad to get the yucky splint off from the surgery. My new splint is also a little shorter and my toes hang out more which is nice for mobility and washing between the toes. I go back Aug 5th and the goal is to remove the splint and begin physical therapy. I am so glad these support forums are available. I think I would have passed out yesterday when they removed the bandages and showed me the xrays, had I not been online to see other's surgeries. It is also great that people are posting about removal of screws and the time it takes to rehabilitate. Kind of lessons fear of the lonely trail to recovery. This has been an eye opener for sure. What helped me tremendously was having an old friend visit this week for a few days. We went shopping and out to eat, she helped me get things accomplished that I couldn't. I was overloading my family with all of my complaints and needing help with everything, so my family got a nice break too. And we had a blast. Just a thought. No time better than the present to get a visit from an old friend. I use my crutches to go out and a walker and a wheel chair in the house. I tied basket to my walker so I can put stuff in it while I clunk around the house. The other thing that I think has been helpful is to just realize that it is a broken leg, and to take advantage of mindless stuff, watching movies back to back etc...

Jul 16, 2010
My Tibia and Fibula
by: Madison

I broke the ends of my tibia and fibula OFF on June 23, and had surgery July 2nd. I have a plate on the fibula, with about five screws, and three screws in the tibia. Yesterday, I got a new splint, thank goodness the doctor gave me an option so I did not have to wear a cast. I can't stand the feeling of the hardware, sweaty incisions rubbing against a hard surface. I got the stiches removed yesterday as well. It is good because with the splint, I have a soft wrap around the incisions and an L shaped splint to support the foot. My foot did start to drop and pushing the foot back was horrible. Overall, glad to get the yucky splint off from the surgery. My new splint is also a little shorter and my toes hang out more which is nice for mobility and washing between the toes. I go back Aug 5th and the goal is to remove the splint and begin physical therapy. I am so glad these support forums are available. I think I would have passed out yesterday when they removed the bandages and showed me the xrays, had I not been online to see other's surgeries. It is also great that people are posting about removal of screws and the time it takes to rehabilitate. Kind of lessons fear of the lonely trail to recovery. This has been an eye opener for sure. What helped me tremendously was having an old friend visit this week for a few days. We went shopping and out to eat, she helped me get things accomplished that I couldn't. I was overloading my family with all of my complaints and needing help with everything, so my family got a nice break too. And we had a blast. Just a thought. No time better than the present to get a visit from an old friend. I use my crutches to go out and a walker and a wheel chair in the house. I tied basket to my walker so I can put stuff in it while I clunk around the house. The other thing that I think has been helpful is to just realize that it is a broken leg, and to take advantage of mindless stuff, watching movies back to back etc...

Jul 15, 2010
Long Journey
by: Nirmal

Moore, it's a long journey. But you will be fine. Okay maybe the leg will act strange once in a while even years later (like mine still does now, but I am 50 years old and had my accident 2 years ago). But however depressing it is, the body will heal and you will be fine. It kinds of puts life into perspective doesn't it. Physical health, mortality and all that stuff.. it's a good reminder. Hang in there!!

Jul 13, 2010
Marina
by: Anonymous

Thank you Marina for you comments. I am doing a little better now. I am bored out of my mind though. This sitting around is driving me crazy!
I have reached out to my family and friends and that has made a world of difference. Thank you again for your kind words.
Moore

Jun 23, 2010
TRI-MALLEOLAR FRACTURE PLUS DISLOCATION
by: MARINA

Oh, Moore,
I'm so sorry to hear of your situation. It is hard to be alone when you hurt and need help. Is there anyone from your church or neighborhood that can help with meals and light housework?

I'm 58, female and had a tri-malleolar fracture and dislocation on Oct 7, 2009. I'm still working thru it. Thank goodness I didn't have to do it alone. My husband was there every minute the first month plus family and church members kept us fed.

I have to say that this was the most painful experience in my life (and I've had 3 children!). The pain was constant and unrelenting for 3 weeks (had to wait 2 weeks for surgery due to immense swelling). It is now 8 months and I still am walking less than a stroll. I know there was another post with trimal fracture and he is walking after 3 months...that's awesome. The dislocation stretched and tore tendons and ligaments and I developed a huge pressure ulcer on the top of my foot that just recently closed. Nerve conduction tests showed nerve damage, most likely permanent....but hard to tell. The nerve damage causes a constant burning pain.

I, too, wonder what I did to deserve this, but have to realize that although it wasn't a life-threatening incident, it was life-changing.

There isn't a day that I don't wake up and my first thought is my ankle. It still swells considerably if I am up too much OR if I sit at the desk too much. Since I was in bed for over 2 months, my physical endurance is way down and now have back and hip problems.

My life has changed. I will probably always have the hardware because at my age, the screws and pins further weaken the bone if they are removed. I'm still not at work since my job is very physically demanding for an airline.

Hang in there, Moore. HOpefully your age will work to your benefit and you will have a fast recovery.

Look up
www.twistermc.com/christi/87/broken-ankle-2-years-later

www.twistermc.com/christi/.../update-broken-ankle-1-year-later/

You'll see many of us post on these as well.

Take care and be sure to call some friends.

Marina

Jun 23, 2010
TRI-MALLEOLAR FRACTURE PLUS DISLOCATION
by: MARINA

Oh, Moore,
I'm so sorry to hear of your situation. It is hard to be alone when you hurt and need help. Is there anyone from your church or neighborhood that can help with meals and light housework?

I'm 58, female and had a tri-malleolar fracture and dislocation on Oct 7, 2009. I'm still working thru it. Thank goodness I didn't have to do it alone. My husband was there every minute the first month plus family and church members kept us fed.

I have to say that this was the most painful experience in my life (and I've had 3 children!). The pain was constant and unrelenting for 3 weeks (had to wait 2 weeks for surgery due to immense swelling). It is now 8 months and I still am walking less than a stroll. I know there was another post with trimal fracture and he is walking after 3 months...that's awesome. The dislocation stretched and tore tendons and ligaments and I developed a huge pressure ulcer on the top of my foot that just recently closed. Nerve conduction tests showed nerve damage, most likely permanent....but hard to tell. The nerve damage causes a constant burning pain.

I, too, wonder what I did to deserve this, but have to realize that although it wasn't a life-threatening incident, it was life-changing.

There isn't a day that I don't wake up and my first thought is my ankle. It still swells considerably if I am up too much OR if I sit at the desk too much. Since I was in bed for over 2 months, my physical endurance is way down and now have back and hip problems.

My life has changed. I will probably always have the hardware because at my age, the screws and pins further weaken the bone if they are removed. I'm still not at work since my job is very physically demanding for an airline.

Hang in there, Moore. HOpefully your age will work to your benefit and you will have a fast recovery.

Look up
www.twistermc.com/christi/87/broken-ankle-2-years-later

www.twistermc.com/christi/.../update-broken-ankle-1-year-later/

You'll see many of us post on these as well.

Take care and be sure to call some friends.

Marina

Jun 22, 2010
I'm so scared!
by: Moore

I'm 38, and I divorced my husband 8 months before the accident. I'm alone. My family lives 1000 miles away. I should have moved back but I didn't. I fell May 12 and broke my tibia above my ankle. I have a rod and nine pins now and wear an air cast. The knee bike has been so helpful. I'm so scared of what is to come. Will they take the hardware out? When can I start to walk? Will I walk right or will I have a limp? I go back to the doctor on June 24th and I'm sure some of my questions will be answered. I'm going to try to get the nerve up and go to church. I've heard that God doesn't give people more than they can handle but I'm not doing so good. Am I being punished? I feel so useless and such a burden. I have been working on making circles with my foot. It is so tight and painful. What's to come next?

Jun 09, 2010
Tibia & Fibula break
by: Timbowski

near the end of May, I broke both my Tibia and Fibula, and had surgery on June 1 to place a plate and 8 screws in my ankle. Today is June 9, and I returned to work June 7th, but on Lite Duty, so I'm just sitting at my computer. Friday June 18th, I get this splint off my leg, which is wrapped in an ACE bandage. The Doctor said that I'll be in an air cast after that for approx 2 mths, but he was hopeful that I'll be close to my normal 100% after 3 full months. I'm anticipating the Physical Therapy, as well as being able to walk w/o crutches again. I was also hopeful on the 3 mth mark being true, but after coming across this page today, I'm not sure it will be.

I'm glad everyone posted their progress, and will keep checking this site in coming weeks for more progress, which I hope will be inspiration. At this time, I'm still aiming to be up walking around within that 3 mths, to be honest, my goal is 2 mths after I get the splint removed. I'm not going to push it due to possibly further injury, but I am motivated. I do like reading these comments, so thanks to everyone who posted! Now I have an idea of what the next few months hold.

Also, currently I'm on painkillers, the only bad pain since last week that I've had so far is today, and that is because my splint looks warped a little, and seems to be pushing on my ankle. Other than when I go to bend my knee after elevation, like when I stand up, the blood flow toward my foot hurts for a minute or two. Usually, that's the only pain I've had since surgery. 26 year old Male hoping for a speedy recovery. Any tips that I can take will be appreciated, thanks again!

May 15, 2010
Walking after a trimalleolar fracture
by: Stuart

I am post cast removal now about 2 months. Once the cast was removed, I thought I would NEVER be able to walk again. The pain--excruciating. I suffered without narcotics and realized that it takes very long to walk due to a common reason. Most people will tend to rest their foot as much as possible because it hurts way too much to walk on it. It even hurts NOT to walk on it. The way I found to come back to life was to exercise while laying down, twisting and turning my foot to mimic the good foot. And, then, I walked, concentrating on making a good heal toe step. Even if I walked like a turtle, I did it. I am now 2 months into this and I can walk up stairs and Yes, down stairs. And every day I improve. With a plate and 13 screws, my determination is working. You can do it too. You need to stretch all those muscles, tendons, and ligaments that have stiffened up, and strengthen the calf muscles again. There IS life after this. Good luck.

May 10, 2010
Miserable Malalignment Syndrome
by: Cin

Well, I did'nt fracture my Fib or Tib but had My Femor, Fib and Tib cut, turned and rods through Femor and Tib. I am a bit discouraged today because it has been 5 months since my surgery and I am not back to my usual routine. My Femor feels strong for the most part but my fibula has given me greif since day one. When the doctor looked at my Xray a month ago he did say it looked at if it wasn't healing properly. He didn't give much advice but was wondering is it common that one bone don't heal?
I used to be very active and this is starting to make me depressed and wondering if I will have the problem forever.
Anyone that can help would be much appreciated!

May 10, 2010
Miserable Malalignment Syndrome
by: Cin

Well, I did'nt fracture my Fib or Tib but had My Femor, Fib and Tib cut, turned and rods through Femor and Tib. I am a bit discouraged today because it has been 5 months since my surgery and I am not back to my usual routine. My Femor feels strong for the most part but my fibula has given me greif since day one. When the doctor looked at my Xray a month ago he did say it looked at if it wasn't healing properly. He didn't give much advice but was wondering is it common that one bone don't heal?
I used to be very active and this is starting to make me depressed and wondering if I will have the problem forever.
Anyone that can help would be much appreciated!

May 09, 2010
hang in there
by: Anonymous

I had this same injury and surgery in Feb 1999, and I also have a screw backing out (which I found out this year was probably because I was walking on my casted foot too soon...against drs orders). I wore a cast for 8 weeks and then a walking boot for 2months. All but the last month was ordered by the ortho doc to be non weight bearing. I did not do any physical therapy. I was a young athlete and so I did most of the therapy myself. About 6-8 months post op I was walking more "normal". I tried playing coed softball 2 years after the surgery and was only able to play in 2 games, but by the 3rd game I could not run to save my life. It was painful to run, but walking did not hurt. That pain was so intense that I have tended to baby that ankle by not "over doing" it. It has basically worked for 11 years. However, not too long ago I was working at the hospital and I felt as if someone was stabbing a knife in my ankle. I could not put any weight on that ankle. It was excruciating pain...I dont recall it hurting that bad after having the surgery. I need to see an ortho doc and have it checked. Maybe it's time for the plate and screws to come out. Who knows. Hang in there. I think if I had actually gone to a physical therapist I would be able to tolerate a higher level of activity. You are on the right track. It just takes time.

May 09, 2010
hang in there
by: Anonymous

I had this same injury and surgery in Feb 1999, and I also have a screw backing out (which I found out this year was probably because I was walking on my casted foot too soon...against drs orders). I wore a cast for 8 weeks and then a walking boot for 2months. All but the last month was ordered by the ortho doc to be non weight bearing. I did not do any physical therapy. I was a young athlete and so I did most of the therapy myself. About 6-8 months post op I was walking more "normal". I tried playing coed softball 2 years after the surgery and was only able to play in 2 games, but by the 3rd game I could not run to save my life. It was painful to run, but walking did not hurt. That pain was so intense that I have tended to baby that ankle by not "over doing" it. It has basically worked for 11 years. However, not too long ago I was working at the hospital and I felt as if someone was stabbing a knife in my ankle. I could not put any weight on that ankle. It was excruciating pain...I dont recall it hurting that bad after having the surgery. I need to see an ortho doc and have it checked. Maybe it's time for the plate and screws to come out. Who knows. Hang in there. I think if I had actually gone to a physical therapist I would be able to tolerate a higher level of activity. You are on the right track. It just takes time.

May 09, 2010
hang in there
by: Anonymous

I had this same injury and surgery in Feb 1999, and I also have a screw backing out (which I found out this year was probably because I was walking on my casted foot too soon...against drs orders). I wore a cast for 8 weeks and then a walking boot for 2months. All but the last month was ordered by the ortho doc to be non weight bearing. I did not do any physical therapy. I was a young athlete and so I did most of the therapy myself. About 6-8 months post op I was walking more "normal". I tried playing coed softball 2 years after the surgery and was only able to play in 2 games, but by the 3rd game I could not run to save my life. It was painful to run, but walking did not hurt. That pain was so intense that I have tended to baby that ankle by not "over doing" it. It has basically worked for 11 years. However, not too long ago I was working at the hospital and I felt as if someone was stabbing a knife in my ankle. I could not put any weight on that ankle. It was excruciating pain...I dont recall it hurting that bad after having the surgery. I need to see an ortho doc and have it checked. Maybe it's time for the plate and screws to come out. Who knows. Hang in there. I think if I had actually gone to a physical therapist I would be able to tolerate a higher level of activity. You are on the right track. It just takes time.

May 07, 2010
for RSD etc
by: Nirmal

Hi, I think I mentioned in a previous post, the homoeopathic cream Arnica is supposed to be good for post-trauma. I took the tablets after my operation to get the plate and screws out, and applied the cream as well (but not to wound). Since then on a few occasions when I have had pain, I have used the Arnica cream and it seems to have worked. It may be something some of you may want to give a shot. The cream is strictly for topical application, the tablets are good for immediate post-traumatic injury so they are not recommended for later pain, for which the cream is best.

May 06, 2010
RT FX TIBIA/DISLOCATION
by: Anonymous

1st commented 4/6/10. I have been in PT 2x/wk for several wks now. My PT thinks I am doing well and thinks I will be able to go back to work by the end of the month. The problem is my foot and ankle still swell, turns reddish purple, is warm to the touch and there's a burning feeling. My PT has been telling me its normal and ices my ankle before I leave therapy. Today I had to see my Primary care Dr for the first time since my accident and when she looked at my ankle the first thing she said was "have you ever heard of RSD?" I told her I hadnt and she suggested I look it up on the internet. Now I am freaking out. She told me to take vitamin C...I knew this burning and swelling 4 1/2 months out wasnt normal. The only time my ankle isnt swollen is when its elevated. I just hope it isnt RSD and it will heal. I see the ortho Dr for follow up the 25th and will get his opinion.

May 05, 2010
Slow Process
by: Rose

I broke both the tibia and fibula on 2-12-10, slipping on tile floor in socks ad slamming into a 55galleon fish tank. I had surgery on 2-24-10 (It took me a bit to get in due to no insurance. I was in a cast and on super strong pain killers till then. I dont even remember that week.)
Surgery went great. Woke up in the worse pain ever, but was continually drugged until the pain was eased.
I got 7 screws and a plate. The first 1 1/2 months I was on "couch rest" with a splint like cast held in place by massive 'ace bandage' like things, that I couldnt take off. (not a plaster cast - I was told that was too heavy for my ankle break.)
I used a desk chair to get around the house (I recommend this - much easier and faster than crutches). After my surgery I was on muscle relaxers and pain killers, dont remember much.
2 weeks after sugery, that I got the staples out. The outside hurt much more than the inside(40 something total.)Not to bad. I got a big 'air cast' boot,wo/ using the air part. Its bulky and weighty and annoying at first. As the swelling goes down and you loose muscle, the boot gets big.
I am getting my walking boot tomorrow 5-6-10. .
Expect lots and lots of swelling, coldness of foot, numbness, tingling, burning feeling (like lava rolling in your foot), this is just damage from the nerves and should past after a while. It took 2 months till I could feel all my toes when I touched them and the skin near the surgery site is still a bit numb feeling. An ice pack behind the knee helps wonders with swelling and releasing pain!
Also, as soon as you get the go ahead from the dr. to start flexing your foot do so. I would take off my walking boot and pointe my toes. It hurts at first, but it is making things much easier now. I went back to work for about 3 hours, 2 - 3 times a week (on crutches and my air boot) sitting with my leg propped up about 1 1/2 months after surgery. It is very tiring, just to warn you and you do swell if your leg is down. I started going back every other day (6 hours a day) in the middle of March. I still am swollen when I get home.
About medicines: I got off the muscle relaxers a week after surgery, I am still on pain killers. Just a really low dose to take off the edge. I tried to get off them, but I am up and around a lot, so I just couldn’t. I cant drive, as I drive a stick and it is my left leg - clutch leg.
To anyone else who is going through this good luck, let people help you, and it is a slooow and painful process. But you do get through it. Hope this helped a little.

May 02, 2010
TO Madcrip
by: jp1092

My Dr says there is not anything that can be done for the nerve damage. Doesn't have me on anything for it except pain meds. Nucynta. Feels like the nerve pain is getting worse or I a just getting worn out from the constant pain. I have a heart condition also and may not be able to take some of the meds. My rheumatist said I can't take any of the meds for my Osteoarthritis, because of my heart. I still have to have my left rotator cuff fixed.

May 02, 2010
hi pandora
by: Anonymous

oh.. to add to the last comment... I also bought Jobst compression stockings because i am back to work and on my feet for 8 hours. They helped so much. They really do reduce the swelling in my leg which causes the joint to bend better, and help the range of motion. I only wear them for 8 hours and they have helped me tremendously!

May 02, 2010
hi pandora
by: Anonymous

I know its tough. I had the same injury except I added a fracture tibia with rodding to it. I am in phys therapy and just went back to work 2 weeks ago. My accident happened at the end of January. I'll tell you some of the exercises that I do.
you can try the lunge exercise and holding the lunge for 30 seconds to flex the ankle. Do then with the knee slightly bent and without bending the knee. You can just do the treadmill, or the bike for exercise. I am getting fitted for a stretching device called Jaz device. It flexes and extends the joint for 30 min at a time. (look it up on the internet).you can also flex and extend the joint with your other foot and hold the motion for 30 seconds. What ever you do, try to do it atleast twice a day. Also, you can do the conventional gym exercises for the leg muscles to keep them toned. That will help you keep a steady gait when you start walking normal again.
well... good luck.Hope you feel better soon

May 01, 2010
Broken ankle, Rehab
by: Pandora

Eleven weeks ago I fell on ice & broke my right ankle in two places. I had surgery and 7 screws & 1 plate were installed. Now I am full weight bearing with a little bit of soreness & stiffness in the ankle. I have to wear an air-cast brace & use a cane to walk, but after my 11th week. The air-cast brace caused me to develop painful blisters and is uncomfortable because of the blister soreness & pain,so I strapped the ankle with an ACE bandage and walk in slow steps in the house. I have been practicing at home to walk unaided.To go up and down the stairs I use the cane & handrails on the stairs. The swelling has gone down by 96%. I cannot afford to do physical Therapy. I would be most grateful if anyPne could tell me what exercises I need to do in my 11th++ week after this injury. I have been using a Theraband to stretch the joint in up down and sideways motion, pluse I do the letters of the alphabet, rotating my ankle, and sometimes I roll a ball underneath my injured foot.I just want my ankle to return to normal mobility and function. Any advice would be appreciated.

May 01, 2010
Broken ankle, Rehab
by: Pandora

Eleven weeks ago I fell on ice & broke my right ankle in two places. I had surgery and 7 screws & 1 plate were installed. Now I am full weight bearing with a little bit of soreness & stiffness in the ankle. I have to wear an air-cast brace & use a cane to walk, but after my 11th week. The air-cast brace caused me to develop painful blisters and is uncomfortable because of the blister soreness & pain,so I strapped the ankle with an ACE bandage and walk in slow steps in the house. I have been practicing at home to walk unaided.To go up and down the stairs I use the cane & handrails on the stairs. The swelling has gone down by 96%. I cannot afford to do physical Therapy. I would be most grateful if anyPne could tell me what exercises I need to do in my 11th++ week after this injury. I have been using a Theraband to stretch the joint in up down and sideways motion, pluse I do the letters of the alphabet, rotating my ankle, and sometimes I roll a ball underneath my injured foot.I just want my ankle to return to normal mobility and function. Any advice would be appreciated.

Apr 16, 2010
Rt FX Tibia/Dislocation
by: Anonymous

I first posted 4/6/10. Since then I have had post op stitches removed. no problems there. I also started driving again. I started PT and have been put on one crutch, with hope of getting off that in the next couple of weeks. I refused further pain meds, if needed I'll use Tylenol. My foot and ankle are still sore and swollen. My PT said the swelling could last a year. I also feel burning around the ankle and am told that is normal. I am going to try pool PT next week. I do keep my leg elevated as much as possible, and iced as needed. It's been 4 LONG months but I do see the light at the end of the tunnel.The Dr says I should be back to work in 3-4 wks. (if all goes well) so I'm holding him to that. I did apply for SS Disability "in case". All I can say is it is going to be a long road for this type of recovery. Just do everything your DR and PT tell you and follow your own instincts.

Apr 12, 2010
MadCrip
by: Anonymous

To Valjumper: I have RSD too following tib-fib and clavicle fracture resulting from bicycle crash last August. Just had second surgery to get hardware out of leg. I've been on Neurontin (Gabanpentin) since last October. It's a hateous drug. I'm wondering what you were/are on, or what other treatments you've sought for the RSD and how effective they have been? Thanks.

Apr 11, 2010
Schlaker IV Tibia Plateau and Fibula Freacture
by: Anonymous

Broken on 6/13/2009. Non-weight bearing for 4 months post-op. Can walk with a cane. Left hip pain now and degenerative disk disease in low back. Doc. told me I was permanetly diasbled, and could only do a desk job. Problem is I am a unioin boilermaker and do heavy construction for a living. Applying fore SSDI now. Has anyone with this injury gotten the ssdi approved?

Apr 11, 2010
Schlaker IV Tibia Plateau and Fibula Freacture
by: Anonymous

Broken on 6/13/2009. Non-weight bearing for 4 months post-op. Can walk with a cane. Left hip pain now and degenerative disk disease in low back. Doc. told me I was permanetly diasbled, and could only do a desk job. Problem is I am a unioin boilermaker and do heavy construction for a living. Applying fore SSDI now. Has anyone with this injury gotten the ssdi approved?

Apr 08, 2010
response to anonymous
by: Anonymous

Hi... We had the same exact fracture at the same time. I also have a fracture of Tib/ Fib with plated fibula and rodding of tibia on 12-23-10. I have a dozen screws in my leg. I am 100% weight bearing now with a plain shoe on. I felt the boot was slowing me down. It seemed it was causing me to put the weight in the wrong places. I remember when I first started putting weight on the leg, I felt like the leg was going to fall apart. I was very discouraged. Also, the weight bearing causes the ankle and knee to swell somewhat, especially around the ankle! I was told in order to new bone growth and a healed bone at the fracture site, weight bearing on the bone is critical. You really have to just start gradual and increase. I started at 25% then progressed by 25% increments every week until I reached 100%. I progressed on the crutches, then went to a cane. Now I only use the cane at the end of the day when I get tired.My doc told me that the hardware is 100% stable and now its my job to increase the activity with no harm to the hardware by doing that. I am progressing now but very slow! I am working on endurance because I have to get back to work in 10 days to an 8 hour walking day. I find that the key to healing is physical therapy 3 times a week, doing the exercises they give you twice a day, and stop any activity that causes excessive pain. I found that elevating the leg very high ( I bought a wedge at a medical supply store) and icing the ankle and knee every chance you get. Its a very loooonnngggg process. Hang in there, you will get there!! They say that the swelling takes 6 months to a year to subside.
Good Luck..
Babs

Apr 07, 2010
Slow recovery
by: Anonymous

I am currently in my 11th week of a tib fib fracture to my right leg. I am young (18) and healthy but my recovery seems to be slower than anticipated. My doctor even told me that it's the slowest he's ever seen. I've been taking calcium and vitamin D supplements but I'm afraid of how long my recovery may take. Any suggestions on speeding up the process? I am now in a walking boot, using one crutch. I'm trying to walk with non but I still feel sharp pains when I try to full weight bear, though the doctors seem to think it is necessary for quick recovery. I know they're doctors but is this common? And how can I get over the fear of hurting myself or re-injuring my leg?

Apr 07, 2010
REPLY TO ANOYMOUS 06.04.10
by: Anonymous

Hi There, I had the same done. I have posted further down the thread. I also had the pins plate and screw. The screw was because of the severe disclocation on my break.I had the screw removed 7 weeks later as it can cause infection. The pins and plate are staying in, I also have the pain where the pins are and they said it's quite normal(hopefully) Mine is 5 month on and i'm still on crutches. Lost the full movemnt in my ankle and is very painful. The stage that your at now i'm sure it will get easier. Mine has got easier but it is a very long process. Reading some of the reviews, some people have been very lucky and good on them, wish mine had. Been at Physio now for 10 weeks and in the Hydropool which has helped a lot. I do hope this helps, but it will take time.

Good luck at Physio!

Apr 06, 2010
rt fx tibia/dislocation
by: Anonymous

I fell downstairs @ home 12/22/09.I was taken by ambulance to local hosp within 30 mins & in the OR by noon.I have a plate & screws in the ankle & tibia. I had 14 staples on lft side of ankle & 22 staples on rt side of leg. I had a fiberglass cast knee to ankle & after 2wks I felt like there was something sticking in my ankle. the Dr removed the cast & saw nothing so put another cast on for 4 more wks. when the cast was removed & the staples taken out (which hurt more than the break) I was told still no weight bearing. I had to have the screw at ankle removed 4/2/10 & told I can bear full weight. problem is I cant walk without crutches. my foot isnt bending. I have been doing ROM excercises but still stiff. I do start PT this week & am praying I will walk normally again. I am wondering why my dr insisted the screw come out(because it would break) & other drs dont feel its a problem? I go back to him on the 15th for suture removal. I will try to keep a positive attitude. I am now on Cobra with my job for 4mths. I think I will take the advice from previous comment & apply for SSI now.

Apr 06, 2010
rt fx tibia/dislocation
by: Anonymous

I fell downstairs @ home 12/22/09..I was taken by ambulance to local hosp within 30 minutes and in the OR by noon..I have a plate in the ankle and tibia..also 14 staples on lft side of ankle and 22 staples on rt side of leg. I had a fiberglass cast knee to ankle and after 2wks I felt like there was something sticking in my ankle. the Dr removed the cast and saw nothing so put another cast on for 4 more wks. when the cast was removed and the staples taken out (which hurt more than the break) I was told still no weight bearing. I had to have the screw at ankle removed last week and can bear full weight. problem is I cant walk without crutches. my foot isnt bending. I have been doing ROM excercises but still stiff. I do start PT this week and am praying I will walk normally again. I am wondering why my dr insisted the screw come out(because it would break) and other drs dont feel its a problem? I go back to him on the 15th for suture removal. I will try to keep a positive attitude. I am now on Cobra with my job for 4mths. I think I will take the advice from previous comment and apply for SSI now.

Mar 23, 2010
2 years post tibia/fibula fractures--new complications
by: Vajumper

I originally posted here in 2008, following tibia/fibula fractures. The bones healed normally, but I developed a complication called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Instead of getting better, the pain gets progressively worse over time and can spread. I mention this in case anyone else experiences this type of enduring burning pain. If caught quickly (within 3 months), the disease can be reversed. They found it in me 9 months after the injuries. Signs of this disease include debilitating burning pain long after the original injury should have healed. There could also be redness or swelling and typically involves outer limbs. If you think you may have this disease, seek help from a pain management specialist immediately so you don't end up like me--permanently disabled. Google RSD and CRPS for more complete explanations of the signs and symptoms. An estimated 1-2% of bone fractures develop RSD complications. The pain associated with RSD is among the highest in any pain scale--greater than cancer, migraines, or childbirth.

Mar 20, 2010
Knee walker!
by: Anonymous

Someone asked about using a knee walker. After two surgeries to repair a tri-malleolar fracture in my ankle (slippped on ice), my doc recommended one. It has helped with being back to work immensely! I rented one from a local hospital equipment business that can turn and has a basket. I was able to get back to work as a kindergarten teacher a month after my accident. It allows you to have your hands free while cooking or doing things at work and I use the basket a lot to transport things. I have been back to work for 3 weeks now and am now 30% weight bearing. At work I use my crutches or my knee walker depending on what I'm doing. I HIGHLY recommend one for getting around! I was even able to walk 2 miles round trip with it on a sunny afternoon to get an ice cream cone.

Good luck!

Mar 01, 2010
Exercises link
by: Tracy

Found this link that has some pretty good PT exercises - may be too basic for some, but it does help.

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/physical/injuries/010.html

Good luck to us all

Feb 28, 2010
Still Recovering
by: TrudyAnn

I am so glad more people are using this site and I have read so many of the comments of others and you have no idea how it helps.
When I first posted my compound fractures of the Tibia,Fibula causing the dislocation/break of my ankle, being in surgery 3.5 hours and the out come finding I had osteroprosis was very scary!Will it heal? Will I walk? Will all my other bones break? I am not old enough to have all this.. My break was 8/4/09. I was in a boot/cast and crutches for 4 months. I have plates,screws and a pin and glad to say I am walking and for the most part you can only notice my limp in the mornings. When streaching in my sleep still wakes me. As far as physical theraphy, I live in the great state of MI let go from my job so I have no insurance. I have had to read and purchase all the bands to do it for myself. I have alot of crunching feelings that I will be asking the doctor about my next visit. It has been a long road back it seems to me and I do believe I will ever be as it was before, but then the doctor told me I am really lucky I can walk w/out a cane!
I am 48 and very active before this.
Any physical theraphy tips would be appreciated!
Blessings to all...

Feb 28, 2010
Still Recovering
by: TrudyAnn

I am so glad more people are using this site and I have read so many of the comments of others and you have no idea how it helps.
When I first posted my compound fractures of the Tibia,Fibula causing the dislocation/break of my ankle, being in surgery 3.5 hours and the out come finding I had osteroprosis was very scary!Will it heal? Will I walk? Will all my other bones break? I am not old enough to have all this.. My break was 8/4/09. I was in a boot/cast and crutches for 4 months. I have plates,screws and a pin and glad to say I am walking and for the most part you can only notice my limp in the mornings. When streaching in my sleep still wakes me. As far as physical theraphy, I live in the great state of MI let go from my job so I have no insurance. I have had to read and purchase all the bands to do it for myself. I have alot of crunching feelings that I will be asking the doctor about my next visit. It has been a long road back it seems to me and I do believe I will ever be as it was before, but then the doctor told me I am really lucky I can walk w/out a cane!
I am 48 and very active before this.
Any physical theraphy tips would be appreciated!
Blessings to all...

Feb 28, 2010
back to work
by: Anonymous

I originally posted about anyone using a knee walker device. I too had a tib fib fracture and ankle fx with IM rod placement. Just returned to work 6.5 weeks after the injury. I never got a cast, boot or anything! Just an Ace wrap the whole time. Weird considering the extent of my injry - 5 screws at ankle and 2 at knee along with the rod. Am now using a cane and granted am sloooow as molasses but grateful to be vertical. Back to my orig question. Anyone using the knee walker? If so which model worked the best? Anyone else never casted, splinted or booted post surgery?

The best advice is to do all the exercises the PT tell you to and you can pretty much memorize them and do them at home. It might be good for all of us to post the exercises here for those who cannot afford PT or don't have insurance -damn health care in this country sucks. I can tell you that it made all the difference in the world. Was cleared to Weight bear as tolerated and 5 dys later was back at work with a cane, thanks to the PT I had been doing throughout!

Good luck to us all and happy almost spring!

Feb 28, 2010
to Marina
by: Anonymous

Hi Marina,
I too am in this blog. (Babs). I am a nurse. I can tell you from my experience that if you have any kind of ulcer, you should be going to a "wound care center". Ulcers of any kind are very complicated. There is an art to recovery of all ulcers and they should be treated by specialists in wound care. There are many many types of therapies for ulcers. See if you have a specialty clinic in your area. GOOD LUCK!

Feb 27, 2010
Pressure ulcer
by: Marina

Hi,
I'm a 58 yr old female, tri-malleolar fracture with dislocation on Oct 7, 2009, and ORIF with plate, screws, pin on Oct 22, 2009. Non weight bearing until Dec 4, 2009. Complication of wound (dead white tissue) on top of foot that surgeon commented on after surgery. He keeps insisting I hit it on something when I slipped. I didn't and have photos to prove it. He referred me to plastic surgeon on Dec 8, 2009. No one seems to know what or how the wound occurred. Numbness on top of foot. Range of motion pulls on the wound. Surgeon just recently diagnosed RSD, which I don't really agree with. Plastic surgeon tried treatment of wound by 'neglect' and 'wait and see' and then just completed two weeks of Unna boot treatment. Wound is smaller, but still has been 4 months. A family friend in the medical field just saw it and thinks it looks like a pressure ulcer that could have been caused by original splint in ER or during surgery.

Just wondering if anyone else has gotten a pressure ulcer during surgery? If so, how big and how long did it take to heal? How did it affect your therapy and overall ankle rehab? Does it affect blood vessels and nerves?

Also, it would seem to me that a dislocation would stretch and cause tiny tears in ligaments and tendons. Surgeon said 'no' ...it's an either/or situation. You either tear ligaments and tendons or you break the bones. PT said most likely tears. Wondering what others with tri-mal fracture and dislocation have been told.

I can now walk without assistance, but use a cane outdoors. I cannot balance on right foot, and just recently began driving on side streets (where I don't have to floor it to merge!). Range of motion is not good. Still major swelling. Just a matter of 5 minutes in the shower will have my right foot purple, ankle huge and entire right leg reddish in color.

Would love to hear from someone with similar problems.

Feb 27, 2010
UPDATE FROM 05.02.10
by: Anonymous

Hi

I originally posted a comment 05.02.10. Just a quick update, it is now 14 week since i brok my ankle and have had 2 physio visits up to now. I still can't put pressure on my heel and I am walking on my toes with crutches indefinately. I start Hydrotherapy on Monday 01.03.10 so hopefully this will help. I am still under the hospital and I am back to Fracture Clinic on Monday also. I am unable to drive manual or automatic at present but hopefully soon I am able to drive automatic.

Looking at the posts everyone is different as before I found this website i was reading up on other websites and the majority of people who had broken their ankle had been given an Air Boot, but I can't have one for some reason. I do sympathise with you Babs I had never been in hospital before and after 3 operations on my ankle it has knocked me for 6. Just keep your chin up(easier said than done) and don't let it beat you like it has me!

Good luck all.

Feb 27, 2010
Best advice I was ever given
by: Anonymous

Hello All,

as I read this I remember when this happened to me a few years ago. I am a former Marine and was injure during some training. Pins and wires were used to put me back togeather again and a years worth of rehab to boot. I had an old gunny tell me to take glucosamin solfat. I thought he'll why not can't get worse. Well noT to sound like an add for a health food store or any thing just get it. It's cheep and best thing I could have done. I started running jumping and had no pain swelling. I even deploied with my unit. I use it to this day and run 3-5 miles a day and long 8-10 on week ends my docs to this day have no idea how. I realy don't know if the pills are that good or if it's in my head but I works for me. So just try it. It my help and keep up with your therapy I was hurt in 2001 and I still do the All excecises to date hope this helps.

Feb 26, 2010
thanks for the kind comments
by: Anonymous

I'm Babs... thanks for all the kind comments. I am a nurse and have been taking care of patients with the same injuries for over 20 years. It is such a different experience when you are the patient! It gives you a new respect for the patient and how an injury affects all aspects of a persons life. I really appreciate any help that anyone can give me in my daily activities. How we take everyday tasks for granted. Just doing a load of laundry is such a big ordeal!! I really appreciate all the help that I have been getting from friends and family. I will be more attentive in the future to anyone going through a long term process like this. The people helping you in your life are key to a successful recovery! I just hope that in the future I can walk again long distances without pain. I am hoping to get back to work 8 or 10 weeks after the tibial rodding and fibula plating. I'm not sure if that is possible but I am hoping. My injury is still very painful. I am not able to get through a day yet without pain medication still. It has been 5 weeks now. I am taking Darvocet and at night, Toradol. I wish you all good luck on the healing of your injuries. Everything gets better with time.

Feb 25, 2010
for Babs
by: Anonymous

Hi Babs, it depends on what kind of work you do. For work not involving physical activity you should be able to be back soon. It does get better, but slowly, as you can see from these comment threads it could take 1-2 years. But hey, I had a bad break, and I just finished a Yoga session and then ran up 4 flights of stairs - 26 months after the accident.

A lot of the trick is accepting and coping. And staying active too. You can do stretches, sit-ups etc to keep strong. Try swimming soon. You do have to work a lot eventually to keep the muscle tone in the bad leg up to par.

For the sleepless nights, same thing happened to me for a while. I took some mild medication, like Valium (left me feeling hungover though) when it got bad. But I avoided stronger stuff and also avoided getting into the habit.

Good luck! Somehow, you just have to hack it and it will be fine.

Feb 25, 2010
fracture tib/ fib
by: Babs

Hi.. slipped and fell. fracture tibia and fibula. had a rod placed in tibia and plate on the fibula. Non weight bearing for 4 weeks now. I'm in my 5th week and can put 25% of weight down. Still hurts a lot. I can't even imagine being able to walk normally again! I hope to be back at work in 4 weeks from now. Do you think that is possible? I don't sleep at night because of the discomfort in my leg.

Feb 12, 2010
Well done NorCalGirl
by: Anonymous

Good to know it worked out. Pretty much the same case with me, 2 years after the accident. It is a long haul as you say. But I am also finally running now, and muscle is about 90% back, though there are weird aches and pains occasionally. Whew! :)

Feb 12, 2010
Update from fib fracture
by: DaveI

Got a plate and eight screws, the largest screw through to the tibia, to help a damaged ligament heal, on Feb. 1. Follow-up visit today went well; the fracture is looking good -- "You couldn't tell where it was if you didn't already know," the doctor said. There is an option to have the long screw removed once I begin bearing weight. Asked the doctor if, by not removing it, anyone he had ever had problems. He's been doing ORIF procedures for 20+ years and said he's never seen one that, not removed, caused trouble, so odds are I will leave it in. What will happen? After bearing weight for a little while, the screw will BREAK, but, again, he said it causes no trouble. "The big screw, as you can see in the x-ray, is what's holding the whole shootin' match" (he pointed to tibia and fibula held by the big screw) in place, so once you start moving it, it will break. What will happen is, while you're rehabbing, the ankle will be stiff, and then suddenly it'll be more flexible. Then you'll know. ... Never seen anyone have trouble by leaving it in." Since the plate and seven other screws are in forever, I see no point, right now at least, in having another surgery, and being off my feet for another week to heal that up. Doctor said 6-8 weeks longer before weight-bearing can begin. In the meantime, he said, "you can do what I call 'weight bearing for balance,' where you put a little on your heel or toe to keep from falling, but don't go tearing off down the hallway or anything.' (NOT in my plans, so no problem...) So, the story, summed up, is, again, a distal, spiral, non-displaced fractured fibula, perhaps 2 inches above ankle joint. In splint for 4 days after ER visit moments after injury; 9 more days, was in boot. Boot didn't help, as bones began to separate. Surgically repaired 17 days after original injury, and 11 days post-op, healing fine. Male, non-smoker, 39, who likes to drink milk. I heal quickly, but I'm clumsy as all-get-out. Fell down one step in June and sprained both ankles, and four other foot/ankle sprains in my adult life, so I have a history of it, including spraining an ankle once as a child simply getting out of bed.

Feb 10, 2010
Update on Tib/Fib Fracture
by: NorCalGirl

I had my plates and screws out last September, nearly a year to the day of my surgery to repair the fractures. I was in a boot for six weeks after surgery. However, I am now walking and jogging without a limp. My friends have noticed that I can now swim/dive like I did before my accident. While my foot is something of a barometer in this cold weather, I am doing amazingly well. I didn't have any additional physical therapy after the hardware was removed. I can't tell everyone how pleased I am with my doctor and outcome. My co-worker's daughter just suffered a similar fracture over the weekend and had surgery today. I do not limp. I can wear heels (albeit not very high - by choice). I can run. Since getting the all clear to stop wearing the boot, I have been faithfully walking my dogs, and my right leg has gained back much of the muscle tone and is nearly the same size as the left. My scars are still a bit red, but I really don't care at this point. It's function not form at this point that's important. It has been a very long road to get where I am, and there has been a lot of frustration. I did everything I was told to do: physical therapy, contrast baths, exercise, kept my foot elevated, using ice, etc. I started taking some supplements, including calcium, magnesium, and zinc. I'm probably healthier than I've ever been. My foot does swell a bit, but in general, I don't[ have any pain. I do just about everything just as I did before surgery. I hope that everyone else can keep a positive outlook and have as good or better a result.

Feb 08, 2010
Broken fibula 15 Jan 10
by: DaveI

Fell on ice in my front yard and suffered a spiral, distal fracture, non-displaced, of my left fibula. It was actually a very quick, and not messy, relatively stable, facture, since I fell and on impact rolled over. It was surgically repaired on 1 feb 2010 after no improvement non-surgically with a boot for 12 days. It's been a week; five days after surgery, I was using my walker to move around the living room, and began to fall. As I began to fall, reflexively, I put out my bad leg and bore weight on it. While this was EXTREMELY brief, long enough to reflexively put it down (far less than the time to take a normal step), then realize i wasn't supposed to, and bring it back up, it happened twice; the fall took about 4 seconds to take place. I ended up going down, landing on the walker, 99% of the weight going on my non-broken leg, and got a brise and a couple small cuts on the upper shin of the non-broken leg (the "good leg" is fine, even considering that). I fell on a carpeted floor, though the pad beneath isn't very thick, and as I said almost all of my weight went on the non-injured leg when I fell, but I am concerned that the fall may have aggravated my injury. I've broken a clavicle, mandible and radius/ulna in my life, and don't recall it hurting a full week afterward (only the mandible required surgery, though; the arm got a cast and the calvicle was strapped into position which took 12 weeks). Any experiences/ advice? I go back to the doctor who worked on me on 12 Feb and the pain I feel around the break worries me. Should I worry? I'm thinking that if I bent the plate or caused further bone damage, it would hurt every bit as bad as the original injury. While it hurts (up to a 5 on the 1-10 scale, every now and then), what can I expect and what are your thoughts? Thanks in advance. - Dave

Feb 07, 2010
Tib/Fib with ankle involvement
by: Chris

I'm 51 y/o and fell 15' in October. 2 operations with external fixators. Metal on both tib/fib with a poop load of screws. Bearing wt. walking on Jan 27th. However, no PT until March 10th earliest. I hope to be running again this summer. Hurts, swelling, green scar may require skin graft. Flat feet don't help at all. Good luck to all.

Feb 05, 2010
Broken Ankle/Orif Surgery
by: Anonymous

Hi All

I broke my ankle on the 27th November and also has pins and plate then a week later had a screw put in to pull the 2 bones together. I had a cast on for 8 weeks, 2 weeks ago had the screw removed and next week have the stitches out. My foot/ankle is also very swollen and i cannot put pressure on or wear a shoe and have been told to still use crutches. I start physio in a week but the fracture clinic surgeon has told me it will be at least 12 months before i am back to normal as it was a very serious break. An air boot wasn't an option for me for some reason! I am interested in how long it is before any of you were able to drive? Also doesn't it annoy you when people do not understand how serious a broken ankle is.