Broken Tibia, Fibula, Talus, dislocated ankle & ORIF ankle surgery

by JC
(San Diego)

Almost 4 months ago, I dislocated my ankle and broke my tibia, Fibula, and talus. I was hiking on a steep trail, lost footing and fell hard on my ankle. I had ORIF surgery-a plate and 6 screws put in. I started physical therapy two weeks after surgery and went every week and have been good about doing my strengthening/ range of motion exercises--at least 3 sessions a day, mostly 4-5 sessions a day. I have been using a stationary bike and swimming for 3 weeks. I have been walking in shoes for about 6 weeks, and can walk 75% of the time without a limp. Going down stairs is awkward, but getting better.


My calf muscle is still much smaller than my other-how long until the muscle comes back?

I had been an avid hiker and runner--did about 22+ miles a week and wonder if I'll ever run again? If so, how long until I can do this?

When I stretch my Achilles tendon, heel to the ground and bend my knee, I feel a lot of tightness on each side of my ankle, especially the side with the screws. Is this normal?

Thanks a lot for your help!


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