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Hello all, just looking for some insight on recovering from ankle surgery. I suffered a fractured medial malleolus and fractured talus on may 21. I had orif surgery done on june 10th (needed to reduce swelling and normailze white blood cells). I have a plate and 6 screws in there now. I was put in a camboot before the surgery, then in a splint for 3 weeks after the surgery, and now in the boot again.
Per the doctor's orders, I started weight bearing about 6 weeks after the surgery, and started walking with the boot (with a severelimp) at about 8 weeks. I started physical therapy at 9 weeks and the therapist said i should use atleast 1 crutch as the limping will be bad for my hip and gait. After a week of PT i moved closer to work (I started on august 22nd) and therefore switched therapy places. 2 sessions in, the new therapist tried a balance exercise, which didnt go well. and said i should use 2 crutches again because i picked up some bad habits from limping/relying on 1 crutch. Using 2 crutches will help me walk straight again apparantly. The reason for the limping is because i still feel pain when i have my full weight on the bad ankle. it just feels like it cannot support alot of weight. I got really depressed as moving to 2 crutches felt like a step backwards.
When walking with 2 crutches i still put most of the weight on the ankle, just use the cructhes for balance, and to walk straight. I have very little to no dorsiflexion, and is actually painful when i try to stretch it dorsally. plantar flexion is ok, but dorsiflexion is what really bothers.
Im actually confused because the doctor said i can move from the boot to a sneaker this week, but the therapist advised me otherwise, as it will not only be painful, but I will be limping again. The doctor said next time i see her (september 2nd) i should be walking with no crutches and in a sneaker. I dont know whose advice to follow. I was going to start practicing walking with the sneaker this weekend, but not so sure anymore, as the dorsiflexion is painful when i try taking a step with the other foot.
It will be 11 weeks post surgery this friday (8/24). and i really thought I would atleast be walking with no crutches by now. I am really worried at how much longer it will take to walk with sneakers and no support.
So im just loking for some motivation and advice from people that went through similar issues.
Thank you in advance
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