2 months post surgery

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I had surgery to repair a fractured ankle 2.5 months ago. I have pins and rods (broken in 3 places). My surgeon tells me I should be walking without any aid (ie walker, crutches, etc) but I still don't have complete mobility. The swelling and pain is more in my toes and ball of my foot. Is this normal? I still don't have total feeling in my foot yet and can not bend my toes completely. How can I be expected to walk??

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    It is a presumptuous idea to walk without any aid 24/7. Trust your gut on it. I used crutches, as needed for up to 3 and a half months. I am 7 months out from surgery now and walking fine. Massage your toes. Ice and elevate at home at night. I don't ice anymore. But I do get my feet up on the recliner part of sofa, when I can. My hardware includes eleven pins and a plate. My surgery was a triple ankle arthrodesis and a metatarsal fusion with a plate and a ligament repair.

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    I am 3 months from DOI and I am still not walking. I can't put any weight on my foot at all. My nerve damage is very bad from the knee down and I have developed CRPS which causes constant burning and pain. What my PT told me is that the Ortho surgeons are not on the same page so to speak. When I told my PT that my surgeon says I should be walking, and my PT and I are still working on baby steps.. he assured me that it takes time and not to worry too much, just to make sure you strengthen it everyday with exercises and movement. I'm still using my knee scooter to get around even though I'm sick of needing it. We'll get there soon...

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    I am 3 months from DOI. My doc put me in a walking boot 6 weeks ago, but I am still NWB. He wants me to be able to stand on my own by January 13th, 3 month mark, and I just don't see that happening. I don't even have full range of motion to put my foot completely on the ground. I feel like I am trying to push myself to stay on that timeline but I don't want to overdo it. I have osteoporosis which he feels contributed to the break being so severe. But I don't know what to do. I don't want him to think I am not trying. When I put just a little weight it felt like someone shoved a hot poker up my leg. So I am just listening to my body. Eberyone heals differently. Be patient (easier said than done); I have not stood on my own since October 12th. But I yry to mot think of

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