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Hi there! I'm 20, and broke my tibia and medial malleolus fairly badly on June 30th. I had surgery on July 3rd and was put in a plaster cast. I just got back from my 2-week post-op appointment to see how I'm progressing. The x-rays looked good, and they removed my staples (ouch!). Thankfully, I didn't have to get a fiberglass cast or anything, and they just moved me into an air-boot (I think that's what it is, I mean, it has an air pump thingy built into it?) Well, everything was going fine until I got home and sat/lay down. The incision sites are covered with a few strips of tape, but they are burning/stinging like NO OTHER. It's almost worse pain than when I broke the ankle itself! Is this normal? And does it subside after awhile?
I'm still NWB and will be for a few more weeks, but I'm allowed to take the boot off to shower and just while laying around to do light ankle exercises (like moving my toes up and down and moving my ankle back and forth). I have to sleep with the boot on though, of course.
But the burning/stinging pain in my ankle where the incisions are is almost unbearable! It makes me wince and literally makes my leg/ankle muscles spaz (which doesn't help!) I've tried deflating the boot and also putting as much air in it as possible, but neither one is better.
Has anyone else experienced this much pain with a boot? Will it go away and if so, when?! This is terrible!
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