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Good evening everyone!

I had an orif done in my ankle just over 4 months ago.

Things are going alright I think, back to work and walking full time on my ankle. If I walk on it to much or tweak it the wrong way, etc. I find that I still have pretty bad pain and swelling in the ankle, sometimes to the point of trouble walking and needing pain medication.

I was quite athletic before the injury, over a year ago now, as it was a sports injury.

At this time I feel like it is time to start using my foot more maybe, jogging and trying to be more active on it, a year without sports and activity seems like to long now.

The problem I'm having is, the closer it gets to trying to use it more, the more nervous I get, and almost feeling like I should wait to move farther ahead.

Did or does anyone else have the same type of feelings?? Was just wondering if anyone had pointers or tips on how you motivated yourself and got over the nervousness would be awesome.

Thanks eveeyone!

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    Hi. I just same surgery may2nd. Are you in a boot stl or a brace? I'm still in a boot non weight bearing going on11 weeks almost. Stl have pain. A little nervous for fill weight bearing and going novo to work because i am on get all the time at work. Keep us posted about howtest of recovery goes.

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    Have you talked to your surgeon about this? I'm guessing that he'll say to do what you can stand to do and stop when the pain tells you to stop, but you should get his final clearance on the issue. If you're having trouble walking then jogging may not be a good idea.

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    Hi Matthew I also had the orif in march broke my fibula and end up with plate and screw . I still have some pain if I walk and stand for long time . Swelling is the pain issue my PT is now pushing me to do little harder exercise but after little bit of exercise I feel so tired and my thighs feel pain too may be just Bcz I was non weight for 3 months
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    I had the ORIF after a trimalleolar break in April 16, I was the same going from being active and running 3 times a week to nothing was pretty difficult!

    After 4 months I still had problems with the incisions healing but my doctors assured me that the actual bone work was fine and that I could move around as normal and exercise as much as I felt I could.

    In the August I started with yoga and the odd short run, with plenty of rest days in between - I found it was just a matter of confidence and once I'd been for the first short jog round the block I felt happier that I could manage.

    Don't push yourself and rest in between work out days.

    I'm over a year down the line now and I still have pain if I try and do to much - but I've run 3 times this week and although I'm limping a bit today I know it will ease in a day or so!

    Good luck

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    Good morning everyone!

    Thanks for your advice and help!

    I have not used a brace or boot for 3 months now. Last time I seen the surgeon, said my bone was healed and the screw was fixed where it should be. PT gave me stretches and activities to help with the progress of my ankle and getting it back to being able to do activities on it.

    I've noticed lately that I get pain in the surgical side or the outside of my ankle, and then in the back of my calf as well, but I'm guessing that is from not using it and starting to use muscles in it again.

    I think the biggest step will be actually trying to use my ankle for more activities, And not pushing it to hard.

    Looking forward to this new step and trying to make forward progress!


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