6 weeks post ORIF...advice

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So I'm 6 weeks out from my ORIF and was supposed to have my x rays tomorrow to see of I could start weight bearing. The surgeon just called and had to reschedule for next Friday. I'm so upset and I'm pretty much done with this stuff now. My question is, how do you start weight bearing? Do you just stand up and start walking or do you ease into it slowly?

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    Hi Melissa,

    I got the go ahead to weight bear 11 days ago, are you doing PT? Its important so you walk correctly and do exercises to strengthen and get more range of motion in your ankle.

    I realized it is best not to walk without crutches initially, start slowly with light toe touches to see how it feels to put a little weight in your foot, slow and steady.

    also when I started walking without crutches I was walking barefoot, it is better to wear either a under armor flip flop with the velcro band opening or go walk sketcher sneakers. 

    It has been a little uncomfortable, but not painful if you gauge the amount of weight you put on it and go slowly from there.

    PT is necessary no matter what your doctor says.

    thoughts and prayers for you.. its not an easy journey

     

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      Thanks for the advice!

      I have been doing PT since week 3 just non weight bearing. My ROM is about 95% of what it was previous to the injury. I have no pain and I'm just ready to walk again. I just can't bear the thought of having to wait another week to get the go ahead.

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    We all are very aware of how frustrated you are right now and what choice do we have but to go with the flow. Acceptance of how long recovery takes is a big step. When my surgeon wrote "ongoing for two yrs " on my medical certificate I thought Bull...t after about two months I just had to think it is what it is. Take any improvement as a big step.  The mental aspects of this are as debilitating as the injury. I fear walking in case I fall . I cannot sleep without a night light in case I trip I fear driving in case someonebingles me. I do walk I do drive. I flew to other side of Australia because I was fearing going out my front door. When I fear it I tackle it. Don't let it become who you are. When you start to walk it hurts you will walk like an extra in the living dead movie. But you will walk. I take a walking stick out in public to protect myself. Really it's a weapon in case someone hurts me.  I hate curbs uneven surfaces and grass.on 25 aug will be 5 months. But I'm back at work. I can walk. I'm lucky.  

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      I'm having a hard time. I just want to stand up. I have been counting down the days and to have the surgeons office call the day before and tell me that I'll have to wait another week is devastating. I just want to do it now. I'm over this injury

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    I was 9 weeks non weight bearing just start slowly with crutches not too much weight at first . Slow process I'm afraid just walking with a bit of a limp  after nearly 17 weeks since op . I know it's frustrating but don't do too much too soon .Good luck

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      So should I just try it and stop if I feel pain? I don't have any pain at all when I move my foot around or anything. I sometimes feel a little stiff but that's it. I'm pretty sure I'll be fine and I just can't do another week of this. I was so excited Bout tomorrow's appointment and get cleared to weight bear that I fell apart when they called me to reschedule today.

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      You really have to stop and think about the situation mellisa. Even if yr appt was still going ahead doesn't mean to say that you would of got the OK to start weight baring. Please don't take it upon yourself to walk if you haven't had the OK. All you want is to go backwards for the sake of a were. I know where your coming from, this is one hell of a journey and not a easy one. I'm 18 weeks in now and still not able to walk without a bad limp and not far without using a crutch. It's frustrating I know and we have been where you are, I could never see a light just anger, frustration and depression, scream if you must I did loads. Just hang on in there, we are here for you. Come back onto the forum when you need to vent or moan, there will Lwayz be someone here to talk things through with you. We have a long journey ahead but we WILL get there. Sx

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      Ps. I had no pain what so ever until I started to weight bare, then hit with avengance at week 12 once I came out of the boot and still have pain today, but get easier day by day (18 weeks now) sx
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      You're prob right. I'm honestly feeling devastated. I have been counting downn the days and then to get my appointment rescheduled is awful for me. I feel so terrible.

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    Question, I'm having my cast off Monday and will be getting a boot for wb. How often do I have to wear the boot and what will I have on my ankle while I'm sleeping!!!

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      Hi when I wrnt into my boot the only time I had it on was to walk with crutches around the house and while out walking. Never had it on when resting or sleeping. Best to ask at yr appointment. Good luck. Sx
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      I think it depends on your Doctor. I had my cast off on Tuesday & have to wear this book 24/7 for another eight weeks. Not much fun to sleep in. I don't think I've slept anymore than four hours a night since I got this blessed thing. 

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      I'll be honest I barely wear the boot. I only put it on if I'm going out to the car and take it off when I get there. I only wear it when I'm walking outside.

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      I think we're all so different because surgeon all give different advice. Itch boot killed me every part of me. I wore it to bed twice cried all night I wore it a week and a half of agonising nerve damage   Hips hurt back hurt. Threw the thing away. Surgeon said goo as it's suppose to support not hurt. And then I heard about all the horror stories of damage boot does to other parts of body if you don't walk evenly. I think from memory you were getting an even up shoe. I hope you walk straight level and heal well. Ask your surgeon lots of questions. 

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