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I broke my fibula and tore a bunch of the ligaments in my ankle / foot in september, approximately 7 months ago. I had double surgery, one was an emergency surgery to put an external cage with multiple rods through my foot and shin to hold my foot in place and then a few days later I had ORIF surgery to place a rod and 6 screws in to heal. So far everything has healed and I have gone through physical therapy.
I've started running on it for a couple months now slowly increasing the distance and speed, however, for approximately the first mile, sometimes longer, I have a bad limp. It seems as if I limp due to my brain not trusting my ankle. I generally do not have any pain in the ankle or the site where the plate and screws are its just as soon as the ankle that had the break touches the road my other foot immediately tries to take the weight off the bad leg. Limping while you're running for a mile starts to take a toll on my lower back and other parts of my body. If I can make it through the first mile the limp goes away and I can run as long as I want.
So my question for those that have fully recovered or those that have had this issue how did you go about addressing it? I don't feel any ankle pain any more it seems to be just my brain subconsciously not wanting to trust my bad ankle. I would like to get back into running. I have asked my doctor about it and she suggested just continually running and repetition, however, the last few weeks it seems to have gotten worse. As soon as I start running I'll start limping and my lower back immediately starts hurting bad and I have to stop. I can't really run and have repetition if I have to stop immediately. Any tips, advice or maybe some exercises you have used would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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