Accidentally stepped on broken ankle

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I’m 4 weeks post breaking my tibia in my ankle and 3 1/2 weeks post ORIF surgery to fix it with two screws. This morning while trying to feed my cat my crutches slipped and I went backwards. I landed on my bad foot before quickly snatching it up. I am in a boot and cleared for 50% weight bearing and had no pain at all when I stepped on it but I’m terrified I did something because that was more like my whole body weight for a second not 50% about 30 minutes after doing this I still have no increased pain but it feels slightly more swollen. I’m also 16 hours away from my doctor because I’m on vacation in Florida that he cleared me for!

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    I disagree with calling doc, I think your pain is your guide, you had a boot protecting you which is why they make you wear them, and I bet everything is just fine. I banged this and that with my cast and boot accidentally, clumsy,  I did no harm. Just slow down when feeding kitty lol. Plus, what is the doc going to guess on the phone, he wouldn't know anything w/o an X-ray. 

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    And by the way, I could never figure out the partial weight bearing when I was told to do it. How do we really know the percentage of weight we are distributing exactly, haha. I guess my point is you may be putting more weight on it than you think anyhow, so the likelihood of damage seems slim.
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      Thanks for the response! I’m not even worried anymore because 24 hours post doing this I still have no pain and my ankle looks the exact same so I’m good.

      My doctor gave me a really good tip for partial weight bearing! He said use a scale and push on that foot till it shows half my body weight and then I know how much pressure is ok.

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