Accidently put pressure on broken ankle.

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I had bimalleur ankle surgery 4 weeks ago.  I was just sitting on the recliner and reached for a blanket.  When I came back my foot missed the rest on the recliner and hit the floor.   Has something similar ever happened to anyone?

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    I accidentally stood up in the middle of the night on my broken ankle because I thought I heard someone breaking in. It HURT, but no damage was done. If pain gets worse or swelling increases you might check with your physician.  Honestly, I think almost everyone recovering from an ankle injury accidentally puts weight on it at some point during the healing process. Unless the weight bearing is sustained, there is probably no problem.
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    Hi Shelley, 

    Yes, I've put weight on my ankle... after surgery. It hurt but guess what? I did it again! Mostly when I was going to the bathroom! I mean, how hard is it to get in there on one leg and try to sit and pull panties up.. lol just keeping it real! 

    Sorry  I am making light of it but it happens. My doc wasn't concerned at all. Your pretty protected in that cast.

    Good luck!

     

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    I had the same surgery as you on Jan 2nd. I did the same thing week 3 and week 4. One of the times I put it down pretty hard because I was falling. No harm was done and my bones were healing beautifully on X-ray at my 6 week  postop. I’m sure it’s pretty common and the boot really gives you a lot of protection.
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    Hi Shelley,

    I understand your worries. Probably many of us recovering ankle patients have had our little accidents where we inadvertently put weight or stress on the bad ankle.

    If you were wearing a CAM boot properly at the time you likely did no harm. If not, something may have happened to the bone setting-- however at 4 weeks post-surgery your fractures were likely healed enough to take the blow without harm. That assumes your bone fractures are healing on schedule.

    When your physician takes another set of x-rays in your recovery it would reveal if anything actually did happen. But I doubt it.

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    It's common. I did the same 4 weeks after ORIF for trimal facture. I finally was not feeling any pain, and completely forgot I had a broken ankle/cast on. Was kneeling on knee scooter at kitchen sink, and stepped down on foot with cast, quite a bit of my weight. It hurt...so much that I went to the doc 5 days later because I was still having pain. Xrays confirmed everything was OK! It was a step backward in my pain experience though.

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    I believe we’ve all been there. I’m about 4 weeks post op as well and I’ve accidentally put weight on my ankle a few times. Mostly because my crutches slide on my hard wood floor but one time because I was in a public restroom and panicked trying to turn around. I panicked too, and I do believe it increased the swelling but no damage was actually done. Believe me, I understand the concern. But you’re fine!
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