Ankle Surgery

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Hello i broke my ankle 4 months ago i went for ankle surgery to get srews and plates, after 4 months i still cant put weight on my foot, still not walking and have alot of pain when i try to put weight on my foot.

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    Hi,

    Have you been going to physio and doing as much excercise as you can whilst just sitting down?

    I broke mine just over 2 weeks ago and had my operation only 2 weeks ago yesterday and today I went for my first physio session. The therapist told me the more excercise I do now the easier it will be when it comes bearing-weight on it.

    Chelsea

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      Hello yes im going for physio twice a week but i still have alot of pain if i put weight on, go move my foot up and down a bit now but to the sides not yet. This is very bad and makes me stress alot
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      The whole experience is stressful but each person takes longer to heal than others. I'm obviously only 2 weeks post op and have only had 1 physio session so far. Just about to do some excerses now so I've still got a long way ahead of me until I am up walking around as I'm I've still got another 4 weeks in cast. I really hope the pain eases off and you are back up on your feet again soon.

      Chelsea smile

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      Hi Chelsea,

      I saw an earlier post you made about your concern for getting phyical therapy so soon after your surgery, but can't find that one to post on.  I had ankle surger 11 days ago where they put in a metal plate with 7 screws.  Yesterday was my post-op follow-up and the removed the cast (splint), took out the stitches and gave me a walking boot.  I was actually shocked they didn't put my ankle into a cast, but my doctor told me to keep the boot on, but I can take it off while relaxed in an elevated position.  I actually went back to work today, and frankly my ankle wasn't feeling the best all day.  I start PT this Friday, but like you, I'm concerned my doctor is rushing me through.  Did your doctor take of your cast at your post-op surgery appt?

      Eric

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      Hi,

      No, I've still got my cast. When I had my post-op appointment it was just a cast of taking the stitches out and putting the cast back on. Mine is a removable one as the Physio gave me excercises that I had to do. My appointment for cast removal is actually tomorrow.

      Despite any pain, are you still walking? If so maybe that's why they gave you a boot. I broke mine in 3 places and had wires and a plate put in but I was told to be non-weight bearing for the full 6 weeks which is probably why they have left my cast on.

      I hope that's of help to you.

      Chelsea

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      No, I'm not walking at all, and the doc doesn't want me to put weight on for another 3-4 weeks.  I suppose it's still protected in the walking boot, but the boot is painful to put on and take off, and doesn't quite feel as protective as my cast did.  I just thought it was pretty quick to be out of a cast, and was wondering if others experienced the same thing after their surgery.  Although mine didn't break in 3 places.  Distal fibula with some ligament damage too.  Thanks for replying.
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      My cast was quite painful to remove and put back on the first couple of weeks, but now it's completely fine. Yours is still fairly recent so I would imagine that it's still really painful. Don't forget to take painkillers if you need to! 

      Your PT should be fine, is it your first one? I was just given a few gentle excercises to get my ankle moving for example by just flexing my foot up and down and to either side. 

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      Yes it's my first one.  Really amazing that just 3 weeks after hearing my ankle snap, my doc thinks its ok to start moving my foot up and down.  I guess I'll have to trust his judgement.  Thanks, Chelsea.
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      I felt the same, I think it was 2 weeks since my op that I first had my physio. As you, I was very nervous. By as my physio therapist correctly said the plate and screws are there and keeping your bones secure. I was told that the more I do now, the more it will pay off when I am trying to get back up and walking again.

      Good luck to you and wishing you a full recovery! 

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    Hi my Ankle fuse wasn't a strait forward fuse ,7 years ago I had my tendons switched  I sake the consultant  who fused my ankle what about the tendons I has switched ? He said that they will be obsolete  whether that has got anything to do with the pain I'm in when I put weight on my ankle it doesn't hurt 
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      Ops I didn't get to finished my last post it ended  when I put weight on my ankle it's not the ankle that hurts it's a bone that's underneath my smal toe , it's just as If there is a stone in my shoe it really hurts apart from that ind be ok but it really is stoping me from going anywhere,when I press on the pit feels like a bone,does anyone know if it has anything to do with the hind foot ankle fuse ?
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    Hello yes im going for physio twice a week but i still have alot of pain if i put weight on, go move my foot up and down a bit now but to the sides not yet. This is very bad and makes me stress alot

     

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    Hi Liza I was the same 4 years ago when I broke mine. I was in cast for 6 months before i could have my screws out. I found that keeping my foot warm with a hot water bottle or a heat pad helps to ease it and make it easier to do my physio exercises. Try investing in a foot spa, really loosen up your foot I do 10 minutes beofre and 10 minutes after my phsyio exercises or if it flares up at all. Keep on top of your tablets. It takes time. It took me a whole year to be able to get back to waling properly! Keep it up!
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