Ankle surgery repair

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I broke my ankle and wrist am 6 weeks after surgery for ankle pins screws and plate was told do not need physical therapy but I am so afraid to try to bear weight on it does anyone know of a website to help me??? Frustrated beyond belief!

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    I am in a walking boot was prescribed a cane to aid walking and also have a knee scooter
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    Lisa, so very to hear of your injury.  You will find this forum a great source of comfort, inspiration and information.  There are so many sights with great info.  I find this one particularly good:  [url=medicine.missouri.edu/ortho/trauma-faq.html#1]medicine.missouri.edu/ortho/trauma-faq.html#1[/url]

    I put it in this funny format so it hopefully won't be blocked by the moderator

    Ron

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      Alan, sorry about that.  I just wanted her to have the information asap.  Will adhere to the rules in the future!  Ron
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      Did some walking on my crutches in SF today. Kind of crazy, but I had someone walking right in front of me, to catch me just in case I fell, otherwise I wouldn't have tried it. I took it super slow. Went down these steps in the photo here, but no way I could make it back up them, without feeling like I was going to fall backwards. The only reason I could do them is because of the 75%WB ability now, and not having any other complications so far.  Also, I needed to get somewhere and parking in SF is impossible, so the choice was either go down the steps or stay home, so I had to try.  Also took a shower for the first time this morning. Got a little afraid when I closed my eyes, to rinse the shampoo off, wonderng if my balance would hold me, but it all worked. Woohoo! Made my week! Step by step...we will actually move forward!
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      Sorry for posting the photo twice. I did a screen shot from Google maps and it was small enough to post and send. 
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      Patti123,

      I can't find your original message. I just found this support group. I just finished surgery and stitches have been removed. It is late. I will follow up later. I liked what you briefly read of your experience. I need a cheerleader.

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    Lisa, you came to the right place! You are not alone!!! We're all in the same boat and your questions are sure to be answered here-- I will tell you right off that 6 weeks is early for putting your full weight on that foot! You will probably get a boot and then use your crutches or a walker so you can put a little more pressure on it each day. This experience for me has been like watching a plant grow ! Every day it gets the tiniest bit better until one day you'll see you have full weight on your foot and you barely saw it happening! I have found two salves that have helped my ankle feel better: Solomen's seal and Comfrey. You can start using these once the doctor tells you the break has knitted together properly. (Google them to learn more).

    I have 2 plates and many screws, and my right ankle was broken in 3 places. Month 4 for me and it's still swollen and stiff but I'm walking on it with no aid. My stride is far from smooth but it will come with more exercise and time.

    Welcome to this site and remember Slow n easy does it!!

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      Hi Gracehopper,

      I am in a boot and took my first step on

      My left leg with the aid of a boot and a cane I will try those salves thanks for that tip!

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      Gracehopper- Is the Solomen's seal you take a liquid form you ingest or a cream? Glad to hear you are walking without any aid!
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      I actually went all in and got the liquid extract drops,(under tongue), the salve, and the magnesium spray. It came as a set. But the salve I think is the most helpful. :-)
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      I'm so glad that everyone who's progressing in walking are doing great!!!

      I took a shower today... Standing up!! 🙌

      After walking for 3 day's I have started to swell for the first time in months, along with pain, but that's expected.

      My concern is that my foot is still reddish in color. Maybe that has something to do with the nerve pain/numbness I'm feeling...??

      To all who are in the first stages of ankle surgery/break... It's slow going and depressing but it takes TIME, elevation and this forum does help a lot!

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      HI Pix- Congrats about taking a shower standing up! Isn't it amazing we can get so much joy out of something others take so much for granted? It's such a big milestone! Only having gone through it, as we have, or are about to do, could one ever relate. I read somewhere that the redness can take a year or so to get rid of....others here probably have experience with this to know. My foot always looks kind of red all over too at 9 weeks out from surgery. I think that is normal and I read swelling after walking is really normal too. 
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      The joy of the small task's we are able to complete now!

      Good to know about the redness, I forgot to ask my doctor 👍

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      Pix2010 ...I went back to work for the first time yesterday the swelling and redness after my 10 hour day were really bad I also had some bruising just wondering if this will be my norm now? I'm still in a boot for 3 more weeks ugh!!! Just wondering since you are a little ahead of me in recovery if you notice it getting better as far as the swelling goes?
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      I am swelling a little BUT I am not spending 10 hours a day on my feet either!😳 I limit myself being on my feet because now I'm having pain associated with walking again. Not enough for me to reach for my Percocet but tender. I bruise quite easily and I haven't had any so far. Maybe if I were back to working and walking around many hours a day I would be going through the same thing, so I'm sure swelling is part of the body telling you it worked a little hard! 😫
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      I have an office job so not really on it 10 hrs brought my scooter to work today hopefully it will be better!
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      Oh good!! 👍 The scooter is a life saver, a wonderful invention! Maybe just going from not using your foot/leg to now using it and having it move more is causing the swelling. I notice that when I'm just sitting down with my feet down as I have had them up and elevated for almost 3 months... You can feel the blood getting heavy like toward that foot.
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