Avulsion fracture 2 years ago, still hurts

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I had an Avulsion fracture a couple of years ago. During the hospital X-ray they confirmed there was an Avulsion fracture in my left ankle, there was alot of swelling, pain and I was unable to walk on it.  I was provided a boot and advised to attend fracture clinic. After this the NHS totally messed up my treatment, I was told I didn't need to go to fracture clinic by the fracture clinic team then advised by a GP 4 weeks later I should be going.

I took my boot off after the amount of time I was told to and had no physiotherapy, no follow up xray and no treatment of the sort.

Two years on it still hurts most of the time (dull pain), swells up and bruises. To be honest I am getting fed up now, I either wait months on an NHS waiting list or dish out hundreds for private treatment.  

Anyone had a similar experience, why is it still hurting, weak and swelling even now? 

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    Sounds awful... you should be able to get help asap since they messed up your treatment plan sad

    What type of fracture and how soon were you allowed to bear weight in your boot?

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      An avulsion fracture of the lateral malleolus. 

      They never told me if I could bare weight, but I was just about able to do it about 2 weeks in with an aircast boot : / 

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      Hmmm... that is concerning that they didn't give you any instructions. I wasn't allowed to bear weight for 4 weeks (originally I was told 6 weeks, but due to my good progress my ortho doc allowed me to go ahead early). I had an avulsion fracture of the fibula (Weber A), non displaced, hence the boot treatment. My doctor was conservative in her approach with weight bearing as sometimes going early can result in mal-union and non-union issues (its rare with my type of fracture, but it happens so she doesn't take any chances, for which I sure appreciate as I am largely pain free now (four months later) with just some stiffness and a tiny bit of swelling leftover. I wonder if your fracture displaced and didn't heal correctly? They should be giving you a new x-ray to see how the bones look now and probably an MRI to check up on your soft tissues. 


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