Bimolllear fracture ankle

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Went through same standard treatment as most cast,boot, ECT. Now I still can't walk. Pain at heel when bearing weight. What's the problem. When looking at the other foot heel doesn't look the same. Had plate and 10 screws. Anybody else who had this can you tell me what happened. 3 months 10 days post op. Been going to pt.

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    I am 7 weeks post the surgery, had my cast removed last week, but i can't weight bearing as it hurts very badly! the issue with my case is that my heel does not touch the ground when im standing, (not 90 degree). I am doing rehab following other Youtube videos. each case is different. 

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    Hi Warren.

    I had the tri fracture, my ankles was busted up. I had a lot of problems with the whole foot as well as the ankle. I was told it was because the ankle is connected to the foot. I could sing a song here. I wouldn't concern yourself too much like I did. I wasn't walking unaided until post op 5 MONTHS. It a long, long road to recovery for some of us. That was nearly 3 years ago. I rarely get foot problems now but the ankle still gives me problems. Don't worry or rush things. It's not unusual. Good luck. 🙂🌹

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      Thanks for your advice. All this is very overwhelming as you know. I can only hope my situation improves.
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      Warren I was 59 at the time and had 2 plates with screws and 2 long screws inner ankle bone, so I know how overwhelming it is. My ankle was shattered with a dislocation, all due to a fall which wasn't high impact. I was traumatised and still suffer with it today. I lost my job because I can no longer stand and walk for a long time. I can't have the metal removed due to the condition of my bones .  I am walking and I remember at the time and the first few months post op thinking I'll never walk again. No one has any idea how this all affected me both physically and mentally. I'm telling you that in time you will get there and take this time to relax, read, watch movies etc and think of these things as a positive. There are much worse things out there and it will pass. You are not without hope. Try to keep positive knowing this too shall pass. 🙂

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    Warren I had 2 plates 18 screws ! Had 1/2 the screws and 1 plate out in the ankle. Still have plate and screws left trying to get taken out3 wks ago when on op table I went into cardiac arrest obvi I never had the surgery but need it due to disrupted and painful hardware due to a fall. Ankle and foot have never been the same PainfulĀ 

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      Was your pain constant or was it bearing weight. I'm 57 years old and have read the complications of this surgery. Sorry you had those problems. I've heard of people having hardware removed.

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      Hi Warren At first it was bearing down now it's constant. Always swelling and  very painful! Sorry for your pain

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    Hi Warren,

    Sorry, but it would be impossible to guess with any certainty what is going on with your foot without an extensive medical workup and diagnostics.

    Much, much too often ankle fracture injury recoveries are delayed due to various soft tissue injuries sustained during the accident and possibly also during surgery. If your bones healed correctly and in alignment then they are a non-issue at this stage.

    My bimalleolar ankle break healed like clockwork, except for a banged up tendon (post tibial tendon) that caused a little pain and mischief for a number of months (but didn't materially affect my walking).

    Your surgeons, unless they are exceptional, probably don't have the expertise or even interest in pursuing your post-op recovery problems involving soft tissue. You would have to hunt down a really good foot and ankle specialist to get to the bottom of it. Meanwhile, targeted and appropriate physiotherapy is your best chance at snatching victory from a disappointing ankle recovery so far.

    If you can't afford a professional therapist on an ongoing basis you can DIY with help from tutorials and videos online.

    Best of luck to you.

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