Boot Situation

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A head on car crash on Aug 5th left me with a broken tibula and fibia and my ankle is broke in 3 spots. I had the first surgery on the night of the accident and the second surgery on September 1st. 2 plates 17 screws are in my right leg. The pain is better now but I was told I can't put any weight on my foot until December. I wear my boot during the day but I have been taking it off for the past 2 nights. I'm only taking 1 pain pill before I go to sleep. I was wondering what will those first step be like when I am able to walk again?

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    when i was off my boot, my ankle was so stiff and sore which is normal because you've literally not been able to move a muscle or a joint on that leg for awhile.So walking felt really funky in the beginning but as you progressed through the days it will be a lot better.  i did a lot of PT on my own and stretching and i believe it helped me recover a lot faster. In the beginning it will ache more just because your ankle is getting used to full weight and movement on it, especially in the mornings. When i wake up and begin to walk i do remember limping but throughout the day my ankle was already warmed up that i was walking normal. That will get better in time. Also, remember to take it easy and slow on yourself. I don't recommend trying to run right away. Although if you do you will have a slight limp on the first couple of weeks lol i have tried it and i looked weird running. that went away after 3 post surgery. Right now i am 6 op post surgery and I'm playing soccer in college so trust me, it may feel like a slow and frustrating recovery now, but you will be better and stronger. Don't give up and don't be too hard on yourself. you got this! good luck on your recovery! 

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      Thanks Sarah. I am so looking forward to walking again. I am 7 weeks in after my second surgery. I go to the doctor next week and I am praying for good news. Thanks again.
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    Hi! I hope to be able to report back to you next week as I hope to be able to become weight bearing. I see my Orthopedic surgeon Tues. Like you, I was given the same restrictions NWB for 3 months.  Tues will be 3 months.  It has been the longest 3 months of my life!!!! I will certainly keep up updated as I suspect you have the same fracture as I.  Did your Dr.  mention a "pilon fracture"?  Stay tough and take good care of yourself! Rhonda

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      Thanks for replying Rhonda, No my Dr. didn't mention a pilon fracture yet. I am 7 weeks in after my 2nd surgery and I go back to the doctor next week. I pray for good new every time I go. I will keep you posted. Thanks.

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    I too was hit head on! Drunk driver hit me 4/22/17. I have 1 plate 6 screws. I was in blue nwb boot for 9 weeks, 25% wb black boot for 6 weeks then fwb for another 6 weeks. I’ve been free of the boot for 3 1/2 weeks now. Once I was allowed to put partial weight I just let my foot rest on the floor.  During this time I was allowed to do foot flexing while in the hot bath.  I used a walker which really helped in learning to walk. I still have pain from the hardware and my bone on the inside is taking its time to completely fuse. I am walking though without any vice. I will use my cane outside if need be. I limp a lot though but I believe my hardware is preventing me from being able to flex all the way. Don’t rush anything! Take your time. My surgeon said it’s going to take a year to fully recover. If I’m still having problems after the first of the year we might consider removing the hardware. It’s a long recovery but I’m glad to hear you aren’t in slot of pain!  Good luck with everything and this forum will really help you in getting great advice! 🙏🏼😇

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