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I read that so many people were depressed and down so maybe I can help share my positive story. I broke my ankle as good as you can according to my doctor (Ortho). Lucky for me I am up near Vail Colorado so we have good ortho surgeons. I had surgery the day after I broke it and have 2 plates and close to 10 pins in it. TAKE YOUR PAIN MEDS!! The day after surgery the nerve block wore off and WOW was I sore even while taking the pain meds. The first 2-3 days were the worst. I could not sleep as you cant even move and when you do it hurt so bad but then by day 3 ish I started to feel better. I had pain pills for up to 12 days but stopped on day 4 so was glad. On day 14 I was back to get checked on and the cast removed and I was so glad to have him put me in the boot. Felt 100 times better and everything seemed to line up perfectly. I was told to not weight bare or at most 5% and was already given exercises to start. I do them daily and would just do range of motion with ankle and arch forward and back until I could feel pain. When walking on crutches I would gently place the broken foot down on ground WITH the boot on of course. The only thing I also did was not wear the boot to bed. I had an ice machine on my ankle almost daily, so would wrap it in that when I went to sleep. I will be on week 5 on Monday and I can say I feel 100 times better. I can move the ankle, I can rotate it and I even walk on it with crutches and boot and try to keep the 5% weight max the doctor told me. My advice would be to get the ice machine, it is awesome and keeps constant ice on it. Almost leaves swelling down to nothing. It only swells now if I go out and keep it hanging for a long period of time. Feel free to ask me anything, I do work in the hospital. But, I am NOT working until it is feeling good and I can walk. But.. hang in there as I am approaching my 5th week (in 2 days will be 5 days since surgery) and I can tell it is healing and feeling stronger.
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