Broken ankle

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hey, i rolled my ankle on the 28th of july and i fracured my fibula, it was one of the most painful things ive ever experianced, i went to the hospital the next morning and they told me what i already kinda knew, he put a cast on and told me id be having surgery the next day. so i had my surgery and they fitted a plate and screws (not sure how many) i was discharged the next day, its now been nearly a month and i have an appointment on the 16th of september ( its the 22nd of august) im so frustrated with not being able to weightbare its really getting me down having to get everyone to do things for me. would just like to hear others experiances with a fractured fibula after surgery and how long it took for them to be able to weightbare? and what was it like afterwards , thankyou ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    hey pip x lordy i feel your pain believe me. Suffered an extremely painful trimalleolar fracture with disclocation on 22 june on my 2nd day of my holiday!! the pain i swear for me was worse than labour pains!! i was in a greek hospital having my right foot manipulated without any pain relief which was horrendous. fast forward arriving back home and having surgery on the 9 july i have spent 6 weeks i a cast non weightbearing. it has been hard bloody work. thank god i have a wonderful and supportive husband and a good family who have helped out but boy its been a tough 6 weeks. 20th August got my all clear to fully weight bear in a boot and crutches. its liberating but still a way to go. I had a nasty break with meant 3 plates and 2 screws as it was so unstable. Its am emotional journey pip but what kept me going was that i had to keep going and reminding myself its a temporary setback thats what helped me and still doea today. Hang in there it does get better x

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      hi michelle thanks for your reply ๐Ÿ˜ƒ it is so painful never felt anything like it and for me ive never broken a bone so it was a huge thing for me, so bad how it was on your holidays aswell i feel for you๐Ÿ™„ im in a boot now which i can take off to move my foot and the pain is pretty much settled now but just like i said so fed up of no walking, im hanging in there thanks again its nice to hear from someone else who understands the struggle ๐Ÿ˜ƒ x

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      pip my first break too!!! my holiday was a 50th birthday gift from the hubby!!! bloody jinx!! haha I literally rolled over a marble step and boom it felt like my foot was going to explode. But they have fixed me up thanks to our overworked and under funded NHS who were amazing and fast forward 9 weeks to the day it happened i am up on my feet again xx you got this pip x stay strong and keep mentally active too which really helps stopping you from suffering emotionally xx

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      oh bless you michelle what a way to start your holiday๐Ÿ™„ im glad your recovery has went well , cannot fault them for what they have done for me even tho when the response car got sent out to me 5 hours after my call she did not bring a wheelchair or anything and then told me it was just a sprain and to try and put a little weight on to get to her car, youd think she would know better๐Ÿ™„thankyou for that its helped me out ๐Ÿ˜ƒx

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    Hi Pip,

    I feel your pain, I like Michelle had a trimalleolar fracture (April 21st 2018) which you could say was my own fault sadly as a tree I was cutting down moved and hit me, 10 days in hospital due to swelling, ORIF surgery, 2 screws through ankle and plate and 8 screws up right hand side of left ankle, not what I was after ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    I think I was 6 - 8 weeks non weight bearing and sympathize with having to get everyone to do things for you as its tough. I have never needed it and it completely knocked me over mentally, although physically I have always been able to do anything I needed to I have suffered with anxiety and this knocked me right over, 2 solid months in bed only going to the toilet on 2 types of morphine and ibuprofen and paracetamol not sleeping. My wife is an angel as I had all but given up and even though it was over a year ago It still plays on my mind.

    I ramble the above to say be strong, lean on the family support but do what you can, its a balance of doing what you can but not overdoing it!

    I had an excellent physio who one day gave me a crutch when I had my boot and said walk, I almost fell over as didn't know how to use my foot but I got back to it and pushed through the pain of the exercises which was bad because I had spent too long utterly lost and it was amazing walking outside for the first time, like I had seen and breathed clean air for the first time in ages!

    From what I was told and my own experience when you can weightbare and stretch it make you you do it as much as you are told to by physio. I have heard from many who said they didn't and regret it now as they have lost a bit of movement.

    In terms of now over a year on, personally It still worries me but that is just because of the anxiety but in terms of pain nothing apart from the odd minor niggle when cold but I am told this is normal, and I have been back removing trees from our garden and lots of other work so all good ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

    Sorry for the length, I am a bit of a rambler ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I will finish by saying keep strong, it will help and you will get there. the road length varies I think for all depending on various factors but I found this forum helped to speak to people who truely understand.

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      hello freddy, im sorry to here of your anxieties i myself know how it is and it isnt nice, as soon as i am told i can walk i would like to do as much as i possibly can as im really struggling with non weight bearing, im always out doing things and found this experiance quite depressing . im so hoping that when i go back after six weeks they let me weightbear๐Ÿคž. although not getting my hopes up just incase, dont want to be to dissapointed as at this point any set back feels like a major one๐Ÿ™„ thanks for your reply ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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      thanks Pip.

      As other have said and often the hardest bit is being patient, you don't want to weightbare too early and cause a set back, I have heard of people doing that!

      It seems to vary for all, but hopefully you'll be out of the cast and can use the boot, sadly wasn't the case for me as I went from 1 cast to another but I know many who have come out of the cast and got the airboot and could then start gradually putting pressure on so fingers crossed that is the same for you ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

      Then you should be able to start the exercises etc and build it up from there and get back to normal!!

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      hey again lol, i was placed in a boot two weeks after so ive had the boot on for about two weeks now, so i could take it off and move my foot around a bit, its took a while but i can manage to move with next to no pain which is giving me some hope ๐Ÿ˜ƒ thanks ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    I was able to get around the house on a knee scooter. Couldn't do stairs and couldn't drive (wrong side) but it's now in the long past and I hardly remember it except for the help I got from good friends and a great husband. You all will be just fine in the long run. Best wishes for a fast recovery.

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    hey pip, sorry to hear abt your fracture. I broke my right femur last dec and was only given green-light for full weight bearing end of last month. It really broke me mentally then as I didnt expect it would take this long to heal. I was still walking with an obvious limp early this month but it got lots better now I am only slightly limping. My doc still prohibits me from high impact activities such as running or jumping so I mostly just walk and bike.

    It could take months until full recovery but it will, just be patient and focus on the things you can do.

    Remember to follow your physio to do strengthening exercises diligently. You will thank yourself for that later on. Good luck and wish you speedy recovery!

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    injuries like this would test the most patient and placid of folk!! i dont fall under that category but i am quite pleased that i havent gone too mad. Got my walking boot today. Heavier than expected and have a small setback with a small wound which is being shall we say stubborn to heal! signed off work for a further 6 weeks despite my protests!! and cannot drive either!! bummer but i am getting stronger daily with fwb which is a bonus.

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    Hey Pip , I have faced this kind of injury or pain yet, but from my side best wishes to you. Hope you will get better soon.

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