Broken ankle & fibula

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hello, 

on the 4.3.17 I collapsed and woke with my leg twisted & trapped underneath me. I broke my ankle and fibula - after a trip to A&E they admitted me and operated the same day - pinned at both sides of my ankle. Now I know I'm not even 2 weeks into this & everything involved is expected to hurt but I was just wanting to check something.……

I have been behaving and been resting with my leg elevated apart from when I can't (I have 2 boys to sort for school- feed etc) but the problem starts almost immediately when my leg is down - it starts to swell straight away and makes the pressure from swelling around my ankle joint almost unbearable - is this normal? 

Thank you in advance 

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    Hi Sharon

    Yes this is normal because the blood rushes to your foot after being elevated. I had to have my leg elevated for 6 weeks and still on medication. The more u elevate the better it is for you getting better.

    I'm now out of plaster and am allowed to put weight on my foot without boot next week. A bit nervous, but am still taking it slow. It's very very frustrating.

    Keep going x

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      Hi KerryG

      thank you for responding, 

      I have never experienced broken bones before so I had no clue what to expect. I just wanted to check it was ok without taking up an extra Drs/Hospital appointment as I have one scheduled for the 20th - have to admit I'm not looking forward to that. 

      Feeling a bit lost as im a self employed single Mum - always on the go & this sitting down resting thing is killing me!! 

      Thank you again x

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      Yes it is a killer I must say. I'm a person here there and everywhere so to then come to a stop has been horrendous for me with children, work, activities too. Can u not get help with your children?? I promise u will get there, but as I'm learning it's a very slow journey, but as everyone told me, there isn't a thing u can do about it so I must try and stay positive to get better 👍

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      My older Son walks to & from school with friends & my younger Sons school have been amazing!

      The first day back I took him in a taxi - big mistake! & his school have arranged picking him up & dropping him off until I'm able again, which has been a big weight off. 

      Family & friends have also been a great help too - it's just this feeling of uselessness I have that I need to get rid of. I'm still doing little bits that I can it's just not the same x

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      Excellent!

      Promise, u will feel a bit better in a couple of weeks when pain eases.

      Good luck !

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    Sharon, so sorry for what you are going through.  Yes, I had swelling/pain for quite a while.   I especially noticed it if I was up for a bit,   The best advice I can give you is to get a knee walker.  It helped me tremendously to get around my house without crutches.  The knee walker supported my leg so it wasn't hanging down and I had much better balance.   Of course when necessary chores were done, I rested and elevated.   Be kind to yourself.  This is a long healing process, but you'll get there!  smile 

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      Hi

      I will definitely have a look into a knee walker, anything that will help!! 

      Im just really not used to sitting down - it's going to take some getting used to.

      thank you xx

       

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    My doctor said to keep the foot elevated as much as possible.  Try sleeping at night with it on a pillow.  Also, I was told to keep wiggling my toes as it would help keep the swelling down.  Take care.
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      Hi

      other than the essentials I need to do around the house for the kids it's always elevated - in bed also. I keep wiggleing my toes and when sat down try to work my knee as it's getting stiff! 

      It's just the speed of the swelling when I get up - my foot & leg seem to be pressed up to the sides of the pot & it hurts - a lot!! 

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    Hi Sharon

    Sorry you had this accident - it sucks.

    But yes from my experience this is absolutely normal and to b expected.

    Glad u found this forum- by checking iin-I have found it extremely helpful to learn what to expect as well as ways to best cope

    Good luck.

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      Hi

      It does suck - A LOT! lol

      I'm glad i found the forum as I absoultely hate booking Drs appointments that aren't/maybe not needed & it has put my mind at rest

      Thank you x

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