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Had a bad fall down some stairs and broke my left fibula, went to the ER immediately and they took some x-rays and put me in a temporary splint until I could go to the orthopedist. The fall was on a Saturday Jan 21st, had an appointment with the ortho Monday Jan 23rd. Ortho looks at the xrays, hands me a boot and tells me to come back in 3 weeks to take follow up x-rays and be NWB until then.
I put the boot on, and crutch myself to the car and find that the weight of the boot is pulling down on my foot and causing extreme pain. More than I've felt since the break. I call the doctor when I get home and he says just elevate and ice until our follow up and use the boot anytime I am going to be moving around.
Two days go by and I just cant handle the pain that the boot causes on my foot. So I decide to go get a second opinion. I find a local podiatrist who then looks at my x-rays and puts me in a soft cast. Tells me to continue NWB for another 3 weeks and then come back, take more x-rays and if all goes well, I would PWB next 3 weeks and start PT.
3 weeks pass, I go for my follow up, I am so excited to get this cast off and possibly stand for the first time in 4 weeks. He takes more x-rays and reports the bone hasnt healed at all. He looks concerned but tells me to move to just wrapping my foot with an ace bandage and then putting it in a boot for another 3 weeks NWB!!!
Im devastated and I feel like I am back at square one with the boot. They gave me a large boot that comes all the way up to my knee and it is heavy! The weight of the boot pulls down on my ankle and increases the pain ten fold! The swelling is still present and so is the bruising.
And my biggest concern of all, is when I take my foot out of the boot and out of the ace bandage to shower or something, I cannot get my foot to 90 degrees. Sitting on the couch with my knees bent and my feet flat on the floor, my left foot will not fall flat, and if I try to push it just a little bit, it hurts so bad!
Has anyone else experienced this? I am worried and think maybe a 3rd opinion may be needed at this point?
I miss my life when walking wasn't even a second thought.
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