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[color=#0f2e4c]Hi Everyone,[/color][color=#0f2e4c]My injury was 16 weeks ago, I broke my fibula and chose not to have surgery (the Doctor said it was my choice, but that it would take longer to heal if I did not have surgery). I was placed in a splint cast for 6 weeks. [/color][color=#0f2e4c]After 6 weeks the X-ray showed delayed healing, and it looked almost the same as day 1 of the break. The Doctor gave me a Cam boot and wanted me to ‘toe touch’ the floor to hopefully stimulate bone growth for another 4 weeks. After the 4 weeks was up (10 weeks total, since the break) the X-ray showed the bone had finally healed (almost 100 percent). The Doctor said to keep the cam boot for another 2 weeks, then start transitioning to full weight bearing.
I kept the cam boot on for one week longer than what the Doctor said. My ankle still felt weak and painful. Now I am completely out of the cam boot (for 3 weeks) but I am still using crutches to walk. I can almost walk without the crutches, but just can’t seem to let go and get to 100 percent. [/color][color=#0f2e4c]Initially, if I put too much weight, the ‘bone’ area hurt a lot, so I backed off a bit. Now, the ‘bone’ area does not hurt as much but I cannot seem to be getting my full range of motion back, or the tightness out. Part of the problem is my Achilles – my foot was not placed in a 90 degree angle initially, and the Doctor said I would have to work very hard to get it back to normal.
I am trying to do many stretches to get full range of motion, but it is swollen and very tight still after these weeks. It also turns blue tinted if I keep it down too long, or press with full weight.
I am afraid that I am not doing enough to walk on my ankle, and in being more conservative doing more harm than good. Does anyone have any advice or similar situations? I hope that I can work through it - I am so worried that having avoided surgery for the break, I may have to have it to fix the tendons,
Greatly appreciate any tips or recommendations! Thank you so much. [/color]
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