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Hello, a little over 12 weeks ago I broke my ankle, it was a closed fracture of my left lateral malleolus. The doctor said it did not require surgery. I was non-weight bearing for 12 weeks. After 12 weeks the bone still has not fully healed, but they said I should begin trying to walk on it because they're worried about the bones becoming too weak. Also, my foot is still pretty swollen. And when I try to put weight on it with the crutches, I feel pain in my foot but not really where the break was, just at the top of my foot near the toes, I'm guessing this is because my foot is still swollen. My foot's skin is also shedding.
So I have 2 questions...
1) Is it normal to have a patient try to walk even though the fracture has not fully healed? Won't this affect the healing process?
2) Is there any hope this will ever fully heal? Even browsing these forums I never came across a thread with a person whose ankle fracture hadn't fully healed after 12 weeks.
I'm 26 years old by the way and this is the first time I fractured my ankle.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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