Broken right ankle and left foot

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Almost 3 weeks ago, I fell and broke my right ankle and the fifth metatarsal in my left foot.  My right ankle is in a weight bearing cast, and my left foot is in a boot. I do have a wheelchair if I'm going anywhere which would require anything but a short walk, but when I'm on the crutches I bear most of the weight on my left foot.

My right ankle is a stable fracture, although the consultant wants a weekly x-ray to check it remains so. I've only just started staying to bear a bit of weight.

My foot isn't painful exactly it just niggles when I'm on it and then starts to throb when on it for more than 5 minutes or so.  Will this make my recovery period longer?  I am overweight too so that adds more stress to the damaged bones.

Opinions would be appreciated.

Many thanks,

Louise

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    So it sounds like neither of these fractures required surgery, which means they were non-displaced fractures, hence the decision to cast/boot your lower extremities. The reason for the repeated x-rays throughout the healing time is for the doctor to confirm 1. That the fractures are healing and 2. The fractures do not become displaced (when the edges of the break are not lined up nicely). If they become displaced typically surgery will be needed. I don’t know what the doctors orders were so far as moving around, but in general you want to avoid weight bearing. If the doctor said you can walk then you should be fine. If he said no weight bearing please follow his advice. The pain and throbbing in itself should not cause you’re recovery time to be longer, only if you were non-compliant with doctors orders and were weight bearing when you shouldn’t be and the fractures became displaced and required surgery, would your recovery time be longer. Hope this helps!
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    You are a lucky gal.  When I broke my 5th metatarsal (and nothing else) I was put into a non-weight bearing cast for 4 weeks!  I'm a normal weight but was in my late 60's.  I didn't have any throbbing or pain.   You doctor knows best for your situation and your recovery time.  It's good that he checks x-rays weekly to see your progress.  You can ask to see them and have him explain the progress.  Best of luck for your recovery.

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    Hi,

    As said by others the doctors know best.

    I broke my right ankle at the end of April and have had an air boot for a few weeks. I found quite a bit of pain for a while but would gradually subside with more walking.

    My physio said the walking/weight bearing helps as it helps to get the blood to the foot and back and the circulation helps healing.

    I can't imagine what it must be like with 2 breaks on separate feet I really feel for you. I hope the recovery is quick as possible.

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    Thanks everyone.

    Just got back from the fracture clinic this afternoon. The fracture in my foot is doing fine. My ankle fracture remains stable and is starting to heal,  so no surgery (yay) - I have to go back in 3 weeks and fingers crossed my cast will get removed. 

    So all in all, I haven't done too bad!

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