Can anyone relate and give me suggestions, opinions?

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So in July I will be one year post op after ankle surgery where I had a plate and 10 screws on one side along with two other screws. I can post an X-ray incase that will help any of you figure out if it's like your's. I've looked up the specific name for my break and dislocation however can not find it. I still have all of my hardware in except for 1 screw that was removed in November, the others will come out sometime after May 18th. However, until then I have so many issues with walking. I've went through physical therapy to get me to learn how to walk again due to my ankle not wanting to bend at all. And now that it's bending it hasn't ever done so all the way. I can't squat down because it won't bend enough, I can't stand on my "tippy toes". I walked 2 1/2 miles the other day and my ankle has since been having a popping feeling, constant pain, and refused to bend for the whole day after. Is any of this normal? I have no one else except you all to compare it to. Please help!

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    Hi I can't really help but was hoping maybe you could help me. I have a metal plate on one side with 8 screws, two on the other side and 1 screw that will be removed in about 10 months give or take. What was the recovery like when you had your screw removed. Were you laid up like when you broke your ankle? 

    Thanks for your help in advance

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    Hello. I am 15 months post op and still have my hardware in place and haven't yet made a decision as to its removal. My surgery was for a break st the bottom of my tibia and my fibula. Recovery has been slow and painful and I have not been able to return to full mobility and have similar difficulties as you. However, I don't know your age. I am 68 and I believe this hinders my full recovery. The issues are ever-changing and I have come to learn that they all improve yet something new will takes its place and become the next challenge. So, I feel that I have to accept the limitations of my injured ankle and get on with life as best as I can. I did find that using KT tape was very helpful in supporting my foot during difficult times. You can go online and see specific YouTube tuition to ensure you place the KT tape in the right place. It does offer enormous support at times when all other methods seem to fail. I did not find PT helpful long term and went with my gut instinct

    I send my best wishes for your recovery.

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      Thank you! I'm only 20, injury happened shortly after turning 19. I'll definitely look into it. My doctor has been no help at all.

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