Can’t figure out how to walk....

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I’ve been moved to full weight bearing two days ago and I start back at work doing desk like work this upcoming week. I am not walking to good as I seem to “hop” with my good leg as my sister says. I had ORIF done in my left ankle and I’ve been given a cam boot to walk in. I did order a shoe evener and it will arrive shortly but does any one have advise for walking? I don’t have a referral for PT. I really need to be better at walking for when I go back to work.

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    Hi Briann

    I had the same problem trying to walk again on full weight bearing in my boot

    after my broken ankle with torn ligament.  Try wearing a show or boot with thick heel 

    on other leg, also one crutch for support or a cane.  As well I found eating lots of leafy greens, fruits and berries

    helped with healing.  

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    How long ago was your surgery? I'm 9 weeks post op, I had my cast off at 6 weeks and was told to walk with as much weight as I could bear. ( no boot)

    I now walk mainly with one crutch with a slight limp, I find wearing trainers help rather than bare foot. I was told to keep up exercise, try to stand on bad leg as much as possible, swim and cycle. I go back in two weeks and the physio is going to get me in the gym and back into exercise classes. It's such a slow process it's driving me insane!!

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      Hi Samantha,

      I had surgery about 7 weeks ago and just started full weight bearing the his week. So I am trying to walk as much as possible but no matter what I try I still have this dang limp. I think it’s from the cam boot giving me an extra 2 inches on my leg and even with my good  tennis shoe  doesn’t help. As I have to start working next week and I can’t have a crutch or can as I work in a hospital.

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    Hi Briann, 

      How long ago was your injury/surgery? And how come you haven't had any PT as of yet? That seems odd to me as you are having a hard time with your walking. If its something like insurance that won't cover your PT go to Amazon and order yourself some resistant bands.  There are three different resistance. I bought all three. I can tell you that it works wonders at home to have! My spouse holds it for me while I work it. Also do the "gas" pumps and circles. Keep working it. If its something worse , go back to your specialist ( I hope you have one) and ask them to check it out again. 

    All the best to you.

    Rose 

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      My surgery was about 7 weeks ago. I don’t have PT as it was offered as an option and at the time I didn’t think I would be able to affford the copays as I have been out of work since I first got hurt 11 weeks ago.
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    if in UK insist on some physio. If not. there are some really good physiotherapy sites on internet...look for the ones that areb"professional" ...eg I lused those from UK hospitals. You don't say how long it is since your injury but 2 days fwb sounds like early days...I am 3 months post fracture and still walk a bit "funny"

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    You can go to physical therapy without a referral. I highly recommend it. Walking in the cam boot with the Even Up is the easy part (although I didn't think so at the time...) Try walking in it heel to toe and drive your leg forward from the hip instead of swinging it around.

    ?Will your work allow you to use the cam boot there? Try taking shorter steps as well, but at least one session with PT and your boot and Even Up will get you going in the right direction. 

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