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I have broken fibula on my leg, near the ankle and I've torn a possible ligament in my ankle (to be confirmed by x ray).
I was put in a plaster cast but I found it incredibly unbearable, I felt trapped, I had an overwhelming desire to cut the cast off, experienced insomnia and suffered panic attacks - I don't normally have any problems with mental health.
A physiotherapist told me this was a recognised issue called 'cast claustrophobia'. So rather than putting me in a new cast now I have a removable walking cast which is much more tolerable. Although I'm not allowed to weight bare.
The consultant was not sympathetic to my reaction and told my that my ligament is likely to require surgery that will require going back in a cast, whether I like it or not as removable walking cast does not provide adequate support for the ankle.
Are there any options, or does anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed? Wearing a cast is not going to be sustainable, I fear it will do more harm than good when I inevitably fidget incessantly before eventually cutting it off.
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