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I got a cast on yesterday for a previously undiagnosed Webber a fracture, (fractured ankle over 6 months but not healing) it hurts quite bad, more than it did before the cast, it feels numb and slightly swollen, is this normal, the nurse said it would take a few days to get used it,ps it is so hard to get around on crutches my arms are already killing me

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    I had a cast for about 4 weeks and it was terribly uncomfortable and painful at times. So I would say if not normal, you are not alone. They can do a vent to alleviate the pressure. I went to have this done but in error they took it off and replaced and put a small donut like cushion over my ankle. It helped some but not anythiny significant. Keep it elevated as much as possible and you can ice under the knee. I ended up renting a knee scooter and it was a life saver from the crutches. Currently I am using a walker. It is easier to me than crutches since I am now in physical therapy to begin weight bearing/walking. I can say that rest is the best for comfort and healing. Good luck!
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      Thanks for getting back to me Tina, I don't know how I will put up with this gif the next month +, I have rheamatoid arthritis so the hands aren't great, did you find the knee scooter good

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    Hello Sabrina -    Dear me, you are having problems.    I'm sor sorry to hear it's taking so long for your recovery.

    I broke my Tib & Fib and dislocated the Talus joint back in July.  I needed to have surgery and now have a plate, eight screws plus 2 long screws on the other side of my ankle.   In two weeks I had no less than 4 casts.  All were tight - they need to be to hold everything in place and yes, it makes the foot and ankle feel numb - it's probably that you are swollen but all I can say is elevate the leg as much as you possibly can toes above heart is preferable !!  and load the ankle area with bags of frozen peas as often as you can too.   You won't feel much coolness through the cast but it does get through I think.

    I'm almost fully recovered now, walking properly and getting my life back in order.  It's a very long haul and you must be extremely frustrated with the whole scenario.

    I wish you the very best of luck. Pauline 

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    Pauline here again -   forgot to say -  Yes the crutches are a nightmare.   They made me feel very unstable.   I got fitted with an air-boot after the fourth cast and this was much better because I could take it off when I wasn't walking and for sleeping also.

    My leg looked dreadful when the casts came off and I did wonder if it would ever get back to being how it was before my accident but it has and the muscles have filled out now that I'm walking.

    I know nothing about a knee scooter but fromf what other people are saying, it seems a good idea.

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    Hi Sabrina,

    I feel your pain as I've been in a cast for a month after having a splint for a month. I notice when I do rest and have my leg elevated that the cast doesn't feel so tight. It's when I'm doing things like bathing and having my leg down that my foot and ankle swells and the cast hurts. Also, I got the knee scooter after using crutches for a week and when I did I never went back to crutches! I love my knee scooter and use it 100% of the time. I love that I can go make coffee or something that eat and be hands free! I use it to get around the house and so to get around out and about. Love it!

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      I'm a bit scared that if fall off the knee scooter lol even though I've had around 6 stumbles on crutches in 24 hrs, I'm so clumsy

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      I fell off mine once already u do need to becareful when u get to comfortable riding it u start not paying attention lol cocky I guess
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      Oh I'm a total klutz, that's how I broke my ankle lol. I have not fallen off of it yet but I'm very careful and always take it slow. I can actually do the step to the garage to do my laundry (I put my laundry in a bag and hang it on the handle bars). I put the scooter half way down, put on the brakes, I step down with good foot with my bad leg on the scooter, then I take the brakes off and bring the rest of the scooter down. I think I need to make a YouTube video lol. I was more scared doing things on my crutches. I refused to do the stairs to the garage with my crutches..

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      Yes the scooter really makes u much more mobile no dout about it this is my second round with mine. Had ankle replacement in Jan and it didn't take so just had it redone a week ago so back on the scooter I actually take it in my yard and play catch with my dogs lol

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