compare progress 15 weeks

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Just wondered if any of you at similar stage to me want to compare notes?

I felt a bit depressed when I read on another site of someone doing a major mountain hike at about 14 weeks post surgery!

My fracture was fairly straightforward and I didn't need surgery.

I can walk without crutches...fairly normal gait if I walk rather slowly. I can't walk quickly.

I have been driving (manual) for about 3 weeks.

Ankle is still funny shape and swells fairly often.

No real pain though it does ache sometimes.

I can't stand on tiptoes

I can't walk downstairs normally (but fine going upstairs)

I really want to get back into hiking but struggle on uneven ground (use 2 trekking poles now) Can walk directly uphill, downhill much slower and walking across the slope hurts so I avoid it.

So far I haven't managed to walk much more than 2 miles.

I am still doing exercises at home and go to a physio class once a week.

I want to be able to run, skip and jump, I want to get back up those hills.

Anyone at a similar stage to me? Are my expectations unreasonable or am I slow at getting back to normal? ( I suppose I should confess that I am 70 yrs old but I don't want to be told..."oh well at your age, what do you expect?"

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    Dear rfoot, I, too, am of mature years😉 but I am not putting a number here! How long ago did you have surgery? And are your bones ok, i.e. no osteoporosis? My op was only 18 days but prior to my fracture I had been very fit and travelling and hiking a lot. So I have some idea how you must feel.

    Now, I have been told that it can take up to 18 months for the ankle to return to normal. Of course I know that I will be able to walk and drive before then but the timescale for recovery frightens me. You, however, are doing well so be a patient patient. This is the advice

    I get all the time so I can only repeat it to you. Good luck.

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      Anna. Getting those ankle back is a long process. I am a pro. Dealing with a 25 year injury. Every few years back in hospital for something. Just getting over a bone infection. From my total ankle replacement 4 years ago. I had the TAR removed in Dec. Going back with same device or fission. Tired of being sick and tired.
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    I didn't need surgery and to my knowledge I don't have osteoporosis but have never been tested -- as you have noticed I am not a patient patient!! 18 months to return to normal is a long long time at my stage of life.  I think my concern is, that without good exercise (eg the walking/hiking I was doing)  I will lose muscle tone and not be able to recover it.  I am not ready to be a little old lady with a walking frame yet.  I don't have the option to go swimming ( no pool nearby and I don't swim anyway) or cycling (would require buying a bike and the roads here are not cycle friendly)

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    I'm almost 16 weeks post op. Broke it in 3 places and dislocated my ankle. I have a plate and a bunch of screws.

    I'm walking around in shoes without crutches or a cane, but still have a limp. In working hard at improving this.

    My range of motion still has a ways to go. I can go up stairs normally, but down stairs I'm still having lots of trouble. I can stand on my injured leg only, but not for long. I haven't tried tip toes.

    It doesn't hurt much, but it swells everyday. Goes back down overnight and is fine on the morning.

    My goal is to return to running, but I'm not putting a time frame on it. Some people seem to get right back into things quick and others take awhile. I'm trying to focus on me and accept that things will take as long as they take. As long as I continue to make progress.

    You'll be back to hiking as you were, but you do need to give it more time.

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      thanks Amanda sounds as though you are making good progress on an injury considerably worse than mine.

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      Amanda that rage of motion hardly never comes back. I had a limp for 25 years. Mines was crushed in automobile wreak. I my alleys lengthen. You name it had it dine. Originally I had a external fixture with a bone graft. I did not walk for a year. In ALL about 8 surgery. Now I just got a bone infection from a total ankle replacement done 4 years ago. I been with no ankle joint since dec. Now it time the bone infection is gone. I either get a new device or a bone graft and fusion . I really want to no if any one has many legal advice on the medical device
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      Hello. I'm 5 months out orif sugery fractured tib and fib with plate and screws. I have soooo much swelling around my hardware . I'm so depressed. I can walk in a shoe but it rubs my ankle. I'm not sure how I feel anymore. It does feel like I'm being zapped and burned. Is anyone else swelling . I ice and elevate. What else can I do ?

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    Not sure of your,ankle issue. But I sound like you right were you suppose too be. 2 miles. Pat your self on the back. Another good three weeks you will be sprinting
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      not sure why I wrote thanks Pamela...I don't know your name (cld be male, cld be female) so sorry, I meant thanks winnig 2018 and hope you find answer to your problems

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    I am 63 so not far off from you. I'm at 16 weeks now, so not far off there, either. I did have surgery and have plates and screws. Otherwise its a lot like yours. I cannot walk fast. I walk well slowly, but by the end of the day, my lower leg swells and my ankle hurts. Mostly right over the bone where the head of one of the screws is-think its sitting up on a nerve.

    ?I used to do 2 miles every morning with my dog, how I'd love to just get back to that again! My doctor says I have breezed through each stage and actually healed faster than his patients half my age. It seems like slow going but I think we are just impatient to get back to "normal", I can get on my tiptoes-as a matter of fact, that's one of my exercises from my physical therapist, raising up and lowering back down. I'm with you though, hearing people who are jogging after 3-4 months, I can't even imagine trying that right now.

    ?Hang in there, I'm hopeful we will get back to where were. 

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      thanks Tricia...pls keep posting progress...it is useful to compare. Dog is great as you have to take it walking! just now looking after a neighbour's dog while they are on holiday but the dog thinks I walk too slowly so usually goes with my partner

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    I follow this and some other discussions with interest but sometimes with envy and other times with worry. Being less than a full month since my accident, I am impatient to get mobile and resume my travels and hiking. But predictions are not reliable and we all recover at different rates. So please posting your news and good luck to us all. Anna
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      a month is very early days but I didn't think so at the time. I am just very impatient as although I am no spring chicken, I have always been very active. For most everyday things I am fine at 14 weeks post fracture (driving, shopping, housework, socialising etc) but that is not enough for me...I want to walk up hills and do long hikes. I do believe it is very important to do the exercises recommended by physiotherapists in order to achieve maximum range of mobility.

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      I am with you on fitness and hiking so I hope that your impatience will be rewarded and you will be hiking soon. I broke my ankle on a simple hike in Yorkshire! Just slipped on mud...
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