Fib/tib ankle fx - from cast to sneaker?

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Hi ,

on 7/28 I suffered a fib/ tib spiral fx into the ankle. I have a plate and 13 screws. I also had a post op infection so I never had a full cast only the back of the cast which was wrapped in ace bandage so I could treat the infection daily. So today is 8 weeks and I was told to remove my half cast, put on a sneaker and walk! 

Has anyone gone from cast to sneaker? 

What to expect?

thanks to all,


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    Dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear about your infection! I had two plates put in my ankle with 13 screws with a cast for about weak then just a wrap but no weight barring for about 6 weeks. Then an air cast for another 6 weeks. I was then told to start walking but I found I could only wear boots, (thank god it was winter time). Anyway, I had a lot of pain, swelling, and more pain. After year and half I got the plates out. I had instant relief and less swelling but its been over year and the pain is just now starting to subside. Of course, I am older and have had prior injuries along with a head injury with the ankle surgery. I hope all goes well for you. Take your time. Only you know your body?


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      Hi Julie , glad to hear you have relief now. Such a long time .

      i too am older -57. I was NWB for the 8 weeks and do not know what to expect. I almost want a boot! Lol. My ankle feels frozen, my toes only flex down - ugh! Wondering if I'll ever be the same again?



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      Dear Sue: Sorry I haven't been back with you. Please see another

      doctor. I knew something wasn't right with my ankle but I continued

      with the orginal surgeon. Over a year I suffered with swelling, stiffness,

      pain so severe; I wanted to cut my ankle off. Finally, I went to see

      another surgeon and without even looking at an exray he said,

      "Doesn't that hurt"? and then he asked me, "What are you doing

      next week"? Five days later I was getting another surgery on that

      ankle. It was hard, painful, and exhausting, but it was well worth it.

      If your body is having pain, swelling, redness, and not getting better

      never feel bad to tell your orginal doctor that you are going to

      seek another opinion!

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