fractured ankle

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I have a fracture of my fibula which is not displaced. I did not need surgery or cast but was given a moon boot to wear for 6 weeks. This is my third week and I've noticed that the leg that has the fractured ankle is considerably thinner than my other. Is this normal?

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    Sorry to hear about your break.

    Yes it is normal unfortunately, it’s because you haven’t been using the muscles in your legs. Physio certainlywill be able to help with this. 

    I would always say though if you are unsure about anything, I would definitely run it past your dr to double check.

    Hope things go well for you. Claire. Xx

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      Hi Claire, thanks for your reply.

      I'm not having any follow up from fracture clinic or physio sad . I was just concerned as it's only been on 3 weeks and I have been mobilising. I'll make an appointment with my GP xx

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      Are you in the UK and using the virtual fracture clinic? Your break sounds similar to mine (I am Weber A - stable - no surgery/no displacement). Are you WBAT or NWB? You'll find once you are out of the boot you can build it back up pretty fast with the right exercises. I can tell you what my physiotherapist has me doing since we sound similar, I bet it could help you (I'm 11 weeks out from my break, 5 weeks out of the boot now - calf size is almost back to normal and I had considerable wasting as  I was NWB for 4 weeks).

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    Yeah I would make an appointment then, if you live in the uk ask him/her to refer you to a Physio. You would be surprised how quickly muscle wastage occurs! Let us know how you get on. Claire. 

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