Fractured my ankle, fibula area. Now it's numb.

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I fractured my ankle(bottom of fibula) 10 weeks ago, my doc said it would be healed up by now. I want to believe it is but I think it's not, because I still feel so much discomfort in it, all around to the tibia area as well. Also, side of my ankle is numb, I can feel the pressure when I push on it but I can't feel it. I don't no if if this will go away in time or I should go see my family doctors.

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    Well I'm sorry to hear but not at all surprised. We all heal different. Have you had it confirmed by x-ray that it has healed 100?, and have you had Physio Therapy to head towards weight baring?

    Go back to surgeon asap if you have any concerns. Demand answers. You are obviously not very well informed, their fault not yours, that your recovery is personal. Here I speak One Day shy of 11 months post accident of a broken displayed, displaced Fibula, 7 months post surgery for a bone graft, plate and 6 screws.

    I didn't heal, and was made to act as though I was on track and do the partial weight baring.(pwb). Watched a woman after 6 weeks in a cast, WALK out of Orthopaedic Drs office, in a Moonboot. Boy I was disheartened. Happy for her. Jealous😥

    You need answers, explanations, and help to see where you are at in your healing. Don't be afraid to ask!

    After 4 months, I was told I had a 100? non union. No healing. Hardly surprising said new surgeon as I should have been operated on almost straight away, but due to Ambulance not wanting to bother to take me to hospital, and when I went after 3 days, having further fallen, and done more damage, there was No Specialist to look at my X-ray, so I went home and suffered. And hell did I suffer. Nurse just felt bad and said that I'd snapped lower Fibula like a Carrot.

    Your situation to me at 10 weeks doesn't sound quite right. Don't be scared to ask questions from a Dr and Physio. It's your RIGHT!

    Good luck. If this journey has taught me one thing, it's that anything that worries me about my recovery, trust that gut feeling. If it does feel right it probably isn't. I can walk now, but my bone around lower Fibula is Very soft. Wasn't before break. Hardware can't be removed because as my Surgeon said, my foot would crumble.

    Happy healing! You'll get there in the end!


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      Wow that's pretty insane. You're a tough person to do that! I actually had a similar thing happen to me when I fractured mine.

      So I went to the emergency in so much pain, I knew I did something to it, so I waited in line to get helped, nobody at all came to help me, they didn't give me anything to comfort my pain, I suffered. So I go upset with them and left, went to a different hospital and as soon as I go to the other one I was rushed to be helped. So that was about 3 and a half hours of waiting with a broken foot. But, even at that, it was so busy at this other emergency, he didn't look at my X-rays properly and glanced at it and all he said was it was a sprain. So I believe him, so I went home... Oh, and this was Thursday night and Friday was a holiday so my family doc wasn't available till Tuesday . But, i needed up suffering all weekend, and was telling my self it was a sprain, but I finally went to see my doc and right away he told me I broke my foot. So I sufferd 5 days with no meds, wraps or anything. Sucked. Haha. But, thank you for your response! smile

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      Omg, that is horrible!!!! I can't imagine 5 days with no help. Yes, it sounds like you should get it checked out to he sure. Good luck, and I am sorry for what you went thru.

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    I think you should go see your family doctor at ten weeks you shouldn't be feeling like that.i am at my 6 week and my feet feel pretty good besides when u try to walk .i hope u feel better demand answers ask can you see your x ray .

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    Hi wylie I also fractured bottom of fibula and dislocated right side of ankle 12 weeks ago like you I have lot of discomfort. I've been walking on the beach every day which I think has helped get rid of my limp and strengthened my muscles in leg .

    The side where I fractured the bone the ankle feels like it's raw flesh rubbing and still very swollen but I push myself every day to do more . I'm back driving and hoping to go back to work next week after seeing occ health , maybe a visit to see your GP will put your mind at rest , I found it was my phyiso that put my mind at rest he explained everything I would be expericering and every stage to expect then it puts your mind at rest that your not doing any damage but to keep pushing yourself over the pain

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    Hi Wylie, I know how debilitating this can be. I had three surgeries over the summer for a complete tar which was terrible. After four months I still feel burning sensations, pins and needles, and pain! From what I have been reading, some fractures heal faster. I'm getting a different opinion because I want to heal and resume my life. Everything has been on hold. Hang in there and get a second opinion😇 yours truly, Monika

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