Got both my feet on the ground. Walking in boot.

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Hi everyone, 

I thought I would share some positive results to perhaps help some of you that are anxious and healing from ORIF surgery. I had a bimalleour fracture with dislocation and distal fib fracture on July 19, surgery on July 21. Once I had surgery, any pain or discomfort was pretty much gone. I was in a soft cast for 2 weeks (during that period I used a wheel chair because I'm to clumsy for crutches) and then put in a hard cast. The doc wrote a perscription for a knee scooter. That really gave me a lot more mobility while staying non-weight bearing. I reall stuck with the nonweight bearing instructions. I was in the hard cast until this Monday Sept. 12. During that time I saw my doc 3 times. He would take an X-ray to check how things were healing and then replace the cast. When they removed the cast, they put me n a boot. Doc said I could be fully weight bearing.  I was instructed to keep the boot on when walking but to take it slow and build up my walking. He said I could bath and sleep without the boot. It was ok to walk with out it to go the the bathroom at night or short moves around the house. I could take it off while sitting. It was amazing to put both my feet on the floor. I had pain in my foot and my leg. I was unsure of my stability so I used my scooter to get out of the office. Now ladies my lower leg and foot was not pretty when the cast came off. My husband had less hair on his leg than I had on mine LOL. My foot was coated in paper like dried skin and looked darker than the leg. So I went straight home, ran a tub bath. It felt so good to soak my leg and foot. I got that leg shaved and foot exfoliated...AHHHHHH. I pushed to go ahead and get an appointment with Physical therapy the same week because I was going to be out if town the following week. I wanted to get an evaluation and exercises to do so I wouldn't fall behind. Specifically one that specializes in Sports Medicine. There once an opening the next day. Once I got home I started working on walking. I'll go ahead and tell you it is painful. If you can take Ibuprofen, I think it helped me. But if you can work thru the pain it does improve. I started with short steps getting used to the rocking motion of the boot. You try to walk normally heel to toe toe to heel. It helps if you have a shoe that is built up a little. I used a good walking tennis shoe and a sandal with a wedge sole on my good foot. By the next day I was getting around readonably well. I was able to walk further before it would get to painful. My pain was in my heel, along both sides of my lower leg. I felt a lot of tightness in the back of my leg. I walked slowly focusing on taking normal steps and I would stop periodically when the pain and fatigue increas.  To be continued.

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    Congratulations to you! I had surgery for trimal one day before you. I'm a week into PWB and go for my first PT session today. I've been in a boot since 8/4 and have been walking with my crutches and 4 wheeled walker for the last week. I got rid of my scooter and I don't miss it a bit. The freedom of increased mobility is wonderful!! Good luck as you continue on with your recovery!

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      So glad to hear that you have got some freedom t move back. It's great .

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    How long before you could drive? I wish you you a speedy recovery. I'm seeing a surgeon in October to talk about ankle replacement so I'm curious because I live alone I need to know when I can drive again thank you and good luck

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      DEb,

      It probably depends on what foot.  Mine is my right foot and I was told no driving until boot comes off.  I can say there is no way I could drive right now- boot or no boot- my foot is pretty stiff.

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      It's my right foot too. I read where someone said she was driving in 4 weeks I thought that was too soon. After my accident it took 4 months because my leg was also broke in 3 places so I was just curious how long just for the ankle replacement it's difficult living alone and having to bother friends and family thanks for responding good luck

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      So sorry you need surgery. How awful to go through surgery again. I know how hard it is to depend on others -
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      Yes it's very hard this will be my 5th surgery but my first replacement hopefully it works they have tried to help me but now it's time for a replacement it's hard trying to decide when your not going to walk again. Lol. My accident everyone just came together but now well everyone has an excuse so hopefully I can do this I know it won't be easy

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      I fractured the left ankle so I started driving whe I got out if the cast. I couldn't imagine trying it if it's your right foot for a while. Your foot  will stiff and painful. Certainly not while you are in the boot. I know how badly youwantyiur independence back. It will happen. Hang in there

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    Hey Beesmine (wish I had made my user name something cute!)

    So happy to hear you are doing well.  My story is similar- bimalleolar fx right leg sad- broke on 7/24, surgery  3 days later and just got cast off for good yesterday- so was on about 7 weeks.  Now I have to wear the boot for 6 more and PT will start after that.  I am PwB and doing ROM exercises.  It hurts- you are so correct.  My best friend right now is my Polar Ice ankle/ foot wrap!   It feels wonderful - You are so fortunate that you have not had pain.  I have been at the other end of the spectrum- have not had a pain free day.  My inner incision was driving me crazy- and I was unable to keep my foot down due to swelling and then that would worsen the pain.  It has been quite a journey.   I was hoping that the cast was rubbing on the incision and that was causing the pain- not it.  He gave me gabapentin for nerve pain so that helped some last night (and I finallly was not woken up by pain)- but now I am just hoping and praying that it is not from the screws....

    But- the good news is- the boot can come off, I showered this morning and like you shaved that leg (very carefully).  I am impressed that you could soak your leg and get to your feet.  I was told no soaking or swimming until the incisions are entirely healed- probably 3-4 mos.  My foot is so dry, I have a huge crack in the crease behind my big toe.  My hubby is going to get be a bowl of hot water tonight and i will soak it to see if that helps.  My foot is stil very swollen and purple.  I am supposed to do exercises 5 times a day and I have walked down our drive a few times- so I know it is getting easier.  I am to add wt each week until I am full bearing- to take about 5 weeks.

    I also have tightness in back of my leg as expected but  the discomfort kind of reminds me that I am on the mend so as much as I hate the exercises- I know they need to be done for healing- and being able to drive again- and of course- get back to work....

    Again- enjoyed your post- so happy you have done well and you will continue to do so- that is awesome!

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      Sounds like you are doing things right.I felt so good, over did the walking, and now I'm back onthe bed elevating a dicing my foot . It's frustrating but taught me a good lesson,   That warm water and a exfoliating bar will get that dry skin off. If you like me it felt so good because my ankle was so itch. When it is all dry those Pedi Perfect hand held exfoliaters works wonde. You might want to do it outside or over a big towel. It can come off in piles. Then your left with pretty pink soft feel.

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      Thank you so much!! Great advice- the bottom of my feet are gross😩. Woke up this morn and the big outer incision looks awful.... May need to call the doc ...😡😡😡😡- does not hurt but is angry and seepy in one place.

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