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Hi all, I broke my ankle 18 weeks ago and am now 15 week's post orif surgery. I went to my surgeon today for the first time since I had my cast removed on April 22nd. I have been fwb without aid an pain for a while now, and can also do stairs unaided. I was very nervous about today, because of so many people on this site really having a difficult time healing. The first thing the surgeon did was send me for x-rays. When he was examining my x-rays my first question was. " Have I bone union?" He laughed and said, " you have good bone union. " I really was over the moon and started to cry, but also for those on this site that have not had good bone union, and yet are always encouraging others. The surgeon told me to carry on with physiotherapy and massage and also do the exercises the physiotherapists gave me. He also said arthritis after a ankle break and surgery is probable especially at my age, so exercise is important. I also asked about having the hardware removed, and he said if it does not worry you to leave it, but if I want to have it removed to wait about a year. So I can now start leading a normal life without fear that I am doing something wrong and will cause more injury to the ankle. To everyone who reads this remember no matter how difficult it has been physically and mentally, there is a great big light at the end of the tunnel. For some it may just take a bit longer than others to get there. To God I give all the glory. God bless you all.

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    That is wonderful to hear. Glad you are doing so well. I am also 18 weeks out and feel like I am doing great. Only time I hurt is if I overdo it. Isn't it great to be able to move and not be in serious pain! Best wishes to continue to get better every day.
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      Happy you are also doing great. It is wonderful to be able to move without pain and crutches even if it is a bit slower than normal. A great recovery for you as well.
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    Awsome, wonderful, congratulations, cheers, celebration.  You have been such an encouragement to all, much thanks to you.  All my best to you moving forward!! 
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    So happy for you Daphne!!! I second it...you have been super supportive to all and we are so very happy for you! Thank you for your post and do let us know how you are doing later too.

    PS- What kind of surgery did he say you(we) might have later (is it due to arthritis)? Also, do you wake up with a stiff ankle that you need to loosen up for a while in the morning? Is that arthritis? Could you remind me what age you are again? I think you are close to my age, I'm 56.  Thanks. 

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      Hi Patti thanks you have been just as supportive, if not more. No he did not suggest an op for the arthritis, just physiotherapy and exercises. I do have a stiff ankle in the morning, I rub it and stretch it a little before I get up. It is also mid winter here, so I think I feel it more. The stiffness is arthritis according to him and they can see it on the x-rays. I am going to also see what support supplements to take to stop it from progressing because it is only slight at the moment. I am, according to the doctor that is St young. Hahaha.
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      Thanks Daphne! There is a group of us, the same age, that are progressing at the same stage. It is nice to have the info from all of you. Thank you so much for posting. I was wondering if that stiffness was arthritis. Can arthritis go away if we use our ankles a lot (exercising) or do you think we will have this always now in the morning? I am in warm summer weather here in California, and still getting it.  I can live with it if so, it just takes warming it up. I too am just so happy to be walking and to feel normal again after what we went through! Thanks for telling me you can see the arthritis on the x-ray. I'll ask my doctor to show me next time he does an x-ray. If you find out anything that can help it, let us know (supplements etc.). Thank you!
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      Hi Patti , the arthritis will improve if we work at it, but I don't think it will heal if I understand it correctly. I have asked my son who has a friend that specialises in rehabilitation for people that have had major injuries to find out more about this and what I can do to improve it. As soon as I know I will share it with you.
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      I've got no arthritis. Broken bones at any age open door to arthritis as we age. Specialist, Dr and Physio told NE. My done brojecboth wrists at 13 years 6 weeks apart. 17 years later, they get a little achy.

      Our break sites basically have a Hugh chance of coming back and biting us on the ar*# as far as arthritis goes.

      Winter here where I live. Takes a bit to get cracking in the morning. Feels like my husbands givin up a little on his recovery. Got an xray and off to specialist for 2nd opinion next week. Same Dr as me now. Something cropped up on xray with ligaments. Bone healing nicely for him but not sure what this means. Enough for radiologist to reccomend and MRI. He was scheduled to make the 35km drive to specialist 2 days after me.

      As luck would have it, we met Dr in Supermarket yesterday. He said he'd sort. Call this morning to confirm we are on same day straight after each other.

      His rather military dutch Physio thinks she has diagnosed that its going to be 100% fine. Gosh I didn't know she went to night school to be a Specialist surgeon at orthopedic department. Haha. Glad she's not my Physio!

      Mentioned xray to Dr at SuperM, he said MRI b4 I even told him the recommendation of radiologist. He's smart. Needles to say my husband is confused. Physio doing some wee test, that only rules out some types of problems. Dr going to do it in depth to check all issues. A no brainer.

      Anyway, arthritis always on cards down the track. Were in that age bracket. Mum didn't succumb til mud 70s. Lot of dancing to do uptil then!

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    I think she meant ... arthritis probable after ankle break and the surgery she already had??  Only other surgery I can think of may be needed is removal of hardware??

    Sorry, shoulda waited till Daphne answered as unsure.  I'm 56 too and have to loosen in morning due to stiffness. 

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      Thanks Angeladvocate for letting me know! I've just recently found my ankle is stiff in the morning, and was just a little worried and was wondering if others had that. It loosens up fine after using it for a little while, but it is a strange feeling to have that. Hopefully, this is something that will be gone by the 12 month mark?
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    thats wonderful news. Sounds like my dr.  I dont go back until July 13th. Of course hes on vacation...haha!!  Anyway, I can walk thru the house without the boot, and use the cane going up and down the stairs, and of course i havent been using it, and been doing very well with out it. my step dad got upset the other nite that im not using my foot like i should, and still favoring it. Of course iam, its only been 11 weeks, and im doing really well. alittle pain in the incision area, feels like its pulling, but doesnt seem to be any problem.  Im not going to start walking normal on it until he tells me i can. im going by what my dr says, not anyone else. 

    good for you for coming so far. keep it up. 

    good luck

    sue

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      Hi sue, I agree listen to your doctor and also to your body, it will tell you what you can and cannot do. The pulling feeling is could be scar tissue or ligaments as they take a while to heal. Good luck with your recovery.
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      Hi Sue- It takes time for the walking and you are doing great at your stage, so no need to worry! If you can, try to practice the proper heel toe walking, even if it slows you down a bit. That helped me so I never had knee or hip problems from limping, but besides that, ankles just take their good sweet time, and there is nothing much we can do but put in the time and do as much as possible to keep it moving and as flexible as possible (PT exercises etc). 
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      HI everybody, 

      I ended up going to the dr yesterday morning, and he said "we are in the 6th inning, and so far sa good".  Ran xrays, and everything looks great. He was happy that I went in, and not wait, then him asking me in another month of why i didnt go in when there was pain, but it is  the scar tissue, and everything healing. Iam now out of the boot, ( only use it when i have to), and walking in flip flops since thats that the only thing i can get on. my foot is still swollen. He said thats not a problem. We do still have the concern of the blood flow, but doing good. we arent out of the woods yet, just getting closer to be able to get back to a normal life. i go back july 20th, and run more xrays and the game will be over, at least i hope!!!!!  yay me!!!!!

       

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      I have found the slider type flip flops are easiest on the foot. I got the Crocs Women's Meleen Sandals from Amazon and love them. I also wear my tennis shoes mainly for support daily and just tied the laces very loosely at first on my injured foot, until the swelling went down a lot. I found they gave me the best support of all. You can also buy two pairs of shoes and wear a half size bigger on the injured foot, but that's a bit more expensive. 

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      Get wide sports shoes. If you private message me I will give you the details. Easy to find, great range. Easy to walk in.

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      Thanks. I do have a pair of NB, and havent tried them yet. I do want something thats cool while im in phoenix in late july. I may have to take my NB to walk in. There is a store where i live (newport Beach, Ca), and they carry shoes that help with all kinds of foot problems.  I really dont like them cuz they have rubber soles, and not to my style, but i do have to have something thats comfortable, and will help with my foot. 
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      Sue get some custom made orthotics for extra support. I have some. Great. I'm 9 months post op and currently don't care what I look like or what I wear. Am so over it. If it fits/ works, I do it/ use it.

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      HI Tituscanby1, 

      Thats a great idea.  I will go get some.  I also really dont care what I wear or what it looks like. I live at the beach, so i love wearing sandles. I over the swelling, and some of the incision pain with the scar tissue. I want this over already!!! I talked to the anesthesiologist that lives across the street from me, and he said it will be months before the swelling goes down. The anestheisiologist that did my surgery is freinds with him, and my neighbor text him the morning of my surgery and said to take good care of me. lol!!! thought it was funny, and sweet. When my anes came in that morning, he said i just got a text from  a friend of mine and to take good care of my neighbor. he looked at me and said do you know Joe ....and I said yes, hes my neighbor., and we were laughing. so sweet of my neighbor. 

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      It's so nice when people make that extra effort to care. I bet you are one of those people too....good karma tends to make it's way back around.

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      Great , great news sue. Keep on with your exercise and massage to improve the blood flow. I found walking barefoot at home helps a lot. I use those socks with the rubber strips at the bottom. I also had a good pair of running shoes that I used when I started to walk. Could not use laces at first. I remember we went out to a function once and I was all dressed up and had to use the running shoes as nothing else fitted. Hahaha , looked so funny. You I well on your way now to the light at the end of the tunnel.
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      There's nothing like barefoot walking on a cold smooth surface (like cold stone floors at night). It feels so good!

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      No I don't have that. Could be circulation. Does it improve when you exercises it. Sorry I can't give more information, maybe someone else has a answer.

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      Titus, My foot goes from hot (like having a temperature) after walking and swelling, to feeling cold when off the foot, elevating and resting, even when not icing.  Went to 4th Physio yesterday, 1st time out of pool.  OUCH!! They iced me pretty good afterwards .. managed to go get a haircut afterwards, but after two hours back home, holy cow, in major pain/swelling again.  Was waiting for the bruises to show as felt like someone hit it with a sledge hammer.  Iced again, didn't help.  So for the first time I stuck my foot up to my knee in a hot bucket of water with espson salt and rubbed lightly with wash cloth for 15 minutes.  It helped tremendousley. Has magnesium in it, in addition to helping with circulation suppose to help sore muscles.  If you havn't already, maybe worth a try when your feet cold like that.    

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      I live for my Epson salt baths- take about 5 a week. Helps me so much!  Also, I wore a compression sock last night for the first time. I decided to put it on for the night while I slept, to see if I could avoid a Motrin (usually I wake up after a busy walking day, at 3am, with my foot aching, unless I take a Motrin before I go to bed- and that's even though I elevate it all night). I skipped the Motrin and slept much better than I ever had without a Motrin. Had a tiny bit of aching, but nothing like usual. The compression sock is hard to get on, but I heard if it wasn't, then it wouldn't do the job of compressing. I wish I had tried this earlier. I may try it all day today too.

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      No I haven't experienced the injured foot getting cold either. I agree with Daphne. It may be have to do with circulation. 

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      i love walking barefoot. I havent even tried putting on my tennis shoes yet. There is alo of light at the end of the tunnel. Im so excited, and i so cant wait to get back to working out. 
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      thats for sure!!! even after i got my cast off, the carlet felt so weird, but felt so good. 
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      sooo, i didnt catch my typo until after i sent this!!!  I meant carpet!!!

      sorry everyone

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      Hi, PT is a bit painful in the beginning, but does get better as you go. If you hair a lot of pain and swelling. Try taking two buckets that can fill to approximately your knee. Fill one with cold water, even add some ice, and the other would warm water, as warm as possible. You can add Epson salts. Put the leg into the cold water for 1 min. then into the warm water for 3 mins. My physiotherapists gave me this advice and it really does make a difference. Then keep elevated as much as possible. Hope you will soon be pain free.
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      Sorry about the mistake in my first post. Should read if you have a lot of pain and swelling, and not if you hair pain and swelling. Hahaha oops, should read through before I post my comments.
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      Try your shoe....all the sudden one day I tried mine...it felt very tight, like I was wearing an extra sock, and it didn't lace up very tight, but it was such a miraculous feeling to put it on! I have heard several people say they find barefoot walking much harder, so if you can walk barefoot, the shoe may be even more supportive and easier for you. I think if you can get it on, you will be quite surprised. Otherwise, try one a half size bigger. 

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      The only one I could afford. Royal Blue Mesh. Not waterproof but room for expansion= swelling.

      Barely have to lace it. Have to peel it off. Mentally, it feels fantastic wearing 2 shoes, haha. Wore one shoe out , as was only one I used for 7 months. Had to chuck old shoes out.

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