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Hello I broke my tibia, fibula and talus on my right leg falling from a free climb. I got surgery around April 12/ 2017. I now have 9 screws and a plate in my ankle. I had a cast on for about 2 months after my cast off I went to walking with crutches for about 4 months. I did some physio therapy for a while now I just do my stretches at home (witch actually seem to make it hurt more). I can't seem to get my my ankle to bend far enough to get my knee passed my toes without pain. I can't run, jump, take stairs or bend down properly due to very little movement and pain. My surgeon cleared me to do all my regular tasks such as snowboard, skateboard Ect but I physically can not do any of those things one year later. I don't know what to do at this point I feel it's not getting past the point I have it. All I can do is walk and bike very gently. Should I get the pins removed ? Talk to a different Doctor ? Or just keep hoping for the best? Please give me some advice on getting better. 

Thank you


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    I was told if I don't get my flexibility fully back in fours months post surgery I would have the 2 pins out 

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    I had a bimalleolar fracture in April 2017.  I kept walking on it and had three surgeries before may 2017.  I got traumatic arthritis and they had to do a fusion with a foot and ankle specialist.  Best decision I made.  Still in a cast as I am a smoker.  Last surgery march 1.  I am going to do hypnotherapy to quit April 3.  

    I recommend seeing a foot and ankle specialist.  They will help you get the most progress.  But this is a life changingp

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    Jordan,  I can really sympathise with you friend, like you I’ve been struggling with my break longer than i originally expected, since last February 17, my physio around October assumed that the metalwork was restricting my movement but on close examination under CT scan it revealed that my ankle was still  broke, and my ankle is remains broken, I’m on exogen therapy hoping that this will work,  if this fails then it’s suggested that I would need a bone graft.

     In your case I assume that the bones  have healed however you’re not getting the movement,  then It could be a factor for you that the metalwork is restricting you.

    My orthopaedic after my initial surgery in March 17 said that my recovery could take 18 to 24 months, this is before knowing in October 17 that I have a possible non-union fracture, so my recovery is much further on than he expected.

    For you even if your bones have healed it would be expected to  take longer than 1 year to fully return to normality especially doing the stuff you enjoyed, so I would advise you to persevere by keeping up the Physio and ankle  exercises, don’t hesitate ringing your  orthopaedic as I have done a few times when I’ve had concerns in which they put me under X-ray to see if they was any major concerns.

     Despite my ankle broken I try and do two ankle classes per week and 20-30 miles on the  exercise bike per week, the pain  varies  from a 4 to an 8 out of 10 at times, Ive been advised by my orthopaedic and the Physiotherapist to push through the pain. Hope your feeling much better soon. 

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    The same case is mine too. I got trimalleolar fracture and one plate with 9 screws, one pin implanted on 16th may, 17. I am walking with pain in implant area. I discussed with doctor who advised me to remove the implants. Today I admitted to hospital and surgery for removal is sheduled tomorrow. Hope I get relief after this.
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      Wow. I had no idea healing would

      take so long. Two plates, 14 screws total from a fall causing an open trimaleor fracture in July of 2017. Every step hurts. One plate will be removed in two weeks to hopefully increase movement and reduce the pain. 

      I’m not sure what to do if this doesn’t help. I’ve follwed all directions and continue to do PT but my ankle and foot area still hurts, swells and causes a lot of issues with work and travel. 


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