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Hi all I had surgery 20th August after breaking right ankle (trimelleour fracture) on 19th.

I'm in a cast until 3rd October which would of been 6 weeks. Doc then said I should go into a walking boot.

Just wondering if I will be able to put full weight on foot in boot straight away or if gradual? I'm trying to figure out when I can be back at work so would appreciate others sharing their recovery lengths xxx

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    Hiya,

    I am in a similar situation to you, had my injury (Trimalleolar) on 13th August and surgery on the 21st.

    The doctor told me I could be non weight bearing for 6-12 weeks, but I'm hoping at my 6 week appointment on 5th oct that that's not the case! I haven't been told at all what happens after or if I'll get a boot or anything sad I just want to know when I can go back to work as my job is really active. What do you do for work? X

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      Hey! 12 weeks 😱 Omg!

      Well I saw doc last Monday which was just over 3 weeks and he told me come back in another 3 for boot so fingers crossed that's what happens I don't think I could do 12 weeks in this cast!

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      I got my fingers crossed for you and I'm hoping that's the case for me too! I've literally been counting down the days till this next appointment I don't know how I'll feel if they send me home for another 6 weeks nwb! And your job sounds quite active too then! I do nursing so on my feet for long shifts, have a feeling I'm going to have a lot of pain when I do go back x

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    Hi Mandy,

    I am starting my first day back to work tomorrow.

    It's been a little over 8 weeks since my surgery. I have been weight bearing for 3 weeks. Walking with normal sneakers on. I suppose I could have really gone back last week, I'd I had to but I opted for one more week so I was stronger with walking. I can walk pretty okay but I am still working on walking correctly. I walk up and down hills, bike ride and horseback ride now. Each of those activities is for a lot less time then I used to do but I figured to gradually increase the time. I also do PT twice a day and go for it twice a week. The being said every step can still be a challenge to do not correctly but it is getting better.

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      Hi dawn, congrats on your walking bet it feels great!

      What type of fracture did you have?

      I'm worried about stairs as I need to make sure I'm able to get a buggy up and down stairs to the tube so not looking forward to that!

      X

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      Hi Mandy,

      I have a bimalleolar fracture. 9 screws and a plate. I think the extra walking on my hilly roads and riding have helped. I started so slow and it hurt afterwords but the next day everything has felt fine so I kept up with it. I am determined to be running in January or sooner so I am trying to build up the walking on the moderate hills. We live in a extremely hilly area so if I want to walk at all it will be on hills.

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    Hi Mandy X,

    I'm probably not a good example! I originally had an arthrodesis to my left ankle back on Jan 26th. 12 weeks in and PWB I sustained a fracture to the tibia, directly above where the screws were inserted. Another 4 months in a cast NWB and the fracture has failed to heal sufficiently. I'm now booked to go back on the table to have an Ilizarov frame fitted! That means at least another 3 months out of action! I haven't worn a pair of trousers in 8 months!

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    Hi Mandy,

    I also had a trimalleolar fracture, fixed with pins and plates 5 months ago - I was NWB for 12 weeks in the end and although my bones have healed really well I've been plagued by infections from the metal work which slowed up my weight bearing. Once I could start putting weight through it it wasn't to long (2 weeks maybe?) before I was getting about pretty well - quite limpy though!

    Getting up and about does take time, and everyone's recovery is different - my advice would be to allow more time than you'd think!!

    Wishing you lots of luck for a speedy recovery 😀

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