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I was carrying a small trash can down a set of wooden stairs that turned twice and had no railing for the lat few steps to the landing during Irma evacuation, missed the last step and sustained a grade 3 R ankle sprain (complete ligament tear) and a suspected fracture. I went to an urgent care center same day and the PA wrapped it real tight...too tight. I couldn't sleep more than 30 minutes. I elevated it and the pain became unbearable. I couldn't stand ice at all, couldn't even stand the breeze from a fan due to hypersensitivity. After 2 days and unbearable pain I decided I'd go to the ER at 3am. I don't have insurance. Got up to use the bathroom first and the pain came down to a 7. This, I discovered was because I lowered my foot to a lower level while sitting in a transport chair borrowed from my 94 year father. Before that I thought my whole foot was in a fire with bees stinging it! It was unbearable. The next day I went to another urgent care center & was seen by a different PA who said that radiology came back no fractures. She then removed the tight bandage and applied a looser one almost to my knee as the swelling had reached that far. She gave me a shot in the butt which relieved the pain for almost 20 hours. I was not to weightbear. No instructions on how to rewrap my foot.
A week later I drove 150 miles with my L big toe to my son's house and acquired a knee scooter, a transport chair, 5 iinch toilet riser, transfer tub bench, and a rollator walker with seat and brakes. I lost the job I was supposed to start on 9-18-17. Went to an ortho doctor on 9-27-17 only to find out that the urgent care center had taken the wrong xrays, of my foot instead of my ankle. I did have 2 fractures in the fibula. They gave me a boot and I am to be NWB for 6 weeks (until 10-30-17). Then I moved with help into a room in a house that has a walkin tub. My foot gets so hot in the boot at night that I have to take it off and keep it on a soft pillow for several hours. I'm only allowed to do active range of motion for ankle pumps when my foot is in water or horizontal.
I go for more xrays on 10-19 and should know then if it is healing alright, when I can begin weightbearing.
To top it all off, I am an occupational therapist in home health. My biggest hurdle I think will be managing steps with no railing to enter or exit some of my patients' homes. How long does it take to walk without an assistive device? Please share your story and your recovery time and any precautions so as not to reinjure ourselves!
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