I'M WALKING!! 8 weeks,1 day since bimalleolar fx and surgery

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With a boot, but NO CRUTCHES.(I was down to one crutch). Full weight bearing. I'd love to tell you it feels normal but that boot is cumbersome-thank God for the Even Up.  My physical therapist released me from crutches today and she thinks my orthopedic surgeon will release me from the boot next Wednesday. We shall see.

My foot actually looks like the other one. Tiny bit of swelling at the end of the day which goes away quickly. God is good!

?So take heart, people-the end of the tunnel is in sight. I still have a way to go but I'm taking bigger steps now instead of baby steps. You will, too.

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    I love the positivity! So happy to hear. I should be walking in two weeks and it makes me feel better knowing that it’s going well for somebody. Best of luck with the rest of your recovery!!
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      Make sure you get the Even Up. You can order it through Amazon or Ebay and have it in time for your walking. 

      ?It's so great to FEEL optimistic and positive. I can say the first 2-3 weeks or so I wondered if I'd ever feel well again or have my life back. BEing able to grocery shop and be out and about makes it TONS better.

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    Congratulations, Trish.

    It is always heartwarming to hear success stories like yours. Out of necessity this forum is often full of gloom and doom, and newbies need to hear real life success outcomes.

    Now that you are weight-bearing and more active the hard work actually begins-- a treatment and exercise regimen to rehabilitate your broken down ankle. The bones are not the issue now if fractures are stable-- you need to go after any and all soft tissue injuries that generally accompany fractures and sprains.

    The goal is SSS-- support, strengthen, and stabilize the ankle joint. Done properly, a rehab regimen will reduce dramatically any chance of suffering life-long chronic ankle joint instability (leading to very sad outcomes for too many).

    Here's to your full recovery and health.

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      Trust me, I felt plenty of doom and  gloom the first 2-3 weeks like most do. I was lucky to have an excellent surgeon and great team of physical therapist and occupational therapist who work on strengthening and flexibility as well as lymphatic drainage and circulation. I'd say, judging by the comments of my physical therapist, that I am in the minority as far as not having ANY pain when I started weight bearing and even full weight bearing with one crutch and walking without the crutch. IT's still awkward walking in the boot, but the Even Up is a life saver in that regard. 

      ?I hope all on here have a good recovery. This injury has certainly been a life lesson in patience-I'm 63 and never had an injury before. I had bunion surgery, but that was nothing compared to this!

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    Trish,

    Again,congrats on a so far fabulous recovery.

    No pain walking immediately upon weight bearing seems to be quite the exception than the rule-- so you beat the odds. I have to say that your guardian angel was watching when you had your accident, whatever that was.

    Don't take anything for granted and don't let your guard down as you continue on recovery path. Treat that injured ankle like it was made out of glass until you have full strength and stability back.

    When you get back to square one with full ankle health back you can be a role model to others not so fortunate.

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    That's great news Tricia, you must be thrilled!  Amazing that the swelling is already so minimal, and thanks for sharing the positive news =)

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      I go the the surgeon Wednesday for what I hope is my 3rd and last post op visit.  I will come back and let you all know if I get cleared from the boot and released to go back to work on the 19th.

      Thanks for all the well-wishes.

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