I've been told to weight bear in a fibreglass removable cast.

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I broke every bone in my mid to hind right foot 12 weeks ago after falling backwards down an emergency exit on a moving coach.

The consultant i saw last week was very vague, he didn't know where the physio (which takes 5-6 weeks to be arranged) is held, didn't want to change the paperwork which is wrong about my fall and has told me i can wear a fibreglass removable cast to weightbear in.

I have tried this and it is holding my foot in the wrong position at 90 degrees and is curved at the bottom. It is certanly not supporting my instep which needs to be supported due to the peroneus longus muscle and tear in the plantar ligament.

He also said there was still a break on the surface of the calceneous. 

I have not yet met the consultant i am under and see a different person every time i go who often contradict themselves.

I have attempted to contact - and have left messages - with the consultant's secretary who said she would call me back (first time she has contacted me in 3 months) but hasn't.

I am still in a lot of pain and my foot is very swollen

 What would you suggest would be the best way forward with this please?

 

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    Unless there is an overwhelming reason to stay with the consulting group that you're with, I'd switch doctors ASAP. This sounds like  it could be creating a dangerous situation for you.

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      There is none Becky and i agree, but not sure who else i can go with and seem unable to get hold of anyone to ask.

      I have organised some physio privately as it will take so long to get through the hospital. 

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    I would suggest like other seeing another consultant! I did my ankle 10 weeks ago and after ORIF my consultant team weren't happy with how my plaster was... similar issue to you and wrong degree in angel etc. I had the plaster redone about 4 times till the were happy with how it was.. you don't want bones healing wrong or you'll have more issues later on!!

    Best of luck x

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    Hello Chocolate,

    I don't know where you're from, but you need to get yourself to an orthopedist ASAP. I've never heard of a consultant before.

    This scenario you have described makes me very nervous for you! I broke my ankle in 3 places back in July 2017. I didn't get a removable cast until September 10, and that was the first time I was able to weight as per doctor's ok. The ankle is a SLOW HEALER!!! But it sounds to me you need to get yourself to the RIGHT DOCTOR! Best of luck. Keep in touch!!!

    Kate

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    So sorry Chocolate, it wasn't 2017, but 2016! Also, are you in a different country, like the UK or something? Getting the runaround like you are isn't good for you at all! You need the proper doctor to take care of you!!! Again, do please keep in touch!

    Kate

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      Hi Katy, thanks for your messages, yes i'm in the UK. 

      I called and left 2 messages which are clearly being ignored so i called and made an appt for this Thursday late morning.

      I will take my Dad in with me and see if their attitude changes this time!

      I will ask if i should be weight bearing on my cast (hope i don't get the same 'specialist' i had last week) - and if not - why have i been told to walk on it?

      The plaster room technicians seem very good and know me even though i am only in my second handmade cast since i started there.

      I will let you know how it goes, thanks for your responses. x 

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