Into walking boot!

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So cast came off after 6 weeks!

Got given a boot and told pain is my limit! Ouch! It hurts plus feels so strange having my leg out of the boot on the sofa just feels wrong - I felt safe in the cast!

Managed to have a shower not standing obviously but sat down but wasn't really brave enough to get leg wet fully. I'm scared!

Did a bit of pressure in boot but just feels strange like my foot is not on my body! It's mad!

Hopefully I start to improve.....

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    Mandy

    I had my cast removed last Wednesday, 7 weeks in plaster.

    I left the hospital withought a boot or crutches. I was fairly confident as I left as I had been wait bearing whilst in my cast.

    I am confident on a flat surface but very nervous on anything other than a flat surface. My ankle aches at all times and by the end of the day it is serverly swollen and uncomfortable. But within an hour or so of elevation it calms down and by morning it feels much better.

    In the morning it take quite a while to loosen up, as I try to walk as normally as possible. Like you I felt safe in the cast and very vulnerable withought it, I was not offered the boot and do not want one I know the best thing is to work with the aches and pains and push on to normality.

    I had ORIF surgery to repair my broken fib & tib one plate with 11 Screws. I have been walking on my ankle unaided for five days now and each day I think It feels a little better?i have my 1st physio appointment on Wednesday 1 week after the plaster came off!

    Hope you ankle recovers quickly,

    All the best Connor

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      Hi Connor your doing so well I'm

      Jealous! I didn't weight bare for 6 weeks so I do not feel comfortable without boot.

      I've done lots of walking up and down today then rested then done a bit more.

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    hiya,although inever had a boot i can still relate to what your feeling,this is the nerve endings coming back to life,in a few days they should start feeling a lot better,also dont be afraid to submerge the ankle in warm water itll be fine,one other thing a physio taught me was to massgae the scars with moisturiser it will help stop the stretching sensation around the scar tissue,it will feel awkward to do at first because you will feel as though your going to hurt yourself but trust me you will reap the benifits,just a good moisturiser like nivea will be fine,it will be a lot easier for you to get,it looks a bit dodgy when a six foot five bloke walks into a chemist and asks for a bottle of moituriser for sensitive skin haha,its been over a year since i came out of plaster and i still have numbness on the back of some of my toes and foot,dont worry i have had it checked out and its perfectly normal,it just may never return thats all no biggy,good luck and takeit easy on the ibuprofen,trust me its very bad for the stomach
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    I'm a week behind you and want to know what to expect. What are you able to do now? What is your doctor asking you to work on? How soon are you expected to walk independently?

    I went home from surgery with a fiberglass support and Ace bandages. Two weeks after surgery I was given the boot and asked to apply no pressure but simply to balance on the broken ankle's foot. I'm not sure what to expect because I'm not familiar with this process.

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      Hi what fracture did you have?

      Mine was a trimalleour fracture.

      My surgeon told me pain is my limit and to use the boot for 1-2 weeks seeing how I am.

      I'm waiting on a physio appt.

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    Hi Mandy, I was in cast for 6 weeks, boot for 2 weeks. I have been out for 4 weeks now. I felt exactly the same as you did when I came out of cast. My foot felt foriegn, ugly & not a part of me.

    You need to change that thought smartly. My PT told me I needed to reconect with my foot, learn to like it again by touching it & standing on different surfaces so it starts to feel real again...paint your toe nails. Your brain can quickly begin to believe your foot doesn't belong to you & begin to have circulation problems etc...so I listened to my PT & now are feeling so much better about my foot.

    I went back to work last week. I'm a nurse so on my feet all shift..Foot aches but am improving everyday. Small steps forward..1 day soon you will find yourself standing in the shower..hang in thwe. It's gets better :-)

    Justine

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      Hey Justine what fracture did you have? You are doing so well! Did you just come out of boot yourself. Surgeon just told me pain is my limit.

      Are you free of crutches?

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      Hi Mandy. I had a non-displaced Weber B Ankle fracture, no surgery. When I came out of the cast after 6 weeks I went strait into a moon boot. Appointment made to go back to clinic 2 weeks later. Then specialist took me out of boot & told to start fully weight bearing. I used the crutches for the next 2 weeks. I havn't used them for the past 2 weeks, so took them back to the hospital this morning. I'm 48, so if I was younger would prob recover quickly & if older, I guess a bit longer. I still have a Wee way to go..I don't like walking on uneven surfaces or walking outside at night. Setting goals has really helped me..walking around the block is my short term goal & long term going hiking in 6 months time. What is your fracture? I do feel for you..it is scary & hard..but striving to feel Normal again will help you improve.

      Justine

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      Hi Justine, I had a trimalleour fracture and surgery with plates and screws and then was in cast 6 weeks.

      Now I have the boot. Doc said pain is my limit. Pain is so bad but I really need to walk I have a newborn(had him 5 days after broke ankle) and a 6 year old. Was meant to be back at work next week but it's so painful!

      X

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    Hi Mandy,

    I was in a cast for 7 weeks afte ORIF, a boot for approx 2 weeks, and now a brace. I was delirious to get out of the cast but it took me a bit to trust my boot. It felt so good to get all the dried skin off my foot and leg. I wore a long sock under the boot to keep it from rubbing against my leg. Nothing wrong  in using a shower chair as long as you like. Anything that lets you enjoy your shower and feel safe. Be careful about over doing, once you realize you can move more freely, it's hard to hold back. Weightbearing will be painful. I gave in and took a pain pill on more than one episode. I soon discovered that ibuprofen worked better for me however. I took 600 mg with breakfast, dinner, and lunch. Keeping it in my system and using ice packs frequently kept th pain manageable. There will be swelling. It is what it is. My pain was worse on the inside side of my ankle at first and now more on the outside. The motion of a heel to toe flex is painful. After the first two weeks of weightbearing, I've noticed a quicker improvement. I started using a cane when I had the boot whenever my ankle became fatigued and painful. Also, I used it on uneven surfaces or in crowded or unfamiliar places. The doctor put me in a laceup style brace to continue giving me some extra support. I also asked for a prescription for compression stockings to help with swelling once I go back work. One more thing, I've had plantar fasciitis in the past so along with the PT exercises for my ankle, I've added in rolling the frozen water bottle back and forth under my foot. Feels soooooo good when your foot is tired and achy. Try not to get frustrated with pain when you begin weight bearing, it's gets better.

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