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Hi there. So a few weeks ago (July 3rd) I had my ORIF ankle surgery on my right ankle (I broke my tibia and medial malleolus pretty bad). I was in a cast until July 17th, when they moved me into an air-boot (I think that's what it's called, lol!). They said everything on the x-ray's looked great and that I'm healing up well. Anyways, the doctors said I can take off the boot whenever I want, and especially need to do light ROM exercises each day without the boot on. This includes moving the ankle back and forth, forward and backward. Also, during surgery, I had 2 screws put in the inner part of my ankle (closest to my other leg) and a plate with 4-6 screws (I can't remember) on the outside part.
Well, I can move my ankle/foot forward with what seems to be only the issue of muscle memory loss, but when I try to move my ankle backward (towards me) it's like something on the outside of my ankle is preventing it from moving. It's super stiff on the outside. It doesn't hurt, per se, but it literally won't move so that my foot is straight up. Is this normal? I only got my cast removed 4 days ago, and I've heard from others that their ankles were really stiff for the first week or so of being in a boot, but it's really odd because my inner ankle is only stiff-feeling from the tape that's covering the incisions, but the outer ankle is stiff and feels like something is "stuck" on the outside...
Also, has anyone else's foot/ankle/leg shook really badly whenever you take off your boot or are trying exercises? Mine does!
So is my plate preventing me from moving my ankle up all the way or doing ROM exercises? Or will it get better in a few days as this is just stiffness from being in the cast for 2 weeks?
Thanks, and I hope for a speedy recovery for everyone else on here going through a broken bone(s)! (:
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