Is this (soreness and swelling) normal?

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I had ORIF surgery for a trimalleolar fracture on 7/19. Just transitioned to FWB with a boot last week. Felt so liberating to be able to drive and walk again, albeit with a boot, but about 3-4 days in, my ankle became very sore and swollen. I have been doing my PT exercises pretty religiously and had been told by my doctor and physio that I was making good progress, but feel very discouraged at the pain and difficulty I have in walking (limping) even after 8 weeks. From what I have seen online, it is not unusual to deal with pain and swelling for a long time, and this has tempered my optimism about my recovery quite a bit. It's a real roller coaster, this injury, and not in a good way. I just hope that I am not overdoing it (even though obeying doctor's orders) and prolonging my recovery or doing further damage to my ankle. Is this to be expected?

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    Wow! I had ORIF surgery for a trimalleolar fracture on 7/13 and was released for PWB in boot at seven weeks. I'm almost at nine weeks and still in the boot FWB but using a walker. I have swelling and pain. Seems like you're doing a lot very soon. 

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    I too had a triamaelleor fracture and surgery on 6/28. 

    I am 10 weeks post op. Still struggle with walking . I've had weeks of PT and do my exercises everyday as well as Epsom salt warm soaks and ice 2-3 times a day. I wake up very stiff and need to really get warmed up to head out to work 2 hours prior.

    I feel your pain and frustration but I know the healing with this is 2 steps forward 2 back, swelling, soreness etc.

    Try to keep your chin up and know that you are so far from the initial experience..... so challenging 

    My affirmation daily is my ankle heals everyday, I grow stronger and more steady on my feet.

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    Hi Robert! I am 10 weeks out and still not walking! I can take small steps (in a boot) but my ankle still hurts and feels numb and am on crutches. Don't push yourself too hard. Sometimes even the therapists don't know your limits. Be sure to rest, massage, prop and ice your foot. I had two fractures, the inner and outer ankle and they say that's what's taking me a little longer. Have you tried a cane? Maybe that would take some of the pressure off of that foot.

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      Hi, Sandra,

      I used a crutch for the first few days of full weight bearing, but I found it awkward. I'm not very coordinated. Thanks for your advice.

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