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Hi all. I am 8 weeks post ORIF for a triple ankle fracture and dislocation. I had 12 screws and 2 plates put in. I was in the cast for the first 2 weeks and then the walking boot for 5 weeks. I started physio for ROM at week 3 and began weight bearing at week 7. I am now able to walk in sneakers and with one crutch. However I find that it gets sore pretty much everywhere EXCEPT my ankle. I'm just wondering if this is normal? Anyone else experience this? I can full weight bear on my bad ankle it just swells up and gets uncomfortable. I can also stand on ome leg using the bad leg as long as i hold onto something for balance. I just need to know that I'm on a good track and that this will continue to get better.

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    Sounds like you're doing great!  That's a lot of hardware and to be in "walking boot" just after 2weeks post op.  Yours "soreness" will take some time. Just keep the faith and did what your doc says.   ...sound like you're doing well. 

    Question.  How old are you and what kind of health?   How long was it before your could return to a "desk job" with foot not elevated?   If you don't work or stand on youre feet for work, what would be your best estimate as to when someone could return to a desk job sitting down on elevated position and fiction?   

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      Hi!

      I am 32 years old. Pretty average health-wise. I work in a law firm so it's a desk job. I am going back to work this week actually as I've been off on maternity leave. I don't really need to elevate a whole lot anymore. If I get swollen I find moving my ankle around helps with that. I probably would have gone back to work earlier if I wasn't on leave. I'd say whenever you are comfortable working. A desk job is easier so even if you need to elevate just lifting your leg up for a minute or two will help.

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    Hi Melissa, 

    yes this is normal. There is lots of muscle atrophy from not moving for a long time. So you will feel it in your quads, butt, lower back. Calf does not hurt until you start raising on your toes wink 

     

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    Congrats on your recovery. I am no where near you in terms of recovery,  butt I am finding that as progress I am using muscles that I don't usually use much,and I get some aches and pains for sure,.

    Good Luck! 

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