Numb foot...due to 6 weeks in cast or nerve damage?

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Sooo...it's been almost 5 months post injury. Tore two ligaments. Tried physio first. Wasn't healing so my orthopaedic surgeon put me in walking cast for 6 weeks. It comes off tomorrow. My foot is always numb now. Why? From immobilization? Could there be nerve damage? What's next? Physio? How much longer?  This is all so frustrating 😩 Thank you for the support 🙏🙏🙏

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    Hi Aly! You must be looking forward to getting your cast removed! Maybe the numbness will go away once the cast is off as I think the circulation will improve. I am wondering if you need an X-ray to see how the healing is progressing. But, possibly regular X-rays only show bones. 

         I would think physiotherapy will be your next step. 

         You could make an appointment with your doctor to ask your questions.

         I know how frustrating this experience must be. I broke my ankle. Once my cast was removed,  phsyiotherapy got started. I was told to partially weight bear 30% the first week, 60% the second etc., and was given exercises to do.

         The process may be different as far as ligament injuries go. 

         I hope your transition from cast to no cast goes well. It was such a relief for me when my cast was removed. I hope you have a speedy recovery Aly!

         

         

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      Thank you for your support Ann. I will be on Physio for 6 weeks. Hoping this will all go back to normal soon!
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    I would be worried about foot numbness. The walking cast should not feel that tight. Make sure you are exercising that foot and toes.
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