Numbness post ankle ORIF surgery

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I am 8 weeks post op after fracturing and dislocating my left ankle. I had a plate and pins in. I was none weight bearing for 6 weeks and have just got a boot for another 4 weeks. I am doing really well but have noticed that part of my ankle and one of my toes are numb. Is this normal? Does the numbness go? I'm seeing my Consultant next week but thought I'd ask on here to see if anyone else had experienced this? Many thanks 

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    I'm 10 weeks post op and I'm full weight bearing without a boot. I was never given the option of a boot so have not had that extra support. Yes, 3 of my toes and parts of my ankle are still numb but apparently that's normal and should go in time. Good luck with your recovery smile

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      Thanks Sonia. I find it interesting that there is a lot of difference with post op treatment. Did you go straight from NWB to FWB? I was given the boot for 4 weeks but going back next week after 3 due to work commitments - I'm hoping that he says I can ditch the boot and walk. Desperate to walk the dog and start driving now. How are you feeling waking?

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      I have good days and bad days. I can walk around the house without a stick but if I'm going out anywhere I use it. I can only walk short distances then my ankle stiffens up and I rest it and put a bag of frozen peas on it. I'm seeing a very slight improvement each week so fingers crossed. I haven't even had a follow up appointment yet as my surgeon was off sick and all her clinics were put on hold!

      I don't envy you going back to work, I'm retired and I find just getting through the days exhausting. Good luck smile 

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      It sounds like you are getting there slowly! I must admit I'm slightly anxious of going back to work after 9 weeks 😬 I think that having the boot has helped me gain confidence walking but I'm in pain at night the more walking I do. 

      I hope that your improvements continue and you get in to see your Consultant soon x

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    Try not to worry, easier said than done I know but numbness tends to happen post op...especially to ankles. I have pretty bad nerve damage to my forefoot, big toe and top of my ankle but I've had 7 ops on my left ankle. Most of the time the sensation will come back, it takes time though. 

    Claire. Xx

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      Thanks Claire. I was really worried when I first felt it but have been reassured that I'm not alone. Sounds like you've been through the Mill with your surgeries. I hope that you are on the road to recovery x

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    Numbness is very common  after surgery

    I am 10 weeks and have numbness in big toe and heel, my whole foot feels like a sausage stuffed into a skin that's too small. But it has started to minimize with walking and PT. I massage my foot with cocoa butter and especially the numb parts. I've booked an appt with a reflexologist to help stimulate those numb areas as well. I do believe it goes away with time. What a journey !!

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      Thanks for your reply. What a journey indeed! I think the emotional impact was the worse, and unexpected, part for me. I try to massage when I'm moisturising but must admit that it feels tooo weird and I have to stop - reassured that I'm not alone! It is very worrying when I finally feel like I'm getting back to 'normal' 😬

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      I said the top of my foot below my toes feels like leather. I can only move two toes and my foot is peeling like a snake. I didn't know something could be numb and sensitive at the same time.

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    Yes 5 mths dwn the line and still have numbness in my 4th toe. Horrid feeling. Still get a lot of tingerling on tips of all toes, feel it more at night. Still not able to leave foot under quilt due to feeling odd plus feels very hot, so sleep with my foot on top of the quilt. Odd ball I know. Lol sx
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      Thanks for your reply - I also sleep with my foot out of the quilt, feels too heavy on my ankle/foot! Glad it's not just me lol x

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      who would think the weight of a quilt would feel so different.  Thank God my hubby sleeps in his own room due to me not being able to sleep without moving around all through the night. Plus hes up at 4   most mornings. another bad day today with the swelling and havent done much walking even moving today. I have my nxt appt with my physio nxt week after 5 weeks break waiting to hear from my knee and ankle consultants, but heard nothing as yet. But I am no further ahead now than i was 5 weeks ago!!  sad really thought she would see a change in me, but no changes at all, takes me ages to walk even short distances, as its too painful. sx
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      The duvet thing is awful isn't it, who would have thought that a duvet would and could cause that much pain??! Crazy isn't it!

      My fight with my duvet has finally ended after 4 hellish months...everyone, keep plodding you'll all get there! 

      Claire. Xx

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      We are the same! My hubby is also up at 4 (postman) so he's in the spare room as I'm moving so much!!  Was yours surgery for a break? I'm getting a bit nervous about when my boot comes off and I have no support - the boots like a comfort blanket at the moment - makes me feel safe I suppose. I feel for you as I was in quite a bit of pain last night - did the most walking I've done yet yesterday 😬 Pain killers before bed tonight.

      It must be so frustrating when you don't feel you are seeing any improvement 😞 You need to chase your Consultant 

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      Yes broke both sides and bad dislocation. Plates n screws both sides. That was over 5mths ago. It's great when the boot comes off, but defo understand about it being yr comfy blanket. Only time I had mine on was to get about, once Sat dwn and in bed it was off. Just the sound of that bloody velcro got to me. Sad 😔. Lol I do my soaks with Epson salts which helps with pain and it helps with mobility for hr or so. I managed to come off all meds once boot went on, but as soon as I got the OK the weight Bere that's when the pain started so been back on the pain killer weeks. Plus as they make me sleepy they are great for helping me to sleep at night. The other thing all this has done is made me very anxious and quite depressed at times so on meds for the anxiety now!! 😢 also on waiting list for operation on my knee... Same leg for torn ligament, which was the reason I fell. So as soon as I get the op done it will be back on the crutches for a while. 😕 one thing after another. Waiting for appointment for consultant as my physio has referred me back to him. Totally fed up with it all. Hope you get on OK without the boot, great to throw it into the back of the wardrobe!! Whoop Whoop. Sx

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      I found out that every time I tried to come off my Tramadol I would get depressed and cry a lot and I couldn't fall asleep at night without a pill because I was so anxious and couldn't lay still. It took me a couple of weeks to wean myself off.

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      Tramadol. Omg. I had little green visitors while talking them!!! No thank you. I take ZAPAIN. They are the only meds I've been able to take without me feeling spaced out. They do the job but do make me sleepy. I can handle that as I just reduce the mount but take 2 at night. Sx

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      OMG tramadol. I have little green visitors while talking them. ZAPAIN is the only meds I've been able to take without me feeling spaced out. But I can handle that as I just reduce the mount but take 2 at night. Sx

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