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9 weeks from bimalleolar fx and ORIF. Out of boot 4 days ago, now walking.
?I wanted to let you know a few things that are going to happen so you aren't surprised or confused by what is going to happen to your ankle/foot/leg the first few days (or more) of walking,like I was.
?The dr put on a tiny stirrup that gives the ankle side-stability while in shoes, to wear while walking for the first couple weeks.This way you cannot turn or roll your ankle, Fits well in a sneaker. Said you can now walk unaided, continue physical therapy for gait training. Didn't tell me what to expect as far as swelling,pain, or anything else really. Here's a few facts about what happens at this stage:
?1.Walking without the boot feels WIERD. The boot is heavy and you're used to picking up that heavy boot with your leg to walk and now its gone.
?2. The walking didn't hurt at all, just feels really odd for the first couple days.
?3. At night your foot/ankle/and lower leg will SWELL. Once you've put it up for an hour or so, that will go down.Massaging your foot from the ankle all the way up to the knee in the back will help your lymphatic system move that fluid that's causing the swelling. The swelling is normal (I wish he had told me that in the office, I was shocked) And where its swollen, theres lots of pressure and it can hurt. It's temporary. When I called him, he said it can last for 1-2 months but should get better gradually in that time period.
?4. You're going to limp at firs(trying to protect your foot)t and it will feel stiff. Try and walk heel to toe and to bend your knee as you normally would. You have to actually concentrate on walking normally, but it gets easier every day.
?5. Every morning you will get up and be amazed that yo'ure walking. I was afraid to walk on it before I was able to. Its been SO LONG. That passes and you'll be happy to be nearly normal again.
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