Post op Ankle Surgery

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Broke both sides  my ankle had  surgery 12 weeks ago and had a plate and screws put in     I was given permission to put weight on yesterday,   When I walk I have pain where when I sit and manipulate my foot I have no pain    What is the timeframe for the pain to stop while walking.   I am using a cane   

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    I had the same surgery you did. Plate and screws on one side,2 screws on the other. My injury and surgery was Jan 2. I’ve been walking in shoes since week 10. Everyone is different as far as pain. Some days it hurts to walk, some days it’s fairly comfortable. But it’s still uncomfortable and different at the end of a 12 hour shift for me. My gait and level of comfort is much better in stocking  feet or barefoot than with shoes.

    It gets easier with time. 

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    It's an how long is a piece of string question Tracy. Some are pain free pretty quickly, 6 months on from ankle fusion and I still have too much pain. Be sensible, follow all medical advice and celebrate even the smallest of improvements as its a long road for a lot of us. I don't believe in pushing through the pain in this instance, do what you need to do, then rest. When you are walking therefore much more pressure on your foot and it has to re-learn the best way of doing that. So long as you have trust in your Consultant and follow his/her advice you'll get there eventually. Best of luck.

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      I agree, I was frustrated 8 weeks in my cast I had the same surgery plus my achilles lengthened and arthritis removed. The PA told Me 2 weeks into my boot if I wanted to try to walk go for it I was feeling pretty good walking in my boot with just my cane and sometimes even without a cane just walking and that was only 10 weeks and now I'm frustrated because after last weekend when I try to walk I have been in so much pain it's ridiculous I haven't had pain like this since the beginning of my surgery so I'm working through it. I am back in my boot per the doctor and I see him on the 27th going on vacation on May 4th not very happy right now I wish I would have just trusted my gut stayed in my boot until I seen the doctor. I think it would help so much if I could not have to work but I'm up and down at work even though I ice and I can put my foot up during the day it doesn't help. It is a process and almost at 60 I'm having a good attitude and it's like you know what I will walk again but I know it's going to take some time good luck everybody.

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      I’m 63 and I was going pretty well until I went back to work. At the end of my shift my lower leg and ankle are swollen and sore. By morning it’s normal again. Days off are much better. Like you, I had no pain walking in the boot. The boot disperses  your weight but when out of it your ankle takes the full load. It takes time to relearn it. Sherry is right, go slow and let your pain dictate your speed. Your physical therapist will tell you what the right progress is from what they see.
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