Recovery from Brostrom Procedure

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Had Brostrom procedure a month ago. If anyone else had it, I'd like to know how long it was before you could walk a short distance without much pain? How long was it before you could walk normally?

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    I had mine done in 2009 (am waiting for my second in 2 weeks as snapped it last October) I was in plaster for 8 weeks 2 weeks NWB then full weight bearing, then out the cast and straight back to work. This time round they have said 2 weeks nwb in a cast, then 3 weeks in a boot full weight bearing (doesn't seem enough if you ask me).

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      Wow! That is fast. I was only in a splint for a week and then had a boot for PWB. It seems like I ought to be able to bear a little more weight by now. I also had a surgery to remove some lose cartilage at the same time with microfracture.  Perhaps that's why it's taking so long. 

      Thank you for sharing your experience.  

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      Mine is even more complicated this time round because I've already had it done before. I have completely snapped my peroneal tendon, the main ligament in on the top of my ankle/foot, shattered my fibula so they are having to remove all the bone shards from that. I am also having an Arthrex brace fitted in my ankle to stabilise. The specialist also thinks that I've snapped the tendon on the inside of my ankle. That's why I was rather surprised at the 2 weeks NWB and 3 in a boot?

      Good luck though 2 years after I had my surgery I ran a 10km race - I'm not a runner just a middle aged woman.

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      Are those new injuries? Is that why you have to have another surgery?

      When you were FWB in the cast was it very painful?

      I've been trying to put a little weight on my foot around the house just wearing an elastic bandage. . Just went out last night and found it is easier to put weight on it if I'm wearing the boot. I think I"ll try using the boot more around the house..

       

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      New injuries but made more complicated due to old ones. Not a lot of bone left to graft anything too. I would honestly say it is just a grit your teeth and do it. I remember the cast rubbing against the incision, and using crutches for the first few weeks. I must admit I had a 5 and a 1.5 yo so I didn't have a lot of choice except to get on with it. I remember going trick or treating o crutches.

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    I had bone fragment removal done and modified bostrom on June 11th, 2 weeks back slab, 4 weeks boot, 2 weeks no support but with 2 crutches and now currently using one but have ankle support. When trying to walk unaided I walk with a limp so trying to get proper gait before losing everything which hopefully is next week. Pain wise getting much better and now slight when doing few steps but due more to stretching of the muscles I think. Def hasn’t been fast process for me anyway. 
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      It sounds like you could walk with crutches after 6 weeks and can now walk a few steps at least. I'm not progressing that fast. As I mentioned in the reply to Caroline0774, I had a procedure called debridement and microfracture at the same time to remove lose cartilage and induce the bone to produce more cartilage at the same time. Perhaps that's why it's taking longer. 

      I also wonder if it has anything to do with my age  - 65. 

      Thank you for your reply.

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      Hi - Found it very hard though as consultant didn;t want be using a ankle support, just crutches but just found that too much too soon so was still using boot as and when I needed too. My Physio though has now put me in an ankle support and over last 10 days or so got a lot more confident with just using one crutch. Pain wise it'ss ok and manageable but for me it's  also the fear of hurting it again which is stopping me fully going without as operation was a sucess with no complications!  I was just told everyone will be different in their recovery regardless of age unfortunately,  

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    I had this procedure when I was 15 in high school in august. I was released to start playing sports the following October. Only 2 months. I believe I was able to start walking long distances at month 1. I was only non weight bearing for 2 weeks. It was a fairly quick recovery for me. Hope this helps 
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      It definitely helps. It is so encouraging to hear from other people who regained their mobility. Thank you.
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