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I fractured my ankle seven weeks ago and had ORIF surgery the next day. I was in a back slab for 2 weeks & then a lighter cast for 4 weeks. The cast came off on Monday. I was given an ankle brace by the phsysio as well stretching exercises to do to loosen Achilles Tendon & build up my calf muscle, which unsurprisingly was completely wasted. I've been doing the exercises religiously but find when my feet are on the floor I can barely bend the knee on my inured leg when. Is this normal? has anyone else experienced this?
I can get around OK at home with the ankle brace on & one crutch. Can do a few steps without crutches which feels great. But my leg becomes discoloured and swollen v quickly. I have to elevate it after about 20 mins as it becomes too uncomfortable to stand any longer or sit with my leg down. Is this normal??
I'm keen to get back to work as soon as I can but I'm on my feet all day at work - plus I used to walk to the station which is just over a mile away. Think I'll have to do a phased return & find another way to get to work but wondered if anyone could give me any idea as to how long it'll be until I can be on my feet for a couple of hours before needing to elevate my foot???
I'm desperate to be able to drive - I broke my right ankle & drive an automatic... Again any ideas as to how long that'll take???
It's all soooo frustrating. Great to be able to talk to people who understand though...
Thanks for your help.
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