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I’m a 22 year old female who destroyed her left ankle. I was indoor rock climbing, went for a reach, and fell straight down. I broke my ankle in two places, and tore ligaments. This break is called a bimalleolar fracture and happened on January 25th. I had surgery on January 31st and was in a cast. At first, the pain was bad, couldn’t sleep, felt hopeless, didn’t want to move so I didn’t. I was very sad through the beginning. Fast forward to February 15th, I got my staples and stitches out, and transitioned to the boot. I was also given a compression sleeve to reduce the swelling but it was cutting so deep into my skin and creating massive problems which I thought was the boot until two weeks later. Once I took the sleeve off for good, I had no issues with the boot. March 2nd starts physical therapy. Lots of ankle massages and light stretches. For me, it didn’t hurt. I still wasn’t doing anything and it was still hard on me mentally. March 13th is where the real excitment begins, full weight bearing day!! I was super nervous but so excited because I knew everything was about to get so much better, and it did! At first, it hurt my heel a little, but that was the only pain. I walked with one crutch for about three days and then ditched it to walk only in the boot. My transition was very fast and easy. One week later I was out of the boot and into an ankle brace. I went back to work but since I was on my feet and walking back and forth nonstop I wore the boot to work. In the morning and night is when walking on my own two feet and nothing else gets a little sore, but it goes away once I do my stretches. It’s all been very positive for me, I walk well out of the ankle brace, and my ankle does not swell at all anymore. As soon as you get out of the boot, the transition is so quick. What I call the limbo stages (the healing process) were the worst for me. When I started walking, it’s almost like the whole thing never happened. All I can say is to stay positive, walking is closer than it seems!
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