Talus surgery recovery, weight bearing question.

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i broke my talus ans completely snapped my ATFL april 30th playing basktelball. i had surgery may 23rd and am now six weeks post op surgery. doc told me i can start to weight bear. i have doing partial weight bearing in the boot with crutches but it hurts!! its hard trying to convince my brain that im not doing any damage. is it normal for it to hurt this much? in the heel ans achilese and on top of my foot is where it hurts the most. anyone have similar experiences?

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    Heyyyy, I am right there with you. I shall be following this discussion closely!- Di

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      Hi J,

      I slipped on tiny gravel & fell into a deep ditch . Snap, crackle , pop, went my left ankle. It was immediately horribly dislocated & made me sick to my stomach to look at it.

      I am into my 7th week post op. BTW, I took a chance and soake d in espom salts yesterday. That really seems to help. Also, after a great deal if stumbling around on the internet, I made a salve using vaseline (clean container) and clove bud oil. I spread it all around entire ankle and foot. Stung a bit at 1st for sure. Propped leg up with fan blowing on it during the stinging time. I declare that seems to have helped the entire ankle and angry scabs. -Di

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    hey Jrozz,

    in a word, yes its normal.

    im 13 weeks post injury/surgery and started weight bearing at 6 weeks as well.

    i had pain in almost the exact places you are describing.

    there is a bunch of stuff happening at the same time:

    • sensory input after 6 weeks of almost none so those deep nerves are freaking out! i would sit on couch and just put pressure into the foot on the ground to help with that.
    • muscle loss . so much muscle loss. all the tiny foot muscles and the calf have atrophied over 6 weeks of non use so its going to hurt to use while they build back up
    • tendons, tissues are going to get jammed up from being stuck in a cast/boot and from the swelling
    • you are also probably putting way more pressure through your heal causing the heal pain - my physio has these pads you stand on and measures the ratios of balance (an extremely fancy version of the wii balance board) and when i first started wb i was putting 90% of my weight through my heal when standing on two feet. it was a unconscious thing but looking back it was probably a balance issue. i had to train myself to shift my weight throughout my foot .

    if you can, get a good physio

    massage the foot and calf to get movement back into it.

    try walking in a pool as it is a lot easier at first and helps build those muscles back up.

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      thank you for your input. that all makes alot of sense! i start pool therapy tomorrow. im really looking forward to it!

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