Tibial plateau fracture with non displaced shunt

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Hi I've got or should I say had a tibial fracturemail. I'm finding walking really difficult due to pain in my ankle. My accident was in may and I'm now into week 16. I didn't need surgery however I was non weight baring for 8 weeks I think it seem ages away. I just would like to know if everooney else suffers with ankle problems?

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    Honestly there is nothing worse than "waiting" to feel normal again. and regain your  full mobility. I've been dealing with a Torn tendon in my ankle for over 3 months now and get very impatient wondering when I'll feel better and can walk more.. You're not alone!

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      Hi thanks for that nice message. My recovery journey seems so long.. and painful. I’m hoping to get back to work if they’ll let me. I get pain in my foot when I do walking for exercise and just worry if theres more to it and if it will ever go away I’m into week 17 since injury. Don’t know if I’ve got internal damage to knee yet, my physio says the swelling is all normal so far and that I’m doing really well but not sure if that’s just to keep me going. 
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    Hi,

    Like yourself time wise anyways, i had foot and ankle surgery in May, 78 days in cast, FWB from July 30th, im not at a point were i have ditched my crutches as i can walk short distances without aid.

    Responding to your own issue of pain, in my experience it depends on the type of pain you are experiencing....ie: sharp shooting pain when you have your foot down walking may indicate a concern and should be discussed immediately with physio / doctor, other pain types in the general ankle area will just be the muscles / tissues / tendons giving you feed back that they are not happy to be worked, if this is your pain type, it is a painful phase you will need to push through, there is no easy way through this phase i can assure you, but to walk again you have to persist and endure it. Your foot and ankle will quite happily stay in the same position it has been in while sleeping in the cast, its now time to awaken all those movements, dont be shy in shouting back at your pain, but you have to keep pushing through it, your not alone in your situation, unfortunately its an easy phase, but you have to endure this to walk again... again, if your ankle pain is a sharp one speak to your physio or doctor, it may be a structural issue....good luck.

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      Hi thanks for reply, it’s been useful to know that I’m doing the right thing working through the pain. I am seeing some improvement, although some days I don’t do all my physio, instead opting to do a walk and challenging myself on distance. 
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    Response to "challenging myself on distance"

    I can only advise on my experience, I can walk 20 mins on crutches or 10 mins without. My physio keeps reminding me that distance is not important at this stage in rehab, and not to try any further, it's the quality of the walking that is more important...head up, chest out, chinch bum cheeks for posture control, heel down and spring off toes, everything slow and excagerated.

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      Thanks for that advice it made me smile. Have you managed to get back to work I'm hoping for October if they'll let me!

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    Had the whole breaking fibula, dislocation, surgery thing in June. Based on my experience, so far, this feels like the longest.recovery.ever! I was told this from the start but I didn't think it would be so long and painful. I am walking unassisted but after 10 mins, the pain starts and the limp gets worse. I can say that each week, I do see slight improvements. So apparently it is pretty much the norm. Best wishes!

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      Hi I didn't have surgery I was non weight baring for quite a while. The pain after cast removal I found was the worst. I have spoke to my physio just recently about my ankle pain and he's confirmed that if the pain goes away when rested it's part of the recovery. So as I say no pain no gain, it looks like ive got to keep walking hobbling through it. It is a long journey we are on and I don't expect to be normal again for a long time if ever..

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