Unable to flex foot up- will it come back?

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Hi everyone,

I am 9 weeks p/o tib fib fx - I have a plate and 13 screws. I just started physical therapy. I am unable to flex my foot or toes upward.

did anyone else experience this ? Did it improve?


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    Hi . I too have plates and screws in my ankle. I am nearly 6 weeks post op. I still get pain and the movement in my foot and ankle is slowly improving but like yourself I too am unable to move my toes upward. I'll be watching your post to seek answers too. I don't feel as scared now knowing I'm not alone.
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      Let's hope being as we are not alone that it is a common, temporary phase ! Pls keep in touch with your progress. Hope it goes smoothly.

      Thank you for responding. 

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    Hi Sue,

    I'm 6 weeks post op after having a plate and wires put in my ankle and I started physio a week after the op, I'm still non weight bearing but was given excercises just to get the ankle moving. It's now moving extremely well.

    I clearly haven't experienced what you have, but as long as you persevere and keep going with the Physio. It's a long process and certainly not a quick fix but it will improve. 

    Thank you you for the reply on my post regarding a boot when I go to the hospital on Thursday smile


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    Hi Sue

    Had my cast removed after ten weeks and have been in a boot for three weeks after mid foot fusion. When the cast was removed I couldn't flex my foot at all. My surgeon told me to just try to move it gently whenever I have my boot off. After three weeks the movement is much better although still painful. Just take it really slowly and don't try to force it. It will get better.

    Good luck with your recovery!

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      Hi Ann,

      thank you  for the optimism! The saga sometimes wears on me! I was concerned as the PT said she was concerned. I will wait till next doctor visit for his opinion. I really needed your encouragement !


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    Hi sue my experience. I broke my ankle and foot when I was 14 I'm now 25 and still can't move my foot up properly I don't no if it's because I chose to keep my screws and plate in but as I was young I was to scared to have them removed now I have arthritis in my ankle and it still swells up everyday if you get the chose have them removed 5 years ago I ended up back in hospital as one off the screws came loose and stuck through the skin so had to have another operation to get that one removed I now have 3 small children all boys 7,5 and 2 and I find it difficult to do things with them as I always end up in pain I can't play football can't run around with them even just walking them to school I have to put my foot up when I get home I wanted to learn to drive but as I can't move my foot up I can't do the gas pedal it has affected me in a lot off ways chances are you will get very little movement back in your ankle xx

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