Using one crutch hardly! check the video. and respond plz!

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35, male, had ankle surgery (2 big screws) 11 weeks, ago, and last week I started walking with one crtuch, and today I made a video with my attemp to walk without any crutch, It was very hard! 

I have 2 quick questions:

1) when should I be walking unaided and should I expect to have a limp?

2) when should I remove the 2 big scews? my doctor recommended to remove them in 4 weeks, but not sure what would be the best. 

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    I was walking without a crutch at 12 weeks with quite a bad limp, I'm now 16 weeks no limp whilst in trainers/shoes but still quite bad when bare footed.

    I was told my two big screws wouldn't come out till at least four months, seeing consultants on Monday to discuss as my flexibility is being impaired because of these pins

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      Things are improving but very slowly, do you still feel pain or limp at night? after a long day? or stiffness at morning?
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      Yes I'm on my feet nearly all day so if I sit for some time I'm very stiff and limp, in the mornings I'm really bad and have to walk on tip toe till my foot loosens. I have a dull ache with shooting pains on the inside of my ankle half way up my calf.

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    Hi, I am a 48 yr old female. Trimalleolar fracture on 3/19/18. I am 11 weeks out of surgery. 3 inch plate, 9 screws. I am able to walk unassisted in a regular tennis shoe (unlaced) with a VERY prominent limp and very slow pace. I can go up steps regular holding railing, but going down i still must go one step at a time as I do not have flexibility in calf muscle or achilles. Very little range of motion, and ankle is quite stiff with swelling. I elevate every night and ice twice a day. Physical therapy starts 6/4, with hopes of gaining more ROM.

    I am reading everyone heals differently. Trust your body, and do the suggested exercises. It is a very slow process. Best of luck with your recovery.


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