What did your Doctor do after Boot?

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I was told by my doctor that all is well with the healing process after six weeks in my walking then I can graduate to a smaller support brace. Can anyone tell me if they had the similar experience and was the smaller brace able to fit into your regular walking shoes ? Thnx

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    I never wore a brace. I jump from my boot straight into my shoes. 
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      Wow, really? Did you have plates and screws? We're you able to get around w/o any support?

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    I was in a lace-up brace for several weeks. I mostly wore athletice shoes because my "good" leg had a knee replacement so I liked the stability. The brace fit in my athletic shoes just fine, but I don't know that they would have fit the shoes people normally wear to work or for dress.

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    I didn have brace and went sraigtinto shoes...well ones i could fit into!  Pain and swelling really bad and back on the pain killers.sad Still not able to walk withou crutches for support, bt it is early days asit was onlt 3 day ago that I threw the boot into the back of the cupboard!!  Good luck with your recovery. sx
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      Even if my doctor says I don't need a brace, I'll probably buy one that can fit into my shoe on Amazon, just to feel safer.

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    Hi Mary

    In my very last visit to orthopedist, we discussed protocol for what to wear after CAM boot was discontinued. He just said wear regular shoes.

    I was the one who brought up the idea of wearing a brace, since along with ankle fracture injury I also sustained a severe sprain on inside ankle.

    Doc agreed a brace would be a good idea for a while to protect the ankle during recovery. A bad twist or misstep without a brace could result in re-injury to affected foot, which would be a severe setback. He recommended the lace-up type which securely attaches to foot. There are all kinds of ankle braces on the market, including the cheaper flimsy ones with just velcro straps-- they don't offer much serious protection for ankle. On high end are top shelf expensive ones with plastic pillars on each side of ankle to give maximum protection from sprains. Elite athletes use these to protect their injured feet and prevent future ankle sprains. They are probably overkill for average ankle patient.

    Lace-up ankle brace I use was recommended by a podiatrist and has a light, slim profile that would fit quite comfortably in any regular shoe. I still wear it when going out for extended walking. However, it is advisable to wean off routine use of braces as soon as you can because they are after all 'crutches' and don't allow recovering foot a full soft tissue workout to get back your foot stability and strength as part of the healing process.

    Good luck and I hope you see rapid progress.

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      Thnx for your detailed reply. They did mention I'd probably be in a smaller support brace for a month, I just wasn't sure. I do know how important it is to be careful tho. My next door neighbor broke her ankle last September and has since sprained that ankle TWICE on uneven surfaces. Her injuries have left her ankle vulnerable for the next few years. My PT told me it'd take a year for my body to get used to the plates in my ankle. I'm hoping to have it removed next March.

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