when will i be able to weight bear?

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i broke my ankle on the 9th of march. had surgery on the 16th of march. i had a plate and 2-3 screws placed. i was put in a backslab bandage for 2 weeks, went back to get my stitches out and then had a fibreglass cast put on. i’ve had this cast on for 2 weeks, and get it off in the next 2 weeks. so all together it’ll be 6 weeks since surgery. will i be able to weight bear? even just partially? i’m so over not being able to walk & i also have an 8 month old daughter & i feel so useless and sad all the time. she needs me but i’m not much help to her at the moment.

thank you in advance 

tahlia

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    I had surgery and a cast on after 2 weeks back slab.at 5.5 weeks post surgery cast off and told to start walking with crutches.all seems fine.I am 6 months post op.
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    I wish you the best, I had the surgery 4 days after your surgery and waiting the week 6 to start weight bearing based on the doc's recommendations. I have to buy a Cam Boot to make the weight bearing much efficient and avoid any twisting while trying to walk. I got tired of my bed, I have two kids and I can't take them out for playing or play with them, I know it's a very frustrating surgery and takes long time to recover, but we have to be strong and patient, another 6 weeks we should be able to walk normally. I watched all youtube videos and read all blogs about people who experienced ankle surgery. 

    did you have your Xray in week 6? becasue I am very scared about the Xray next week, bcoz it shows if the bones have been healed. 

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      i haven’t had my x ray yet, i get it in 2 weeks. get my cast off in 2 weeks and hopefully everything’s healing fine. i hope you’re healing fine too. it does get very frustrating not being able to do much. one day at a time x
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    So sorry you are going through this tahlia, Not fun! That is for sure. I just went through my third surgery on my feet.   I'm sooo over it also. Its one of the toughest surgeries to go though because well, we need our feet! 

      Once my cast came off , my ORHO specialist came in the room and said.. "how does it feel?" I said "it hurts!" .... he then said... "Ok... stand on it!" WHAT????  I almost fainted right there I was so scared of doing that! LOL But I did it.! And I didn't fall, or cry  . I was strong in front of him. Didn't mean it didn't hurt like the dickens but I did it for the doc. 

    I still have pain. Had my surgeries, first Aug 2nd, 2017, second, Nov 13th and third just April 9th of this year. So... yea, they hurt. Keep working it when doc says. Even at home, this is going to help you so much! 

       Hang in there! 

        I take one day at a time .... 

        Rose

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    I thnk for most people some weight bearing begins at 6 weeks..but I suppise it does depend on the severity of the injury . At first little more than touching ground and with two crutches and still in cast or boot...how it progresses seems to vary according to OS. In my case progressed to as much weight as I could tolerate with boot and crutches, then no boot and two crutches, then one crutch to now I walk unaided but not yet perfectly or fast.

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    Listen to your doctor.  Walking isn’t as much as it’s cracked up to be.  Have to get ones ankle back in the grove.  I was off 10 weeks.  But I broke both sides of my ankle.  
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    Hi, I am 3 weeks post op, I have two plates, about 10 screws and some band thing in my left ankle. I can put a little weight on my ankle but mostly for balancing purpose. I get around with one crutch as it’s easier and I have a “knee roller” I purchased on Amazon but like most I have stairs and can only get around where it’s level. What has helped me the most is that I purchased a “wedge” on Amazon so that my ankle is elevated and it’s way more consistent and comfortable than pillows.  I also have a “ice-man” (which is a little cooler you fill w/ice and cold water and attached to the “cooler” is tubing that leads to a “bladder” that circulates the ice water around my ankle held in place by a Velcro band that is adjustable). I also have the usual stuff (chair in my shower, plastic shower cover for my bandages, etc). I also puchased on Amazon a “walking shoe” by Vive for indoor use so I can have a little light weight support when getting around the house (please note I am limping around not walking or bearing full weight on my ankle). I take otc meds every 3 to 4 hours. Lucky for me it’s my left ankle which means I can drive and get out for a little while which saves my sanity as I am very frustrated and can’t work as my job requires walking. If I was to name the two biggest helps it would be the elevating wedge and my ice-man. 

    I spend my time on Pinterest, Google, YouTube, Amazon looking for ideas to help make my situation as tolerable as possible. Good Luck and speedy healing!

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    I was told I could bear weight in a boot after 6 weeks. I had plate and 5 screws to my left ankle on 4/2. It sucks! 
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