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I have had two ankle fusion on my right ankle I’m still in the boot still can’t walk without a boot going to therapy is this normal???  It’s been three months since my second fusion and a year since my first please I need help 

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    Hi Candice,  I don't know about "normal" but I know that everyone recovers at different rates.  I'm 9 weeks post ankle fusion but my surgeon says to still use crutches with the boot until I see him next which will be 13 weeks PO.  My Physio is doing a good job with getting the rest of the foot moving but I'm still not allowed full weight bearing.  

    I think that after 2 fusions the process might take longer anyway.  You don't say if you are in pain still or if the 2nd op was because the 1st didn't quite work but I understand the deep frustration of not having to use the boot and crutches after so long.

    I hope you start getting some improvement soon and that it will all be worth it in the end.

    Andy

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    Hi Candice, I hope you are feeling better today!

    It is probably a good idea for you to see a doctor. 

    I was told to do whatever is comfortable, so if trying to walk with your boot is uncomfortable, your foot may not yet be ready for weight bearing.

    I have been excited about getting my mobility back, but have come to the conclusion that my recovery takes time.

    I try to live day by day and stay in the present.

    I hope you are able to comfortably put weight on your injured foot soon! Also have a speedy recovery Candice!

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    Hi Candice,

    I am about 10 weeks post op for 3 broken bones and displacement in my right ankle. I just got out of my boot and am walking in a athletic show with a lace up ankle brace. Everyone heals differently, has your surgeon or physical therapist given you a time line? I was in a cast for 6 weeks non weight bearing, then in the boot for 4 weeks, increasing weight each week.

    Hang in there I know its frustrating but ankle healing is a slow, slow process. biggrin

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    I have a lace up brace I can’t get in it because my ankle never have went down from swollen 
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      My foot is swollen too. I had too be fitted with a double wide Brooks athletic shoe to fit my fat foot and the brace inside! Are you comfortable putting your full weight on your ankle inside your boot?
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    Hi, I had a triple fusion of the left foot and an ankle fusion on the right foot. In both cases I was non weight bearing for about 13 weeks. After that I could walk with crutches and a support boot.

    Well it’s been a couple of years since the last fusion and I can say it was worth the pain and inconvenience. Before the fusions I was struggling at work, walking any distance was a no. Now walking fairly well nearly pain free but well worth the ops.

    Just listen to the surgeon and don’t rush it.

    Hope all goes well

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    Hi, I am 6 mths post 2nd fusion, the 1st was 9 years ago. I was in boot until about 3 mnths. Started rehab/physio 3 weeks ago. Still have pain in foot, needing crutch at times. Healing takes time. And it takes longer after each one. Be patient and kind to yourself.
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      Thank you because my doctor trying to say I need to be up and moving but I had two fusion less than a year a part 
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