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recovering from broken ankle

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 29, 2006
  • 02:32 PM

I broke my fibula on July 6, 2006 - it's a spiral fracture of the fibula with some torn ligaments to boot.
I had surgery on July 15th - 2 mteal screws placed in ankle. After having plaster cast on for 10 days - I went back to the doctor and he said I must keep the cast on until August 29th - which will be about 6.5 weeks total.

I'm a very active person and want to do everything I possibly can to rehab quickly. Should I look into getting the plaster cast off sooner and go with fiberglass or an air cast to start physio? Or am I getting too anxious? I've been doing some ankle movements (drawing the alphabet with my big toe) to try and strengthen the ankle.

Should I seek a second opinion from another doctor. Anyone have similar experiences?

thanks!

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  • Never rush recovery of broken bone...I know the cast is a pain as I have had way too much personal experience.Follow your doctors orders to the letter and then do everything the physical therapist tells you. I found the the therapist is a much better person to talk to about expectations than the surgeon. Surgeons only care about the bones healing and such and the therapist wants you to get back into action and back to normal.Good luck!
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  • Hi, Maybe you guys can give me some much :confused: :confused: needed advice.I have just had my synthetic cast removed after an operation to fix a broken right fibula. I have ben told by the doctor that I need no further casts, such as removable ones. I have also been told to try to start walking on it again and do exercises. My worry is that the ankle and upper foot ( but not toes) are still numb and swollen. Is this normal :confused: It has only been 24 hours since that cast was taken off and there is no pain from the numb/swollen areas when i stand up. Obvioulsy I cannot take proper steps without crutches yet. My rotating type movements are also still restricted ( as expected). My real concern is the swelling/numbness!I would apprciate any replies,Many thanks!
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    • August 24, 2006
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  • Hi, I suffered a significant break in my ankle 4 years ago and it was re-built with screws and plates, I was sceptical about medicinal products to speed healing, as I'd been heavily into sport and healed really quick, I decided to try glucosamine sulphate (750mg). I waited a few weeks to see how I went with nothing and then tried them out; I can honestly say they made a massive difference. I stopped taking them for a couple of weeks after about 5 months and could feel the difference in a few days.House of Health is where I get mine from http://www.bs4health.com/ Good luckRich
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    • September 24, 2006
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    • December 10, 2006
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  • i broke my ankle about 3 months ago ( medial and posterior malleolus). i have been without a cast or walking boot for about 2 weeks now. my ankle is still a bit sore which i expect, but now i have pain in my upper foot (top). is this normal? It hurts when i walk and it doesnt seem to be getting any better with rest.
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    • December 28, 2006
    • 07:51 PM
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  • I broke my fibula on 15th November and came out of my Aircast last week. At first I was fine but now I have the same pain as youand with a lot more swelling. My doc thinks that it may be the ligaments that were torn at the same time as my fall so I am starting Physio to help this.Give Physio a try.
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    • January 3, 2007
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  • Broke my left fibula right near the ankle. The first Ortho said I required a plate and screws. Finally got a second opinion and the doctor diagnosed that surgery would not be required and he simply immobilzed it with a fiber glass cast. Well, its been about 3 weeks since the cast and i'm suppose to have it removed in a week. I think the doc will place me in a walking boot. I hope I have more mobility than the cast.
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    • February 19, 2007
    • 10:12 PM
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  • Hi, I suffered a significant break in my ankle 4 years ago and it was re-built with screws and plates, I was sceptical about medicinal products to speed healing, as I'd been heavily into sport and healed really quick, I decided to try glucosamine sulphate (750mg). I waited a few weeks to see how I went with nothing and then tried them out; I can honestly say they made a massive difference. I stopped taking them for a couple of weeks after about 5 months and could feel the difference in a few days.House of Health is where I get mine from http://www.bs4health.com/ Good luckRichHey, I was wondering if this glucosamine sulphate is a permitted drug in sports. I had a severe break and just had a screw taken out 4 days ago. I just started physio and found this interesting thread. I just want to make sure that in the rush to return to fitness I do not take anything that is illegal in sports. thanks
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    • January 6, 2008
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  • Once a bone is broken that is part of a joint that joint is rarely ever quite the same. Swelling stiffness and pain are usually present for some time after the cast is removed, and some sort of rehab program is required so that the ankle gets back as close as possible its normal range of motion and strength, this should never be rushed, also ligaments may be torn and need to be reconstructed if your ankle is bad after a rehab program go back to the doctor and complain though there way not be much they can do about it.Good luck all
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    • January 9, 2008
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  • I broke my fibula on July 6, 2006 - it's a spiral fracture of the fibula with some torn ligaments to boot.I had surgery on July 15th - 2 mteal screws placed in ankle. After having plaster cast on for 10 days - I went back to the doctor and he said I must keep the cast on until August 29th - which will be about 6.5 weeks total.I'm a very active person and want to do everything I possibly can to rehab quickly. Should I look into getting the plaster cast off sooner and go with fiberglass or an air cast to start physio? Or am I getting too anxious? I've been doing some ankle movements (drawing the alphabet with my big toe) to try and strengthen the ankle.Should I seek a second opinion from another doctor. Anyone have similar experiences?thanks! My son has similar accident ankle and torn ligaments. It happend three days ago. It has been in splint for three days. It is still swoolen. The doctor is recommending surgery and repair similar to Chucker 8. (screws and plaster). I would to know if Chucker improvement and length of recovery. Any help is appreciated on physical therapy. Thanks a lot.Gus
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  • the secret to recovering faster is to take any vitemin supplements that contains vitemin c,d,e,b but it has to contain over 100% . i took a supplement called glacial milk and it helped me heal 4 week faster . it was suppoed to take 8 weeks to recover but i recoverd in 4 week . my docters were amazed. if u have any queston reply to ayoubk@gmail.com and i will ansewer any more questions u have.
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  • Hello all I am looking for some advice and support. I badly broke and dislocated my ankle in mid april, ending up in traction, and am now the proud owner of one plate and seven screws holding my tibia and fibula together:( The cast came off two weeks ago nearly 8 weeks after surgery. I realised that the recouperation would be difficult but I cannot cope mentally with this. My ankle does nothing. I do all the exercises religiously but just cant see an improvement, nor my way through to recovery. I was an athlete prior to this and am so frustrated. I dont feel like I will recover or be able to run etc again. Spending most of my days in tears. The doctor says I need more confidence but that is something easier said than done! Any words of wisdom on recovery, or dealing with it would be most welcome
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  • Hellow AT1 do you know what kind of fracture you have sustained? do you know if it is a tibial plafond fracture?2 weeks is avery short period of time when it comes to the healing of a bad fracture that involves a joint you need to fight this out to get the best outcome that is possible your foot is very impotant it has to bear the entire weight of your body and if its not working properly it will affect your gait you need to do whatever you can to restore function to as near normal as possible.You may not be able to run like you used to but you should be able to cycle and workout in the gym some peole cant even do that. Good luck AT1
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  • i broke my ankle on the 27th april have pins and plate and was in hospital 4 days plaster was on six weeks once off the top part o my foot was swollen and numb but i could feel my toes except one of them now 3 months on i can just about put my foot to the ground without too much pain but cannot walk unaided and the top part of my foot is still numb and swollen except first thing in the morning when it looks fairly normal but still numb i attend physio once a week and this week i am going to the hydrotherapy pool so we will see what happens there today i was able to put even more weight on my ankle and managing the crutches much better but still unable to walk unaided this is going to take time but i feel that in the last few days progress is being made as for the numbness im not sure due back at the hospital on the 23rd so will see what they say to break your ankle is so frustrating because of the length of time of recovery but it will happen i know so be hopeful there was an elderly lady at one of my appointments who had at different times broke both her ankles and she was walking quite normally she actually was there for her knee this time it does take 3 months plus to see an improvement and upto 6 months hopefully to be back to some sort of normality keep positive good luck
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  • i broke my ankle last week today in two spots one in the growth plate and on the metacarpel or something like that.... well anyway i cant put pressure on it for 2 weeks. i broke at my park when i wlked off an 8 inch curb. how i did it is you know how your ankle bends sometimes when you walk and you step on it well when i steped down off the curb it bent snapped hurt like sit though. my cast itchs like ***l. i have to go back to school tomorrow to get my schedule and locker combo and year book and pay for it all. then i have to go back in a week after that. i get this cast off for a walking cast 2 weeks from tomorrow.
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    • August 20, 2008
    • 09:32 PM
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  • Hi! This sort of sounds like what is going on w/me now. I need help w/some ?'s...Well i broke my fibula in a mosh pit about a month and a half ago. I was in a walking cast about a month non weight baring and just about a week ago i was put into a smaller brace i can walk on. It just really hurts to walk on it. Like its a sharp pain i get just when i walk. It's not really swollen or anything. Just hurts to walk...is this normal???my email is rockthearts2@adelphia.netOnce a bone is broken that is part of a joint that joint is rarely ever quite the same. Swelling stiffness and pain are usually present for some time after the cast is removed, and some sort of rehab program is required so that the ankle gets back as close as possible its normal range of motion and strength, this should never be rushed, also ligaments may be torn and need to be reconstructed if your ankle is bad after a rehab program go back to the doctor and complain though there way not be much they can do about it.Good luck all
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    • September 11, 2008
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  • hey, I am 13 and a week ago i fractured my tibia and growth plate and have a cast on for 6 weeks, i get it off on Nov 13. I have track in the late spring, i dont know the exact date.But if i take physical therapy do you think i will be back to normal by then? Someone also metioned that if you break your joint it is usually never fully healed, what are the chances that, that will happen to me?please email me at Pckerfreak44@yahoo.com thanks.
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    • October 12, 2009
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  • Broke my left fibula right near the ankle. The first Ortho said I required a plate and screws. Finally got a second opinion and the doctor diagnosed that surgery would not be required and he simply immobilzed it with a fiber glass cast. Well, its been about 3 weeks since the cast and i'm suppose to have it removed in a week. I think the doc will place me in a walking boot. I hope I have more mobility than the cast.don't get too excited yet. Surgery will get you up and about quicker but like you I opted to let my body do the work. I have what sounds close to the same injury as you. Its been 5 weeks now with a plaster cast. Both of my appointments since the injury the dr. has said I am healing wonderfully but will have to wait until my 8 week appointment before he will even think about letting me have an air cast. I am non wieght bearing for the full term, although I get a little hop skip thing when I walk 10ft to the bathroom in the morning. I hope you are right and get out of the wretched cast soon but don't push it if the dr says you are not ready.
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  • I broke my ankle the end of Feb 2011. My diagnosis was acute fracture in the left lateral malleolus without dislocation. The cast came off April 4th. After the cast came off I was surprised by how much swelling there still was on the top of the foot as well as on the sides. I was also surprised by the pain when I put wait on it. My foot also felt numb. It was alot more that stiff which is all the doctor said. Anyway, I just wanted to post this info because I too was looking for information when I got my cast off. It has been two weeks since the cast was removed. I can not walk without a cane if I have too but find using the cane or rollator (rolling walker with seat) enables me to fully use the ankle joint. Otherwise I favor it and limp. It is painful to walk for very long, but walking and using the ankle, although painful, does reap the benefit of improved mobility. As a reference, I am in my sixties and other than the broken bone, in good health and lead an active lifestyle. Hope this has been of help.
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  • I fractured my ankle and dislocated my knee almost 7 weeks ago, I was in a cast for 6 weeks and just received a walking boot on Monday which I am allowed to put as much weight on as I can tollerate. The doctor says I should chuck my crutches within a week from that Monday. It is now Friday and although it doesnt usually hurt for me to put mosto f my weight on the ankle, Im still favoring it because im nervous but sometimes there is a small sharp pain when I do put weight on it. Should I be worried or work through it ? Did anyone have the same type of pains sometimes? Its been 5 days of me putting atleast 50% of my weight on the ankle in the boot shouldnt I be ready to throw the crutches? Im very aware rushing a broken bone is not the answer but I jsut wanted some advice ! Thanks :)
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