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Could I have worsened my broken ankle by accidentally putting weight on it?

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  • Posted By: hbroad
  • August 8, 2010
  • 06:40 AM

I broke my ankle (tibia and fibula) about 3 weeks ago, and got surgery on it 3 days after I broke it. I had a splint on for 10 days after surgery, and got a boot (or air cast) on about a week ago. Yesterday, I was getting out of the car and lost my balance. My automatic response was to catch myself with my foot, and I ended up standing on just my foot with the broken ankle for a few seconds. I'm not supposed to put any weight on my foot at all, so I'm a little concerned I could have done something to my ankle or slowed down my healing progress. It's not anymore swollen or painful than it has been since surgery, and I have been icing it, but I am still concerned that I could have worsened my condition. If anybody could give me some feedback I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

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  • It really depends on how much weight you put on it, for how long, and whether or not you deviated the ankle (meaning moved to the side at all, one way or the other or just landed straight up and down on it). My guess is that because there is no increase in swelling, no increase in pain or functionality (which I'm assuming at this point you have very little of anyway).....that you probably caused no additional harm. Icing it is a great idea though. If you can't get in to see your doc early to have him/her check it, I would definitely mention it on your next follow-up. But unless it begins to swell or hurt more severely (remember if you are taking pain meds, your ability to accurately monitor your pain level is impaired).....well, my guess is no harm done. If your ankle 'rolled' to one side or another rather than just up and down straight pressure, I would be more concerned. If you were wearing the boot when this happened, the chances you messed anything up are even smaller. Sorry I know that's a lot of 'what if's', but I hope it eases your mind some.
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