I fell on ice in mid-December dislocated my right ankle, popped the deltoid ligaments and broke my fibula, Weber B.
I also chipped the elbow end of the left radius in the same fall and was in rehab after an operation to remove a tumour from my right wrist( 42 stitches in hand and wrist!).
I had surgery next day to plate and screw it. Got out of hospital in a super heavy Plaster cast 5 days after that. Fully non-weight bearing. Had to sleep downstairs too. I also struggled with zimmer, I'm overweight too and having problems with both arms made it even more challenging.
I experienced the same swelling and purple foot when foot wasn't elevated fully with throbbing pain.
After 4 weeks the op had to be redone as my ankle kept partially dislocating when I wiggled my toes, as instructed. I had 2 long screws inserted right into the Tibia to immobilise the bone and aid healing.
Non weight bearing for a further 7 weeks, in cast, stitches came out and were fine but still very swollen. Getting around improved but still exhausting and painful, still on zimmer and sleeping downstairs.
3-4 weeks ago got the cast off and replaced with a boot, not the airboot type but one with a rigid frame, interior padding and velcro straps. Really heavy but can now weight-bear 25-30% of weight. Also got crutches and found these really hard to use. Killer headaches and tension in neck and shoulders...have to make an effort to relax.
I can now get up and down stairs on my bottom and get around the house on the crutches but that's about it!
Physiotherapy is helping, I have nerve damage and adhesions to work on and I do feel that the range of movement is getting better. I have a lot of muscle wasting to work on rebuilding.
Boredom is killing me and I am working hard not to comfort-eat as this will only make getting about even tougher. I have restricted my food intake, and after 14 weeks on my backside, I have managed to keep the weight from piling on. Try eating small meals 5 or 6 times per day rather than 2 or 3 large meals, I find it helps me and should kick start a sluggish metabolism.
I have a further op in a week or two, to take out the large screws and allow the Tibia and Fibula to move independently again. i am eager to get this done to help me to start weight-bearing again...but scared.
I believe that 3-6 months recovery form this type of break is completely normal and I anticipate mobility problems for a further 12-18 months, apparently stairs are the biggest problem to overcome...
Not sure I can offer any advice, but I do have empathy, I had no idea how awful this type of injury could be, good luck and keep your chin up, this is out of your control, go with the flow and try to keep positive.
Originally Posted by cazajacks
I desperate for advice please.
(previously posted on here about a sore/painful left leg/foor for last 3 years, with no diagnosis)
I did a tiny slip in my lounge, and suprisingly broke my ankle, also fractured the other side apparently! Dr said i broke the ligaments as well. Had an op 3 days later to repair it with plate/screws on 12th November. I think the op was called an 'orif' op!
What i want to know is what i can do now - i am so depressed i keep crying. I am overwieght 15st/210lbs and i am so struggling to get about on my zimmer frame. I find it to hard to carry my own weight on one leg, and i am so very breathless once i do hop about. I can't use crutches as i keep falling over. Iv'e been stuck in bed for 2 weeks today and i cant stand it. When can i actually try walking, i am hopping to the loo, and i am sitting on the couch (as my bed is in the lounge as i can't do stairs) and i keep moving my toes and leg all the time. But i hate this. My cast is due to be taken off on 16th December and that is a long long way off. When can i expect to put a bit of weight on the leg.
I have read people on here talking abut an 'air boot', would that help me.
Should i be trying to make ankle move so it doesne't seize up! I don't have anyone to ask.
I saw the dr at the hospital last week but i didn't take in all what he was telling me as i was in pain with the staples being pulled out of my painful leg.
I want so desperately to try and walk, but am scared once i put my heavy weight on it i will do more damage.
I also note that once i do put my foot on the floor it throbs and i can feel it filling up with blood and swelling and it is too painful so i have to get straight back on my bed.
I would so appreciate any advice please. I am already on anti depressants, but the depression i feel now is only because of being stuck in one room all day, i was a really happy person working full time before.