Re: Broken Ankle Recovery
I broke my ankle in three places in March of 2011; I have a plate, 4 screws and 4 pins. It was a very long recovery (probably 16-18 months in total before I felt 95% like my old self ... much longer than I anticipated!) but I walk today with no limp or pain, although I still "feel" a thickness/stiffness almost all the time. I can't imagine not having had physical therapy! Without it, I would not have been able to regain mobility, flexibility and strength. It wasn't easy and was a slow process, but there is light at the end of the tunnel! I definitely had "down" days where I thought I'd never walk normally again, but thankfully that didn't happen. I know it can be very frustrating to feel a loss of independence and I felt housebound a lot, but it is important to get out when you can, and to work with a physical therapist to begin to re-use the joint. The other reason the PT was so helpful for me was because once I started to physically heal, and my ankle was physically ready to start bearing weight and moving again, I had a HUGE psychological block ... my brain kept telling me no! Don't step on it, don't move it, don't bend it. And it was critical for me to learn how to overcome this ... PT helped enormously. Good luck to all of you still recovering!