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Comment from: noveleagle, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 08

I am 83 and I have no idea what caused my ankle to fracture. I was walking across an uncluttered floor when I took a step and heard what sounded like 4 shots. Knowing it was my ankle breaking I slumped to the floor, attracted my neighbor's attention and she called the emergency squad. All 3 of my right ankle bones were broken and I had a linear fracture in my left that was quickly booted and allowed to heal on its own. The right, of course, required surgery. That was 3 months ago and although I've been able to bear weight on it for about 5 weeks it is still weak, swollen and painful.

Comment from: Pili, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I'm 53 years old and was jogging at night, as I do usually when I get out of work. There was an opening on the sidewalk and I stepped in. My foot went to one side, then the other and I fell forward to the ground. Since I got scraped all over I did not know which was the more painful, I was able to get up and walk to the bus stop till my son picked me up. I thought that the swelling and the bruises around my ankle were normal so I waited till the following day, and the pain got worse and I could not put weight on my foot. At urgent care they took x-rays and sure enough I had a fractured distal left fibula, I was first placed on a soft cast till I saw the orthopedic surgeon, and I was placed on a hard cast with crutches for 4 weeks. My follow up visit was this week and even though my fracture is healing I still have another 4 weeks to go and I now have a boot with minimal weight placed on my left foot. It has been hard working because at the end of the day my foot feels like it's got a cylinder block on it and is still swollen and bruised. The doctor said it was normal, I hope my next visit will be good news that I get my boot off and start my rehabilitation back to normal activity.

Comment from: Rodster, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I was working on an aluminum multi ladder which snapped a pivot bolt. I was at 12 ft. and fell straight down onto concrete. I didn't feel the pain for several minutes after I saw my foot was twisted and upside down. I shattered the tibia and fibula in 6 places, mostly around the base right by the ankle joint. Fortunately I was taken to a trauma center as they were concerned about head \ neck injuries. I was rushed right in to see trauma crew without any long delays, which is normal for this hospital. The surgeon determined that the swelling was too bad to operate and I ended up with an external fixator. Steel rods and screws that hold everything together until soft tissue heals. Three weeks later I had the operation. I have 4 plates and 24 screws aligning my ankle bones. The pain was 9 to 10 on the scale for two days. I had a follow up exam with x-rays a week later and my surgeon says my ankle looks good. I still have bad swelling and numbness. I am going stir crazy with boredom as I'm not one who sits around all day. I'm told swelling is normal and can last months! No weight for 3 months. However, the pain is manageable. I'm looking at a knee walker to help keep my upper leg in shape and to gain back some mobility. I just hope I can outlast the boredom!

Comment from: Rose, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I've been playing rugby for almost 10 years, and never once had I been injured until 3 weeks ago. I gained possession of the ball, turned to pass it off while falling, then someone fell on my already turned ankle. I didn't feel too much pain at all, maybe because of the adrenalin, but I definitely heard my bones crack. When my teammates carried me off the field, it felt like my ankle was floating around inside my leg, it was pretty gross. I finally made it to the hospital about 2 hours later, where I learned that I needed to have surgery that night and I couldn't go home. I had a double fracture to both sides of my ankle. I was awake during the surgery where they inserted a metal plate and 8 screws. Skipping the horrible hospital stories, I'm now home and it's been a little more than 3 weeks. Still no weight-bearing, but my scars are healing pretty well. For someone who doesn't do anything all day, I'm pretty sleepy. But I guess it's my body trying to heal itself.

Comment from: Chris, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

Walking on an icy sidewalk, I slipped and fell. I slowly and painfully made my way back to the house (luckily I had not gone too far). I thought I would be all right if I just sat down for a while and relaxed, but I then tried to walk to my bedroom to lie down, and it hurt like crazy just to put any weight at all on it! I got a ride to the emergency room (ER) where I got an x-ray, and learned I had broken my fibula. I was put in a splint, due to there being some pretty good swelling. I had surgery a week later, got a plate and 8 screws in it. Two weeks after that, I was put in a hard cast. After two more weeks, I got that cast off, and was finally able to get rid of my crutches. It's now a week after that, and I still can't quite walk like I used to, but it's slowly getting better! I am still taking ibuprofen, was taking Norco but don't really need that anymore.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I am a 59 year old female and fell down the back steps where I work. I knew my foot was hurt badly because I couldn't even put any weight on it. They took me to the hospital and my ankle and the top of my foot is broken. I was off work for a week and have it in a boot with crutches. I have been back to work for a week and I thought setting at a desk would not be bad, but by the time I go home in the evenings I am nearly in tears. I am wondering how long it takes for the pain and swelling to ease up. I don't go back to the doctor for six weeks.


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