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Comment from: HikingEvans, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 01

Descending among large boulders on a mountainside, I made two mistakes. One, I started talking to an approaching fellow hiker while walking, lost focus, footing, fell, and fractured ankle. Bigger mistake was I hiked alone. I crawled and limped 1.5 hours back up the mountain to my car. Never hike alone!

Comment from: Ellie83, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I got up out of bed to shut my bedroom window. Once I stood up, my left ankle went out from underneath me like it wasn't even there and I fell full force to the ground. I got a spiral fracture on my left fibula. Guess my ankle/leg twisted as I went down. Very scary moment.

Comment from: Kathynoel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I was leaving my son's graduation ceremony and slipped on a small grassy incline and heard an unmistakable crack. X-rays confirmed my tibia was fractured and the rest of my ankle was severely sprained. My doctor put me in a boot cast and I started physical therapy about ten days after I broke the ankle. My follow up appointment with the doctor is in a week and I hope to be out of the cast and allowed to wear a gym shoe and drive instead of being carted around. Having a broken ankle makes me miss my freedom but I appreciate that I have family I can rely on because I know many others do not.

Comment from: Rosydi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

Just this past weekend my husband and I were leaving to go shopping. I fell down the front steps, twisting both of my ankles. My left ankle immediately started to swell and I immediately began to lie on the ground in the worst pain I have had since childbirth. My husband quickly got me in the car and we went to the emergency room. I broke my fibula in 2 places, and my tibia in 1 place. They just gave me a boot, and sent me home though. I saw the orthopedist on Monday, I am non weight bearing for at least another week. This thing is so painful, and swollen. Just awful!

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!


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