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Comment from: jappier, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I fell down the stairs in my house. I went to the emergency room in my town. I had to have four X-rays, then a CT scan to see if anything else was broken. They finally told me that I broke my ankle. I had to have surgery and I stayed in the hospital overnight.

Comment from: Laura, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I rolled my ankle going down three steps to the laundry room. I fell to the ground and immediately knew my ankle was broken. I had three-hour wait in emergency room. I am home now and I am frustrated out of my mind. I am so bored that I want to clean my house more than anything.

Comment from: Libbie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I slipped on my front steps after a light rain. I have lived 69 years without a broken bone. I knew my left ankle was injured so my husband wrapped it with an ACE bandage, put an ice pack on it and I kept it elevated all day. The next day I went to my primary care physician and she sent me ASAP to an orthopedist. After an X-ray, I was diagnosed with a fractured fibula, put in a walking boot and told not to put any weight on it. I go back in three weeks for follow-up X-rays. I am keeping it elevated and not putting any weight on it. I do not want to have surgery, so I am following the doctor's orders! I appreciated the other stories of similar breaks as they gave me some insight as how to handle my injury.

Comment from: Lloyd ., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 25

Hi, I'm a 21 year old male. I was freestyle motorbike riding when I cleared a 60 foot Jump. I went about 25 feet in the air and came down flat, nearly breaking my back. The impact shattered both ankles. I was in the hospital for nearly three weeks waiting for surgery, then another week after surgery. The surgery took five hours, my left ankle has 20 screws and two plates. The right ankle has 10 screws with one plate. I am now in a wheelchair for three months, non-weight bearing, then learning how to walk again. Joint fusion is on the cards. Before the accident I was super fit which is probably a lost cause now - according to the doctor I will never even be able to walk on the beach again because of the uneven surface. Doctors don't always know everything. Anyway - Love, peace and chicken grease.

Comment from: momof3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I was on my way to work. I stop to get gas and step over the hose and step wrong and my ankle rolled and I went down. My husband was there to get gas on his way to work also, thank God. I knew right then it was broken. I could not stand up. I got X-rays that confirmed that it was broken in three places. I had surgery the following week. I am 6 weeks in from surgery and I'm told no weight bearing for 8 weeks then a boot for 4 to 6 weeks. This is my first break at 55 years old! Just the day before my fall we were talking about broken bones and I was bragging how I had never broken anything but a toe. I pray I never do again this has not be fun at all. I turned my walker over and hit the floor the other night. Nothing broke but my spirit.

Comment from: aakms, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I was out riding my horse without a saddle. The horse ended up taking a weird step and so I lost my balance and fell off. When I fell, I landed on the side of my ankle. I ended up dislocating and breaking my ankle as well as breaking my wrist.

Comment from: MimiMouse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I was pushing my shopping cart to my truck when an elderly man stomped on his gas pedal, hit me, and plowed me through the guardrail, glass, bricks, of the store front and through shelving and merchandise. I landed on the floor in front of the cash registers. I have nightmare flashbacks. My ankle fibula snapped, splintered, and I had another fracture in the lower ankle bone that sits on the top of the foot, as well as a fracture in my collarbone.

Comment from: Jec, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

On December 24th 2013 I was visiting relatives and fell outside on the ice-covered driveway. Without a cell phone and all alone in the country I whistled and yelled until my niece heard me. My right foot was laying on the ground and my knee was pointing upward. I was brought to the hospital, X-rayed and operated on. I had three broken bones and two bones that splintered. I had plates and screws to hold everything together. I spent 6 weeks in a hard cast. I now have a boot that I can remove to exercise my ankle. I can have no weight on my right ankle until after April, 2014. I use a walker to get around. A few tricks are: put fanny packs on the walker to carry stuff (drinks that have covers), go up porch steps backwards (using walker on flat bottom surface for stability), get a medical toilet that will give you height and less stress on your good leg. I am getting good at hopping around. I have not had much pain but swelling is still a problem. I am doing everything I am told so hopefully I can return to work soon and to my home. My relatives got a visitor for Christmas, New Year's, and a few holidays not celebrated yet. LOL. Recovery is slow so find a sit down hobby to keep you busy and sleep whenever you can. Surround yourself with happy people and you will recover mentally and physically.

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