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Old 03-16-2019, 02:01 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Originally Posted by Royalty1234 View Post
Hi everyone, I broke my tibia and fibula slipping on ice walking the sidewalk going down a hill. That happened January 24th, had surgery January 26, I had a soft cast after surgery until February 13th when they put a cast on. I now have a boot when the cast came off on March 6th. My problem is I have a scooter I have been using to get around but now that they say I can begin using for balance and then 50 % weight bearing a week later they gave me crutches and or walker. I cannot use because my other knee is bad and can’t handle my weight. Not sure what to do from here now but even a little weight and my ankle hurts where I have the srews. It’s the weekend so I can’t call the doctors as to what to do yet. Any suggestions out there or has anyone else run into this problem?
Just keep getting around the same way you were getting around for this weekend and then call your doctor on Monday.
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Thought I would share my experience. I broke my tibia and fibula on October 10, 2019. I had ORIF surgery the next day. They put me in a cam boot, but never explained to me why that was chosen over a regular cast. I had the boot NWB for 6 weeks and then at my appointment was told I could start PT and be FWB as tolerated. My physical therapist is awesome! Definitely get PT.
Here are some of the topics I wish my doctor would have talked to me about:
- diet (protein, calcium, fruits and vegetables is what I found in my research)
- supplements (calcium is what I ended up taking; other?)
- x-rays (I honestly didn't even think about taking pics with my phone, doctor or nurse should have suggested it)
- exercises (At my 2 week post op visit, I was told to flex and rotate my foot, but I definitely think I could have added other exercises each week until I started PT, especially for my knee. I did lift light weights for my arms, but there are other muscle groups I'm sure I could have focused on also.)
- NWB to FWB (I found it strange to be told that could move right to FWB with the boot. I ended up putting gradual pressure on it, so technically I was partial anyways.)
These are the the main topics for me that would have helped prepared me for these long weeks of recovery. I also recommend using a walker (crutches scare me). Get some accessories for the walker (soft handle grips and a bag on the front). Accept all and any help. My mom has been a lifesaver and I needed extra help at work from coworkers. There is some info on the Internet, but not as much as should be for the recovery phases. I know everyone's recovery is different including the timeline. Good luck and a safe recovery to everyone. I hoping for a Christmas miracle to be walking (limping) in a shoe by then.
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