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Old 02-11-2011, 04:05 PM
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Hi there. I slipped on the ice walking to work last Thursday (2/3) and felt a pop right above my ankle. Paramedics came and got me to the ER and the x-rays I had told me that I fractured my tibia. The bone didn't quite puncture the skin, but there was a mark showing that it almost had. I had surgery Friday afternoon to put a titanium rod in and 2 screws at the top & 2 at the bottom to hold it into place. I came home Sunday & have pretty much kept off of that leg with the crutches they gave me. Since I have never been in a cast before can someone tell me if it is normal for the cast to feel looser than before? Also, should I still be experiencing a lot of pain after a week? I'm supposed to be put into a walking boot after 2 weeks of wearing this really heavy cast. Any advice or information would greatly be appreciated for a newbie like be. Thanks much. Thomas
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Old 02-11-2011, 06:10 PM
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I'd expect to be in a bit of pain for several weeks, and probably general discomfort for several weeks after that. Plus overall weakness in your lower leg and foot. The cast -might- feel loose if you had swelling when they put it on, and the swelling went away. You might want to give your doctor a call and let him know about that; he will either tell you it's fine as is, or he'll put on a new cast.

Go easy on any painkillers, aspirin or naproxen. At this point in your healing process you should be okay with a couple normal extra-strength over-the-counter Tylenols daily, if that.
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