... I would be hesitant to go from 8 weeks with no weight bearing to full weight bearing. That's quite an adjustment for a foot even with the protection of the boot. If it were me, I'd ease into it. ... (10 replies)
... By bearing weight, you mean you are putting some of the weight on the foot and some on the crutches, right? ... (10 replies)
... not a lot, but definitely some. No increased pain or tenderness. I'm wondering if this is normal, to swell more once you start bearing weight again. ... (10 replies)
... Despite scouring the web, I couldn't find any accounts that prepared me for the weight-bearing progression, so I want to share my experience.
I broke my ankle (Weber B fracture of the lateral malleolus) on September 13. I was hiking on rough terrain on a misty morning and slipped on a wet rock, causing my ankle to twist in a way that broke the fibula and clearly tore some... (1 replies)
... approval to get an aircast. Can someone tell me if an aircast means that you can start bearing weight? ... (5 replies)
... Once you began bearing weight on the heel, did the pain increase? ... (32 replies)
... I hope your visit goes really well today! I am so excited for all us who began this seemingly interminable journey together. ... (7 replies)
... I did use my scale to figure out how much pressure the percentage felt like on my surgery foot, but who knows whether I was consistent when I began walking with the crutches. ... (7 replies)
... Hey There- I remember the heel area feeling really weird too when I began walking cast-free. It was a combination of numbness and the shooting feeling you describe. If I pressed in the area around my heel I could also feel the same shooting sensation. I was told it was due to the swelling which is pushing on nerves. As I got going with walking, although it felt weird... (9 replies)
... Not sure how i did mine. Likely a combination of running, karate and working construction (lots of walking on cement). And i went months letting it get worse. At first it was only sore occasionally. By the time i had it figured out, i had been on a hiking vacation in the Rockies and earned my black belt in karate all with a broken foot. Of course by then it hurt all the... (10 replies)
... Mine is a stress fracture. I'm pretty sure I did it when I was running and hit a mole-hole, though at the time I didn't realize it was broken. Walked on it for about two weeks before getting it diagnosed. I had lots of swelling though, and the fact that it wasn't going away was my first clue that I needed to get it checked out. I had pain too, but not as severe as I might... (10 replies)
... Was yours a stress fracture or an acute injury? If a stress fracture, do you know what caused it? How long do you think it was between the injury and diagnosis? (10 replies)
... I don't know about symptoms for non-union specifically. Before my ORIF when i ditched my crutches and hopped around the kitchen, i could feel a uncomfortable but not painful looseness. That may be partly because i had lost all muscle tone in my foot. I didnt walk on it again until after it had screws in it. The pain i experience is mosly different from pre diagnosis. ... (10 replies)
... I had a different surgery, but my doctor told me he was more concerned with the healing of the tiny blood vessels in the foot than the bone. He advised me to keep the foot elevated over the level of my heart for most of 8 weeks and to keep the swelling down at all costs. (So I laid on the couch with my foot up on the back of the couch.) Swelling is just the blood pooling... (10 replies)
Wow, that's a long time to be out of commission! I'm sorry you've had to go through this. Prior to my injury, I was as active as it sounds like you were, and it's really been hard, to be so physically confined. I'm going nuts here!
I have read a lot online, some of it is encouraging and much of it is not (such is the nature of the internet). So far I feel... (10 replies)
I am not sure that you want to hear my story. I am at 13 months and counting with my fracture....
As is typical for this fracture, lived with it untreated for months. I started to tape my foot in July so that i could do karate. I had it looked at by an athletic therapist who treated it like a soft tissue injury. Finally had it diagnosed the last week of... (10 replies)
... No, I've actually been given permission to ditch the crutches and walk in the boot. My doctor is encouraged by the overall decrease in swelling and the lack of pain, so she thinks things are going well, but she warned me that these often fail to heal on their own. She also said the x-ray won't really show healing for awhile, so we're watchng for pain and swelling in the... (10 replies)
... Hankster -- you had a navicular fracture. I just posted about it in a different thread. I'm worried about nonunion too, since apparently they're hard to heal. Would you reply to my post (called "foot fracture -- just began bearing weight again") and tell me about your experience? Thanks. (8 replies)
... to the point where I began bearing weight. That's when everything always fell apart. There's got to be an explanation. Both surgeons I've seen thus far don't have one either. ... (47 replies)
... are still numb. I also recently began bearing weight, and now I'm feeling a whole new set of nerve pains when I walk. My arch hurts and I sometimes get stabbing pains in my toe and the ball of my foot. ... (1 replies)