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Posted by Andrea Rate on Tue 7:47pm 1 April 2008

Sorry to hear about your ankle. I fractured my ankle last July, and I hate to tell you this but...this could take anywhere from 6 - 18 months before you're back to "normal".

Every break is different, and everyone heals at a different rate. How fast you heal is partly because of your particular injury (not just bone, but soft tissue damage, too), and partly whether you give your body every advantage to heal (no smoking, eating healthy, no risk taking), and partly it's just dumb luck! Some folks do everything right and still have complications, some break all the rules and heal just fine, but do your best to give yourself the best shot at a full and complete recovery. Why risk it?

Sounds like you have a good OS. I was lucky, too. The first OS that saw me in the ER thought I was going to lose my foot. OS #2 was an ankle reconstruction specialist. I was able to start partial weight bearing (PWB) at about 2 1/2 months, and was full weight bearing (FWB) with no crutches, walker or cane by 3 months! I've still got a ways to go before I consider myself "done healing", but I'm doing darn good considering how close I was to being an amputee.

You can do it, too!

The best advice I can give you, is to not look too far into the future. Take each day as it comes, and focus on the small achievements as they happen. Become an active member on the discussion and chat boards. (discussion side is for broken leg talk, chat side is for anything non-BL). Discussion is addicting, and the folks there are great with sharing information, pep talks, butt kicking, and congratulations when you have a victory.

Follow your Dr.s orders. You can't rush a broken leg into healing faster. In the last 8 months since I've been here, several people have rebroken legs or broken other bones by pushing too hard too soon. And yes, these early weeks are important!

There are great tips on the FAQ and Tips pages to help you get through this.

Hope to see you in the Discussion soon!

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