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Comment : Re: Yikes!
Posted by Kath on Tue 2:33pm 8 April 2008


Hi Chris, I am the proud owner of tri-mal fracture of the left ankle and I too was scared about the hardware installation. It went very smoothly and is now beginning to feel like it's always been part of me, but it took some time. My rehab is slightly different as I was in plaster for 9 weeks (the British system for you)but now 6 weeks from plaster removal I am mastering the art of walking and doing stairs and have even been put forward to the gym with the physio's so that is a huge step and it's brilliant and I feel amaaaaazing! I walked a mile on Saturday and it was great, sure my ankle protested later but the next day it felt even stronger. We all heal differently, just be good to yourself and eat well - I had a thing for apricots and they are on the tips site here for bone growth, which I found out later, so it's as if my brain thought I need them.

As for staying mental and sane, it happens without realising it and that's from someone who used her bike every single day....! I did a lot of reading and watching films I meant to watch for a long time, even jigsaw puzzles and listened to the radio, they had excellent plays! It all sounds very dull I'm sure, but it kept me sane and made the 9 weeks pass really quickly. I didn't weight bear until I was out of cast, but one tip I do have (after my Physio told me would've helped) is to massage my toes very gently and pull them back very gently too and get the muscles working - although only on the advice of your PT or Doc. I also lifted my leg a lot to get the thigh muscle working and strong, along with stomach exercises just to feel active.... the time will pass before you know it. This website is brilliant and has loads of good advice not only from the tips page but from the regulars that frequent the discussion part - I had so much good advice and encouragement.

Good healing to you and good luck.

Kath

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