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Eric_L : Spiral tib/fib fracture after thrown from PWC
Diary entry posted Sun 7:11pm 13 January 2019

So in early December I have an office visit with the OS and my X-rays show some limited calcification and healing about 40% on tibia and 70% on fibula and he informs me I can begin some limited weight bearing, but to take it slow, there is no pushing through any pain that develops. So that night upon arriving at home I take some tentative booted steps with one crutch and hang up my coat, 14 weeks after my accident. It was a milestone event. Though I can tell you the pressure on the bottom of my foot was surprising sharp as the plantar fasciitis had shrunk and flexing my foot flat with weight bearing was quite painful. I hadnt experienced this before even though i would brace myself with that booted leg while at the sink or when standing up. I continued to push my boundaries over the coming days including using a tennis ball on the floor to limber up my foot and ankle, plus flex my toes upward, and my progress was quite quick, with rapid progress within 1-2 weeks, such that by mid-December I went back into the office using the boot and 1 crutch daily until Christmas break. In the evenings i would take some supported steps at home without the boot and by Christmas I could walk in the house barefoot and otherwise unassisted, even though I was limping quite abit. The day after Christmas I went to my OS for a follow-up office visit with no crutches nor boot and he was pleased with my progress including a referral to begin PT! Though I was disappointed with the latest X-rays, with didnt show much healing progress. OS told me it might be a year before some of those tibia gaps filled in enough to remodel the bone. So I started the new year walking with a limp, and generally getting along better daily after 18 weeks. 2019 started with weekly PT, and the limitations of my ankle ROM in extension was 25 degrees short of my other leg. I continue stretching excercises, but my leg quickly gets sore, so I am back to elevation and ice again. Overall I can do most daily functions including going to the store, driving long distances, climbing / decending stairs, getting up off the floor, carrying garbage out, walking in the grass, etc. but my left leg overall remains weak and undersized. In PT I can stand on 1 leg, but not for very long as I wobble excessively, and rotating my foot in a CCW direction like unwinding my spiral fracture sends sharp pains up my leg. Overall my mental health is much improved, as I ease back into normal routines of life. You will heal eventually, keep a positive outlook, eat well, and test your limits frequently, no doubt a broken tib/fib is challenging, however in 4-5 months you can typically resume a limited schedule with daily improvements from there. Will keep you all posted on my further PT sessions and recovery, I am eager for Spring so I can ride my motorcyle. Take care...



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