JoNewt 5:33am Mar 28 2017
A few days after I started 100% WB, my ankle started swelling significantly more than it had previously. I also started experiencing higher pain levels (anywhere from 1 to 5 on a scale of 10) + very low energy levels on a daily basis.
I felt a bit overwhelmed by this because I expected that getting to the 100% WB milestone would mean that I would finally be relatively pain-free and that I'd be more independent again. Instead I found that I could only tolerate 3-4 hour long outings (not high energy stuff either!) before requiring a good long rest or even often a nap.
Fast forward to last week when I bought some compression socks and started wearing them. All of a sudden, it feels like I still have energy left over at the end of the day! My ankle is looking much better of course and the pain is much more manageable too.
I am wondering if it's the compression socks that are making such a difference, specifically in my energy levels...!? Maybe it's just a coincidence but I assume that my body doesn't have to spend my energy reserves on my swollen ankle anymore so that could be why I feel like I actually have more of it left over at the end of the day. Not sure though.
Has anyone else had a similar experience with their energy levels improving because of starting to wear compression socks?
Nov 23- Pilon fracture from slip and fall
Nov 28- surgery 3 plates, 20 screws, half cast
Nov 30- go home, NWB for 8 weeks
Dec 8- half cast and stitched removed, air cast
Jan 23- 50% PWB with air cast
Feb 6- 75% PWB with air cast
Feb 17- PT starts
Feb 23 - 100% WB with air cast on + crutches
Mar 5 - 100% WB without air cast, + crutches; low energy
Mar 11 - ankle swelling starts; low energy
Mar 21 - see surgeon + buy compression socks