FuschiaNovember1980 10:04am Aug 3 2017
I can't speak for 'normal' since this was my first ankle break and I'm no expert- but when I was 4 months post-break, I was just getting permission to use a boot and be FWB. It wasn't until about 6 months out that I got the boot off. I'm now 10 months and while I'm walking (sometimes 10,000 steps a day) and cycling, I am not running anytime soon (just tried water jogging and that was awesome) and still have a bit of a limp. I'm working with PT to correct the limp and still do PT exercises to strengthen muscles for going downstairs normal.
I remember at that 4 month mark (again, just got permission to FWB in boot), and it was definitely exhausting. Still a lot of swelling and keeping my ankle elevated in the evenings and reminding myself to take it slow. I remember that pain in the shin and hips from standing. Heck, I still get daily shin pain (feels like shin splints all the time!) and a bit of swelling on days I overdo it.
I know it feels like it's "getting old" but take your time and remind yourself that if you don't take it easy now, you may pay for it later. Do your best and I guess consider this normal, because hey, you're recovering quicker than I did with a tib/fib break!
09/30/2016- Fell in home, broke tib/fib. Surgery with hdwr
11/23/2016- Cast off, 50% WB and boot for next 6 wks
12/21/2016- Started physio
01/25/2017- FWB with boot for 6 +wks
03/15/2017- Boot off! Walking and physio