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 Re: Cast Off and feel isolated......
dcb    7:16am Nov 14 2017

Hi Heather. Sadly it's common not to be given any advice about HOW to progress to properly weight bearing. One of the most useful things is what we call "the slow dance". Basically, hold onto a kitchen countertop or something else nice and solid. Stand on both legs (at first you will put very little weight through the bad leg) and slightly lift the heel of your good foot, then put it down again. As you do this is automatically encourages you to put more weight on your bad leg. Repeat several times during the day. (This means you can put more weight through the bad leg under control, while standing, which should make it easier to do it while walking)

If you want to get a bit more scientific/know how much weight you're putting on the bad leg: get some old-fashioned bathroom scales, with a dial (you can find them cheap in charity shops/thrift stores, often). Put large flat book(s) next to the scales so they're on the same level. Stand with one foot on the scales the other on the book (telephone directories are good if you still have one). Now you can see how much of your body weight you're putting on your bad foot, including as you do the "slow dance" and lift the heel of the other foot.

It's a lot easier to put more weight through the leg when walking once you know you've put 90 or 100% of your body weight on it while standing, and you really can progress to FWB over a couple of weeks, even though it seems impossible at first.

You also need some advice from a physiotherapist, who should give you some home exercises to do to increase ankle mobility and strength. Call your Dr and ask for physio - say you need it. Don't let them NOT refer you for physio. There are guides for exercises available online, but seeing a physio is best.

Good luck!

Fibula Fx lat. malleolus Weber B 12 June 2015
ORIF plate 18 June. Cast problems (allodynia) so boot from 25th but NWB.
25 July start PWB in boot, 7 Aug PWB without boot. 14th Aug few steps FWB.
9 Sept 10-steps jog 25 Sept: PT says go run!

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